I call him Joe,lives a few blocks from me. Whenever we meet, Joe always tells me how rich and successful he wants to be in the future. Today he’ll say I want to be a doctor, tomorrow it’s a lawyer, next tomorrow an accountant, and a day after, a business tycoon. Joe always has some thing he wants to
become but never pursued it. I met him the other day and he was complaining about the recession in the country, how over 400 companies had left the country, he gave me the huge statistics of jobless graduates in the streets and he said, “if only our country was not in recession, I would have been rich by this
time”. Now the same Joe that complains is the same person I see every month end buying new cloths and shoes for himself, he even bought an iphone, he loves eating suya alot and has about three girlfriends he goes out with. This night, Joe came to me and said, “Bro, I see you’re a writer and I even went through your book THE RICHEST MERCHANT IN GREECE, please tell me, how
do I know if I will be rich tomorrow? ” and I smiled and here is what I said to Joe which is also applicable to you who wants to be rich tomorrow. How do you know if you will be rich tomorrow? What are the signs? Well, here are the 7 signs that you will be rich tomorrow:

1) There is one quality that distinguishes the rich from the poor and that is: SPECIFICITY (Knowing who you are, what you want to be, and making effort to become that one thing) : if I say Michael Jordan, what comes to your mind? (basketball), how about Michael Jackson? (Music!), Oprah Winfrey? (TV show!), Dangote? (Cement!), Chimamanda? (Writing!). Pick your passion and build
wealth from it. If you’re confused about what you want in life you hardly will become anything significant.

2) One quality that produces results faster than anything else is acting instantly on your ideas. The rich call it the “hit shot”, if I have an idea to start writing a book, I start instantly, if I have an idea to invest in something, I do it immediately. The more you procrastinate, the lesser your chances of becoming rich. look, you’ve been talking about this idea for over 3 years now and you’ve done nothing! stop talking and start doing! that’s how results are produced.

3) Obviously, you can’t escape this: Reading books that connects to what you want to become. The only book some people read is obviously FACEBOOK! you can’t burn your time on cheap things and expect great results. The last time, I saw Bill Gate reading his book of the month, I saw Mark Zuckerberg founder of facebook also reading his book of the month. when I say reading, am not talking about your magazines that contains gossips and lovely pictures, am talking of books like “Think and Grow Rich” “The power of money” “The millionaires mindset” and a whole lot of books that have the capacity to put you on your way to wealth creation.

4) The fourth way to know if you will be rich tomorrow is by looking at the kind of friends that you hang out with. Do they talk about money, business, success, prosperity, and ideas? or do they see these things as evil or a game of luck. Do they appreciate your talent and always seek ways to improve you or they are jealous of you and find ways of discouraging you. If your friends are not idea driven please move out of that clique. This also goes for your mentors, I know you’re very spiritual but you have to be money conscious otherwise you will end up worshipping it if you can’t control it.

5) You can’t be rich if all you do with money is to spend it on cloths, shoes, smart and expensive phones and on food. You love eating a lot, you love hanging out and after eating a five thousand buck worth of food, you go to the toilet and shit it out! 5000 has just been put in the toilet! You must Learn to DELAY GRATIFICATION. Stop acting rich and be rich!

6) What do you spend your money on? We know that saving money is an old rule of getting rich, the new rule of money is to spend your money on valuables! That means put in your money to work for you. If you save, find something to use the money for that can bring in profit for you. Here’s a big secret that the rich use, they create a platform for themselves where their money can work for them and profit them. some create ideas and sell it, some invent and patent it, some start a company and grow it, some make music, some write and speak, some build a name through political career or leadership. They always have a system that works for them and brings in the income. Obviously, you already know that YOUR SALARY CANNOT MAKE YOU RICH, therefore, one sign to know if you will be rich is in your diligence to work and the ability to create a system that works for you.

7) The last sign to know if you will be rich tomorrow is how you relate with people and God. Remember, people are your wealth and the richest of all is not the one who puts millions in the bank but he who puts smile on the face of people and makes them feel loved and cared for. Can’t you see that every rich person wants to be a philanthropist? They are always trying to raise a foundation or support the needy because they know that loving and giving are the easiest ways of accumulating riches. God said, “The silver and gold are mine” and so are “the cattle on a thousand hills”. Never put your trust in uncertain riches but pray to God always, do his bidding, follow his master plan and you shall prosper beyond measures. You shall have riches without sorrow.

These are the 7 signs that shows if you will be rich tomorrow. So keep striving, the world won’t give you success, you must go out there and get it. You will sweat for it but never give up on it. Day in and day out work on your greatest passion and deepest desire and you shall succeed. Thank you.

About the author

Jerry Amwe is an author, entrepeneur, motivational speaker, counsellor, and a medical professional. He is a classic writer and holds a masters degree in Pharmacology and Therapeutics from the University of Ibadan, also a product of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is the founder and President of THE VISION CENTRE, an organization and ministerial mandate he runs with his friend and partner Emmy O. which is dedicated to the inspiring of Nations and focuses on third world countries, developing nations, and the world at large. Jerry Amwe holds a quarterly inspirational conference within the country where hundreds of lives are transformed and inspired. He has authored books like: The richest merchant in Greece, The student with a difference, and Alzheimers disease: 7 possible cures and better ways to care for loved ones. You can find the e-copies of these books also on the amazon store and e-bay.

