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HOW TO CONTROL YOUR FINANCIAL DESTINY

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Financial Destiny

Destiny: a word wrongly understood by most, howbeit, well-known to many. Unlike the conventional belief of the majority, destiny is not really a fixed plan handwritten by one supreme being, which must be fulfilled no matter what happens; even if the bestowed made zero efforts to “fulfil his/her destiny”. Maybe that’s what you hold on to, no problem. Good Luck. (However, you don’t need me to tell you before you know that even if GOD destines you to be wealthy, and you retain POOR habits, behaviours, and actions; you will never be wealthy! FACT!)

That said: “financial destiny” is not to refer to a “DEITY-BESTOWED-UNCHANGEABLE-WILL-THAT-WILL-HAPPEN-IRRESPECTIVE-OF-YOUR-ACTIONS” kind of Destiny. But, what you “CREATE-FOR-AND-BY-YOURSELF…” kind of destiny. In this case, you are THE G . O. D. creating YOUR DESTINY, by every step you take, beliefs you hold on to, actions and inactions, decisions and indecisions.

Of course, I’m proudly a believer in the existence of a supreme and all intelligent and all-knowing being popularly called GOD, and also believe in destiny (from God); but in a different sense, which I’m not about to discuss here.

The purpose of this article is to show and guide you; HOW TO CONTROL YOUR FINANCIAL DESTINY.

Firstly, note the word “CONTROL”. So, your financial destiny is what you can control. Secondly, just as I had pointed out earlier, your financial destiny is what YOU MAKE IT TO BE.

Okay, before I continue, I’d like to give a more contextual definition of “financial Destiny”

Financial Destiny: Your financial future, your future net worth, your future wealth status

It doesn’t matter who you are; whether you are a novice, a business owner or an investor, your financial destiny is yours to control. You are the captain of the ship in this story and no one can be more trusted with your financial future than you.

1. Financial Education

It takes a “foundation of working knowledge” to build wealth. The journey to financial freedom is one that begins with education. Before you can control the reins, you must know how money works, how investing works and how to manage your resources. You can not assume the position of ‘captain’ if you do not know how to sail a ship. Everyday is an opportunity to learn something more about finances. There is so much information out there that is ready to used by you. “With some simple knowledge of proven strategies, you can build wealth on your own” ( Dale Gillham ).

2. Know Your Goals

Remember that this is a journey, you have to know where you are going to. At every point in your life, you have to map out where you want to be financially. Financial freedom can not happen in a day. It is a process of achieving one goal to the next; goals that are realistic. Goal setting gives you a clearer picture, and it is a good motivational tool. 

3. Make A Decision And Stay Determined

The main reason why the poor and middle class remain where they are is because they are not determined enough. They hold on to the thought “they can’t”. To control your financial destiny, you must first decide what it is you want. Then you must stay determined till you attain freedom. Our tomorrow is based totally on our choices of today. Some of your financial choices might produce mediocre results, some might give us momentum and confidence. However, whether or not you reach the point of financial freedom is dependent on your determination to get there. With determination, you can even surpass those who had a head start.

4. Take Action

Controlling your financial destiny is more than knowing investment strategies. It is about knowing how money works and taking the proper actions in response. You can not just shelf your knowledge and expect that it would bring results. You can read all the books in the world but what would really count is what you did with your knowledge. Whether you have thousands or millions, take action today!

5. Protect Your Capital

Protecting your capital should be your priority. Many traders and investors often allow themselves to be concerned more about the profits than risk management factors. Remember that financial freedom can not happen in a day. 

  • By leveraging on others, 
  • Seeking returns on your capital, 
  • Avoiding bad debts,
  • Diversification
  • Selling even when you do not need to buy

These are ways you can protect your capital. 

6. Master Your Emotions

If you can control your emotions well, you can control your financial destiny. Emotions like fear only slows down your financial journey. Learn to handle your finances from a detached perspective. Be strict when it comes to getting emotional with money. Emotions are liabilities in finances. More often than not, they lead us to debt. 

7. Master Time

Timing is crucial in everything we do. Once you have mastered time, you have mastered it all. Understanding supply and demand, knowing what and when to invest in, understanding trading trends and more are ways you can master time. Also never be in a hurry. Hurrying leads to lack of control over yourself. Be patient with yourself and the market you are invested in. Mastering time assures your absolute control of your financial destiny. 

Financial freedom however, is a choice, not a dream. Anyone can become rich. Money doesn’t remember socioeconomic status or race. Anyone can be financially free. Your financial destiny is yours to control. Yours.

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DO YOU WANT TO CREATE WEALTH? DO THIS DAILY!

