Money: The Usefulness of Money and The Uselessness of it.

It is said, “money makes the world go round.” But, what if money weren’t there??

You may have heard of how “money is everything” and many others claiming that “money can’t buy happiness”. And others may say, “well, if money isn’t everything, then I would rather be unhappy and rich than to be unhappy and poor”. Which is pretty, honestly, better and mostly true. But my point, and the point I am coming at here, is that money is still not EVERYTHING!

T.L Osborn once said:

“in order to be more successful, identify a need, reach out to meet that need and, in so doing, you’ll be helping yourself to realise your own success.”

I wish to challenge a few number of people in a large audience, deliberately, by asking these couple of questions:

What if you were wealthy, so wealthy you had all the monies you’ve ever wanted and dreamt of, in fact, you were the richest, for that matter; what would you do with your wealth (or money)? Would you build your dream house, buy that car of your dreams and marry that high-profile wife you’ve always hoped for, and then have the children you’ve always wanted — with better opportunities and resources than you have had? Then, what would you do next? Would you go on vacations, occasionally, whenever (and however) you want, when it suits you? Would you travel the world, see places you always wanted to and the “wonders” of the world, or even see the different girls of other places and cultures and smoke the most expensive cigars, maybe at the most leveraged parties of people only of your caliber? Then next, what would you do? Would you then build for yourself [and your family] that ideal house you’ve always wanted as well and get so established? What next, then? Yeah, yeah, yeah…blah, blah, blah… Next, what then? That’s it?

Leverage living

I don’t care if you even owned the Antilla House and you were Mukesh Ambani, as long as you have put materials things ahead and in front of you so much that you thought the thought of helping others was a waste of time and capital resources you don’t shake me, even more so, you don’t matter, and I advise you to repent and change your ways!

First of all, it is very true that MONEY ISN’T EVERYTHING, as many of us have come to believe (but not me necessarily:)). You can have so much but miss the most important things in life… I’m not advocating that money is bad and evil here, of course not, I’m not. But I need to get to the crux of the main subject at hand: the uselessness of money and its usefulness. I put first the uselessness part and then the usefulness after, delibaretely; because so many people are widely taken by the common belief that “money is everything” and “money is power”. And, on that note, I agree to some extent that money is very substantial and helps a lot having it. But that’s all it is. Yes I say MONEY IS A GREAT SUBSTANCE FOR BETTER LIFE-LIVING BUT NOT NECESSARILY THE REPLACEMENT OF THE HUMAN EFFORTS AND TLC (Tender, Love and Care). And of which we need most and more of these in our unstable societies – human efforts and TLC!

“With money you are able to have a greater impact and influence, which is true, but if you are neglecting this as your solemn responsibility, to help others who are more in need – who are less empowered [as you are], and not advancing peoples’ lives with your monies and the knowledge you have, you are as well as expensive furniture: rich but doing nothing, given an “expensive” status and nothing more!”

The Perspective of Money: Most of us grew up with some very interesting doctrines  and we have been told and some, actually, taught that “money doesn’t grow on trees”,  and “it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven…”, “the love of money is the root of all evil” and etc. And so some, though they do want money so much, which is interesting because everybody wants money, they end settling with a mentality that ‘you will surely go to hell when you want so much money’ and they only want enough to make a living and sustain them. But the fact of the matter is that:

  1. it is not money that is evil but the love of it is the root of evil!
  2. the reason it is [more] hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom it’s not his wealth or monies, but the entanglement money has on him. He is enslaved to money.
  3. whether money grew on trees or not, there are actually many other ways so many people can have and make money while almost operating at rest, without necessarily having “qualifications”. Remember Bill Gates, the person who was “the richest in the world” (according to Forbes) for over a decade was a college drop out, and the person that followed him then, Larry Ellison the CEO of Oracle computers was also a drop out and even the counterpart of Gates, Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft was a drop out.

Many people do what they do in life to break FREE from the cycle of poverty at home. They do so to make  money, to achieve financial freedom – the ability to afford and buy, while receiving a residual income, I would say. It is good given the reasons why, right. But it’s not entirely just about that.

