I read a true life story of a man who, so many years ago, owned a ranch. He heard they had discovered gold in Southern California, and so with a passion for gold he sold his ranch to a colonel, and away he went, never to come back. That colonel put a mill upon a stream that ran through that ranch, and one day his little daughter brought some wet sand from the raceway into their home and sifted it through her little fingers before the fire, and in that falling sand a visitor saw the first shining scales of real gold that were ever discovered in California.
The man who had owned that ranch wanted gold, and he could have secured it for the mere taking. Few years later, $38 million worth of gold was taken out of a very few acres from that same ‘abandoned’ ranch. What a great opportunity missed because of ignorance!
This points to me clearly that the reason most people are poor is not the lack of money, but the lack of knowledge – knowledge that there is something in them that can produce riches that they and their generations can live off from.
Most people have sold their ‘birthright’ that should give them wealth later in the future because they were offered a ‘morsel of bread’ that would just make them merely survive. Others have despised their worth for a mere work that has worked them out into worthlessness. They have abandoned their mine of gold and had it sold only for them to be later told that what they sold for a stipend was supposed to take them through their life’s end.
There is something so special in you worth even more than a mine of gold. Treasure it, stay with it, develop it and with it, you will not just survive but thrive.
A contribution from Zion Emmanuel Obeten – A Nigerian Banker