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In life, desire is not enough. We can yearn for good things but nothing ever happens unless we make things happen. Wealth creation doesn’t happen in a day neither will it happen just because you desire it. It takes consistent deliberate effort to build lasting wealth. Which means wealth creation requires continuous (daily) work and a key fundamental aspect of it is knowledge – in other words, wealth literacy – or as many often put it; financial education.

Our school system has downplayed the importance of financial education so it is up to us to get the knowledge we need outside the four walls of the school. Education is in fact “the first step toward changing your life” (Kim Kiyosaki).  The rich get richer because they never stop learning. You cannot achieve anything great if you refuse to learn. As a result, if you truly desire to be great, you MUST imbibe the habit of continuous – DAILY – learning.

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WHAT IS FINANCIAL EDUCATION

Financial education goes beyond teaching your kids or yourself how to save money. It is about knowing how to make, manage, plant, grow, multiply and keep Money. It is the understanding of the language of money and the skills required to multiply it. Financial Education is the education you MUST HAVE to BE RICH! Financial education is very important in wealth creation; which is why the absence of it in our traditional learning environment affects your finances and your ability to make good financial decisions.

It might surprise you to know that some people do not believe there is much to know about money. Why? Because they’ve been conditioned to think wealth creation is for a selected few and that it’s a thing of “destiny”. Beliefs like these are the primary reason why people underrate financial education.

However, for those who desperately want a way out of the limbo that society has created, you need to know just how to educate yourself about money. Luckily, knowledge can be acquired in different ways.

Read

There is something common among all the billionaires and millionaires of the world and that is they all read. Books have proven, since the beginning of times, to be great and necessary resources for achieving greatness. Every rich man knows this. Never underestimate the power of reading a book. Mark Cuban reads for 3 hours each day, Bill Gates reads a book every week (52 weeks equals 52 books), Warren Buffett reads 500 pages every day; news alert – they’re all rich! The thing about knowledge is that it builds up like compound interest. It’s never a mistake to read. Develop the habit of reading. It doesn’t have to be a book, it could be a blog or an article. In fact, you’ll never know how much you can learn from reading the business column of the newspaper every morning. A great place to start is by visiting ngmoneyseries.com daily. Our blog posts promise to equip you with the right knowledge needed to get you to financial freedom.

Listen To Podcasts

Not everyone is a good reader and that’s okay. If you do better at listening then podcasts were made for you. Podcasts are a great way to learn about various topics of interests. You can learn at your own pace and you can listen anywhere anytime. So instead of listening to pop music on your way to work, tune in to a financial podcast. The iTunes store has plenty of beneficial podcasts, so you can start there. You can listen in chunks and learn from different people from different parts of the world.

Follow NgMoneySeries weekly podcasts on Instagram and Youtube.

Play Games

Okay, this might sound hilarious to you but do not ignore this point. Games are effective tools for learning. For example, Chess teaches you strategy and emotional intelligence. Even video games can teach you a thing or two about leadership and cooperation especially if you’re playing in a team. In Economics, there is in fact something called Game Theory. It teaches how to use the principles of games to make wins in real life. As it turns out, game theory can be applied in every aspect of life. So in addition to reading and listening to podcasts, challenge yourself each day by playing a thought-provoking game. And in turn, use what you learn in trial financial games online. That way you get an insight on reality. Besides it is better to practice with fake cash than your life savings.

One of the games you should learn how to play, and also play often is Monopoly. It teaches you a lot about money management, wealth building, and financial freedom.

Build Good Relationships

Every day is a chance to connect with someone new. The power and position of men are too crucial to be ignored in finances. You picked most “life lessons” you know today from someone, either consciously or subconsciously. Your parents/guardian, teachers, spiritual leaders, siblings, friends, colleagues, neighbours are all practical examples of why you shouldn’t ignore the effect of relationships in your success/failure; because they’ve all influenced you (habits, behaviours, mindset, thoughts, aspirations, desires) one way or the other, either positively or negatively. Your network of people can either help you achieve financial freedom or lead you to poverty. So every day, build on your existing relationships with the right people and connect with more. Have conversations about money and you’d be amazed how much people know or don’t know. One financially sound man in your life can change so much for you.

It doesn’t really matter how you learn, just that you learn. Go online, sign up for courses, talk to people, attend business conferences, read blog posts like ours, do what you need to! And do it every day.

I’ll leave you with this quote below;

Focus first on your education, then the money will follow”

Robert Kiyosaki

7 Ways A Poor Mother Can Make Her Child Rich

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My mother was my first motivation and inspiration to succeed.  Though from a humble background, she taught me to live life always aiming at the sky. She taught me the importance of building relationships with wise people. And when my father totally turned against me majoring in the arts, she recognised my potentials and supported me strongly. During the last holiday I had with my mum, I was writing a book for children and she proudly said, “I am glad I supported your decision back then”. Now I have a budding poetry society and a semi-successful writing career.

