Meditate

The art of meditation is an important exercise everyone needs to get involved in.  Meditation means thinking deeply, focusing the mind for a period of time.

If all you do is just read the bible and move along, you can never really understand the contents. Proper understanding starts from reading and re-reading the contents, carefully meditating upon it until it clicks.

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” – Joshua 1:8 (NLT)

“Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long.” – Psalms 119: 97 (NLT)

You have to stop reading the bible because you have to, you need to read the bible with a sincere motive of “I want to experience God for myself”.

The reason you seem to not have enough of God on the inside of yourself is because you do not have enough understanding of the scriptures and these deep understanding will only come when you meditate upon what the scriptures is really saying and how you might apply it into your life.

It is the application of these principles into your life that brings good success. That is what the bible says in Joshua 1:8; it says YOU will make your own way prosperous. That is a personal responsibility for you to do.

The more you meditate upon the scriptures, the more of it that will be inside your consciousness.

 


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Create (more) value

The path to making money and making more money is by creating value, real value for your customers.

As a Physicist who tries to always express everything mathematically, I will say that the amount of money you can make from your business is directly proportional to the amount of value you provide.

Therefore, the business man that wants to make money at all, takes a step back from what everybody else is doing and looks at the whole chain, hunting for a good spot where she can add more value. By adding more value, she will stand out from the crowd and she can actually charge more for her services.

As a practical example: most school owners that want to make more money organise after school hours lessons wherein the kid is taught (or rather, re-taught) things they have already been taught earlier in the day. Using this principle of looking for a good spot, a smart person can decide that rather than create yet another after school lesson I will create a after school experience for the kids to teach them non-school stuff that they will find extra useful.

Imagine an after school lesson that teaches kids leadership, entrepreneurship, real computer skills (things like Corel Draw, Photoshop, web designing and some other programming), musical instruments etc. The value can be explained to parents and you can charge serious money for things like these rather than offering what everyone else is offering.

The key question to all of these is the simple question: How can I add more value to my customers?

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The grasshopper mind

There are giants and then there are grasshoppers.

What makes a man a giant or a grasshopper is simply his state of mind. What can you see inside of yourself?

Thinking BIG is the only way you can actually grow your small one man business into something meaniful. You have to believe from the depth of your heart that you can really execute the big vision in your mind, even though you are starting small.

When I sat down to draft my own vision 2020, I could not help but laugh at myself. The goals I set were simply impossible. You have to banish fear and set real goals!

You need to build up a strong mind and convince yourself that whether you have $1 or $1 billion, you can get the resources you need to do anything you need to do. You have to discard the grasshopper mindset and start seeing yourself as a GIANT that you truly are.

Let me expose a well guarded secret; all these billionaires you see around are not really richer than you! I recently read somewhere that for many years Dangote Group was neck deep in debt and they owed many banks. Yet for all those years you were praying to become as rich as Dangote.

The difference between you and Dangote is that Dangote has the mind of a giant and he can boldly walk to any bank in Nigeria to demand he needs money to build new factories, but you would not.

In case your mind read that wrongly, let me say it again: You CAN approach banks and ask for money or think of really crazy ways to make money that can kick start your vision, but you WONT. Grasshopper mind at work!

Let me demystify everything: Dangote is not richer than you, he merely has more assets than you. That Dangote is called a billionaire today does not necessarily means he has billions in his bank account, it means that if we sell off the Dangote Group, we will get billions of dollars. But once upon a time, his assets were worth nothing. What transformed him into the billionaire he is today is that giant mindset I have been talking about.

Giant thinking is what will propel your small business into a world scale business. How big can you think? How far can you see?

Food for thought, certainly.

(P.S. You might want to read this Post over and over again until you finally understand it. I am sure I will read this Post at least 7 times even though I wrote it.)

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Asking the right questions

Asking the right questions is much more important than even knowing the answers. No matter how wise you may be, if you are asked the wrong question, then your wisdom does not count.

It will not count at all.

That is why it is super helpful to spend more time in search of the right questions, questioning your questions until you get the right question.

It is asking the right questions that unlocks the right answers and the breakthrough ideas.

One of the greatest skills you can ever develop is the skill of asking questions. In your meetings with customers, mentors, and senior colleagues, it is your ability to ask the right questions that will help you learn anything of value from them.

As an Entrepreneur, you must go out there and talk to people! You have limited time and resources, why would you want to use it to create a business service or product nobody needs? Most times, It is in your conversation with your target customers that you discover what they really need and you can set out to provide it.

The lack of asking questions is one reason why all the foreign aids and NGOs working all around Africa seem not to be working. How can you help people you do not understand? Rather than visit your target communities and spend quality time talking to the people on ground, find their pain points and look for ways of really empowering them, NGOs tend to sit inside air conditioned conference rooms, talk all day and issue contracts to go share “relief” items.

