Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! What is life? A special gift from God designed to be used for the good of others! Your life is a gift, you did not decide to live, God ensured that you came into this world to carry out a specific assignment for the common good. Are you fulfilling that assignment? Hustling for what to drive, wear, have and where to live is the number one demon that has reduced potential global personalities to village champions!
One of the things that makes me angry during festive season is seeing people that came to the village to show off the new toys (cars and houses) they just acquired. So ostentatious and peacockish lifestyle has buried billions of great potentials! That is why am always angry when I hear someone praying for a car. Cars, houses and other stuff are byproducts of your exploits. They are not the things to live for, but the things that are designed to help you carry out your assignment. They are not supposed to be your number one target, they are supposed to be the number last target!
What is the meaning of life to you? To purchase a new car? What else? To build a mansion in the elite neighbourhood? What else? To get married to a beauty queen or a billionaire? What else? To travel to United States of America, London, Venezuela and the Bahamas for holiday? What else? To buy a yatch and private jet? What else? Probably to die and be buried in the elite cemetery. What a life?
Living for what to eat and drink is living an insignificant life. Hunting for food and drink is good, but making uncommon impact is better. I will never compete with anybody when it comes to toys, but I will compete with you when it comes to impact. I don’t care how big your house is, kindly show me one life you have touched. I don’t care how great your position in the society is, kindly show me a community you have affected positively.
The difference between some Africans and some developed countries is that they are not just interested on how much they make, but how to make life better for others which usually attract wealth at the end of the day. While Africans are lamenting about the scourge of HIV and malaria, someone somewhere has spent over fifteen years in his laboratory looking for a cure for the sickness that does not affect him. Some of them are not really out to make money, but to make contributions to humanity.
Unfortunately, an average African is only interested in toys, that is why he can do anything to get it. What does a man need twenty billion dollars for? Yet an average African politician is always looking for ways yo steal our common wealth because they are slaves to money not impact. Mother Teresa was not the wealthiest person on earth in her generation, but her exploits are still speaking till tomorrow! Cars, houses, yatch, expensive wrist watches and many other stuff will loose value, but your impact is evergreen!
Many people do not understand why I speak and write on wealth creation. Am not teaching people to just have billions for the sake of it, but to have enough wealth to deal with the challenges in our world. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Aliko Dangote, Tony Elumelu and many others have shown us why we need money. The problem of Mr. Tony Elumelu right now is not cars and houses, but how to raise entrepreneurs across Africa so that together we can drive out poverty.
Talking about Warren Buffetts philanthropy, The Guardian reported that, “Warren Buffett has donated about $2.84bn of Berkshire Hathaway Inc stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and four family charities, as part of the billionaire’s plan to give away nearly all of his wealth. The 10th annual donation, Buffett’s largest, comprised 20.64m Class “B” shares of Berkshire and increased Buffett’s total contributions to the charities to more than $21.5bn.
The Gates Foundation, which focuses on improving education and health and reducing poverty, received about 15.76m shares, or 76% of the total donated. Also receiving donations were the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, named for Buffett’s late first wife, and the Howard G Buffett, Sherwood and NoVo Foundations, overseen by his children Howard, Susan and Peter.
Buffett, 84, still owns 18.8% of Berkshire’s stock. Forbes magazine estimated that would give him a net worth exceeding $64bn, ranking fourth worldwide.”
Can you imagine an average African planning to give out all his wealth before he dies? He will rather go to the grave with it. Can’t you see that some of the politicians who are stealing from us are in their 60s and 70s? We think toys not impact. We think self not us. Africa cannot witness rapid development as long as we are more interested in ourselves than all of us. How can we make this impact? To be continued. Welcome to the world of unlimited possibilities!
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