– Oyedeji Damilola (Founder, Ariella Poetry Society)

A mother’s mindset is like a mainframe computer that communicates multiple signals to her children and those around her. A child’s possibility to succeed is higher when he(generic) has a mother who supports and pushes her children to success. The first connection a child has to the outer world is his mother. Firstly, he shares space, food and water with her. He gets vitamins needed to grow into a healthy foetus from her. He shares feelings with her and she shares her feelings with him too. This pre-natal connection marks the importance of a mother to a child. In this article, I will be identifying seven ways a mother can make her child RICH!

MINDSET

Primarily, the right mindset is the right way to life. A mother’s way or approach to viewing life is what she passes down to her child. A mother who believes in everyday learning will train her child to see every moment as an opportunity to learn. If she believes in the  cogence of making mistakes and learning from them, she will pass down the value to her child. If a mother is such that remains stuck to archaic ideas, refusing to drop them for new ones, she might be an obstacle to the adventurous spirit in her child(ren). Consequently,  preventing possible future achievements.

IMAGINATION

Also, many wise men have said, “deep thinkers are great thinkers”. Children are naturally imaginative and inquisitive, trying to make sense of the world they have found themselves in. Yet, some mothers try to shun their children and cut them out of their world of imagination. Mothers who are, however, able to encourage deep and creative thinking in their children will succeed in helping to build their child’s imaginative ability. I believe that anything achievable is something that must be first of all imaginable. Alexander Graham Bell did not wake up one day to his telephone invention. It all began with an imagination. Mothers who can build their children’s ability to think give them a great tool in this world of inventions.

MOTIVATION

Furthermore, a mother’s ability to push and motivate her child to Success is invaluable. Pushing and pressuring are two different ideas. Pushing gives room for mistakes however, pressuring leaves the child with no option of failing. A mother, who motivates her child to try new things, pointing out the possibility of failing, pushes him to greatness. Most parents try to tie their children down to a safe space, preventing them from taking new adventures. Parents who do that rid their children of their ability to discover and invent. Popular rapper Kanye West spoke about his mother as the one person who taught him to believe in his “flyness” and also to conquer his shyness. She motivated him to be the voice to allow people to think and find their own way.

SUPPORT SYSTEM

Consequently, a mother who motivates her child becomes a support system. This gives the child the belief that he has his number one cheerleader in her. Gabby Douglas, the renowned artistic gymnast, is the first African American to have won the Olympic all-around champion in 2012. She began her training at age six after her mother enrolled her in gymnastic classes. When Gabby felt the pressure of being separated from her family she wanted to give up. Her mother’s tough love helped her to hold on strongly. It was that year that she won the gold for individual all-around gymnastics.

DISCIPLINE AND FORESIGHT

Ben Carson’s story is another one that strikes deeply. His mother is a definition of love, discipline and foresight. Ben Carson is a renowned paediatric neurosurgeon who was mothered by a single mother with no formal education.  He said, “She was one of God’s greatest blessings to me and it was her foresight and discernment that pushed me to reach my dreams”. Ben lagged behind academically but his mother taught him that it was in his power to change their life’s situation. When she realised how much of TV her children watched, she curbed it by making them read two books  in a week. That regular reading habit was what Ben later said to be the beginning of his fruitful academic career. Ben Carson’s story enlightens us on what a mother’s love and discipline can do to her child.

INTERPERSONAL SKILL

The importance of a great interpersonal relationship skill cannot be over-emphasized. Many children who have poor relations skills are influenced by their family background. Any mother who encourages her child(ren )to communicate feelings and opinion freely and confidently, correcting any form of impertinence, is good. Great relationships are success markers; show me your friends and I will tell you who you are. The ability for mothers to encourage their children to keep good friends is one great boost that every child needs.

Having said all, I want you to note that your mother is a body of wisdom. If you look closely, you will see in her, several values that will help you go a long way in life. Mothers are priceless and they can lure you to great success.  

Five Things My Parents Could Not Tell Me About Money

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I’m from a society where I repeatedly heard the proverb; “Train up a child in the way he should go…” It is every parent’s responsibilities to train their child. Of a truth, my parents taught me a lot of things – how to cook, politeness, humility, great communication, and human relations. Even before I knew the institution called “School”, they had drilled me to be the amazing kid they wanted.

But as I grew up, I realized there was one thing I just didn’t get right. And I wouldn’t want you to blame me. Neither did my father who is the breadwinner of the family nor my mother who is the home manager made mention of it. In fact, it was like a taboo if I discussed such topic with them. 

You know how awkward it gets when you ask someone about their sex life, right? That was the exact feel whenever I discussed topics about money with my parents; most especially how much they earn and save. I was literally clueless on money matters.

