On The Path Of Winners
By Bayo Ogunmupe
The Shortcut Route To Riches
THERE is a certain way to attain lasting riches. There is no known worthwhile accomplishment that has been achieved outside of this route. In walking this path to greatness, age, education, wealth or talent isn’t relevant. This shortcut route to riches recognizes that wealth is reward for diligent service to others.
Conversely, this law teaches that it is futile to labour to be rich. The wealth you are after can only come as a reward for your labour of love, service to God and humanity. When you are following this route, in a little while, you will see your certain reward in an unending abundance.
This path to success is certain, and it is non-discriminatory. All who have walked it since time immemorial have never failed to reach the desired end, regardless of their chosen field. The milestone on this shortest way to wealth isn’t my creation. Once you know the rules and you begin to obey them, you are on your way to outstanding accomplishments. If you take this short route to riches, already knowing your goal, you will steadfastly go towards your destiny regardless of temporary interruptions or the seemingly insurmountable challenges you may meet along the way.
This achievers’ road to greatness is also known as the Power Pyramid of Achievement. This principle recognizes that power is given to man so that he can use it in serving others, and in return he is rewarded with the form of wealth he seeks. The seed of that power is in every man. But unless you apply this power, it isn’t functional on its own. For as long as you are alive this power will work for you as it did in the following story. There was a man called Milo Jones who operated a small farm in his town of Fort. Atkinson, in Wisconsin, United States. In spite of his good physical health, Jones seemed unable to make his farm yield more than his subsistence living. Late in his life, Jones suffered a stroke, which paralysed him into a hopeless invalid.
Unable to move but compelled by necessity, Jones moved forward on the principles of the Power Pyramid of Achievement. He called his family to plant every acre of their land with corn. Then, to start raising pigs with the corn. Convert the pigs to sausages while the pigs are young and tender. They called them Jones Pig Sausages, which they sold to stores all over the country. Soon, Jones Pig Sausages became a household name. then, Jones and his family became extremely wealthy from the proceeds of their farm that had once yielded him barely enough to live on. They succeeded by applying the principles you will learn in this essay.
The Milo Jones success shows that his future was not determined by his circumstances but by his application of the power that is at work in the affairs of men, the power that can take you to the heights beyond your physique. This power principle is based on four eternal milestones. They are: self mastery, serving others, the support system and the protective edge. Collectively, these principles assert that no meaningful success can be attained in any area of life without the would-be achiever first applying the power of making wealth to shape his life and then, using it to serve others. Thus, abundance is created through serving others and this abundance may be preserved only through your continuously serving humanity.
Each of the four principles of the Power Pyramid of Achievement will be explained in subsequent columns. For now we shall explore the five secrets of Contentment, One, love people, not money, or possessions. This admonition is born out of the Biblical teaching: “The love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things,” Timothy 6:10. Here the Bible warns that a person who loves riches will never be content: “A mere lover of silver will not be satisfied with silver, neither any love of wealth with income,” wrote King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 5:10. Your way out therefore, is to practise giving because, “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving,” Acts 20:35. Contentment is the root of happiness.
Two, don't compare yourself with others. Do your work well and you will be proud of yourself. See yourself as a unique being with a unique message to the world. All you need do is to exercise justice, and love your fellowmen and be modest in living out your life. Three, maintain an attitude of appreciation to God for your life and well-being. Four, choose your friends wisely. “He that walks with the wise will become wiser,” Proverbs 13:20. Good friends will add value to you, add to your contentment. Their attitudes and conversations will affect your outlook on life.
Finally, satisfy your spiritual needs by being conscious of your relationship with God. “Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need,” Matt 5:3. As a Christian worship God regularly as prescribed by the Bible. But as a Muslim know the difference between prayer and supplication. To pray is to seek favours from God, whereas solat is supplication.
Our champion for today is Benjamin Bibi Betanyahu, the Israeli leader and current Prime Minister of Israel..
Born in October 1949, in Tel Aviv, to Zila nee Segal and Professor of History Benzion Netanyahu. The middle of three children, Benjamin was raised in Jerusalem Israel. He serves as the Chairman of Likud Party, member of the Knesset, as Health Minister of Israel, Pension Affairs Minister of Israel and as Economic Strategy Minister of Israel.
Netanyahu was the first Israeli prime minister to be born in Israel. He joined the Israeli Defence Forces during the 1967 Six Day War, becoming a team leader. He achieved the rank of Captain before being discharged. After his Army service, Netanyahu went to America where he studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He left school to serve in the Yom Kippur War for 40 days in 1973. He returned to the U.S. to complete his degree. He also did postgraduate M.S. in MIT Sloan School of Management in 1977.
In 1976, Netanyahu lost his elder brother Yonathan Netanyahu when he was killed in action during a hostage rescue mission at Entebbe Airport, Uganda, Africa. In 1978, Bibi returned to Israel to run Jonathan Netanyahu Institute, an anti-terrorism foundation. Then he met Moshe Arens, who appointed him as his Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. This position he held between 1982 and 1984. Between 1984 and 1988, Netanyahu served as the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations.
In 1988, Bibi joined the Likud Party, won membership of the Knesset and was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Following the defeat of Likud in 1992, Bibi became party leader. After Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated, his successor – Shimon Peres decided to call early elections. Netanyahu emerged Prime Minister in May 1996. In 1997, Netanyahu signed the Hebron Protocol with the Palestinian Authority turning Hebron to the Palestinians. In the following year, he signed the Wye River Memorandum with PLO chairman Yasser Arafat. As premier, Bibi emphasized a policy of three nos: No withdrawal from Golan Heights, no talks on Jerusalem and no negotiation under any preconditions.
However, he was defeated by the Labour leader, Ehud Barak in the 1999 general election. Thereafter he worked with BATM consultants for two years. After the fall of Barak in 2002, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon appointed Bibi Foreign Minister. In 2003 he gave up Foreign Ministry to become Finance Minister. But after the 2009 election, Bibi returned to office as Prime Minister. The post he holds till today. New elections come up in January 2013. Bibi has two sons from Sara his third wife and a daughter from his first wife Miriam.