While I typically write for a select audience as you might realize, the ideas I write about are designed to help my readers, in any part of the world arrive at conclusions that help them live phenomenal lives.
No matter the country you live in, some businesses are failure-proof with little or no need for go-to market strategies or promotional marketing.
These businesses deliver products and services that are ‘need-to-haves’ and by this, I mean things that are essentials like food and safety. Need to haves give you a sort of certainty that with little or no advertising, someone out there will need to eat or a place to stay that’s is affordable. Need-to-haves are your opportunity.
Want-to-haves however, are where most of the people venturing into business play. By ‘Want-to-haves’ I mean, things that are non-essential, things that people can actually do without like books, luxury goods and all-things that require some sort of advertising and promotional effort.
Now, the Bible says there is profit in all labor which for Christians is fantastic if you actually believe the Bible. So wouldn’t you rather start a business of ‘Need -to-haves’ than ‘Want-to-haves’?
I mean, if you started a diner in a place around a construction site or university campus, wouldn’t you be guaranteed business success almost instantly, particularly if your food is great and moderately priced?
Think about it:
Need-to-Have vs Want-to-Have
Every day, I see people–great, loving, wonderful human beings-struggle financially; live from paycheck to paycheck; stay glued to cul de sac jobs where they work at for decades. Sometimes, these folks are just unable to find work because the job market is tight. What’s true though is that being Mr. Nice Guy doesn’t pay bills.
Money only comes to people who are -in one way or the other- solving problems. Every job on earth is designed to solve a problem or set of problems in exchange for money.
I find that making money is often the primary or sole motivation for many people, but it never satisfies like if actually aligning yourself to fix a problem would.
A person of faith, realizing how important motivations are, cannot be downplayed because with the right ones, anybody can become an enterprise that meets a need, employs others and takes in profits by the millions.
So what are the motivations that can help you solve problems and change your earn ability forever?
Love can. The Bible is a book that teaches humans beings to love God, love themselves on the basis of their love for God and then, love their neighbour as they love themselves. It means that if I love my neighbour as I love myself, I am immediately a problem solver. Part of the being a human being is self-preservation. And this attribute, parlayed into the biblical teaching on love can help you create products and services that people around you need to live better. In essence, all wealth is created by love for others, because loving is giving, solving problems and helping to preserve others, even at the prospect of getting paid.
Hope is expectation. And several times, all through the Bible, it teaches how having hope can be important. The Bible teaches us to expect profit from all labor. It teaches that the expectation of the righteous including, solving problems in exchange for profits, can not be cut off; the God’s plan for us is to give us an expected end of good. Hope means that success is guaranteed me no matter the business I choose to engage in.
Faith is taking action based on the hope of success. It is the confident assurance that you believe the guarantee of success that the Bible gives to believers. You start that food business or any other business with the expectation to succeed. Faith is the cherry on the top. It is actualizing the motivations of hope and love.
As you re-fire and relaunch out this final half of the year, it is important that you let love, hope and faith drive you to solve problems and create value for others.
Let the drive to help others, not the quest for money underpin your business venturing.
If you are finding it difficult to get a job, make one. Your destiny is in your grasp. It is my firm belief that God created you to solve a problem in this world so step up and be counted.
Maybe you can cook, clean, audit, plan or manage money well. Remember this:
You are the answer to someone’s cry; the solution to someone’s problems.
What you need to do now is get a sheet of paper and write on the top of that page this question:
What problems am I solving?
From that point, start attempting to answer this question with as many thoughts that come to mind by writing down the things you are good at. Reread the three Bible motivations for solving problems and let it drive you to start a business or reorganize the one you already have.
May the rest of the year turn out in your favour.
Courtesy of Naijapot.com
If you have ever been to Victoria Island in Lagos, or to Wuse in Abuja, it is almost certain that you would have lavishly found some many semblances between both locations in their respective cities. Dotted by prime housing, banks, eateries and shopping malls, Victoria Island and Wuse share deeper commonality- major roads named after one Adetokunbo Ademola.
As a matter of fact, Sir Adetokunbo Ademola was Nigeria’s first indigeous Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Born in Abeokuta on February 1, 1906 to the prominent Oba Ladapo Ademola II, the Alake of Egbaland, Adetokunbo was tutored at St. Gregory’s College, Obalende and King’s College, Lagos. Having rebelled against his father’s wishes of becoming a medical doctor, he went on to study law at the University of Cambridge from 1928 to 1931 and was called to bar at Middle Temple in London in 1934 – the first African ever to achieve such a feat at the Bencher’s Inn.
Young Prince Ademola returned to Nigeria in 1934 to pursue a career in law working first as a crown counsel at the Attorney General’s Office and later, as an assistant secretary in the southern secretariat in Enugu, Eastern Nigeria.
Adetokunbo Ademola practised law from 1936 till 1939 when he was called to the bench as a Magistrate of the protectorate court. In 1949, He became the third Nigerian ever to be appointed a Puisne Judge. Upon the granting of autonomy to Western Nigeria; Sir Adetokunbo Ademola became the first Chief Justice of Western Nigeria in 1955 thus becoming the first indigene to head a judiciary in pre-independence Nigeria.
With the imminence of an Independent Nigeria, Sir Ademola was again appointed the first Chief Justice of the Federation in 1958. He was knighted by the Queen of England in 1957 and conferred with the national honour of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger in 1958.
Worthy of note was Sir Ademola’s extremely influential role in keeping Nigeria from disintegration at the coups of 1966. After the counter-coup that ousted Aguiyi Ironsi, an Igbo Military Head of State, Gowon and his colleagues had thought to secede from Nigeria on the grounds that “the basis for Nigerian unity was not there.” What had not been told was that Ademola and the British High Commissioner had saved Gowon and Nigeria from the mistake of balkanisation by meeting with the northern leaders and successfully arguing that since the Northeners had taken political control and were now in government; they had no reason to leave Nigeria; the result being that the northerners stayed in Nigeria.
Chief Justice Adetokunbo Ademola served on several advisory boards and international committees including the United Nations International Public Service Advisory Board, the International Commission of Jurist and the International Olympic Committee among others. A Hall at the Nigerian Law School was also named in his honour.
Sir Adetokunbo Ademola died on 29 January 1993 aged 86.
So when next you drive on a major road named after Sir Adetokunbo Ademola, I guess it might make more meaning to you that there once lived a Nigerian who believed and laboured for a Nigerian unity that should even mean more to us today.