8th October, 2012
I was in London to join my wife who was already on holiday there. While in London, I placed a call to my Mentor who said he would be arriving London the following day. We agreed to meet in a coffee shop somewhere on Oxford Street not far from Mark and Spencer’s. My wife and I kept the appointment, as he had requested. I was excited to see him again and we were in each other’s arms for some minutes.
“It is so nice to see you again,” he said. He wanted to know so many things. He wanted to know how I had fared in implementing the capsules he had given to me. He wanted to know if I had started to preach the message as he had admonished. He wanted to know if I had been carrying my wife along in the implementation of the principles. He was generally happy with the progress I had made. Then, true to his nature, he just started teaching again, without any preambles.
“Let me tell you something about principles. As I have said to you many times, success is predictable; so is failure. If you make up your mind to be successful, you will be successful. Nothing can stop you. If you make up your mind to be wealthy, you will be. On the other hand, you can also dream your way to failure and multiple financial crises. It is a matter of choice. Everything is based on principles. You can apply the principles for success with good success following; you can also apply the principles for failure with unmistakable failure following.
The good thing about principles is that they have predictable results. Principles generate results irrespective of who uses them. They do not discriminate on the basis of status, place of birth and the location of the individuals applying them. “When you applied the wisdom nuggets I gave to you on financial matters, did you achieve results?” he asked, obviously expecting an answer. “There have been remarkable results,” I replied.
“That’s right,” he continued. “This is the trick. Every time you apply a cause, you generate results. If you want to develop your muscle, do what your exercise instructor asks you to do and in a short while, you would have built the layer of muscles you desire. If you want to achieve sound health, you would eat what your doctor says you should eat and avoid what he says you should not touch. You can also predict the results if you violate your doctor’s instructions.
If you want to be wealthy the logical thing to do is to study the habits of wealthy people and apply them religiously and success is guaranteed. It does not matter whether you are from a poor family or a rich family or whether you are staying in Ajegunle or in Ikoyi (all in Lagos State). And if you don’t do what they do, you can pray from now till eternity, you still won’t be wealthy.
I am amused by individuals who flagrantly violate principles of wealth accumulation and are expecting to be rich. It just won’t happen! Can you imagine an individual who spends more than he earns, refuses to save on a consistent basis, accumulates liabilities rather than assets, does not believe in serving others, does not record his expenses, does not sit at the feet of a mentor taking instructions, and he is expecting to become wealthy? He has succeeded in only setting himself up for financial crisis. And this is guaranteed.
God built the world on principles. That is why we don’t have to pray for the sun to rise and set, for the stars to appear, for the oxygen to flow into your system, for the day to break and for night to fall. Our God is a God of order; he is not a God of confusion. He is not a temperamental God who blesses people at random. Once you follow the principles He has laid down in any area of your life, you will surely get the desired results.
But the problem is that most of us crave for miracles. God certainly dispenses miracles, but you need principles to sustain the miracles, as Mike Murdock would say. That is what the late Bob Marley was saying in his music: every body wants to go to heaven; but nobody wants to die.”
My friend paused as we all took some coffee. “That is deep,” I said. “You know I can’t stop talking once I see you,” he said laughing. A mentor is always happy when he finds a protégé carrying out his instructions.” He talked on several other topics which I will also share with you.
• Be a finisher. There is unspeakable joy in completing a task.
• Look at how many tasks you started and you failed to complete.
• Review them. Take them on one after the other and ensure that you finish what you started. There is a reward in finishing.
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