You can reach him via the email: jerryamwe@gmail.com and follow him on his facebook page: jerry amwe. And you can also follow his trends on the official facebook page: THE VISION CENTRE…Inspiring Nations.

Whenever I see young people with marketable talents and I tell them “live your dreams” or “turn this idea/skill into a business,” the first thing they say is, “I don’t have MONEY/CAPITAL.” Each time, I take a deep sigh and share my experience while building Words Rhymes & Rhythm Ltd, my social media pet project that I am gradually transforming into one of Nigeria’s foremost publishing and literary organizations.
Yes, every business needs a capital to exist. But there are many capitals involved in a business. The idea and its development is a capital, the time put into it is another capital, then the big one – money.
It is true that many people do not have the money to become entrepreneurs. So they either discard the idea or go on whining about not finding an investor, a benefactor. They pursue another direction and become a failure before even starting the race. But the plain truth is no one wants to invest in an ‘IDEA’ that has not been developed. As an individual, if your friend comes to you and says “guy, give me N200,000 to start an make-up business”, a lot of questions instantly come to mind. Above all, you’ll want to know if the money will ever come back to you (with profit!).
That is the same way any investor will think. And that is why no one will give you money for an idea you only nurse in idle time.So, if you think an idea is valuable, start something small with it.
When people see the emergence of a PRODUCT from your IDEA and the potential VALUE, they will rally round (to help or to steal it). Investors put money into products and (potential) value.

Let’s take the example of a youth who learnt shoe making. He is skilled and wants to start making formal shoes. He lives near a corporate environment sand thinks he can turn the people who work there into his customers. That is an idea, a good one. But there is a problem. He has no money to buy equipment and materials for the work. and decides to ask for investment/loans to start.
To him, all he needs is MONEY. But he needs more than money, if he intends to start and SUSTAIN the business. Sustenance is key.
The question is – how do you make a business last beyond the initial capital? If you don’t answer the question before investing a (loaned) capital, you’re in deep shit.The business will go to bust and, if you have unpaid loans, you become a debtor too. What then is your gain?
So how do you go about it? What capital do you have that you can afford to lose without running into debt? Time. Yes, invested time fueled by your belief (passion) in your idea is the way to go as a small starter. Start your business with your own investment: plenty of TIME supported by whatever FUNDS you have, not LOANS.
With your own (small) money and time, you can afford to make mistakes, learn and unlearn, strategize and restrategize, all on the job, while growing slowly.
With a loan, you can’t afford to make mistakes or learn and the pressure of (paying back) the loan and accumulating interests will stifle your creativity. It is enough to kill whatever motivation you have.
Aside that, no one gives you a substantial loan and sits back to watch you experiment. The investor will at some point interfere. So you stand the risk of losing control of the idea you so love.

As a matter of indisputable fact, the more dependent your business is on LOANS the less CONTROL you have. In many cases, by the time the business breaks even, you would have become an employee not the owner of the business. If it doesn’t break even, you are tied to a debt – double loss.
So let’s go back to our shoemaker guy. He takes an N1m loan (from an investor/bank/friend etc) and spends it on renting a shop and buying (high end) equipment and raw materials with prospective customers. The business starts.
The LOAN payback time starts counting before sales begin. By the time he is renewing his rent he is yet to make any substantial sales, and by extension he has no profit. He has not made sales because his big shop is not enough to convince the big customers he had his eyes on. They don’t trust him yet. They do not patronize him much. He is broke. So he needs another loan.
His debt piles up and he has yet to break into the market.A few years later, he closes shop, sells everything at half price and goes home to sulk about the unfairness of life. Could he have done it better by starting the business without a loan? Yes, I suppose. He could have gone about it differently by calling on his two capitals – TIME and SOCIAL CAPITAL. Time Capital is time invested in the business while social capital is input from social connections invested into the business. So I ask: could he have done better by starting small and turning members of his social circles into CUSTOMER and stay that way until he has build a reputable BUSINESS PRESENCE, noticeable and ‘trustable’ to those clients he originally had in mind?

The advantage of a SOCIAL capital, business built on people around you (social media, work, church, mosque etc) is that they give precious instant FEEDBACK which is important for GROWTH and LEARNING. FEEDBACK from your first customers will help you REPOSITION your business strategies for (maybe) SLOW and (certainly) STEADY growth.
This is like FREE consultancy from different people (agencies) which you can cross-reference. How cool is that? When you have built a reputable BUSINESS PRESENCE with an identity, then you can seek investors and take that LOAN – if you really do need it – with a clear plan. Remember: you take the loan if you really do need it. I have not taken a loan yet and WRR is doing fine.
Now, the question is, do you really need a loan, knowing very well that EVERY loan you take compromises your position in a way and puts you under pressure? Yes? No?
So what is d alternative to a loan where you need a base MONEY capital to start up? If you ask me, I will say get a job. Any job. This brings the question many people have asked – Pursue Your Passion or Get a Job? Many millionaires/billionaires today raised their first capitals by literally sacrificing a few years of their lives in a job they may or may not like.

