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Nine Things More Important Than Money

By Jim Rohn

When starting any enterprise or business, whether it is full-time or part-time, we all know the value of having plenty of capital (money). But I bet we both know or at least have heard of people who started with no capital who went on to make fortunes. How? You may ask.

Well, I believe there are actually some things that are more valuable than capital that can lead to your entrepreneurial success. Let me give you the list.

1. Time
Time is more valuable than capital. The time you set aside not to be wasted, not to be given away. Time you set aside to be invested in an enterprise that brings value to the marketplace with the hope of making a profit. Now we have capital time.

How valuable is time? Time properly invested is worth a fortune. Time wasted can be devastation. Time invested can perform miracles, so you invest your time.

2. Desperation
I have a friend, Lydia, whose first major investment in her new enterprise was desperation. She said, “My kids are hungry, I’ve gotta make this work. If this doesn’t work, what will I do?” So she invested $1 in her enterprise selling a product she believed in. The $1 was to buy a few flyers so she could make a sale at retail, collect the money and then buy the product wholesale to deliver back to the customer.

My friend Bill Bailey went to Chicago as a teenager after he got out of high school. And the first job he got was as a night janitor. Someone said, “Bill, why would you settle for night janitor?” He said, “Malnutrition.” You work at whatever you can possibly get when you get hungry. You go to work somewhere—night janitor, it doesn’t matter where it is. Years later now, Bill is a recipient of the Horatio Alger award, rich and powerful and one of the great examples of lifestyle that I know. But, his first job—night janitor. Desperation can be a powerful incentive. When you say, “I must.”

3. Determination
Determination says I will. First Lydia said, “I must find a customer.” Desperation. Second, she said, “I will find someone before this first day is over.” Sure enough, she found someone. She said, “If it works once, it will work again.” But then the next person said, “No.” Now what must you invest?

4. Courage
Courage is more valuable than capital. If you’ve only got $1 and a lot of courage, I’m telling you, you’ve got a good future ahead of you. Courage in spite of the circumstances. Humans can do the most incredible things no matter what happens. Haven’t we heard the stories? There are some recent ones from Kosovo that are some of the most classic, unbelievable stories of being in the depths of hell and finally making it out. It’s humans. You can’t sell humans short. Courage in spite of, not because of, but in spite of. Now once Lydia has made 3 or 4 sales and gotten going, here’s what now takes over.

5. Ambition
“Wow! If I can sell 3, I can sell 33. If I can sell 33, I can sell 103.” Wow. Lydia is now dazzled by her own dreams of the future.

6. Faith
Now she begins to believe she’s got a good product. This is probably a good company. And she then starts to believe in herself. Lydia, single mother, 2 kids, no job. “My gosh, I’m going to pull it off!” Her self-esteem starts to soar. These are investments that are unmatched. Money can’t touch it. What if you had a million dollars and no faith? You’d be poor. You wouldn’t be rich. Now here is the next one, the reason why she’s a millionaire today.

7. Ingenuity
Putting your brains to work. Probably up until now, you’ve put about 1/10 of your brainpower to work. What if you employed the other 9/10? You can’t believe what can happen. Humans can come up with the most intriguing things to do. Ingenuity. What’s ingenuity worth? A fortune. It is more valuable than money. All you need is a $1 and plenty of ingenuity. Figuring out a way to make it work, make it work, make it work.

8. Heart and Soul
What is a substitute for heart and soul? It’s not money. Money can’t buy heart and soul. Heart and soul is more valuable than a million dollars. A million dollars without heart and soul, you have no life. You are ineffective. But, heart and soul is like the unseen magic that moves people, moves people to buy, moves people to make decisions, moves people to act, moves people to respond.

9. Personality
You’ve just got to spruce up and sharpen up your own personality. You’ve got plenty of personality. Just get it developed to where it is effective every day, effective no matter who you talk to, whether it is a child or whether it is a business person, whether it is a rich person or a poor person. A unique personality that is at home anywhere. One of my mentors, Bill Bailey, taught me, “You’ve got to learn to be just as comfortable, Mr. Rohn, whether it is in a little shack in Kentucky having a beer and watching the fights with Winfred, my old friend or in a Georgian mansion in Washington, DC as the Senator’s guest.” Move with ease whether it is with the rich or whether it is with the poor. And it makes no difference to you who is rich or who is poor. A chance to have a unique relationship with whomever. The kind of personality that ‘s comfortable. The kind of personality that’s not bent out of shape.

