The most money-minded and action oriented individual I've ever known, a good dude by the name of Tino, tried to put me on to the wonders that lay between the pages of “The Richest Man In Babylon” just under a decade ago.
At the time I was still studying a finance degree, and he was meant to be studying too . . . but when you looked at his life you’d think he'd already graduated.
I mean the dude lived on campus, ate on campus, attended classes, sat for exams and all that . . . but his mind was already long gone & outta there. By like his second year of university, Tino had his own store . . . ON CAMPUS. He was importing clothes wholesale from China and selling them at a nice premium. In fact, at one point I bought clothes of him and worked for him for a while. He must have worked a real job maybe his first year only, saved up and got straight to fattening his purse like “The Richest Man In Babylon” had told him. And it had told me too, but I must not have been listening good.
This was almost nine years ago.
Now Tino is still in the land of Oz and running a very successful online business, because he picked up another amazing book called “The 4 Hour Work Week”. A book I actually put him on to via another friend of ours. Imagine. *hangs head lower*
Now if we take a quick look at Tino’s bank balance and mine, despite us having the same opportunities . . . reading the same incredible books, you’ll find two very different results. VERY DIFFERENT.
So what happened, what did Tino have that I didn’t ?
I look back at myself then, and look at myself now and it’s quite clear to me. Tino didn’t just read the words between the pages. He didn’t just marvel at these incredibly simple yet effective ideas and notions about wealth creation. No, he took it all to heart . . . as gospel truth, evident in not his words but in his actions. He committed wholeheartedly to taking every action highlighted in the texts he’d read.
Whereas I read them. Got excited.Told everybody who would listen about these amazing discoveries had made. Then put the books down and got back to my old poverty attracting student ways. When in truth, you’ve gotta study them things just as we’re trying to do now. You’ve got to master the principles, embody them and apply them relentlessly.
By now, I sincerely hope that you have all found a way to get a hold of a copy of “The Richest Man In Babylon”. If you are reading this, you have internet access and if you have internet access you can find that book. No excuses. Your future and our generation depends on our ability to master this man-made concept called money. I can’t stress that enough.
We wish to be masters of our own destiny. To have not only the ideas to change the face of our continent, but the resources at our disposal to put those ideas into ferocious action.
Let me share with you an excerpt from “The Richest Man In Babylon” about the first “cure” for a lean purse “Start Thy Purse To Fattening” embodied by the phrase “A Part Of All I Earn Is Mine To Keep” (that 10% you put away last Zuva Re Pay):
Arkad said “Now I will tell you a strange truth, the reason for which I know not. When I ceased to pay out more than nine-tenths of my earnings, I managed to get along just as well. I was not shorter than before. Also, ere long, did coins coins come to me more easily than before. Surely it is a law of the Gods that unto him who keepeth and spendeth not a certain part of all his earnings, shall gold come more easily. Likewise, him whose purse is empty shall gold avoid."
Have an amazing day young Africa. Don't await your inheritance, for I fear it may never come. Let's instead build now, our own. You and I.