For example, the shoemaker guy can decide to add a low-paying clerical job to his part-time shoe-making and SAVE. It might take him years (like me) to save capital to match the N1m loan he would have taken. But there is a marked difference between the loan and the money saved:
1. he has no interest to pay on his savings turned capital
2. his business has over the years been growing on the side
3. skills gotten from doing other jobs will come in handy
4. he still has total control over the direction of his business
Permit me to conclude by stating that loans are not bad. On the contrary, they can actually be all a business man needs to move to the next level. However, the decision to borrow funds should be based on tested and trusted strategies, not wavering ideas.
You can start your business today. The question is: what capital will you call upon?

About the Author
Kukogho Iruesiri Samson, author of two collections of poems ‘WHAT CAN WORDS DO?’ and ‘I SAID THESE WORDS’ is a Nigerian writer, photographer, and media professional with experience in journalism, PR, publishing, multi-platform media management. He is CEO of WORDS RHYMES & RHYTHM LTD (www.wrr.ng) and AUTHORPEDIA (www.authorpedia.wrr.ng), Nigeria’s only free author resource website.Kukogho has been widely recognized for his contributions to Nigerian poetry. His awards include the Orange Crush First
Prize for Poetry, awarded in 2012, and Poetry Writer of the year, awarded by the Nigerian Writers Awards in 2016. He studied Mass Communication at Ahmadu Bello University,Zaria,Nigeria.

That’s exactly right , rejection is not that bad. Rejection has always done wonders for me. Like they say, when one door closes and another opens!

Some weeks ago,I read about the story of Soichiro Honda, it’s a story have heard over time. But last week, his story went deep inside of me. I learnt greatly of how he succeeded eventually. This man wrote to Toyota about his interest in their engineering job offer in his time. His application was turned down by this company at that time. He went ahead to create his own brand. In 1948, he established Honda and oversaw its expansion from a wooden shack manufacturing bicycle motors to a multinational automobile and motorcycle manufacturer.

Sometimes we think rejection is bad. But imagine if this man was accepted? If he wasn’t rejected there won’t be Accord, CR-V, Honda Motorcycles , Honda Electric generators, Honda Water pumps,Honda Robotics, Honda Jet aircraft, Honda Jet engines etc.

Whenever we fail, we feel bad about it but afterwards and atimes we realize actual reason behind it. Rejection may lead anyone to another path. It would redirect your path to success eventually. No wonder the motto of Honda is tag” the power of dreams” Don’t kill that dream as well.

Have you failed in business, relationship, ministry? Then, its never too late to dream again. Take that rough paper and rewrite your own story. It doesn’t matter how the paper look,actualizing that dream really matters.

After initial failure,he never stop at trying. Today, we can all see the products of his dreams and how the rejection came to play it out. Be happy you are rejected in that business,be happy you weren’t wanted in that relationship, be happy your best friend sold your ideas out. To grow,we need rejections. Not one ,not three. Pray for more rejection, so your path to success will show up quickly. Its a great lesson from Honda CEO. For me,nothing can be more motivating than rejection.

Have you been rejected of recent? Do you resonates well with the story of Soichiro Honda? Let me have your thoughts…

My little rabbit suffers from the fear of unknown. She has no responsibilities at all. She eats,drinks, plays ,lies around and excrete. When anything unusual happens, this usually frightens her. She begins to get nervous and shakes continuously because of this threat. Once the threat disappears she begins to calm down. She starts to hop again.

My little rabbit couldn’t go far,she was made stagnant because of the threat she conceived. So also human. Lack of knowledge makes us redundant. It makes us settle for the less. We are powerful beyond measures,but do you know that lack of Knowledge could make us go to rest like snail in it shell?
So also lack of knowledge about something terrifies. Lack of knowledge about something causes fear and knowledge of it removes fear. Fear is like Kunle. Kunle was my class mate in JSS two. He was the best of a class bully. He beats everyone in class. He pushes everyone around. He once drew a car on the chalkboard for us to push to the near-by petrol station. He pushes everyone around until the whole class challenges him. We beat him up. Beloved you have to do something afraid too. We would have been a lifetime slave to kunle if not that we took a bold step against his threat. Lack of knowledge is like a threat that needs you to gang up against it.

Knowledge gives us confidence. So I want to urge you to learn new things. As a farmer-learn how seasons affect crop growth, as business man-learn to take risk in business, to the students-learn to study to pass. Failure is real so is success.
Don’t live a life that has no adventure in it,your progress always requires that you step into the unknown. Today, instead of being afraid of something you are not familiar with or something bigger than you, why not learn and seek knowledge about that thing. Do some research. Ask questions. Knowledge will take your little effort,but it is better than being tormented by fear,just like my little rabbit.