And lastly, let’s not forget charisma and sophistication. Charisma with a touch of humility. This entire list is more valuable than money. With one dollar and the list I just gave you, the world is yours. It belongs to you, whatever piece of it you desire whatever development you wish for your life. I’ve given you the secret. Capital. The kind of capital that is more valuable than money and that can secure your future and fortune. Remember that you lack not the resources.

Source: Jim Rohn Newsletter, July 30, 2012

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Celebrate Your Life

By Saji Ijiyemi

This is the last step in my piece “Seed, Time, Harvest and How to Reap the Best in Life“. In previous steps, you’ve cultivated and prepared the ground (of your mind), you’ve planted good seeds (thoughts), you’ve nurtured, cared for and protected the seeds, and you’ve waited patiently for the seeds to grow, mature, and bear good fruits. The next and final step is to celebrate because it’s harvest time. Before you read further, I will encourage you to review the previous steps so you know how we got here.

1.  Prepare the Ground

2. Get Good Seeds

3. Nurture the Plant

4. Be Patient – It’s Time to Wait

5. Celebrate! It’s Harvest Time

You’ve worked hard while others waited on luck, you’ve waited your time while others wasted their time, and you’ve sacrificed while others cannot delay gratification. Years have gone by. Time has passed. Payday has come. It’s harvest time!

When you finally get the best grades and graduated as the best in your class, when you finally rise to the top in your chosen career, when you finally become a successful Executive or Entrepreneur, when you finally see your ideas, dreams, and visions become a reality, take time to celebrate and throw a party. Some people are going to hate you for it. Others are going to call you names. Please don’t let them bother you. Criticism comes with success, you should get comfortable with it (except if you succeed by illegal and unethical means).

When you become successful and begin to live the life you’ve worked hard and prepared for, it’s wise to give to the poor, invest part of your fortune, or donate to worthy causes. But it’s unwise to jump into the ditch in an attempt to help those who are trapped – it’s better to stay on top and let down a lifeline.

 It’s our nature: Human beings like success but they hate successful people. – Carrot Top, American Comedian

Harvest time is not the time to feel bad because things are going well for you, it’s the time to bring the fruits in else they overripe and begin to grow bad. Where were your critics when you were studying hard, working hard, and sacrificing hard towards a better future? They were ignorance of your pain but now complain of your gain. Never allow those who are living their nightmares stop you from living your dreams. I love Carrot Top’s statement when he said “It’s our nature: Human beings like success but they hate successful people.” You’ve paid the price, why should anyone be angry because you’re picking up the goods?

Those who are ignorance of your pain will often complain of your gain. – Saji Ijiyemi

Remember that success has many friends. Many weeds will try to come back and contaminate your successful life. Many pests will want to destroy your harvest. You need to continuously manage your success and keep the weeds and the pests out.

In all, I hope you celebrate your life and enjoy every minute of it. You’ve earned it and you deserve it.

Final Words
Take some time to think about what you want to harvest 5, 10, 15, or 20 years from now, go and get the seeds of what you want to harvest in your future and start planting them now. If you want to be the best in your class, study! Study!! Study!!! If you want to be a Medical Doctor, go and enroll in a Medical School; if you want to be an author, get rid of activities that are disturbing you from writing and start writing. Only thieves want to harvest where they have not planted. I hope these tips help you get your life on the path to a great future. Have a great life!


Saji Ijiyemi

Saji Ijiyemi is a professional speaker, an author, a motivational coach, a youth mentor, and a friend. His goal is to help you discover your true potential, uncover your hidden abilities, and recover the life you’ve always wanted. Saji is the author of a new best-selling book “Don’t Die Sitting” and he shares personal, professional and leadership development thoughts on his Plus Attitudes Blog. You can connect with him on FaceBook, follow him on Twitter, join his circle on Google Plus.

