EARLIER LAST week, I celebrated my birthday. I’m not the kind that puts a lot of thought and time on celebrating my birthday, but this time round I choose to do it in style because I reflected a lot about the fact that I turned 33—the age at which Jesus saved the whole world.
Jesus’ example reminds us that we do not necessarily need so much time to accomplish things in this world. If at 33 years he was able to start a revolution that would change the face of the earth, why would I have to wait till retirement before I can do great things?
I recall how a certain friend tried to discourage me from pursuing a career in writing at 25 because he thought I was too young to write what would sell.
Well, I disregarded his advice and started publishing my works.
Recently when we met, we discovered that what I had been able to earn from one decade of writing is more than what he had earned from his salary as an employee for over 20 years.
No one should ever underrate you on the basis of your age because a serious child in primary school can do what an unserious PhD graduate has failed to do.
This same idea applies in the realm of finances as well. Age should not be a limitation when it comes to earning money, because no one can be too young or too old to get rich. At any age, once someone applies the right principles of earning—saving and growing money, they will get rich.
We all know that no one can get rich without earning. So the first step to wealth creation is to try and earn as much as we can. You could be the youngest employee yet be the highest paid if you refine your skills and prove that you are more valuable than other employees. If you are in business, you can increase your income by doing better market research, improving the qualify of your products, offering better customer care, employing better marketing strategies and so on. All this has nothing to do with age.
If you want to grow in wealth, after earning, the next step is saving that money so that it is not lost. And saving can be done by anyone, irrespective of age.
Even a child can save. In fact if you give your child money to go and buy two cakes and he/she doesn’t choose to buy one and save the balance begin from that point to teach him/her the importance of saving because if you don’t, know that even in future when as an adult he/she earns millions he/she might still not save.
And after saving, we should remember not to keep the money under our pillows but rather to invest it so that it can multiply. Just like sowing where one has to sacrifice seed and put it into the soil to die, investment also involves postponing and sometimes totally sacrificing some gratification for a future harvest. You cannot eat your seeds and expect a harvest. Likewise you cannot spend all your money and expect to become rich. It has to be planted into fertile soils of investments.
Finally, my birthday reminded me that I am not on this planet for eternity and so I should avoid pushing to tomorrow what I can do today. Jesus did not wait to first become 50 years old to start his mission. I laugh at people who wait to first retire at 60 before they can begin pursuing their passions and purpose in life. If your dream is to become rich and impact society, now is the time to make that happen.
Bake is the MD WORLD OF INSPIRATION & Founder, AUTHORS’ FORUM – email@example.com / +256-704666851.