Monday, November 2, 2009

Making money and getting rich.

Riches and money, they are illusions and problems that have plagued man over the ages. We worry over poverty, riches, homelessness and inflation so much that we should have solved those problems.

I think making money is like the two sides of a balance sheet. If you have more on your assets side, you are making money but if you have more on your liabilities sides, you'll end up losing it and if this continues for a long time, you're getting poorer.

It's not as if you can't make money by inheriting wealth. Even when we inherit wealth and the balance sheet is heavily on the liabilities side, you keep losing and eventually you getting poorer.

I was reflecting on this recently and came to understand the thrust of Robert Kiyosaki's book: Rich Dad, Poor Dad. You can get a hold on it ; it's an insightful bestseller.

When I am talking of wealth, am not referring solely to currency: naira and dollars and coins, wealth of any sort, spiritual, physical, emotional etc. the balance sheet concept is really illustrative and a simple yardstick to help one understand if he is losing or eventually adding up points to make a win.

Try and read the book if you really think wealth and success is important in your life.

The Governor's line

It's not everyday you'll have access to your governor so you better steal the opportunity.

You have a problem, a concern, a complain – how about the lagos metro, lawma?

It's easy to reach fashola, the able governor.

or sms: 0803-430-1122.

it's your right!

My crazy illusion : the dependency circle.

Life tends to follow a recursive pattern. The same persons I went to school with years ago would, I hope, make my friends of tomorrow, both as I am growing old and in business. Or maybe that is how I think I wanted it to be.

But this recursive pattern can translate into a dependency circle if we leave baggages of dependency while making friendships. If you feed on my need for help and eventually make it possible that you will be the only one I can call for help when needed, where this circle continues again and again, your helplessly will eventually become a complex circle that might never be broken and costly in resources and emotions.

This is what I think of when I ask for help. I don't usually ask for them. I read somewhere that when people think of money, they rarely ask for help. Maybe that is one of the motives driving the free software philosophy. I subscribe to the FOSS philosophy on open software but wouldn't subscribe to a dependency circle.

Just my crazy illusions though.