Manna Mentality Will Take You Nowhere!

I am amazed at Nigerians unwavering dedication to religious activities, whether programs or holidays and new months.

Text messages, WhatsApp, and other social media are always awash with greetings of all kinds, both in words and pictures when a new month begins or there is one religious celebration or the other.

We have become a nation of greeters. ‘Happy New Month’, ‘Happy This’, ‘Happy That’. We are unrepentantly committed to outdoing one another in sending these greetings.

Just imagine if we direct this passion towards innovation and entrepreneurship. Imagine setting monthly goals and tenaciously achieving those goals with the same passion we direct towards sending greetings.

Or even the same passion we direct at attending vigils, revivals, crusades, and other religious meetings, imagine directing that energy at starting and running a business. Imagine that half the number of religious centers are business enterprises, imagine the impact on GDP, job and wealth creation.

Tell me which nation has become developed through prayers and greetings alone? Tell me where any people have become great just by praying and fasting?

I am not in any way downplaying the role of religion in the nation, religion should help shape our characters and national values. We should not become so religious that we expect manna to fall from heaven through prayers. The days of falling-manna are over, we are in the days of doing exploits.

If you truly know your God, you should be strong and doing exploits. You should be a co-creator with God, a partner with God in producing. What are you producing? What have you invented? China rose to become a world power through inventions and not prayers?

Change that Manna mentality, it will take you nowhere.

This is my Easter greetings. Just as Christ rose on the third day, rise from that Manna mentality and start producing.

Reflect on these things!

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Life Nuggets

Never look down on someone because he is weak, your strength is a gift and not of your own making. We are made with different abilities. Be humble enough to admit this.

Be careful and do not boast about your success, life may have been given you a headstart ahead of others. Appreciate it and lend a helping hand to those behind you.

Do not go into marriage looking for happiness. If you are not happy on your own, you will be worse off in marriage because both of you might just be thoroughly disappointed.

The easiest way to remain poor is to spend all you earn or more than you earn. Keep your expenses within your means and invest a portion of your earnings no matter how little.

No one has solved any problem by fretting or being anxious. Sleep well at night. You need a clear mind and well rested body to think right and receive inspiration to solve that challenge.

As much as possible, touch lives in a positive way. Nothing counts much in life but the good deeds we do matter a lot, because you make God look real to people when you help.

Have a great week and remember to be an angel for someone this week.

Cheers!

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Case 2: Dilemma (Discussion)

I got some interesting responses on this study. Some were of the opinion that he should save his mother and use the loan to pay for the surgery.

Another group opined that he should use the loan for the business and find a way to deal with the mother’s surgery.

Someone even said he should liquidate the loan immediately. Truth is that there is no right or wrong answer because reality might demands a totally different approach. Thanks to all for sharing your thoughts.

Anyway, here is my opinion, ideally your business account should be distinct from your personal account, and if it was the case with Biodun, he will not even have access to the 1.5m let alone use it for the mother’s surgery.

This leads me to the moral of this story, if you want your business to succeed;

1. Keep your business away from personal stuffs

2. Have structures and processes in place that deters drawing from the business, e.g get other signatories to the account

3. Have a Board of Directors or Mentors whom you are accountable to.

4. Pay yourself salaries and save for your personal needs from the salary

5. Sign up for some sort of medical insurance, they help prevent a lot of crisis that could consume your life savings.

For more tips on running a successful business, let us meet on 24th February 2018. See details in the flier below.

Have a great week.

Adewumi Oni

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Glad to be Back

Season’s Greetings to all my friends and followers. Thank you all for allowing me take a long and much needed vacation from weekly broadcasts. I am grateful to you all for always allowing me to invade your private spaces with my broadcast. You give me reasons to keep this running.

It is so good to be back and in a new way. I don’t want to wait till January before resuming. Time, they say, waits for no one and time is precious. 

My approach will be different, but I hope to achieve better results, greater participations, increased knowledge sharing and more wisdom.

This new approach will be more of sharing stories (adapted), case studies and quotes, with the intention of  discussing, distilling and sharing morals from such stories, cases and quotes. I will share the stories every Monday and we will discuss it all week while finalising every Saturday, with a short piece on Sundays.

Join me in this interesting journey by following and contributing to the discussions. You can also share your stories with me, and your anonymity is assured.

Thank you and God bless .

Have a great week!

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The Man (4)

First my apologies for the break in this series last week, it was due to some pressing engagements.

I also wish my fellow countrymen and women a Happy Independence. At 57, Nigeria may not be where it is meant to be, but we have left where we used to be and our chances of getting to the desired destination depends on all of us. Yes it depends on You and I. It depends on how ready we are to become accountable.