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Seed, Time, and Harvest – How to Reap the Best in Life

By Saji Ijiyemi

pet plant

pet plant (Photo credit: Michael Sarver)

Whatever you plant will grow. If you plant nothing, weeds will grow and you will harvest nothing. Many people want to reap good grades, great spouse, wonderful family, high paying jobs, and a great life. But great life does not just happen; you have to want it bad enough to prepare for it. I shared five essential actions to take to reap the best in life:

1.Prepare the ground

2.Get a good seed

3.Nurture the Plant

4.Be Patient

5.Celebrate! It’s harvest time

Now let me share briefly on each of the action steps:

As long as the world exists, there will be a time for planting and a time for harvest – The Bible, Gen. 8:22

1. Prepare the Ground 
The first step to reaping a great future is to prepare the ground of your mind. A good ground will produce good fruit. The first instruction God gave to man was to cultivate the garden and guard it. The garden of your life is your mind. To cultivate is to prepare and work on your mind (the garden) in order to produce a good harvest. Many people have good seeds, but good seeds planted on a bad soil will grow badly — if it grows at all. Start preparing your mind for a good future today. Get rid of weeds (things that you don’t want) that are growing there. A wise man advised that you “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” That is a serious statement; your mind determines the course of your life, do all you can to protect it. Don’t allow anybody or the media to dump garbage on the garden of your mind. This is your life, please protect it!

2. Get Good Seeds

After you’ve prepared the soil and it’s now fertile for seeding, you need to get some good seeds. If you don’t plant good seeds in your mind, weeds of bad behavior will grow there. Given the right condition, the soil will incubate and grow any seed you put in it. The health of your seeds will determine the health of your harvest. Good seeds will produce good harvest; bad seeds will produce a bad harvest.

The health of your seeds will determine the health of your harvest. – Saji Ijiyemi

Remember, only weeds grow where they are not planted. After your mind is prepared, start screening what you want to plant there. These are some good seeds (thoughts) to allow in your heart: anything that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. If anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things. There are also bad seeds you should keep away from polluting your mind: envy, gossip, pornography, sexual immorality, bullying, stealing, hating, and all other behaviors that are not worthy of copying. If you allow these thoughts to grow in your mind, they will hinder your harvest of a great life.

3. Nurture the Plant

You’ve prepared and work on your mind (the garden) to produce a good harvest. You’ve screened and planted only good seeds in your mind. Now is the time to nurture the plant as it begins to grow. Weeds will try to grow again but you have to constantly get rid of them. You have to water the seed regularly; it is not a one-time thing. For example, if you’ve planted seeds of great marriage by becoming a better person yourself, you should constantly water the seedlings to make sure you are still true to your commitments. Sometimes you have to prune your garden to selectively remove unhealthy thoughts, and reduce risk from bad thoughts that keep bombarding you every day.

Pruning involves the “targeted removal of diseased, damaged, dead, non-productive, structurally unsound, or otherwise unwanted tissue from crop and landscape plants.” If that sound like any of your friends, music, movies, magazines, or conversations, get rid of them – they are going to infect your good seeds. Again, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Your mind determines the course of your life, do all you can to protect it.

4. Be Patient — It’s Time to Wait
Almost everybody agrees that there is a time to plant and a time to harvest but we often forget a time to wait. We live in a microwave, fast-food, I-can’t-wait, give-it-to-me-now generation. We want it quickly and we want it now.

If you go in to or drive-through a fast-food joint, you get a fast food, eat it on the go or while sitting for a few minutes. However, if you go to full service, sit-down restaurants, you’ll discover that everything takes time and menus are served in courses: first the drinks, then the appetizers or soups, followed by the main course, and topped-off with the dessert. You can’t get all that through the window, you just have to sit down, relax, and wait.

Don’t let the shortcuts in life cut your life short – Saji Ijiyemi

If you desire a well aromatized and fragrant future, be patient, work for it, and wait for it. So many talented, highly gifted, well-educated are in jail right now because they want to make millions in their teens and twenties. They fraud, deceive, and dupe others in the name of business but their motive is deadly. Be careful of people who want to make money from anything and everything, their love for money will one day lead them in the wrong path.

It takes about 58 days to 100 days to harvest corn, about 10 to 15 years for a palm tree to reach full production, “An oak tree will produce its first good seed crop when it is 40-50 years old.” Be patient my friend; don’t let the shortcuts of life cut your life short.

