What would you do to grow $10 into $20 within one week? Think about it deeply. Allow your mind to roam freely because imagination is the birthplace of great triumph. Stretch that one week into one month if you must, but by all means grow that $10. Double it.
For me, I will invest in design and production of one pair of the twiga (Swahili for giraffe) Maasai sandals. For now, they only exist in my mind but within a week, they wil exist on earth too. I have zeroed in on the actual design and will modify it accordingly. It will be a design of African women’s sandals that will make you feel very tall and elegant when you walk in them. I have identified someone who will buy them. But since selling one pair will not double the $10, I will have to find someone else who will buy a second pair of this same design. That way, the initial $10 investment will birth a $20. So help me God.
Money only grows on trees that are rooted in the fertile soil of a great product and a dynamic market. You must build or buy that product. You must also find that dynamic market. Do this two things tactfully, strategically and consistently. Endure the labor pains of birthing this great product and you will reap the rewards of cradling a bundle of money in your arms.
Sometimes, it helps to find a market then sell to them a product that is in demand. But sometimes, you can build an awesome product then build an awesome market for it. It takes longer but it can reward you with more money.
So go ahead and grow your money. Start small and build your way up incrementally, step by step. If you grow weary, rest for a while. But whatever you do, don't give up.
Remember that the best way of growing your money in the long term is to be the best at what you do, whether in employment or in business.
“Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid.” Albert Einstein
This inspirational quote should sink deep into your soul. Ponder over it deeply. What’s your genius? You may not feel that there is anything that you are insanely good at, but maybe it’s because you have been living like a fish trying to climb a tree? If you are a fish, go back to the water. That’s where you belong. That’s where you will excel.
“It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.” Mark Twain.
David and his five stones proved this when he slayed Goliath. Senegal’s football team proved this when they defeated France in the 2002 World Cup. Kenya’s cricket team proved this when they defeated two-time world cup winners West Indies in the 1996 world cup. Indeed, history is replete with examples of underdogs who won, because the size of the fight in them was big and unstoppable. Your attitude will make or break you.
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” Rumi, Fourteenth Century Persian Poet
Am just a drop in the ocean, so goes the defeatist, pity-party mentality. Am just one person, what can I do? Am just a grain in the sand, what can I change? YOU are not just a drop in the ocean, YOU are the entire ocean in a drop. YOU are the universe in a person. YOU can make a difference, in yourself; in your world and in the world.
“It is not the movement of the clock that produces newness of life, it is the movement in your mind.” Anonymous.
Wow! What a powerful truth! The freshness within you and progress in your life is not dependent on that external factor known as time. Rather, that freshness, that progress, is solely dependent on you and what goes on in your mind. There is no magic in tomorrow that will make your future brighter, but there is magic in your mind, that will make your now brighter.
Here is a shocker. You learned the most amazing things in your life on your own, with only secondary support from a handful of people around you. You didn’t need several professors, several lecturers and even more teaching assistants to learn those amazing things. Yet you actually learned them, largely on your own. This proves that you actually have an amazing brain. It’s simply amazing. You took less than three years to learn those amazing things whose sheer magnitude would have taken adults twice or even thrice as much time to learn. Am talking about talking and walking. Within one - one and a half years of your birth, you had learned how to walk. Within three years of your birth, you had learned how to talk. For some of us, within five years of our birth, we had learned how to talk three languages.
Here is the tragedy though - after learning these amazing things, the graph of your learning ability started going down. Not because of nature but because of the environment around you. That’s why Mark Twain, the great American writer once said that, ‘I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.’
The desire to learn is something that we are born with. Before the world interferes, we learn amazingly well. Tragically, the world begins to interfere. For instance we begin to associate learning with schools. We then go through life imagining that learning institutions are the centers of learning; that we can only learn by going there; that they hold the keys to our learning.
Learning institutions are not the center of your learning; your brain is the center of your learning. Purpose to learn something new every day. Learn from your mistakes; learn from others’ mistakes; learn from your experiences; learn from others’ experiences; learn from reading books eagerly; learn from nature; learn from meditation; learn too from learning institutions but treat them as servants of your learning, not masters.
Recapture the curiosity of your childhood and you will learn so much that the genius within you will awaken.
That book remained glued in my hands for the entire day that I was locked in my room. The Alchemist. A book whose every page dripped with powerful insights. The Alchemist. A book by Brazillian writer Paulo Coelho. A book that has swept the world like a constructive tornado, sweeping away doubt and uncertainties from the souls of millions. With 65 million copies sold, it is the fifteenth best-selling book of all time.
The Alchemist changed my life by giving me more clarity about my purpose. It reminded me that ‘when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.’ This resonated mightily with my spirit. Indeed, books can be so powerful and life changing.
'Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson' is another book whose 571 pages sank deep into my spirit. It unveiled the incredible life of Steve Jobs and allowed me to peep into the driving force of his monumental life. I borrowed several leaves from that life and sprinkled them into my own.
Through the pages of a book, you grow wings and fly to wherever you want to go, whenever you want to go there. Those pages stir up dreams in you. Sometimes, they even help you to realize dreams that you already had.
So go ahead and read a book. And after finishing it, read another one. And another one. You brain will undergo a workout as you read the book. Your spirit will be nourished. Your soul will be sharpened.
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it”, Albert Einstein.
This one literally leapt from my iPad to my mind. Wow! So true. Ponder over this when you are alone, when it is all quiet. This quote has multiple insights locked in it. Some of them are unique to you.
In simpler terms, if you got food poisoning by eating that salad, you can’t solve that same food poisoning by eating the same salad.
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Jorge Luis Borges
Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo was an Argentine writer who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and died in Geneva Switzerland.
Evidently, his deep love for books (reading and writing them) drove him to imagine paradise as a kind of library. What about you? If you could help in designing paradise, what would you ensure was there?
4.15AM, 9th April 2020. Crazy. I thought as the cold breeze whipped my body. Totally crazy. I had run for only 200 meters on Rhino Stretch but my legs were already out of breath. So I slowed down and started walking. Ten minutes earlier when I locked my gate and set off from my house, I had assumed that because I hadn’t run for two days, I would be full of energy today and would simply cruise along. Maybe, just maybe, I would finish the 12 kilometers at an average speed of below six minutes per kilometer. That would be awesome! I had thought before I pinched myself to reality and reminded myself that the goal today was to run the 12k in an average speed of below seven minutes per kilometer.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Last year in 2020 in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic, I used to average 5.30 minutes for the same distance. In fact, my personal record on this route, run in August 29th, was an average of 5.25 minutes per kilometer. Then La Reine happened and her sumptuous cooking left me a few kilograms heavier. Then I also pretty much abandoned the morning runs. Don’t ask me why.
When I resumed running after the brief walk, I decided to run up to Oloibon hotel, then walk briefly again. But when I reached the hotel, I told myself to go the extra mile and continue running up to the end of Rhino Stretch. This little bit of extra effort helped deliver a decent time for that first kilometer. I followed this cue all through the race. Every time I would set a running target, say, up to that tree over there, I would run past the tree for about one hundred extra meters. Those extra effort segments were the hardest, yet they were also the sweetest. Cumulatively, they helped me to realize my target of averaging less than seven minutes per kilometer. While this speed is still super slow compared to my previous speeds, restoration takes place one step at a time, not all at once.
Remember to go that extra mile in your own endeavors. That extra mile will extract from you buckets of sweat, but it will also drench you with the sweet waters of victory.