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Money: The Attitude You Need to Be Really Rich and Successful by Raphael Ojigbede

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in the world; now that I am old I know it is.
~ Oscar Wilde

Our people have a saying that soup wey sweet na money kill am! Even Jesus tells us to use money, tainted as it is, to win us friends who would be of help to us. What message am I trying to pass across? The importance of being financially wealthy simply cannot be overstated.

Therefore, you must do your best and all in your power to have money because I believe I don’t need to tell you that money good o! Do not let anyone tell you otherwise or tell you that being financially rich is a sin. No, it isn’t!

Infact, Albert Camus thought of it as a kind of spiritual snobbery to think that one could be happy without money. I know money isn’t everything but I’d make a lot of money before spitting that as being without money or bar (as we would say in local palance) is hard.

Enough said. The main issue however would be the the reason you seek money. The number one reason among others you should seek wealth is for financial independence. There is nothing like it really. To be able to meet your own needs and be self-sustainable is the aim right? Absolutely!

However, among my fellow youths
today, there is a worrying trend. This is the attitude of wanting to be rich just so we can be famous, and brag about it to everyone who cares enough to listen. This results in a desperate search for money such that one becomes willing to do any and everything to get it doing things that even your conscience, your greatest judge, tells you is wrong. As Margaret Thatcher argues, it is not the creation of wealth that is wrong but the love of money for it’s own sake.

One dimension to it is that even the music we hear these days doesn’t seem to be helping our state of mind nor attitude to life. Of course, the message seems to be no matter what you do to get it, get it and boast about it as well. Perhaps, one of 50 Cents album title “Get Rich or Die Trying” sums up the point I’m trying to make here.

But hey, don’t get it twisted! I love
music, all genres – whether secular or gospel. If you have any doubt, when you see catch me around, ask me to show you my phone!

In chasing after the money, we need to beware of the real danger in seeking money for the wrong reasons or with the wrong attitude, as mentioned above. Also importantly, such negative attitude and desperation only makes you willing to do abominable, immoral or criminal acts to get it. In our society today, we increasingly are experiencing situations where people seem to have all the money in the world but are not happy; some going as far as committing suicide. Sad. Why?, you may ask?

Such people are outwardly rich, but on the inside they are very poor. As important as money is, it should never be ONLY about the money for you. A man’s life is not measured by what he owns. Seek to make yourself rich, not only financially but more importantly spiritually as well. You need to continually empower yourself mentally, emotionally, educationally, professionally, personally and even
habatically (if you manage to get Peter and Paul Okoye explaining what that means to you!).

It is such attitude to money as pointed out above that gives you the right results. Yes. It results in you becoming a more complete person who is able to withstand the ups and downs that may come in life.

In addition to being financially independent, another great motivation for becoming rich is so you can be in a position to demonstrate that spirit of generosity. Giving back is always
encouraged. All the world’s religions extol the virtues of charity. It shows how thankful you are for where you are because many long to be there but
are not. Be grateful. Always.

A word of caution: Do not spoil the efforts by dropping your standards
or letting your success get to your head or you will be back at the bottom of the ladder no sooner. True Story.

Concluding, Maya Angelou reminds us that you can only become accomplished at doing something you love. Don’t make money your ultimate goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people just can’t take their eyes off you. Indeed, she is right as this truly is the pathway to success.

When you excel in your given endeavour making proper use of your talents, money will naturally come your way, and you are on the part to your financial prosperity. Like “The Three Idiots” would say Follow Excellence. Success will chase you pants down. Pants Down.

Raphael Ojigbede is a Doctor. He is a graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State. You can also read his last article here Connect with him on his Facebook profile, Raphael ‘Rafosky’ Ojigbede.


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