I have something interesting to share with you today. It is about strangers.
When we were children our parents told us not to talk to strangers. They wanted to protect us. That advice worked well as long as we were children. It protected us from some crazy people out there. However, as adults, that advice is redundant, even dangerous. There is absolutely nothing good we can achieve in life without the help of strangers. To be successful in life we need strangers.
Your money is in the hands of strangers. Your success is in the hands of strangers. Your progress is determined by strangers. Favour is waiting for you with strangers. Strangers determine your future.
Success is determined by how many people we can influence or persuade to get behind our cause, to buy our products and services. The more people we can influence, the better for us.
We have to connect with as many people as possible and talk to them about the value that we have to offer. The people you know are not enough to take you to the next level. Your present contacts are not enough to help your dream fly. You require the help of people you’ve never met before in your life to assist you and take you to the next level.
Many of your friends cannot help you.
Many of your contacts cannot help you.
Many people who helped you in the past cannot help you now.
Their season to help and assist you is over.
To move to the next level, you need strangers. Continue reading
Focus On Your calling.
Success is the result of a singular focus on your calling.
Failure is the result of trying to do so many things at the same time.
Do not waste your time trying to save the world. You cannot save the world. It is too big for you to save. The problems in the world are to numerous for you to solve. This is why you should discover and focus entirely on your calling and nothing else.
Your calling is the reason why you are alive. Your calling is your assignment. This is where you should invest your time, skill-set, energy, money and other resources. Continue reading
Never Doubt Yourself.
Doubt is destructive.
Doubt will kill your drive and your dream. Once doubt is sown in your mind, it will grow and sabotage you. Stop sharing your dream with people scared of your greatness, who can sow doubt in you.
Stay away from people who make you doubt yourself, who make you doubt your abilities, who make you doubt your dream and your future. It may be family, friends, co-workers, pastor, even someone you are dating. Anybody who makes you doubt yourself is an agent of destruction. Continue reading
People prefer you in poverty than in prosperity.
Years ago, I told my boss I wanted to write a book.
“What do you know about books?” he asked in derision.
I felt so much pain at his words.
Over 50 books later, I am still writing.
Keep your mouth shut.
Do the work.
Show your results. Continue reading
You don’t owe anybody an explanation for your results.
It is better for people to be shocked by your results, than for you to share your plans, and they sabotage you because they are shocked at your audacity. Keep your mouth shut. Do the work. Show results.
When Jesus preached his very first sermon in Luke 4, the people who grew up with him in his own home town wanted to kill him. They were driven by rage and wanted to destroy him.
Jesus told them his plans. He told them what was written in scripture concerning himself and how these things would be fulfilled in his life.
They were mad at his audacity.
How dare he think such lofty thoughts about himself?
How dare he think he was some great prophet?
Does he think he was better than them?
They didn’t think that Jesus who was the son of a carpenter was worthy of such honour or deserved to habour such lofty thoughts about himself in his mind. They said, “Is this not the carpenter’s son?” They derided him with such questions. How dare he think he was now a prophet?
But Jesus was a prophet. Jesus did not require anyone’s permission to be a prophet. God made him a prophet without anyone’s help.
That scripture was actually talking about him.
That scripture was being fulfilled in their time and Jesus did not require their permission to live his life and pursue his assignment.
What gave them the right to question his plans?
What gave them the right to think that he was speaking too highly of himself and had to be taught a lesson?
What made them think they were doing God a favour by trying to ‘put him in his place?’
It was human nature. Continue reading
Some of you are waiting for your pastor, bishop, prophet, apostle to lay hands on you, ordain you and ‘release’ you into ministry. You will wait until you are 100 years old, and while waiting you will become totally useless to yourself, the kingdom and the world. You will also become discouraged, angry and bitter. Continue reading
1. Years ago, I met a millionaire. He taught me 3 lessons.
1. Never ask your friends for financial help. They will look down on you.
2. No matter how bad things are, always look good. Do not let anyone see you sweat.
3. Do not spread your problems around. People will avoid you.
2. When you are a millionaire and start asking other millionaires for help, that means you have fallen. They will never send opportunity your way because you have become a financial risk.
Ask for advice.
Don’t ask for money.
Your dignity and respect are intact.
3. I watched this on 700club.
A millionaire fell into financial difficulty. He didn’t ask anybody for help. He didn’t declare bankruptcy to protect his personal assets.
He started SELLING his property to pay back debts.
Don’t beg for money.
Ask for advice.
Friends will respect you.
4. You guys are under the dangerous assumption that all your friends want you to be successful. Some are envious of your success.
It was Joseph’s brothers who wanted to destroy him. Friends could have done worse.
Maintain your dignity, self respect and honour.
Don’t ask for money.
5. Your friends don’t owe you money.
You cannot use friendship to compel or manipulate them to give you money.
Money is NOT a reward for friendship.
Money is a reward for value.
6. Called a friend who has connections on 3 continents. Big guy. I asked him how I can add value to his organisation. Shared some ideas with him. He was excited about the possibilities.
Do I need more money?
Never asked for $1.
Friendship, respect, honour intact.