GREATNESS IS BETTER THAN RICHES

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I started this series by stating that, “being rich won’t make you successful.”

Later, I said that success is finding out what you were made to do and getting just that done, while your breath lasts.

In this post, I will conclude the series.

Greatness is indeed better than riches! Not all rich people are great, and not all great people are rich. But I believe that with a little bit of financial education, no great person will end up being poor. Besides, among the top 10 voted as the most significant figures in history, greatest Africans in history, most influential Jews in history, greatest Britons of all time, none was voted because of their wealth. In fact, some of them could not be considered rich by this world’s standards.mandeka

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In my opinion, it’s better to pursue greatness than riches. Greatness speaks of excellence, impeccable character and lasting impact. Therefore I will prefer to lay down my life to be great than kill myself for riches.

Wealth is not the end in itself, but is a by-product in the pursuit of greatness. Thus, I encourage you to aim to be a:

  • great teacher
  • great entrepreneur
  • great scientist
  • great social worker
  • great parent
  • great engineer
  • great pastor
  • great (wo)man in the sight of God etc

…than to try be the RICHEST MAN ON EARTH.

We have found out that great people are never poor, except of course they opt for it, or make grave errors in financial management.

Come to think of it. Jesus encouraged us to pursue greatness through humility. The bible talks of prosperity but teaches that those who aim to be rich at all cost will end up harming themselves (and I believe many others around them too).

If you pursue greatness and make lasting impact in other people’s lives, I do not believe that you will ever be poor. Instead, you will have access to all that you need and far much more than you can use up in a lifetime!

Thanks for stopping by.

LEKE
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RICHES WON’T MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL – PT 2

gatesI have two confessions to make:

  • I believe that poverty is not only evil, it is a curse! (No pun intended.)
  • I believe in financial prosperity!

As a matter of fact, success means different things to different people. For some it’s about lots of money, reaching career goals, being in touch with family and friends and so forth.buffet

Remember that if you judge a fish by its ability to fly, you will call it a failure. If you were born to be a superb teacher and you continue to be pressured by society to measure your success in life by how many exotic cars you have parked in the garage, you have indeed set yourself up for failure.slim helu

My Definition of Success

Success is finding out what you are wired to do and getting it done! Success is discovering your purpose on earth and completing it. Myles Munroe, of blessed memory, devoted time to explain this fact to us very clearly. In a way, it is listening to that inner voice within you that is telling you what you were born to do, over what people have labelled you.

A man’s life does not consist in and is not derived from possessing overflowing abundance or that which is over and above his needs.1 Therefore, the measure of a person’s impact and influence is not in how much he is worth in economic currency. It is measured by how we were able to use our abilities and uniqueness to bless humanity.

So, when you feel pressured to go after lots of money instead of creating value that gives you inner peace and makes a difference in others’ lives, remind yourself that money will never last as long as a good name and legacy.

  1. Luke 12:15 (Amplified version)branson

Riches won’t make you successful – Pt 1

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Now, don’t bury me before I die. Hear me out first.

I believe that it’s fantastic to earn lots of money, drive unusual cars, travel the world, and so forth. These are the measures of success that are flashed in the faces of young people every day.

Nonetheless, I think we’re missing something out in our definition of success. We’re guilty of a logical fallacy called hasty generalization. Consider the following examples:

  1. Because the guy who crashed into my car this morning is a 23-year old, therefore all 23-year old men are reckless drivers.
  2. James earns lots of money. So James is a successful guy.

Examples 1 and 2 are similar because the conclusion was reached before we gathered sufficient facts to back up our claim.

Someone (probably not Einstein) said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

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Therefore, if we generalise the standard of success in life to be the ability to climb trees, only arboreal animals will be termed successful.

Similarly, concerning riches, when we put an absolute parameter for success in life as the amount of money a person is worth or makes, we are excluding other parameters that measure success in other areas of life.

In December 2013, Time magazine created a list of the most significant figures in history. Although the list is controversial, the first five names in the list were Jesus, Napoleon, Mohammad, Shakespeare and Abraham Lincoln. Many of those featured on the list were never considered among the richest in their time. However, they were considered influential in their areas of specialization: national leadership, science, literature, religion etc.

In my opinion, our present, widespread definition of success is distracting. This wrong definition is the reason that some persons (especially males and young people) are under unnecessary pressure to make money that they do not need. Not everyone needs lots of money to be successful! (Wow, it appears that I am puncturing the ideas of pundits. I love this!)

So, what is success? This will be the subject of my next post! Do stick around.

Remain on top.

LEKE

Valentine: Hooking up and breaking up

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“I called off a relationship 18 months ago. But the pain seems so fresh, just like it happened yesterday. I am depressed.” – Jane

” Anytime I see her, I feel like she has a part of me that I can’t collect back. I just don’t feel complete since she walked out of my life.” – Peter

Jane and Peter (not real names) are dear friends who poured out their hearts to me.In this post, I’d like to talk about soul-ties.

Every time we enter a relationship with another person, a soul-tie is formed. Soul-ties between married couples are good. However, one with someone who is not our spouse is a drag and burden to life. Soul-ties can be broken, but it is more complicated once there was a sexual relationship involved.

The struggle Jane and Peter have since leaving the former partner is due to the unbroken soul-tie that was formed with their exes.

My advice:

  1. Don’t join the bandwagon that hooks up rashly, only to regrettably break-up later.
  2. Pray to know God’s mind once you begin to have feelings for a guy or lady. You can hear God’s mind more clearly before you get deeply emotionally involved.
  3. By all means, define all relationships with the opposite sex clearly. Ladies, please get that guy to tell you what trip he’s taking you on – whether it’s just a walk in the park or a walk to the aisle. Don’t be like the lady who almost had a heart attack when the guy she had been befriending for 3 years told her point-blank, “I only like you as a friend. But I don’t intend to marry you.”
  4. Why make more enemies? Most people are never able to be good friends with an ex for the rest of their lives.
  5. When you break a relationship, a part of you sort of dies. And getting back your real self may take some time. Why not avoid the trouble?

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I am not advocating for people to remain in a troubled relationship. By all means, please walk out of any relationship that you have become convinced is not right for you. However, what I am saying is that you do not need to date and go to bed with several partners before you settle for one of the many “samplers.” Please keep yourself pure for the special person whom God has prepared for you. Shine your eyes before you enter.

As another Valentine’s Day approaches, if you are still single, you might start feeling lonelier. Who said you cannot even give yourself a treat on that day?

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Remember that it is said that the reason Michael Jackson could not live a decent life as an adult was because he was robbed of his childhood by the pressures of the Jackson Five. Similarly, a wonderful marriage can only be produced by a person who had a wonderful single hood. So do not spend your single years in self-pity that you are yet to be “taken”. By all means, live life to the fullest now!

Remain on top!

LEKE

PS: If you wish to learn more about soul ties and how to break them, Brittaneè Perkins has a great article on that.