Moneywise 9: Stretch Your talents to Wealth zones

Gospell Music At Jeremiah Gyang with Celebrity Blogger, Gbenga Dan Asabe

I am beginning
to suspect that, beyond a mentor-protégé relationship, there may be a spiritual
connection between me and my Mentor. There have been too many strange
coincidences to ignore and each time I raise the issue, his answer has always
been the same: “I know about you far more
than you think I do”

The last time I was in Johannesburg, South Africa, I had gone
to a Compact Disc (CD) shop located in the Shopping Mall of the Sandton
Square
for some recommendation on good soul-lifting music I could be
playing while engaging in serious intellectual work. After sampling about ten
selections, with the help of the shop attendant, I was able to settle for an
audio CD titled: Music for the Spirit, from Domo Records. It is a
collection of the finest music in the world and new instrumental music from
different artistes. As the label on the CD suggests, all the selections on the
sampler have been chosen for their excellence and individuality, from the lush
and exotic sounds of the Far East to the driving and challenging   music of East Los Angeles contemporary cityscape.
I listened to
the CD in my hotel room while putting an article together. It was soothing. It
was uplifting. I almost preferred it to my favourite spiritual music – Yanni’s
if I Could Tell You.
There is no impossible goal, but only unrealistic
deadline
.
I got to my Mentor’s place that Sunday at about 1 o’clock after the church
service. He had left a message with his executive maid that I should join him
in his Wisdom Room. Guess what? I found him behind his electric piano rendering
different tracks from the same title: Music for the Spirit. I was dumbfounded. He was too absorbed in it to notice my
presence.
 

Myles Munroe

When
he noticed that I was around, he simply nodded his head and continued the
rendition. He repeated the track by Lius Villegas, titled:
New Moon. Coincidentally,
I also liked this particular track. From that title, he moved to one of Mike
Murdock’s
, which I am also passionate about. It is the one that
contains this track: Anything you
want. Anything you ask. Lord just name it, don‘t ask. That‘s what I will do.
That is what I will do
. I did not know for how long he had been
there before I arrived, but I calculated that he spent about an hour while I
was there, switching from one title to another.


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“Money can only come when you work where
your talents would blossom. Look around you; don’t you see many people who are
making money, not by practicing the courses they studied in the universities,
but by developing their activities around their talents and applying themselves
with passion to them? When your work becomes fun, you have reached the wealth
zone of your talent”.

Suddenly, he
stopped playing the piano and rotated his chair to allow him to face me
directly. I could see a feeling of satisfaction all over his face. “My friend, how have you been and how was
your trip to South Africa? I hope you
met our friend?”
he said, obviously waiting for an answer from me. I didn’t
say much except to explain what I did during my trip. But I was still
fascinated by his dexterity on the piano. This is one skill I had always longed
to acquire. I commended this feat and I asked him how he learnt how to play the
instrument so well. His answer kicked off the lesson for the day.
 

The mind of a man

“This is an interesting question. I wanted to talk
to you on a different subject before, but I feel impressed now to share with
you this secret, which I discovered many years ago. I will call today’s lesson:
Strive to Stretch Your Talents to
Wealth Zones”.
“Let me start by saying that the greatest discovery
you can ever make in your life is that of uncovering who you really are and
what you have been purposed by Infinite Intelligence (God) to accomplish while
you are on the planet earth. Once you are able to search this out and apply
yourself  to your calling, God will begin
to unfold layers of other talents that you never Imagme you possess. I never
dreamt I could play a piano or sing or do many things  I now skillfully do. I decided not to just
wish I could play a piano, I went beyond that to pay a lesson teacher to teach
me  how to play the piano professionally.
It was tough initially, but lesson after lesson and It became easier. Today,
the story is different.           
As I discovered many years ago, God has many
surprises for all of us, If only we would allow Him to use us”.
“You are fearfully and wonderfully made. I like the
way Myles Munroe puts it in his
classic, Discovering Your Purpose, our
God is a God of potential. He is not interested in what you have accomplished,
He is interested in what is left inside of you that He desperately wants you to
manifest. He is not interested in the numerous awards you have garnered; He is
not interested in the various forms of recognition that have come your way. God
is interested in the award-winning skills that are still stuck inside your
belly”.
“He is interested in the bestselling books that you
have yet
to bring out, the hit album you have yet to release,
the award- wining designs you have yet to bring forth, the life-changing
product you have yet to bring to the market.
He is interested in the myriad of talents we are
still carrying about. A good Christian, as Munroe
would say, should be confusing. In other words, a good Christian who has realized
his redemptive worth is so loaded that he can become a living miracle, capable
of excelling simultaneously in different areas of endeavour.
I always feel very sad when I see people choose jobs
because of the attached monetary rewards. A fellow who came to me the other day
for some advice on a career move told me he chose his present job because. It
was very near where he was staying and because of the size of the salary
package.
What a tragedy! Money is important quite all right,
but it would never be the principal factor influencing your choice of a career.

 

When you choose a place to work, focus on the
experience you can gain and the knowledge you can acquire. Work where God will
allow the talents you have in you to burst forth. If your employer is stingy
with wages, ignore him as long as the work environment allows your talents to
blossom. That is the major consideration really”.
“I urge you to always glorify God with your work.
When your colleagues are going on tea break, stay at your desk and sweat it out
on the assignment at hand, take on the tasks your colleagues are running away
from. Once God is convinced that you are diligent’ in your work, He will begin
to unfold other talents inside you. That is why somebody who started out as a
driver can turn out later to be an outstanding marketing specialist”.
Let your work become a passion. “Don’t ever choose a vocation that you don’t
have a passion for. It doesn’t matter if you are a driver; strive to be the
best driver around. If you are a mechanic, try to be the best mechanic. If you
are diligent, your present task will actually become a stepping-stone to
greater layer of talents”.
“Now, let me ask you. What did you study at the
university?”

I answered, “I studied Political Science, first and second degrees”. “Good! Have you ever been in politics or put differently, have you ever made
money from what you studied at the university?” “Not at all”.
I replied. “I have been in financial journalism for
more than a decade
.” “That’s right”,
he said. “Why did you choose journalism
over being in politics?”  “I have
a passion for writing and reporting”,
I responded.
Your money is where your passion is. “That is what I am saying. Money can only
come when you work where your talents would blossom. Look around you; don’t you
see many people who are making money, not by practicing the courses they
studied in the universities, but by developing their activities around their
talents and applying themselves with passion to them? When your work becomes
fun, you have reached the wealth zone of your talent. Stick to it, work more at
it, and strive for more excellence. Stretch your talents to the wealth zones.
And surely your profit will be evident to all in a short while. That, my
brother, is one of the greatest secrets of the informed millionaires. Keep it
very close to your chest”.
“Enough for today” He stopped and held my hands as
we both walked towards the dining area on the floor to have lunch together.
(Excerpts from
the book: “THE MILLIONAIRES CAPSULES” by AYO AROWOLO. Read “Your Problem is Purpose driven”
tomorrow on this blog)
Ayo Arowolo, Publisher The Millionaires’ Capsules

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