Always ask the right questions, it is much more important than knowing the answers.

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Nothing but the very best

A great way to become really good at whatever you are doing is to decide to always produce nothing than the very best you are capable of doing.

Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all you have got. You have to pour in your soul into it, that way you are really getting better because any time you run out of your depth, it shows that it is time to come up with something else. Time to go learn something new.

Except you plan to be enslaved to money, doing projects simply because of the pay is a pretty bad idea.

There are tons of money you can make from projects about things you are really passionate about, why would you then pick a job you will not be passionate about?

I am yet to find a profession that has not (and cannot) yield at least a millionaire if you keep digging into it.

So, you can make up your mind today… The very best you can do OR nothing!

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Make money

As a business owner, your #1 goal is to make money. Simple.

Money is the life blood of the business, if money stops flowing in the business, the business dies. It is a very simple metric to track, yet businesses collapse everyday because they lost track of their cash flow.

In most cases, it is the money you have that determines whether you can continue to operate as a business or if everybody goes home. The need for a business to make money is real and it is amazing that we suddenly need to remind people to make money.

These days, we have a whole new class of “businesses”, they usually call themselves Tech Startups – they launch without any business model or plans to actually make money. That works well in Silicon Valley for companies like Instagram and the rest, but it just cannot work over here because the landscape is totally different.

If your business is not making any money, it is not a business… it is a busyness and you ought to know the difference. We are nearly at a stage where people are actually afraid to put a price tag on their offers, looking at giving it away for free and we can talk about making money later.

As a business owner, you must have a mindset of how will we make money from this idea we have? That is the right question that will get things going in your mind.

A business owner needs to stop thinking about how can I raise more money for my business from investors, she really needs to think about how can I make more money for my business from my customers. Stop looking at raising money, make the money instead.

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In search of quotable quotes

There is serious rush for inspiration nowadays, as people seek one liners and deep thoughts they can easily share on social media.

On some levels, an argument can be made that we have more or less trimmed down life into seeking quotable quotes. Looking for the next fantastic combination of words that will get our head spinning.

Well, let me be honest with you; learning all the quotable quotes in the world does not count. If you are still not taking concrete steps in pursuit of your goals, if you are still not taking action, it does not count!

We have somehow replaced technical depth, real skills for fluency in quotable quotes. You discuss with some people and within 10 minutes of your interaction, they have quoted from 35 different sources, all quotes usually out of context. We are now in an era when people actually step out to start businesses and initiatives without first acquiring real knowledge and training with respect to what they want to do.

I once did some analysis and found out that people who attend motivational seminars very often rarely make it in the real world. Majority of them usually end up becoming motivational speakers also, motivating another set of people and the circle repeats itself. I wonder if you have noticed that also?

I think this tells us that the quotes peddled around therefore have no real long term value.

So, maybe you really should stop reading those motivational books. Maybe you should stop cramming quotable quotes. What you really need is knowledge, knowledge is the raw data required for creativity. With knowledge, you begin to actually empower your mind to see things clearly.

It is real skills that gets you ahead, not quotable quotes.

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  • Nigerian blogger, Linda Ikeji is having some troubles over claims of copyright infringement. Is Google really going to delete her blog? (Part of the problem here is that she makes so much money yet she seems totally clueless about how to build a real business)

 


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God does not exist

God does not exist, He is merely a figment of your rich imagination until you can prove otherwise.

I do not think it is a smart move to argue with Atheists – people who are convinced there is no God. If anybody says there is no God, the best thing is to leave her alone.

The best way to make a case for your God is not by arguing he exists, or bombing his name into the hearts of men the way the Jihadists are doing it. It is by PROVING it beyond any reasonable doubt.

“For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.” – 1 Corinth 4:20 (NKJV)

Hence, proof that God exists is not supposed to be debated, you are supposed to show us by exhibiting THE POWER. Show us something that only God could have done, something we could not get by brilliance or proper planning.

I think it is scriptural not to physically fight or argue for the reality of your God:

Consider Judges 6: 28 – 32

And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, there was the altar of Baal, torn down; and the wooden image that was beside it was cut down, and the second bull was being offered on the altar which had been built. 29 So they said to one another, “Who has done this thing?” And when they had inquired and asked, they said, “Gideon the son of Joash has done this thing.” 30 Then the men of the city said to Joash, “Bring out your son, that he may die, because he has torn down the altar of Baal, and because he has cut down the wooden image that was beside it.”

31 But Joash said to all who stood against him, “Would you plead for Baal? Would you save him? Let the one who would plead for him be put to death by morning! If he is a god, let him plead for himself, because his altar has been torn down!” 32 Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, “Let Baal plead against him, because he has torn down his altar.”

