Friday, January 29, 2010

Beyond the Paycheck

Gasp! I’ve just received a pay cut. Yes due to some interesting mathematics my take home pay has decreased by a nice comfty chunk. But it’s all good though, the difference will be paid in bulk sum later.

It’s even better because God is my provider. I don’t have to fret. He’s my chief employer. He owns my talents. The way I see it, if he’s going to direct cockroaches and rats to shelter and food so that they don’t die of starvation then I don’t think I’m going to be starving anytime soon.

But this calls for serious rebudgeting oh…I will have to slow down on impromptu N3,000 Chinese lunch takeaways (oh how I miss my $5 Chinese lunch deals) and my daily box of Lucozade Boost!

You know what? Forget about nixing the Lucozade. That’s my N100 naira guilty pleasure. My simple reward at the end of my 8-5. When I really want to splurge, I also throw in a packet of shortbread. (Yummy!) The wise thing to do is buy a cartoon of Boost at wholesale value and stash it away from the reach of four legged/winged (ewww!) tenants.

But seriously, just sitting down and thinking about money won’t make money appear. Those ideas have to jump onto paper and then into a bunch of heads and a team of hands. Move those legs, share those thoughts and burn that night oil. Everyday is another opportunity to increase the value of my net worth.

I was reading about twitter on wikipedia today and there was a picture of the founder’s earliest thoughts on twitter as scribbled on a lined notepad some 3-4 years ago.

Ideas. That’s where wealth begins. Words and ideas become flesh. Just look: everything you see today - the appliances, technology, clothes, food, cars, they all began in one human being’s head. A human being like you and me who is now sitting on major patent/intellectual property royalties because of an idea that caught like wild fire.

God what about me? Me too, I want to contribute. There must be a winning idea somewhere in those funky movie-like dreams that I dream at night.

Just think: if you could just create and sell N50 brushes to 1 million Lagos residents, you would be a millionaire!

The question is how can I provide a service or meet a need for thousands of people?

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  1. Back to Naija,

    The opportunities are there - how hard enough have you looked?

    Sometimes the most obvious and very small capital based ideas might just be the way to that dream of yours....

    OOpppps - maybe you are still dreaming - LOL


    ....'Still in the UK'....

  2. You're a brilliant woman. Keep your mind open so that the Genius can jump in. Don't stress about nothing...let those ideas keep flowing!

  3. I'm sure you're going to come up with something brilliant!

  4. Very true! Ideas rule the world. You just need to look around for needs u can solve.

  5. look round and think of something we are lacking in 9ja

  6. I hope something comes to mind soon.

  7. I definitely understand where you are coming from. So, best of luck, my sista. When you get that idea, bring me in on it oh!!!!

    happy new year!

  8. It's all in the ideas...don't stop dreaming big!

  9. From $ to N is usually a bit of a shock. You are brave.

  10. this blog is an idea! Don't underestimate ur writing skills o...its already global! The other idea is how to make money-- but again, idea is the main thing- the rest is money.

    I enjoy reading ur blog!

  11. first time here and i like it. thats a million dollars question that many people are trying to answer.