Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! After studying African brand of christianity some years back, I discovered that it is one sided. Some African preachers believe that prophecy and favour alone can turn someone into a billionaire overnight. Others believe that if you drink a particular brand of anointing oil, or burn some incense, or tie mantle on your neck or office, you will become an industrialist. But after reading the story of the tech billionaires at Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay area of California, United States of America, I found out that we are not telling people the whole truth.
The story of these tech gurus shows that there is nothing like overnight success. I love prayer and genuine prophecy, but hunting for them alone cannot turn you into a billionare overnight. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple Inc. in a basement on April 1, 1976, with $1,350. It took Apple Inc. forty-one years of toiling, strategizing, brainstorming, tasting, disappointments, ideas and hardwork to get to where they are today. In my book, The Entrepreneur, I shared the full story of how Sergy Brin and Larry Page founded Google on September 4, 1998. They did not wake up one day and saw a sack of dollars on their bed, it took years of toiling and strategizing to turn Google into a multibillion dollar organization.
Anyone who tells you that you can circumvent these processes and become a billionaire is not telling you the whole truth. To succeed in life, there is God’s part, and there is your part. God will always do His part. He will always give you unusual ideas, connect you with important people, open some doors for you, speak to you directly, and also protect you. Unfortunately, instead of doing our part, we will go back to Him to ask for miracle money.
I have a teaching on dvd titled Work Ethics 101. In that teaching I shared the story of the Protestant Work Ethics. I told my audience that it was these people that transformed America and some parts of Europe, like Germany. They were Christians, but they believed that the only way to please God and create wealth is to develop rigid work ethic. Some of them even developed the habit of eating while working. Unfortunately, an average African Christian is busy chasing after anointing and anointed men of God while his destiny is decaying. Let’s consider two more ways to generate uncommon ideas. They are inspired by Brian Tracy and Peter Chee.
1. Nominal Group Technique. This technique is used in brainstorming or mindstorming to elicit creative answer to specific challenges. The simplest example is sentence-completion. Complete the following sentences with as many different answers as possible.
A. We could double our sales and expand our organization if…………..
B. We could cut our costs by twenty percent if………….
C. We could defeat competition in the marketplace if………
D. We could stop this business from struggling if………..
E. My spouse and I can stop periodic quarreling if…….
F. I can become an industrialist and an employer of labour if………
Regular practice of this method will greatly increase the quality and quantity of creative thinking of everyone. This process is a good way to find solutions that are right under your nose, but you might not have recognized them yet. You will generate uncommon ideas if you practice this process regularly.
2. Lateral Thinking Method. Lateral thinking forces the mind out of comfortable or conventional ways of thinking. It was pioneered by Edward De Bono. The best way to describe this process is that when people find themselves in a hole, the natural tendency is to dig the hole deeper, when actually the correct solution may be to dig a totally different hole. Lateral thinking is a way of breaking yourself of the tendency to keep doing things the same old way.
You can reverse key words or phrases. For example, you can call problem an opportunity. With that in mind you look into it and seek the opportunity it may contain. Instead of saying, “sales are down,” say, “purchases are down.” It is not that we are not selling enough, but our customers are not buying enough. This twist changes the whole focus of the discussion and prepare the mind to generate ideas of how to sell more.
Identify the dominant idea. If the dominant idea is that “we have a real problem here,” maybe the dominant idea should be that “we have a real profit opportunity.” Shift your thinking away from the dominant idea. For example, rather than saying, “We need to sell more,” say, “Our customers need to buy more.” Maybe a loss that you’re suffering will enable you to make a profit by doing or changing to something else. This style of thinking will elicit ideas faster.
Finally for today, look at the other person’s viewpoint and try to see and describe the situation through that person’s eyes. Lawyers use this approach when preparing a case for court. They will think about arguing the case from the opponent’s point of view before preparing their own case. Look at your products from your customers point of view. How do they see them? Why are they not patronizing you? Thinking this way will cause ideas to pop-up in your mind. There are many other ways to generate uncommon ideas, but we cannot discuss all here. If you would like to attend an idea generating seminar in April, 2017, kindly send your name, number and email to 07032681254.
Robin Williams said, “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” Chuck Palahniuk puts it this way, “The unreal is more powerful then the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it, because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles, wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.” John Steinbeck opined that, “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” Welcome to the world of unlimited possibilities!
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