Ignorance stopped being a bliss for me when I gained admission into the higher institution and had to live by myself. “Pocket money” was never enough, neither did I know how to account for my spending.

When it dawned on me that I have mastered many life’s issues from my parents except money, which is also essential, I sought knowledge. 

And here is what I found out:

Money is beautiful but it doesn’t grow simply by admiring it

I had the habit of keeping money when I was younger. I would wrap it up in my closet so that no one would touch it nor rumple it. 

I must have picked this habit from my mother who also kept her money in a knot at the edge of her wrapper, so it wouldn’t get lost. She could keep the money for as long as a month or two, or a year. What she didn’t know was that she could keep the money in a bank for it to accrue interests or invest it, which would bring returns (ROI). She did not know hwo to plant money, to make more money for her. So, she could not teach me, neither did my father.

Money multiplies by investments, just like how seeds multiply by planting. It is not meant to be kept on the table and admired like a meal. This, my parents did not tell me.

Money alone does not bring happiness

Money afforded me all I wanted as a kid – both the necessities and unimportant things of life. I could get all the chocolate, biscuit, sweet, and toys that I craved. So, it was a difficult thing for me to accept that “money doesn’t bring happiness”. 

I thought all I needed to be happy in life, is MONEY. Yes, Money also brings its own share of happiness. With money, you can acquire many good things, live the life of your dreams, and do so much that will make you very happy. However, money alone does not bring happiness. This, my parents could not teach me.

Plan how you want to spend your money – Budgeting

I grew up asking for, receiving and spending money. Little did I know that mindless spending makes one short of money. I spent as I earned and even spent more than I earned, thus I wallowed in debts. I wish my parents had cautioned me when I was younger.

A friend of mine had a journal for recording her income and expenses. She would write all her expenses for the month ahead before she spent any of her money. She as a preference list which she followed religiously. This helped her to effectively monitor, and regulate her spending. This also saved her from reckless spending and debts.

Money Management

Money worries are not meant for adults alone. No child is too small to learn about money; how it is earned with hard work, and most importantly, how to manage and multiply it. 

I shouldn’t have had to become an adult before I know all things are not meant to be bought. If I had been refused several unnecessary things I spent money on when I was a kid, I would have learned to differentiate between needs and wants.

Avoid debts like a plague

Unfortunately, we cannot all avoid debts. Debts can be good, and also unpalatable. Hence, we must tread with caution around it.

Earn more than you borrow so you don’t become saddled with a cliff of debt that is hard to pay off.

In conclusion…

Money respects those who understand it. I learnt this the hard way.

What about you? What were the things your parents did not teach you about money?

Please share them in the comments section below.

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How To Scribe For NgMoneySeries

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Introduction

Hey there, I am happy that you are here. I trust that this article how to scribe for ngmoneyseries will help you. Not only to help you become a ngmoneyseries scribe but also to help you become a great writer. So I’d like it if you paid careful attention.

What and How to Scribe for Ngmoneyseries

scribing at ngmoneyseriesSo there is this guy named Ayo. People call him Dr Ayo as a result of his Vet Medicine background. I wouldn’t give too much thought to that if I were you. You could, however, ask yourself this question. How can one person teach millions of distracted young people everything he knows about money? Well, Dr Ayo is going to use the very thing that is distracting them to teach them.

Leveraging On Trends to Share Insightful Lessons

The beef and the rivalry between Davido and Wizkid is huge. I am sure a Wizkid Fan would have noticed I mentioned Davido ahead of Wizkid. Such a fan is probably already planning how to hate me. Whereas I was only following the simple alphabet order. Insight is a wonderful thing, it just means to see in ways that others are unable to. 

Dr Ayo saw that there were lessons Wizkid and Davido fans could learn from their feud. So he wrote 5 Money Lessons You Could Learn From the Wizkid-Davido Supremacy Battle. Yeah, I know you want to read it too. All trends can teach lessons. This mindset is necessary for how to scribe for ngmoneyseries.

Optimized Titles

Enumeration 

There are a couple of reasons you want to read it. The first is the title is optimized. How so? Notice that it is enumerated. When something is numbered, your mind wants to count it. You already probably imagined what the five lessons could be.

Curiosity

You might have come up with the right lessons. But you wouldn’t know. So you’d just want to click and read. That is curiosity, the second reason.

Relatability

You know it is not a lie, it was all over social media. Here is a youtube blog news from way back that referred to it. You can relate, so you’d want to read. Hence Relatability the third reason.

Celebrity Review, Controversy and Sensitivities.

 Scribing for Ngmoneyseries Speaking of wars, there has always been a gender war. I do think it is unnecessary but it does exist. And you could use it to make your reader want to read. Or make you want to read The One Money Money Strategy that worked for Michelle Obama. Curiosity is wanting to know what that one strategy is. The controversy bait is wondering if it means Michelle was more successful than her husband.

