About three days ago I met a younger friend of mine. He is one of those people who passed through the ABC (this organization) but it has been a long time we saw to talk.
The first question I asked him was, “are you still reading good books?” to which he answered, “eh, eh….” You know what that means.
Then I started with him. Since he is just graduating from a polytechnic, I told him, do not be deceived by the so call education school has given you. it`s not the real education. If you truly want to be educated, you will have to get your education in the library.
After discussing for some times, I could see that, he, just like most young people in today`s world has been deceived to think that success and riches is for people who were born with the silver spoon in their mouths.
He started giving me excuses and pointing to the politicians, rich men and influential people as people whose children can “easily” make it in life.
I told him, “you have to change the way you`re thinking!”
I told him that in the real sense of it, people who were born rich are unfortunate. The reason is because they cannot enjoy the so call success you think they have. Why? Because they never created it. They inherited it.
Success is only sweet if you created it by your own hands. That`s the reason why Abraham Lincoln wrote to the teacher of his son that he should teach him that $1 worked for is better than $10 stolen.
Poor people`s children are lucky because they can enjoy whatever they created with their hands, knowing that they made it happen themselves.
I told my friend “If I it`s possible to come back to this world, I will love to come again through poor parents”.
I grew up in one of the worst villages in Nigeria. That village is called Oyi-Adio. Ever heard that name? I’m sure you never! There was no electricity, no good water, no teared road, in fact, only about two or three houses in that whole village were built with blocks.
My father was a cocoa farmer and my mother a tailor.
Not just that, I was born as a sickly boy and I spent my first 17 years praying for death.
I doubt if you were born poorer than me.
However, today I’m telling you, it`s better to be born poor than to be born rich.
I have not arrived, nor have I made millions of naira, but I have achieved few things with my life that make me feel good.
So, how can you become rich and successful if you were born poor?
- Stop making excuses.
When I asked my friend (the one I mentioned above) why he has stopped reading great books, what he told me was, “I have no money to buy books”. I told him, until will stop making excuses, our lives will remain the same.
I told him the story of how I borrowed money to buy book, even at a time when I didn`t have money to eat. I told him of how I read near 200 books in three years while I only bought about 3 of them. I borrowed all others.
Certain three months of my life, I would travel from my hometown to the state capital (about 30 minutes’ drive) to go to the national library, just to go and read.
One time my father accused me of running mad and he said that I was reading too much.
That`s about reading.
We as well have tens of other excuses we make to avoid doing what we should do to achieve what we want. I don`t have capital to start business. I am not fortunate because I was born poor. I can`t achieve much because I am a lady.
Thousands of excuses are out there and most people never know that they are simply drawing themselves back.
If I had made excuse, you will not be reading what you`re reading today.
Yes, I have some good excuses I could make if I want to. I was born poor and sickly, with a strange genotype, SC, I spent all my childhood years (17 years) in a hopeless situation.
That was enough to make excuse but I always tell myself, “Whatever it takes, I must achieve something worthwhile with my life!”
That`s the same decision most rich and successful people you`re seeing today made.
There is a book call Millionaire Next Door. In that book, authors researched the lives of the millionaires in America and found out that 85% of them were not born rich.
They were born from average and poor families, just like you and I.
They were self-made and you too can be… only if you will stop making excuses.
- Thank God you were born poor
As I said earlier, in recent time I started seeing being born poor as a blessing. I started thanking God for designing me to be a sickly boy for near two decade.
Success is only sweet if you have once tasted failure. Riches is only interesting, if only you have tasted poverty.
Join me in being happy that I was born poor. Believe me, many people you see out there and call successful are not feeling successful. I once heard a rich man saying, “Sometimes I doubt myself. I feel like I don`t know whether I could be rich if not because my father was rich”.
A self-made person will never doubt himself. He is confident that he made his money from nothing and can make it again if he lost all.
Henry Ford after he had become one of the richest people in the world said, take away everything I have and I will make them all back in five years.
Why was he able to say that? He was born poor. He made everything he had himself. He knew how to go through the same process all over again, now faster than before.
Thank God you were born poor (after all I do)
- Know that it will not be easy for you to succeed or be rich
Well, that`s just the truth. You may have to try 10 times harder than the children of the rich. But remember, you will enjoy your success a hundred times more than they do.
To say it`s easy to be successful is to deceive ourselves (even if your parents are rich).
- Be willing to pay the price
Yes. Close your eyes and be willing to do whatever you must do to achieve success, so long it`s moral and legal.
When it was time to start business, I was willing to do whatsoever it was needed (as long as it`s not a sin because I’m a child of Jesus), just to have a business of my own.
I carried fire wood. I begged to hawk. I was willing to do anything, just to have a start.
You must be willing to get your hands dirty. You must be willing to sacrifice your ego, your peace, your pleasure and your life (hey, don`t mind me here!)
The only true asset you have is… time.
Few days ago I was just thinking about how God has helped me to be a very strict time manager, since when I was 14/15.
That`s the greatest strength I think I have that most of my mates don`t have.
I have hated Television now for more than one decade. I don`t watch football, rarely watch movie, rarely waste time argue politics or in gossips.
When it comes to time management, I am an extremist.
That helps me to achieve in one year, what most of my mates will achieve in five years.
If you`re not willing to manage your time, you`re not ready to be successful or rich. Learn how to manage your time
- Learn. Never stop acquiring knowledge.
Just as I told my above friend, the only thing poor children have to compete favourably with the rich children is knowledge.
If you`re not knowledgeable, just forget the dream of being rich or successful. But if you`re willing to acquire knowledge, believe me, you will compete and win in the race of life, with whoever you have to win, being rich or poor.
Knowledge is powerful than money.
That`s a good news, isn`t it? If your father is rich, so you have money to go into business. Though my own father is poor, I have business skills, far more than you do, well, it`s only a matter of time before I will kill you.
No. Not with a weapon, but with my business knowledge. I will send your company out of the market with my business tactics and strategies.
In modern world, knowledge is the real currency. If I know what you don`t know, it doesn`t matter how much money you have, I will rule you.
So if you were born poor and really wish to be rich and successful, read good books, good online articles, good magazines in your area of interest.
Grow up in knowledge and the way will be opened to you to get to the top.
My Final Words.
Being born poor could be a blessing if you`re willing to do all of the above mentioned six things.
I love you!