I am sure you would like to know the odds of if you’d end up wealthy or if… you know, end up otherwise, who wouldn’t like to know? There are several combinations of ways to know but the most objective and visible way to know is the service-wealth proportion and it is a proven principle for making money.
The ultimate goal for most people is to be financially free – to continually make more money, to live a desired and comfortable life. No one can deny the sense of fulfilment and deep satisfaction derived when bills get paid without anxiety, agitation or pressure from the service providers or creditors.
Having money sounds good, but making enough of it is a hurdle for a lot of people.
Make no mistake, wealth creation is not as easy as ABC but it is definitely not rocket science.
The problem most people have in their quest of becoming wealthy is their foundation—parents and school value proposition that has constituted their fundamental belief about wealth.
Parents invest money to train their children in schools but the schools only teach the functions of money and hardly “How to make money”, so the best they become are employees—salary dependent.
When you look at the billionaires, you become curious about how they made it and keep multiplying their money.
There is no special secret under the sun. Most of the millionaires and billionaires that you know (or not) followed principles, principles that became their foundation in accumulating great wealth over the years.
There are a number of “money laws”, but my focus will be on the law of service in this write-up.
Where money is concerned, service is a system set up to meet the specific needs of people over a period of time with the goal of making profit in the end. For instance, car hire is a service set up to solve the problem of people who need mobility but don’t have a car or can’t use their car at that moment. This service runs for a period of time, yet the goal is to make profit in the end.
Any service you render that only benefits the receiver is called “Charity”.
When your service solves people’s problem, it will increase your income level (it does not necessarily solve your expenditure problem – see how to do that here – Solving the problem of recurrent expenses and giant expenditures).
Every billionaire (excluding inherited wealth) renders some sort of service or sell product(s), and these services make them rich(er) and grow their net worth yearly.
No wealthy person accumulates wealth without solving specific needs in society, they are known with a specific product/service that benefits people. Services can be tangible or intangible as is the case with Microsoft or Google.
In Nigeria for example, the following billionaires are household names with their services:
- Aliko Dangote – Sugar, flour, cement.
- Mike Adenuga – Telecommunication, petroleum
- Folorunsho Alakija – Fashion industry, oil.
- Femi Otedola – Petroleum.
The services they render are known, reaches and benefit a lot of people and enrich their lives. Notice that these services are still relevant.
As long as your service(s) make lives better, you will make (more) money from it. Therefore, when you fail to create a sustainable system that offers quality and functional service, you may have failed at your chance of becoming wealthy.
Service is proportional to wealth creation. The more people you serve, the more money you are likely to make.
To put it into perspective, a tailor who sews clothes by himself will serve a limited number of clients, because he is limited first in his mind and consequently by the system he uses to deliver service; in contrast with another tailor who employs hands to sow and supervises, yet their income will pale when compared with an entrepreneur who builds a website/app that links tailors to “anyone” who needs such services (an on-demand model similar to Uber or Taxify). You get the point!
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SERVICE
Your net worth is directly proportional to the service that you provide, how valuable the service is and more importantly how many people use your service(s).
Imagine a world without Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Telegram, Fiverr and others. You can relate with Facebook connecting several hundreds, thousands, millions and billions of people. These social media platform made it easy for you to reach anywhere in the world right from where you are.
Mark Zuckerberg became a billionaire (he became the world’s youngest self-made billionaire in 2007, at age 23,) by solving a specific need and optimizing the services provided per time. Facebook has over 2.6 billion active users in the first quarter of 2020 according to an article published by J. Clement in April 2020.
Imagine the number of homes using Dangote’s products in Nigeria – cooking oil, salt, sugar, pasta, cement and flour. With an estimated population of over two hundred (200) million, if about a hundred (100) million people in Nigeria use his products daily – it is not hard to imagine the outcome.
To make money to the point where you are financially free is difficult without providing service on a large scale – reaching a lot of people. A system that delivers value consistently and constantly will increase your income and consequently make you wealthy.
THE SECRET TO EFFECTIVE SERVICE
Billionaire secrets are hardly secrets, they are only principles to which they have constantly devoted themselves, this is why they are ahead of others and these secrets are the foundation upon which their beliefs concerning wealth creation stand.
The following are the principles for effective service to multiply your income:
1. The law of need
Jack Ma was at a point in his life, a young Chinese man who had never come across the internet. After a series of failures in his life, he studied the opportunity of creating E-commerce for the local market in China. He was able to persuade seventeen (17) other people to start the Alibaba that we know today. Alibaba became the channel for local marketer’s to access China products all over the world.
The service that will generate money must identify specific needs or gaps to be filled. Jack Ma and Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon) built a service delivery system riding the wave of internet and created a whole new way of shopping that doesn’t need you to move physically.
2. The law of control
You must be in charge of the system or be able to control the service to deliver promised value consistently. Jeff Bezos started by making books accessible online; more like an online library, and after serving several thousands of people at the early stage, he built the system to include all categories of merchandise and goods. As Amazon grew, the system enlarged to take charge of other retailers and became a huge system with sub-systems of value.
When you lose control over your service, you lose your money.
Finally, the meaningful and value-full service that you render to people will greatly multiply your income. Ensure that your service is adding value to their lives continuously and in the end, you will have more money in your pocket.