The Necessary Tricks in Your Writing

Active Tenses versus Passive Tenses

You already know I am Dr Ayo. And you already enjoyed the article to this point. Do you know why? This article is optimized. I used active tenses. This is better than saying active tenses were used by me.

Short Tenses and Short Paragraphs

I wrote in short tenses. Your sentences must never exceed twenty. There were places where only four words made the sentence. The shorter the better. Overall make your paragraph short three sentences are okay, only rarely use four sentences.

Transition Sweetly

It really would be nice if you let your thoughts flow as you write. Use transition words to tie your sentences beautifully. 

Watch Your Tone

The write-up tone is very important. It would make us happy if your tone is fun and informative. The disapproving tone is not fun. Keep your perspective positive. If you hold the cup firmly you’d prevent the water from spilling. Every sane adult knows to hold their cups firmly. The last two sentences mean the same thing.  One tone focuses on information of benefit. The second condescends. Avoid condescending tone.

Why You Should Become A Ngmoneyseries Scribe

Where do you come in? I have too many insights than I can write. That is why you will be writing my thoughts for me. You see ngmoneyseries wants to publish as much as five articles daily for the whole year.

How It Works

I will share titles with you. Most times I’ll explain them with a voice note(via WhatsApp). You will research on the title subject. When you are done you’d share with the ngmoneyseries team on google docs.

The Art of Writing

Writing is an art. And all arts flow. Knowing this is how to become a ngmoneyseries scribe. Living this is how to scribe for ngmoneyseries. 

You Are Almost Ready To Become A Ngmoneyseries Scribe

I am sure you have noticed that I have been teaching you the heart of sweet blogging, lol. In the middle is something called SEO (Search Engine Optimization). This is a fancy word for how to make it easy for a web browser to find this post. This is why you’d have noticed, I mentioned the title of this blog three times in this post. 

More on SEO

orange in the middle, icon.Always mention the title in the introduction without it been crass. And then slot it in at least two other places. Do the same thing for the key phrase. Become a ngmoneyseries scribe is the key phrase I chose.

This SEO is also the reason I inserted links to other websites (external links) and links to other posts of ngmoneyseries (internal links).

You are a scribe for ngmoneyseries. You may also want to learn everything Dr Ayo has to offer. This is where best to start.

Finally on How To Become a Ngmoneyseries Scribe

grey in the middle ngmoney logoThank you very much. Do put all these things in mind and practise them as you write. This will be fun. I intentionally didn’t mention the use of correct grammatical constructions. You already know, it’s a given. I use Grammarly, Grammarly helps a lot you can sign up for free here.

All the best!

Ayodamola Olu-Ayoola

Ps: I forgot to tell you. Word count should be a minimum of 750 and a maximum of 1000. Like this one you just read.

Bye, cheers!

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Five Money Mindset Strategies You Need To Master

3 min readMoney is a subject that is widely taught right from the home to school and even at the religious centres, we have received huge information about money. Information plays an important role in how many people relate to money.

One important thing left out is the ‘Mindset’—because money isn’t the currency in your hands or the cash saved in the bank. Mind you, the world is not having “Mono-Currency”. 

Cultivating a strong and positive mindset about money will impact your life greatly.

 

MONEY MINDSET

A money mindset is an overriding attitude that you have about your finances. This attitude is the core belief you have built over the years from the information you received. 

As the old saying goes, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he”. Have you ever wondered about the reasons behind your financial decisions?

A money mindset is a catalyst that influences how you make significant financial decisions every day. 

When you have the right and positive money mindset, you tend to make better and wise choices even in the face of obstacles. That’s the power of positive thinking, and it matters most if you want to achieve your financial goals in life.

Your understanding of money will determine how much money you make, how hard you toil for it and how long it takes. Perspectives are important and this has to do with your mindset.

 

NEGATIVE MONEY MINDSET

No one makes a decision without initial thoughts. The actions we take reveal the thought process behind the scene—so also is the money mindset. Poor mindset leads to poor action and meaningful progress will not be achieved. 

You are either free or imprisoned by your mindset.

Your actions show your thoughts. 

A negative money mindset is not what you were born with but those beliefs that you have cultivated over time. The negative mindsets are:

  •       Fear—unknown, fear of failure, fear of taking (calculated) risks.
  •       Procrastinations.
  •       Past failures.
  •       Intimidation.
  •       The struggle of overcoming past defeats.
  •       Wrong beliefs.

You aren’t defeated because you failed but rather because of your mindset. 

The obstacles before us are the ones our mindset put there. 

You are what you believe and will act accordingly. 

