Hey there! I would like to ask you this intriguing question. What do you want in life? Is it money, fame, power, contentment, personality, peace of mind, or happiness?
You may settle for any one of these or even many as what drive your life. This question is quoted from the classic THINK AND GROW RICH by Napoleon Hill.
Life in the 21st century is more challenging than ever before. If there has been any time we need to begin to think and assess ourselves and take action about the happenings around us that time is NOW. You will agree with me that a good number of people out there are working or employed. But majority are very much uncomfortable with their jobs. For some, the take home package (paycheck or salary) is not even enough to take them home! To others, it is the poor and vexing working condition that drives them mad. But whatever it is that makes you feel uncomfortable at your current job or situation you are facing in life, the good news is that you have a chance to make a difference.
"You cannot Get Rich and Wealthy Working For Other People.” - according to Napoleon Hill
I know this statement may not make a lot of sense to you, especially if you’re a youth who just graduated from school where you earned excellent grades and desire to hit your first job. I know we all desire to be rich. But you are surely worried about how to go about starting your own business or quitting your current job and start all over again. Or maybe you are asking how you can possibly work for yourself when the resources are not there – no finances to startup a business. Sure you can start right now (if you’re a fresh graduate) or start all over again (if you’re a dissatisfied employee) and do something great. “You've got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.” You don’t have to be a “prisoner” working for someone else. You don’t have to be poor when a lot of opportunities are all around you. Africa has enormous untapped potentials.
May be if I tell you projections have it that by the end of the 21st century, 45% of the world's population will be African. Does this mean anything to you? Does it ring any bell in your head? May be not! Anyway, just in case this makes any sense to you then I would like to ask you yet another question: So what are you waiting for to probe into entrepreneurship? I mean starting your own business venture, even if it impacts just you and one other person. At least you would have reduced the number of job seekers (who are ever increasing) and of course add value to somebody’s life.
You know what, the good thing is that you visited our amazing blog (ProbeWrite) where we ask questions and try to share with you secrets and hidden facts about matter matters. My worry now is if this article actually means anything to you. I strive to inspire, motivate and ignite you to take action. If your answer is yes, then get out of your comfort zone right now, take action and start doing something to contribute your own little quarter and take Africa to the next level.
How about sharing with you what Thom Ruhe, CEO The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative said. Here you go!
“Humanity’s full potential will be realized once we empower everyone with an entrepreneurial mindset. It is our greatest natural resource and best investment for a future of peace and prosperity”-Thom Ruhe
Did you know that poverty is a spell? Of course yes! But did you also know that no one was born to be poor? Now you are wondering if this I up with a personal issue with you. Not really! To be born poor is not your fault but if you die poor then that is your fault. It is important to “make your live a masterpiece; you’ve only got one canvas.” But this is only possible when you break that poverty spell that has (or may have) caused you frustration all these years. “Frustration is the result of failed expectations.”
Now I can begin to understand your concern. May be you are afraid to fail in the first place and that’s why you don’t want to risk anything. Or just may be you have tried and failed. Let me ask you, how many times have you failed even? Five, ten, fifty… Oh No! You have not even started. Did you know that Thomas Edison failed several times before he successfully came up with the electric bulb? How do you feel when you sit under an electric bulb and enjoy the wonders of light and electric current? If Thomas Edison gave up just like you (who have not even started), that treasure would have been impossible. Sure that’s why Napoleon Hill cut off the word impossible from his dictionary and declared that “all things are possible for he who beliefs.” This is the same for you just like anyone else.
Note one thing, failure is part of the success game. Trust me if I say failure and success are two sides of the same coin. But here is what I would like you to always take note remember, “The primary reason for failure is that people do not develop new plans to replace those plans that didn’t work.” "It's never too late for you to start your own business... Success is reserved only for action takers"
According to Les Brown “life is a fight for territory, and once you stop fighting for what you want, what you don’t want will automatically take over you.” Otherwise put, once you stop fighting for financial freedom, economic empowerment, owning your own business, poverty will automatically take over you and you will forever remain poor. God forbid! After all the choice to be rich or remain poor is all yours. But hey! Be warned that to be poor does not mean being broke of not having any money. Do you know that to remain poor means Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly? That is exactly what it is! Studies show that one of the principal reasons why people remain “POOR” is because of fear. But let me define fear from two different perspectives so you know where you belong - the “poor man” and “rich man” point of view.
Fear simply means (to the poor mind) False Evidence Appearing Real and (to the rich mind) Fail Early And Responsibly. The question now is… where do you belong? You may have noticed that I have replaced the word “poor man” by “poor mind.” This is because poverty is a state of mind. Remember, your background should not mean that your back must always be on the ground. All you need do is change your mindset, and begin to think and act differently. This is where I would like to share with you my personal definition for entrepreneurship with you. Now you seem very eager, I got you there! Any way in my humble opinion entrepreneurship simply means CRITICAL THINKING AND DIFFERENTIAL ACTION – think critically and act differently. You need to give up who you have been to give birth to who you want to become. Probe Write is the amazing platform to guide you through the process. I suggest you always find out time to read our articles and write-ups to help you along the way as you embrace your entrepreneurial journey.
Now as I regret to take leave of you, I urge you to take note of one important misconception about entrepreneurship. Weather you have gone to business school or not, whether you have a college degree or not, it does not matter. Becoming an entrepreneur is all about mindset, and to me that is the way forward for Africa.
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“Your opponent, in the end, is never really the player on the other side of the net, or the swimmer in the next lane, or the team on the other side of the field, or even the bar you must high-jump. Your opponent is yourself, your negative internal voices, your level of determination.”