Can a man really fulfil his duties as a husband, father, son and good citizen without having enough money? Can he make the most of his body, mind and soul, without some level of financial success? Can he be truly happy and life live based on his terms if he is perpetually broke?
To responsibly fulfil his duties, a man must be a regular provider for his family. Love finds its natural expression through giving. A man that cannot provide for his family loses the respect of his wife, children, friends and contemporaries in our world, where you need enough money to buy the good things of life.
For a man to develop a healthy body, he needs enough money to buy nutritious food, wear beautiful clothes, get the best of medical care, stay in a secured and beautiful neighbourhood, and have enough rest and recreation. For him to take good care of his mind, he needs enough money to buy books, go for seminars, travel to distant lands, see the beauty of the world, befriend successful people and fill his mind with truths and possibilities. For him to develop a serene soul, he needs to give and to love.
To give is to love, to love is to give. What brings fulfilment to the soul is giving. While there are a myriad of things man can give, the one thing many people in our world are looking for is money.
Nature of money
By the way, how do we define enough money? What is enough for me might not be enough for Aliko Dangote. What is enough for Aliko Dangote might not be enough for Bill Gates. Each individual must define what is enough for him and go after it with honesty.
As I interact with people on a daily basis, I have found that the nexus between money and the quality of people’s life is quite strong. It seems that, after oxygen, the next thing that is crucial to people’s survival and quality of life is money. Many people can’t take good care of their health because they don’t have enough money. Many intimate relationships are in trouble because of finance. Multitude of people have sound business ideas but they don’t have the capital. In fact, the sadness of most people is directly or indirectly related to lack of enough money.
I had to start studying about finance in order to improve myself financially and be able to share some practical knowledge with others to fulfil my purpose in life fully. While I am still on the journey of financial success I have learnt some truths which I have applied in some ways.
Truths about money
Let me share seven truths I have learnt that can be useful to you, regardless of where you are on your road to riches.
- To live a good life requires some level of financial success. Therefore, don’t leave it to chance; be intentional in your pursuit of financial stability. The early, the better for us.
- Our God is rich and free of all needs. Nature is filled with abundance. So, ask largely and have faith in Him. Abundance is your natural birthright.
- To build sustainable wealth, we must be honest, fair and be good to all. Don’t be in a hurry. Building real wealth requires patience, persistence and perseverance. Don’t compete; create.
- Occupation, environment, business, profession, location, age or intelligence has little to do with financial success. While they all play some roles, what really determines our financial success is what we think and do on a daily basis.
- To achieve financial progress requires thinking in a certain way. We must think big, have genuine purpose, show a high dose of faith and meditate often on our ideal lifestyle. It must be a burning desire.
- To be truly wealthy requires acting in a certain way. Whatever our hands find to do, we must do it efficiently, with all our hearts. We must exceed our customers’ expectations at all times.
- You must be grateful for where you and for where you want to be. Many people are stagnant in life because of ingratitude. Gratitude opens doors of opportunities and prosperity.
One of the greatest duties we have in our lifetime is to be rich. It will enable us to take good care of our parents, give our children world class education, build a house of God, help the needy and, most importantly, make the most of ourselves for ourselves and for others. Wallace D. Wattles said it brilliantly, “Whatever maybe said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich.”
ACTION PLAN: Study resources on financial intelligence and wealth creation. Give all your heart to your pursuit of financial success. Have faith that you can be successful and take action on your learning.
AFFIRMATION: I am prosperous. I am blessed and highly favoured