Accountability is a major prerequisite for success or fulfiling destiny for everyone. Accountability, according to Business Dictionary is the “obligation of an individual or organization to account for its activities, accept responsibility for them, and to disclose the results in a transparent manner.” In other words, it is stewardship, it is accepting responsibility for one’s actions and consequences, as well as prompt disclosure.

This is perhaps the toughest call on a man, because it requires a lot of sense of submission, humility, self-discipline and integrity. Naturally, men like being in charge, being independent and not having to give account. This is however a sure recipe for disaster. This is the trap most leaders fall into, turning them into dictators and tyrants. 

As a man, you must hold yourself accountable to someone, it may be your mentor, father, religious leader or even God. You must be willing to let someone who is in a higher position put your actions under scrutiny. The moment we all start being accountable, our lives will become more cleaner and this will translate to a better society.

In the same vein, accepting responsibility is another tough call. Every man hates being found wanting, but there is no way that won’t happen from time to time. When it happens, rather than looking for who to blame, you should accept the blame and pick the lessons from the experience. We fall repeatedly when we fail to accept responsibility for our actions.

Be humble enough to share your experience. Sharing your failure experience doesn’t make you weak, it helps to reinforce your resolve not to make the same mistake again. It also helps others not to fall into the same error. Don’t bother yourself about what people will say, be more concerned about what impact your disclosure will have on humanity.

The whole essence of man is in being responsible. Stephen Covey said “Accountability breeds Response-ability”. You can’t be responsible without being accountable. 

At the heart of our problems as a nation is the absence of men of responsibility who are willing to be held accountable. Start being accountable in your own little world.

Have a great week!

Adewumi Oni

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The Man (3)

Last week, we looked at three key words from the definitions of the word ‘responsibility’,  and these are duty,  accountability and moral obligations. 

Let us examine each of these closely. 

Duty: The man has a duty to tend to his garden. His Garden includes his immediate family, his community, his nation, his job or business. As a man, you have the duty to provide for the needs of your family. These needs include financial, spiritual, moral, psychological, amongst others. Don’t raise children you cannot provide for. There are too many people lacking fatherly touch, and this directly reflects in their behaviors. 

As a matter of fact, many fathers are living off their children, leaving them to fend for themselves and sometimes expecting the children to even pay bills in the house. This is so irresponsible, and accounts for why many young people are after money by all means, engaging in ritual killings, drug peddling and other vices!
Train your children well. Provide fatherly support. Spend quality time with them. Don’t let your career or business pursuit steal your time with your children. The best investment you can give your children is to spend quality time moulding them. 

You must also ensure you take care of your environment. Some men mess up their environment and expect the government to come and fix their mess. You cannot be dumping refuse in the drainage and not expect flood to overrun your house during heavy rainfall. Take care of your immediate environ. If we all play our duty in keeping our environment clean, we will all have less environmental challenges. 

You must play your duty to the government and nation. Stop tearing down other tribes. The same blood runs in our veins, regardless of where you come from. Be a nation builder and not a nation destroyer. Find ways to contribute to the nation’s development. Speak well of your nation. Be a good ambassador of your country. You are either building or tearing down. Be a builder! 

Have a great week ahead and stay responsible. 

Adewumi Oni

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The Man (2)

Beyond being the male gender of the homo sapiens specie, a man is a male who attained the age of accepting and taking on responsibilities. In most countries, the age 18 is assumed to be the age when a person ceases to be a minor. A minor can be excused for his or her actions.

If you have attained the age of 18, you have become a man and will be held liable for your actions, especially before the law. It is therefore important that you act consciously and always think of the implications of yours actions and inactions. 

 It is however unfortunate that a lot of people in the male gender who have crossed the age of minor still act like Minors. This is perhaps one of the reasons for the many ills in our society today. The scripture says ‘woe unto that city whose prince is a child’. A Yoruba adage also says ‘you can’t have elders in the market and have newborn baby’s head wrongly positioned.’

The role of a man in any society is largely that of responsibility. A man is someone who is responsible. Responsible for himself, responsible for others, responsible for his environment and even nature around him, all of which make up his Garden. 

Let us quickly look at the word ‘Responsibility’. An online definition says the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone. Or the state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something. Or a moral obligation to behave correctly towards or in respect of. 

In all of these definitions there are three keywords we will examine closely. They are duty, accountable, and moral obligation. We will dwell largely on these words in the next series. 

Stay responsible and have a splendid week ahead. 
Adewumi Oni

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