As long as you keep the negative mindset concerning money, you will work hard but earn little because your mindset is yet to SHIFT to the position that attracts, keeps and multiplies money.

People who have a negative mindset remain poor, not for the lack of opportunities or resources but the blindness of their minds. A blind mind will never see opportunities and will always be ignorant of making money.

MIND SHIFT SURGERY

You can’t become financially free with wrong beliefs—that’s impossible. Everyone struggling with a negative mindset needs surgery—MINDSHIFT. A mind shift is the ability to change one’s thoughts and beliefs.

Changing your mindset will move you from lack, struggles, and poverty into abundance—this is not magic but a deliberate sequence of decisions and actions.

FIVE MONEY MIND SHIFT STRATEGIES YOU NEED TO MASTER

Embracing a positive mindset will help with your financial goals. It will help you overcome many obstacles (debts, and Imprudence) in life. When your mind is so rich it will reflect in your life—decisions, and actions.

Most billionaires aren’t wealthy because they inherited wealth or won the jackpot but trained themselves mentally and physically.

These five mind shift strategies about money:

  1. Learn to train your mind to see opportunities instead of focusing on obstacles.
  2. Recognize that most unpleasant financial situations are temporary and are fixable.
  3. Learn to ask for help. Asking isn’t the sign of your weakness but clarity.
  4. Set your financial goals but learn to take it step-by-step and don’t be ashamed of small progress.
  5. Cultivate the habit of investing.

Keep your mind under strong monitoring as you apply these money principles. 

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Seven (7) Unproductive Money Habits, The One Way Out!

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The lives of the rich and famous are often tempting and glamorous. Irresistible; the flashy cars, luxurious life, and expensive outfits that the famous stars often wear. The poor might end up cursing the day they were born but sometimes, the rich are often caught up in the success-web.

Success is the desire of most people (most people hate failure) but not everyone knows how to move on and chase (more) success. Most times, many people are trapped in the cell of success, and their passion and zeal surrender to the most recent success without vision and hunger for more.

Many people were half baked for the success they achieved early in their lives, the fame, and the money was bigger than what they could handle.

As good as success might be, it can also be a huge burden that crushes people if not handled properly. 

Some of the celebrities and athletes that we know went from grace to grass not as a result of laziness but for some untamed habits that shot them down. While some were able to bounce back, others never did.

You must learn to differentiate your seeds from your harvest—seeds produce harvest. 

SEVEN UNPRODUCTIVE MONEY HABITS

Have you seen a successful businessman/woman? Study their habits; perhaps you have seen a poor man, check his habits. Habits are everything—it either makes or mars a person.

The rich do the things that make them rich, while the poor have habits that keep them poor. Below are the seven (7) money habits that make a man poor:

1. Wrong company.

 When a man keeps a company of his sense mates, it may be difficult to make meaningful progress in life. You need a mentor, someone with experience and can provide hindsight & foresight where career and wealth creation is concerned.

2. Inability to invest.

The poor work for money while the rich have money work for them. The rich spend their time looking for the best places/business, to invest their money in a bid to multiply it as time goes on, but the poor hardly save much less invest.

The concept of investing can be best explained from a farmer’s perspective, a farmer will invest (sow the seed) into the earth and get a harvest in return. Lastly, saving doesn’t make you wealthy, investing does.

3. Focus on survival.

The poor are perpetually in “Survival mode”. They acknowledge their needs but they consistently deny themselves by the inability to delay gratification. Moreover, they wallow in self-pity. They hide under escapists’ theories like “all is vanity”. Survive, but more importantly – thrive!

4. Poor money management.

One of the attributes of humans is the ability to manage resources and situations — time, money, problems, success, failures, and.

The poor lack money management skills and will often spend money on wants. The poor are most times unable to differentiate between asset and liability, so they spend more on liabilities than on assets.

5. The poor expect money miracles.

Poor people pray the most, that’s not saying the rich don’t have time for prayers. The expectation of the poor is that miraculous money will drop in their account. Whereas miracles do happen, they are not the foundation upon which wealth creation is built.  Refusal to seek for financial knowledge because one is waiting for miracles is detrimental.

6. Lack of money-making ideas.

One way to make money is “idea”. An idea that solves a problem will make you money and if you are financially intelligent enough- wealthy. You are truly poor only when you lack ideas. Facebook is an idea of Mark; Coca-cola is someone’s idea, Honda automobile is someone’s idea. Great, innovating ideas get you into money.

7. Lack of financial knowledge.

You are only enslaved by what you don’t know. The poor lack the basic knowledge of how to make money and how to make money work for them; thus remaining in poverty. If you know what you don’t know – that is a call to seek knowledge and knowledge is only power when it is applied.

WHAT IS THE WAY OUT?

Discipline.

