On Facebook a last year, I shared something along the lines that the opposite of entrepreneurship is victim; it didn’t go down well with a lot of friends. Of course i didn’t expect people to like what i said nor did i say it because i wanted to be on anyone’s good side but because i feel strongly about the power of personal responsibility and people living to their fullest potential on purpose.
We were all created by God to have responsibility for something, God made us and gave us stuff to create, take control of or manage. Entrepreneurship is a Latin word which means – to create, from the beginning of time, man has always been responsible for themselves. Early men were hunters and weathered the storms literally to create a world of comfort for themselves, in the agrarian age there were farmers, hunters, goldsmiths, blacksmiths, tailors, e.t.c, the industrial age introduced white collar and blue collar jobs, a situation that is largely responsible for a lot of people today feeling like that is how it has always been, that a company or the government takes responsibility for you after you have given 30-35 years of your life. God created us to be creators, to prosper by creating things just like him.
The other option available apart from creating the value is to be employed by someone value, the equivalent of slavery back in the old times. Even in bible times, you were either bond or free, which applies to the lives we live today. We claim to live in the freest times in history yet we are locked into a system that tells us when to stand or sit, awake or sleep, eat or drink, spend or owe, marry or not getting married, what to wear, how to wear what to wear, how to think, how to see the world; it is instructive to note that abysmally few number of people realize that they are locked into a system of slavery that has taken away their own life. This is uncomfortable information for a lot of people and one they would not easily swallow. But the truth is the truth and the earlier you know and acknowledge the truth, the earlier you become free as a result of the truth that you know. So are you creating any value? Are you building your dreams? Or someone else is employing you to build theirs?
Talking about entrepreneurship in this light made a friend ask me on Facebook, “how much have you made?”. How much I have made? The truth is, if i say, $50,000 or $1,000,000; what difference would it make? People only understand what they are ready to learn! They say, when the student in you is ready, your teacher will appear. I realized that question was just a way of that friend dealing with the salient point i just made above. But is that the best posture to take? Is that the best way to deal with it? It is not the amount of money you possess that makes you wealthy – you are wealthy when you earn enough money passively, to spend on what you need and at the same time, you have perfect health, strength and also the time to do what you want to do how and when you want to.
So how much passive income do you earn? In other words, how much do you earn without working actively right now? It doesn’t matter if you earn nothing passively at the moment; the question is, are you building it? I am! And I’d ask that you prayerfully think about this. No matter what your salary is, i mean even if you earn $1,000,000 monthly, if you get sacked, retire or stopped working today, how much longer can you survive at the level of that salary or even much less?
IMAGINE that RIGHT now, what you earn passively, can take care of all your living expenses, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH THE rest of YOUR LIFE?
**don’t hurry and answer away; think and answer** Honestly answering this question would make you realize why you must begin to build passive income! ONLY FINANCIALLY FREE PEOPLE CAN REALLY TRULY ASPIRE TO CAUSE CHANGE IN NIGERIA!
The rules of money have changed drastically over the last 50 years, don’t be behind the curve, stay ahead of it!
God bless you.