Moneywise 17: Ona Kan O W’oja (Never rely on one Source of income)

Celebrity Blogger Gbenga Dan Asabe (r) Publisher, City People Magazine, Dr. Seye Kehinde (L) with Dr. Benjamin Olabinjo SA to Lagos State Governor on Trade & Commerce (Moneywise 17)
As I
later learnt, Dele had spent close to ten years working as Office
Administrator with a medium- size company in the United Kingdom. He lived
big while the show lasted with all the trappings of a good job – a luxury car,
a big house and all the money to throw parties for friends when necessary.

Unfortunately, he was among some of the workers recently laid off by his
company. He suddenly discovered that he was living on borrowed assets … the
house was on mortgage and almost every other thing in his possession was on
credit.

Dele was still busy
looking at his result when my Mentor suddenly resumed his analysis. He pulled
out another form and asked Dele to fill it out. He called this Financial
Freedom Index
worksheet which, according to him,
is meant to reveal whether an individual is well-prepared for possible drought
while keeping his day job. My Mentor’s interpretation of the result startled Dele.
“Now let me ask you: when you were in your previous
employment, did it ever occur to you that the party might not continue forever?
Did you ever make a conscious effort to prepare for a possible loss of job and
how to survive if that happens?”
He asked these series of questions
without waiting for an answer.
“Let me be frank with you. You have put yourself in
an avoidable vulnerable position. From what I have seen from my analysis of the
two worksheets, it would take the grace of God for you to survive for more than
two months on what you have as your reserve”.
“This is what I tell people all the time and this is
what the Bible is saying when it says that people should learn from the
financial intelligence of the ants that work and save hard during summer so
that when the winter comes, they can have something to fall back on”.

Becoming wealthy is your personal responsibility. “But many of us have refused to internalize the
lesson in that verse. First of all, quite a number of people assume that it is
the responsibility of their employers to make them rich and to assist them in
achieving financial freedom. That is an illusion. You are on contract with your
employer to do your job while he pays you what he thinks you deserve as a wage.

What you do with your financial future is absolutely
your responsibility, not your employer’s. Unfortunately, many people realize
this too late into their careers”.
“We behave as if the party would continue
indefinitely. We live in houses we would never live in were we to be
responsible for the bill. We ride expensive cars we hardly can afford if we
were to fund the purchase directly. We dress and eat to impress people. That
certainly is not the way to create a bright financial future”.
Invest for the rainy days “The number one indicator of moniplexes is spending
everything you earn. This is one habit anybody who desires financial freedom
must shun. No matter how small you are earning, it must never become a habit to
spend everything. Something must be left for the rainy days”.
“Research has shown that with discipline, we can cut
our so-called important expenses by at least forty per cent. You had worked for
more than ten years before you were asked to go. Imagine what your position
would be if you had consistently put at least 10 % of your salary aside and
invested it in any venture you fancied. Rather than being in this kind of
delicate situation and putting your family’s future in jeopardy, you should be
celebrating your freedom”.
“The vital question to ask yourself frequently is
that if I leave my present job now, would I be able to maintain my current
standard of living? Those who do not ask this question frequently are those
who, when they resign from their present job find themselves coming back to beg
for re- absorption. That should not be the case. If you must work, the day you
collect your first salary is the day you must plan to live without salary”.
Don’t ever rely on only a source of income; three
more would do
. “The number
two symptom I have noticed here is that you depended entirely on your monthly
salary without building alternative sources of income. This is one mistake I
see many people make with costly results. We get so relaxed by our fat pay
cheques and other benefits, forgetting that the party could end someday”.
“That is what happens when somebody who is supposed
to be enjoying his retirement in wealth suddenly realizes that he has not built
enough cushion. Individuals like this sometimes look for paid employment at
retirement age. It is important to start early to build other sources of income
to complement the existing one(s).
“The way to go about this is to use your spare hours
profitably. How do you use your weekends? Most of the world’s wealthy people built
their wealth during their spare times”.
“It is recommended that income from other sources
apart from your present one should be able to take care of your expenses on a
sustained basis before you can consider yourself comfortable”.
“Get me very clearly. I am not suggesting that you
cheat on your employer by using the official hours to conduct your own
business. That is not what I am saying. My message is that rather than go for
parties after office hours, or on- weekends, find something profitable to do”.
“I have done it before and I have seen many people
use their spare time to build business empires for themselves. It is not a
difficult thing to do. The problem is that people are not willing to endure
temporary inconvenience. They are not willing to pay the necessary price to
achieve financial freedom. Every good thing has a price. The question is: are
you ready to pay the price? Are you ready to stop impressing your friends and
get busy sorting out your financial future? The vital question to ask yourself
frequently is that if I leave my present job now, would I be able to maintain
my current standard of living? Those who do not ask this question frequently
are those who, when they resign from their present job find themselves coming
back to beg for re- absorption. That should not be the case. If you must work,
the day you collect your first salary is the day you must plan to live without
salary”.


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“You should work towards building what I call a Layer – Three income which some
people call passive income. Nobody
should tell you when to step aside; that should be obvious as you would have
built enough wealth that does not require you to exert great energy again. You
would have built enough money that would keep on generating cash whether you
are awake or sleeping. That is what is called working smartly. And that is how
to work out your financial freedom”.
My Mentor paused
again, allowing us to digest his message. I requested to have a copy of his
financial freedom index worksheet and he obliged me.
 (Excerpts from the book: “THE
MILLIONAIRES CAPSULES” by AYO AROWOLO. Read “Get your spouse involved in your
money”
tomorrow on this blog)
Ayo Arowolo, Publisher The Millionaires’ Capsules

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