It may sound simplistic but if something seems simple – it will often require a great deal of attention. Very few people on planet earth are disciplined in their commitment to learning and earning.

Are you disciplined enough to keep working with the principles of wealth creation?

Yes, this is one of the virtues that the rich possess that keeps them on top of their game.

Michelle Obama FI

The One Killer Money Strategy; It Worked For Michelle Obama

4 min readMichelle Obama can make you very rich if only you would apply the same principle that she applied. She has been screaming one killer money strategy at you since forever. Ever wondered about the first African-American first lady of the United States? Her story is an inspiring one.

Born in January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, she is an American lawyer who is also marked as the First Lady of the United States in 2009-2017. Although from a humble background, she learnt the importance of education and by age four, both Michelle and her brother Craig had learnt to read.

Gifted Michelle took and completed accelerated biology courses and also learnt to speak French by sixth grade. She attended Princeton University and graduated Cum laude in 1985 with a B.A. in Sociology then proceeded to study law at Harvard Law School. In the early years of her career, she worked at Sidley Austin’s law firm where she met the love of her life, Barack Obama whom she later married in the year 1992.

As a first lady, she was an inspiring model for women and advocated for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, physical activity and healthy eating.

She is a fashion icon and has an admirable love relationship with her husband. With this you might want to say Michelle had a perfect life. However, this is untrue. Growing up, life was not a bed of roses for Michelle.

Her father suffered from multiple sclerosis which had a weighty emotional consequence on her while growing up. She was also a victim of gender discrimination and often feared people’s negative perception of her. She however discarded every form of negativity around her and used it as a growth fuel. In 2018, she published her book Becoming.

Michelle Obama has been a source of inspiration with her known intelligence and activeness.

With her book “Becoming”, she told her story and one can indirectly say she sold her story. Becoming is a book subdivided into three parts; becoming me, becoming us, becoming more.

Michelle describes her book as an expression of deep personal experience which talks about her background, how she found her voice, her advocacies, life in the white house and her role as a mother and wife. Michelle wrapped her story in a sheet of words and sold it to her readers.

 

What are you doing with your own story?

That one money strategy she has utilized and maximized is the ability to tell one’s story. Every experience that you have had and heard in life should teach you something and to be able to tell your story in a compelling way may change your life and the lives of those who read or listen.

This strategy is not customized for Michelle alone but for as many as are willing to bite into its skin. Your life is a story worth a million dollars!

Your failures, success, wars, battles, victories, laughter, tears…can inspire and motivate.

Motivation, by the way, is a business that sells now. With the increasing rate of hopelessness and depression worldwide, people no longer look only to their religion for hope but also seek stories of those who have fought wars and have won them.

So, can you sell your victories to become more victorious?

Can you make a million telling the world about your resounding laughter despite the bitter tears you have shed hitherto?

Yes, you can!

At this point, you must be thinking “well, it will only work for those who have stories, I don’t have a story to tell”. Lie! A big fat one!

Everyone has a story; maybe you mean to say an incomplete one, but the truth is that you have a story to tell.  Your life is a book, every day make up the pages, and every season, new chapters.

While you wait out to have a complete story, you should also realize that even your smallest victory is a story that can inspire someone out there. And every attempt to grow and achieve something bigger or rise above a certain level is an added story to tell, something more to catapult you your worth from a few thousand to some millions.

 

How then can I tell my stories?

You are probably thinking; “I don’t want to be a book writer, I don’t like to write, writing is not my thing”. Am I right?  Let me say these and you should listen or in this case read well. To tell your story is not limited to writing a book.

You do not have to write a book to sell your story. There are several other ways and all you have to do is identify them.

Have you thought of public speaking or the fashion industry and photography also? These mediums are arts that can act as your storyteller.

Have you wondered about some singers and their singing styles? Bob Marley for instance; an advocate for Pan-Africanism whose songs had a high sense of spirituality accompanied by his music style of reggae. He was an advocate for peace, hope and unity in a strife-ridden world.

Music was the key instrument with which Bob Marley used to make the masses aware of the injustices in the world. I could go on and on about how music was a medium of expression to the late musician but that would be switching focus, right?

The point is this; you can tell your stories in several ways that are profitable.

Make a habit of recording and journaling your experiences. Your everyday story might not be a hit but it sure is a gallery of many pictures that will later make up one sweet, inspiring and money spitting image.

You might be young without a complete story yet but you should know that you can tell your story in several profitable ways.  

Don’t fail where most people fail – they fail to start, they fail to try and they fail to continue.

12 words FI

Twelve Words That Locked All Your Money Up

4 min read

The mind works in unfathomable ways, words are the command of life itself, the command of money too. Not knowing these twelve words that locked all your up isn’t a good thing.

