Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! It takes a big heart to embark on big projects. It takes a big heart to build a conglomerate. If you have seen any of the Dangote Group cement, salt and sugar factories, you will understand that wealth creation demands a big heart. I remember the day I drove across Lafarge cement factory in Ogun State at night, the sight alone was intimidating.
If government wants to sell Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), or their 49% share in Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) today, and fix the price at $200 billion, can you ever imagine yourself bidding for it? The answer is no! But Aliko Dangote will bid for it. Mike Adenuga, Peter Obi, Femi Otedola and other billionaires will bid for it. Why? Because they have big hearts. They believe that all things are possibility if only you can try. As long as you have N3 million mindset, you can never go beyond that. The quality of your mind will always determine the size of your purse.
David J. Schwartz shared the following experience in this regard. “Just a few weeks ago, a friend who is an official with a state highway department in a midwestern state related a “mountain-moving” experience to me.
“Last month,” my friend began, “our department sent notices to a number of engineering companies that we were authorized to retain some firm to design eight bridges as part of our highway-building program. The bridges were to be built at a cost of $5 million. The engineering firm selected would get a four percent commission, or $200,000, for its design work.
I talked with twenty-one engineering firms about this. The four largest decided right away to submit proposals. The other seventeen companies were small, having only three to seven engineers each. The size of the project scared off sixteen of these seventeen. They went over the project, shook their heads, and said, in effect, ‘it’s too big for us. I wish I thought we could handle it, but it’s no use even trying.’
But one of these small firms, a company with only three engineers, studied the plans and said, ‘We can do it. We will submit our proposal.’ They did, and they got the job. Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can’t, cannot. Belief triggers the power to do.”
Unfortunately, many people defeat themselves before they even take the first step. Have you ever told yourself that one day, you will win a $12 billion contact? Do you believe that one day, you will start earning $20,000 monthly? Do you believe that it’s possible for you to establish a conglomerate that has ten companies under it, with a net-worth of $70 billion? As long as you are contented with peanuts, you can never move into the next stage of your life.
Just like those sixteen companies that chickened out, some of us panic at the mention of big projects. Few months ago, I saw a servants of God on the television unveiling the one hundred thousand seater church auditorium they want to build. The moment I saw him, I said to my self that, it takes a lion heart to take the lion share.
A chicken-hearted individual cannot even dream of that kind of project. But if you see the confidence with which this servant of God was talking about this project, you will discover that he had already completed the project in his heart.
You can dream big and start small. You can think global, and start locally. You can think big and establish your idea at the back of your house. Apple Inc. was founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak at the basement, with $1,350 capital. Today, Apple has 496 retail stores in 21 countries as of May, 2017. Their market capitalization stands at $752 billion. And they have 116,000 staff! That’s a company that started at the basement. The difference was that the founders had a big dream.
Belief in great result is the driving force, the power behind all great inventions, books, and scientific discoveries. Developing a big heart is behind every successful business, church, and exploits in politics. Belief in success is the one basic, absolutely essential ingredient of successful people. You can’t think like a failure and end up as wealthy person.
Disbelief is negative power. When the mind disbelieves or doubts, the mind will attract reasons to support the disbelief. Doubt, disbelief, the subconscious will to fail, the not really wanting to succeed, is responsible for most failures.
The moment you begin to doubt the possibility of accomplishing a task, your mind will give you many reasons to believe you are right. In the same vein, if you are positive about that task, your mind will also give you reasons to believe that you can accomplish it. The problem is not the task, but the condition of your mind.
David J. Schwartz also said that, “Belief is the thermostat that regulates what we accomplish in life. Study the fellow who is shuffling down there in mediocrity. He believes he is worth little, so he receives little. He believes he can’t do big things, and he doesn’t. He believes he is unimportant, and everything he does has an unimportant mark.
As time goes by, lack of belief in himself shows through in the way the fellow talks, walks, acts. Unless he readjusts his thermostat forward, he shrinks, grows smaller and smaller, in his own estimation. And since others see in us what we see in ourselves, he grows smaller in the estimation of the people around him.”
Dear friend, it’s time to jettison little accomplishments and enlarge your vision. You cannot create mega wealth if your vision is small. Get rid of fear, doubt, and disbelief, and launch a manhunt for your enviable destiny that is lying fallow. Get up from that chair of lamentation and accomplish great things before you die. Always remember that, it is not over until you win! See you at the top!
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