– Judges 6: 28 -32 (NKJV)

Therefore, if your God really exists, then he ought to prove him by himself. And God does that all the time through works of wonders. He does it through the mighty works of wonders he performs through you! That was how he was able to prove to Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt that indeed he is alive and not joking. It is not by debates, street protests and the likes.

It is up to us to prove that indeed our God is alive and well, that we are not just fanatics lost in the webs of religion.

It is not an issue of “I have peace, you can not have peace without Jesus” or an issue of “without Jesus, you are on the highway to hell fire”. While both statements may be true, it is of no meaning to an Atheist. To this man, all this things are meaningless.

The best way to make a case that God exists is results! We must produce real, pragmatic results for the world to see.

How can we convince people God is the great creator of everything we can see when our churches are shabby and look like glorified poultries? How can we convince people God enriches and adds no sorry when the richest men in town are cultists?

I am looking forward to a time when the richest man in the world will declare boldly that GOD is the source of his wealth. Today, a lot of Physicists claim to be Atheist, I am looking forward to a time when the greatest theories will be discovered and the person who makes the discoveries is a Christian who declares boldly that GOD gave him the theory.

One of my mission in life is to ensure that the next generation, those coming up after me will never aspire to operate outside God. By the time they see real exploits God is using us for, their role models will not be Hip Hop artists high on weed and drugs, they will be real Christians making real advancements in every sector of the economy, influencing every sphere of life.

We have to prove God can do so much more for us and through us. We have to prove we can outshine, outclass and outsmart them all; everyone who claims to be achieving success without God.

I want to turn the world downside up for God, what about you?

 


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It is all part of the journey

Omnific Works, my technology company recently turned 2 years old and I thought to myself whether there be any reason to celebrate and whether I even had anything to celebrate. I am not yet a millionaire and I still require my Dad to bail me out financially when things go really rough.

Amidst all these musing, a thought flashed my mind:

“Behind every successful man are years of failure.”

Everybody who turns out to be truly successful must have passed through the valley of the shadow of death at some point or the other. Dig into the biographies of great men, from the ancient era of people like Joseph, Moses, King David, and on to modern times of people like Steve Jobs, Olusegun Obasanjo. Question your mentors that are actually successful, everyone had to go through failure, betrayal, and real pain.

The things that makes us truly successful are the hard lessons learnt during the season of failure. I can even make a sound case on why early success can even kill you.

Furthermore; it dawned on me that most new businesses fail within the first 2 years, as much as 90% of new businesses and initiatives simply fail to survive the first 2 years. Saying Omnific Works is 2 years old is pretty modest, even though I got it registered legitimately in 2012, the seeds that grew into Omnific Works were sown in 2009. So, on paper we are 2 years old yet there is no sign that Omnific Works is going away or can go away. In 2012, a friend wanted to know my back up plan and I then declared to him that I had no back up plan; it is either it works or it works. I was not drawing up alternative plans or even thinking about it.

I am earnestly waiting for the world’s media to describe me as an overnight success when I finally hit the spotlight, the joy for me is that for those who really know me, they realise that my overnight success will have taken nearly a decade to accomplish.

Somehow, the tenacity and never-say-die spirit developed to keep pushing against all odds and common sense is all part of the journey.

My mentor says you should befriend a person who has had many troubles and yet stayed intact; that shows he has “disaster management skills”. As for people who claim to have never had any serious problem? Kindly run away from them because when the first problem strikes, they might just collapse under the strike.

To truly succeed in life, it is not only the glossy, flamboyant things that count. Our failures and bitter experiences are just as important, if not even much more important!

It is all part of the journey.

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Capacity on the inside

One of the difference between great people and mediocre is planning and attention to detail. A good planner can easily execute 10 projects simultaneously, switching from task to task with great ease while a mediocre will barely be able to run and properly execute one project effectively.

What makes this difference?

I think it is the capacity within. I firmly believe that anyone can perform at their peak if they take time to develop themselves into the very best they can.

Most people that honestly sit down and ask themselves: “Am I operating at my peak? Am I doing the best I can do?” usually answer NO. There is usually this feeling deep down inside that i can do much more than I am currently doing.

One trend in the business space recently is an influx of people who moan over lack of money as a reason they cannot pursue their business ideas. Yet, I think they are missing the real issue. It is an issue of capacity!

Everyone will move ahead much faster if they took time to acquire skills and develop capacity on the inside.

Many people want to start businesses and the only knowledge they are equipped with are 10,000 quotable quotes! They know NOTHING about marketing, strategy, basic business accounting, business law and a dozen other essential things every serious business owner needs to know. Running a business is not an evening stroll with your significant other, where all that is required is laughter and sincerity.

The Japanese say “Business is War”, and my own personal research agrees with them.

Whatsoever you are thinking of spending your time and life doing, you should develop capacity to handle it.

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