Some years ago I had a light bulb moment, my eyes lit up as I listened intently to the financial intelligence expert who spoke on investments, financial intelligence, and passive income. I was in my 20’s and I had never understood what those words meant and how they impacted my chance of escaping poverty and achieving everything I dreamt of. 

If I didn’t understand those basic money principles, how could I make them work for me? The truth is, most of the principles of financial freedom have been codified into words.

Understanding and making use of these words (codified principles) in our daily decision making is what helps us achieve financial freedom. Let’s talk about some major ones.

Financial Intelligence is one of the phrases that changed my perspective on how money works. Just as you need emotional intelligence to make your relationships thrive, you need financial intelligence to make the right decisions concerning money. There is a right way to think about money – learn it!

One of the major concepts financial intelligence affords you is a basic understanding of TAX. Tax is one of the most mysterious money-words. The rich try to avoid it and the poor have no clue how it works. But just because you don’t know a substance is poisonous doesn’t mean it won’t hurt you. Whether you are self-employed or a businessman, taxation influences your financial freedom in a great way.

Passive Income is a phrase that confuses a lot of financial illiterates. Passive income is often seen as ponzi scheme to some folks and this a great injustice to financial intelligence. Just as you work actively to generate income, passive income is generated when you’ve invested money (into ventures).

Owning one percent (1%) of the shares at Google makes me a billionaire; not because I code or write algorithms but because what I invested will yield ROI (Return on Investment).

Yes, there is no form of business venture or investment that does not have a level of RISK in it. Many people run away from risk without knowing that risk is a part of life.

Mark Zuckerberg said that the greatest risk is not taking any risks. The wisdom here is to take calculated risks.

Partnerships: the backbone of most wealthy individuals is the strategic partnerships that they have other people. Research shows that businesses that were started by two or more people have a higher chance of being successful than that of a sole proprietor.

The goal of having a partner is to complement your skill and personality deficiency. You don’t partner just for partnering sake; you partner because there is something unique that your partner can offer.

BRAND: what if you decide not to enter a partnership, then it is important to develop a very strong brand (read more here -5 Reason You Are Probably Still Poor).

Actually, it’s not only single founders that should develop a brand. Your brand is the projection of who you are and your value. Having Donald Trump’s (before he became President) name on any real estate implies a Gold Standard. You like it or not, that’s what his brand is. The more your brand is worth, the higher the chances of you achieving financial freedom.

VALUE: the more valuable your brand is, the more financial returns it brings to you. Someone told me recently that money responds to value. So instead of chasing money, why not focus on adding value. Mark Zuckerberg is quite wealthy today because of the amount of value he brings. That’s the same reason why some top athletes make considerably more money than their teammates –the extra value they bring to the team.

I was at a conference some years ago, where one of the speakers said that ‘because you are worth something does not mean that people will value you the same way’.

Just because you see yourself as worth something does not mean other people will see you as such.

A process of bridging the gap is NEGOTIATION.

Negotiation has to do with seeing things from the perspective of your business partner and leveraging on that to get whatever you want. The only way you can get what you really deserve is by negotiating for it. Ask Donald Trump why he wrote the book “The Art of the Deal”.

The major key to successful negotiations is COMMUNICATION. Okay.

I can hear someone say “Is it not just about talking or speaking?”

Communication is probably one of the most underrated skills; no wonder the Toastmasters International makes it their focus.

Excellent communication skills are essential to pitch your ideas to investors, to cast your vision to your team. It is practically impossible to influence people without being skillful at communicating.

After communication, MARKETING is probably the next most important word for an individual or a business.

The truth is, we are all selling something. How well you can sell yourself will influence the rate at which you attain financial freedom. It’s not surprising that Fortune 500 companies spend millions of dollars annually as their marketing budget.

Marketing is about sharing stories; stories that will ultimately convince people to buy your product or service. What sharing stories also does is to help expand your NETWORK.

Entrepreneur Dan Lok said that he will rather spend time with people he has a common future with than people he has a common past with.

The more valuable your network is, the more your chances of escaping poverty and achieving financial freedom.

We probably have been talking about a lot of ideas and “soft stuff” but what makes them all work is EXECUTION.

A renowned NASA scientist said that “one test is worth ten thousand expert opinions”. Execution eats ideation and planning up for dinner. Execution is where the juice is.

There are thousands of other words – codified principles – that their understanding and correct application will help you attain financial freedom.

Imbibe these words and see as they revolutionize your money life.

service2wealth

The Service-Wealth Proportion as a Principle for making Money.

5 min read

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:

  1. Aliko Dangote  –          Sugar, flour, cement.
  2. Mike Adenuga  –         Telecommunication, petroleum
  3. Folorunsho Alakija –  Fashion industry, oil.
  4. 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.