It is not uncommon for people to think that men and women who become very rich were just lucky, and that life offered them a favourable break. They are unaware of the attitudes of mind and persistent effort that preceded this exposure to the wealth they now enjoy.
In George Clason’s classic book The Richest Man in Babylon, he referred to the good “goddess of love and dignity whose pleasure it is to aid those who are in need and to reward those that are deserving”. In the acquisition of wealth, perish the thought of waiting to be lucky; and focus on dreaming, planning and hard work for the attainment of your desire. How many honest rich people do you know that made their money from good luck schemes (e.g. lottery)?
The Entrepreneur is a person who does not entrust his or her livelihood to the responsibility of other people or organisation, but also thinks of ways to better the lives of other people. His quest for attainment begins with a dream, which is the stimulus rather than the grand finale. The dream is followed by a keen pulsating desire that leads to effective action, which generates the manifested results.
A dream can be something that you perceive when you sleep, or what you consciously create in your imagination. It is important to note that no one can ever stop nor prevent the extent of your dream. Your dream can make you larger than life. Peter J Daniels defined a dream as “the sense of grandeur toward life”.
To transform your dream into reality, you need to start from the end. You must know where you are going if you are to ever arrive there. This requires that you get a clear picture of where you see yourself and what you see yourself doing. This mental picture takes time and persistent effort to develop.
It is also important that you know what you want to achieve, this will assist and ensure that you maintain focus. Napoleon Hill in his classic book Think and Grow Rich, describes this as “Definiteness of purpose”.
The Empowered Thought Pillars
In this first article, I wish to introduce the concept of the ‘Empowered Thought Pillars’ (ETP). The ETP are a set of guiding principles that should be applied from the early stages of inducing and giving consideration to a dream. These principles form the aggregate of your acquired knowledge and how these impact your thought-process which eventually empowers your actions. Any dream that results in any form of transformation begins with how that dreamer thinks, as well as acts on these thoughts. There are four key pillars of the ETP, and these are:
1. Giving Back
A practical dreamer must be prepared to give back to his or her community. This is a principle that has endured over the ages, and which caused the American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) in his inauguration speech of January 20, 1961, to demand, “…ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”. The beautification of our environment is not the responsibility of government alone; we all have a part to play in this, as an essential component of living.
2. Heart of Kindness
This is our expression of kindness towards the downtrodden and oppressed. We cannot solve the world’s problems, but the odd or occasional act of kindness and thoughtfulness here and there never goes amiss. By this means, we are able to conquer the greed that is ever present in human hearts, albeit that an amount of insatiability is necessary to drive the engine of dream fulfilment. Profits realised from the achievement of dreams ought not to be enjoyed by the dreamer alone.
3. Fair Conduct
This calls for a win-win-win heart towards business transactions. This translates as, ‘I will not become involved in any transaction that does not provide a fair benefit to all those that are connected with that transaction’. It confronts your conscience; however, do not let people box you into emotional or sentimental connotations in defining fairness – go with your basic instinct, and ask yourself whether you would be happy with the proposal if you were on the other side of the transaction.
4. Beneficial Service
Businesses exist to provide services; even when they sell products, those products are purchased because of the service they will provide to the buyer. It is in the course of this business that a profit is derived. This point is illustrated by Andrew Carnegie’s words that, “Abundance comes from making others better off.” The more you provide beneficial services like Aliko Dangote and Bill Gates, the more your abundance multiplies.
So, whether we face the challenges posed today and tomorrow, or we see gloom in the country’s political administration, the dream that I have causes me to see an active people who are no longer bound or incapacitated by the deeds or misdeeds of the political class.
Article by Kola Olutimehin
Do you know what you really want to become in life? Have you ever wondered why some people tend to be happy in what they do and contribute immensely to the welfare of humanity and enjoy personal rewards as a result of this, whilst others wonder why they exist at all. Kola has written his practical books (‘Dream and Achieve’ and ‘The Nigerian Dream’) as journey towards destiny, in which the reader is encouraged as a fellow “traveller” who determines his own course.