Culled from Plus Attitudes

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A Psalm of Life

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell me not in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou are, to dust thou returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act, – act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sand of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

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Be Free, Manifest and Succeed

By Babatunde Oladele

I got this insight after watching a movie entitled “Bubble Boy.”

Humans, when caged by self, dogma or fellow humans cannot be free, neither can they manifest their full potential nor succeed in their endeavours. The very thought of freedom, manifestation, and success suggests an image of outward flow of activities rather than an inward blossom.

However, freedom, manifestation and success do not happen without some degrees of internal and external struggles. These restrictions usually come in form of limitations imposed by the self, others or the environment; and it is to the extent that you overcome them that you will be free, become and succeed.

Therefore, to be free, to manifest and to succeed, here are three keys you may find very helpful:

1. Go out

You cannot reach your full potential unless you go out of your comfort zone. Have you seen a tortoise moving before? No matter how big or small it is, it cannot move anywhere until it juts its head out of the shell. Humans are no different; there is no progress unless you go out of your shell. You cannot succeed unless you discard the limiting beliefs and self-doubts that have held you down for whatever length of time. To grow, you need to proceed from one level of reasoning or operation to the next. To succeed, you have to go out of the miry of nonchalance and average performance.

2. Reach out

As you go out of your comfort zone or bland level to pursue your dreams and ideals, you also need to reach out to people and resources that will help you to achieve your objectives along the way. Fortune most often does not favour the taciturn. You need to identify the persons or association that can enhance you as a person as well as enable you to accomplish your aim, and then reach out to them. This is not limited to humans alone; as you are “going out” you will also encounter books, events and other resources that will be helpful to you. Reach out to them, subscribe to them, engage them and assimilate them.

3. Launch out

To the extent that you have gone out and reached out, you also need to launch out with the idea and initiative you have been nursing, or those that occur to you as you become. A popular maxim holds that “people will not celebrate you for your intentions, but your actions.” To succeed, you need to have a sizable action quotient per day. And the key to doing that is making every hour count. Input substance into your hours and you will have a productive day. Never let an hour pass by without a substantial investment of rigorous thinking or effort with short, medium or long-term yield in it. Even the chunk of time you take to rest or spend with your family constitutes a judicious investment of time that will produce positives. So, don’t think it’s all about working alone.

So, dare the odds and discouragements to launch out and start that business, NGO, product/service line, and whatever it is that you have tucked in the recess of your mind for so long. Don’t fall victim of the paralysis that develops from over-analysis. You will never know all there is to know, have all you need to start, nor have a panoramic view of all there is to see about the idea anyway. So start where you are.

I conclude with a saying I heard some years ago, “instead of waiting for a perfect time, make the present time perfect.”

#Babatunde Oladele is a wordsmith, a content consultant and a [Bible-based] life coach. He consults for individuals and corporate organisations on research, writing, editorial, publishing, and post-production matters. He can be reached on babatunde.oladele@gmail.com

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365 GRAINS WITHOUT GAINS

By Adeleke Adeite

A typical Deutsche Bahn railway station clock

Every tick of the clock adds to your age in life.

Does it add or subtract from your value in life?

Each seconds comes with supplies and surprises,

Do you snob them or make them your super spices.

 

Each minute is either a miracle or a mild manacle,

What you do with it brings you rest or ridicule.

Each hour brings hope and help for a new height,

How you use it determines your next… flight.

 

Days are designed to bring dull or daring desire.

Fly high, fall flat or flaunt flowers you are free to fire.

Each week is a world of woe, worth, want and wealth,

What you wield, bring you love or hate, life or death.

 

Each month is a costly commodity, more like money,

It becomes part of your history when you spend it.

Each year comes in a package of yearnings or yield,

365 grains without gains makes a fruitless field.

 

Tick, another time has gone now…

#Adeleke Adeite is a graduate of Economics Education from the University of Ado Ekiti,. He is a poet, motivational writer and songwriter. He has over four International Poetry Awards to his credit and has won lots of member contest on PoetrySoup International. He is passionate about building positive mindsets in youth . He fervently believes he is a product of God’s grace. He can be reached on princepart@yahoo.com

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