It is quite sad and very unfortunate how the financial background so many of us may be coming from have so much affected us and led us to believe that ‘so long as my family is out of it and no more for them that cycle of poverty, and I am able to change my family’s situation around, then I’m fine by it and it is definitely fine!’ But I would like to challenge a greater number of people, this time, from a very large audience that they (and we) always remember the needs of others and meet them as well. It is indeed for a greater course.  Not only are we being change makers and agents but we’re also given the opportunity to sparkle our lives with the joys of so many people and celebrate a better hope for all of us. Think like that, I urge you!

money makes the world go round

The Uselessness of Money…and its Usefulness: Now, therefore, if there is anything I wish you to take away is that, really, money is not that ALL… The Bible puts it this way, in Ecclesiastes 10:19, “money answers all things”? But it does not necessarily mean money IS all things…

We still need those helpful hands to benefit somehow the motherless children that have not had the opportunity to be held by their mothers after given birth to, we still need that voice you have, to speak and communicate the messages of hope, compassion and love. We still need that voice to say Prayers when the nation may seem to be going downturn  and when all ideas have been suggested and systems have been implemented but failed and failed. We still need that voice to teach! AND we still need your time! Now, the only way to make money seem useless is to give it to a person that will only, selfishly, use it for his/her interests and circulate it in his house (or family) alone; I call that person “a bit dim-sighted” and I pray they’ll be opened eyes and given vision.

In conclusion I would say, IT IS GOOD TO HAVE MONEY, AND IT’S VERY WISE AT THAT. BUT DO NOT BE CLOUDED, PLEASE, BY YOUR PASSIONS OF MONEY HAVING; MAKING IT EVERYTHING AND THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS.

Dolf  de Roos also said one time on an investment channel interview:

YOUR POVERTY CAN HELP NO ONE, YOUR WEALTH CAN HELP A LOT OF PEOPLE. SO THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH ASPIRING TO BE WEALTHY. AND THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH ASPIRING TO BE WEALTHY. GO FOR IT, I’D SAY!

P.s. Maybe money may “give” long life but it’s not like money guarantees you “post-life” or life after death. Do something about it. Show you care and cause ripples of change; HAVE A GLOBAL IMPACT.

On that point, speaking about global impact, sometimes, you see, we try just a bit too hard and too much ‘to save the world and save everyone in it‘ and, in the process, losing ourselves… “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit (lose) his [own] soul?” This is from a Bible passage in Mark 8:36, and isn’t so true? So let us not find ourselves making such a sad mistake one can ever make – losing ourselves saving the world. I am so passionate about helping people, I believe it’s my calling, but at times even I fall into this dish and have to redefine my own course again and my goals.

It is a Prayer of my heart that God may give those of you that need money money and the value of it, in doing a good, great work with it in society – for the people.

I would like to thank God for this wisdom of writing and sharing this piece… Thank You, for being my audince. I Love you and God Bless.

Wealthy Regards

Nelson

WUNPresident

I am from Parys originally and now studying at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, Free State (South Africa). I am committed to making positive change in so many lives, having a global impact!
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Success is in YOU! I will help you realise it.

I have been saying to my friends, “I will teach you one of the most powerful biblical principles”. In fact, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe knew this as well. And that is if you want to help others prosper and become as successful, “treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being”; so rightly Wolfgang put it.

Now, one of the reasons why I am writing this article it is rightfully to help someone and encourage them to realize that God intended for them to become successful at all cost and by all means alright. That is the truth you must believe and do as though your life depends on it, because it does; it depends on finding that purpose of God for your life.

And just coming back to this I consider to be one of the most POWERFUL principles, and which is that of talking others to their success realization. I would like to say first, YOU being wherever you are and being positioned in that position today – whether it be financially, academically or spiritually, in fact at ALL levels – God has an incredible plan, and I would personally call it a dream, for your life to become most successful and having a global impact.

It is true that God can do for us as people, His children and Sons (not necessarily by gender but by inheritance), beyond our ever wildest imagination simply, really, because He can. By His Grace. Whether you believe it or not God is real, and you’ll one day find out…

On that point about talking others to their ideal selves. I would just like to emphasise the power of just saying and talking words to people that will really mold them, and uplift their spirit and confidence; assuring them that they’re really astounding and amazing walking beings.

The way everything has been going in the whole world, definitely, indeed, we have long acknowledged that things need to change. And this will exactly help the process. And look at how simple we can change even the entire cause of the wolrd through the words we speak unto others when we are in conversations with them. For instance, if one would want to become some sort of prominent figure in a particular field, say that of business (the business field), and the way you just address the person you address and communicate with him in such a way as that which he so wishes to become. This is somehow not normal, you know, why because of the diseased stereotypes of only talking mediocrity, complacency and complaints all the time and all the negative. But I tell you. It is indeed POWERFUL to speak positively with others. Know this:

  • words carry force,
  • and words have spiritual significance

So watch your tongue carefully and ONLY let what is good and constructive come out of you.

In so many scriptures in the Bible (Word of God), it is shown there that when the disciples or Jesus, for an example, went on to the people, they did not go in mere words but by words with POWER – Power to completely revolutionise the cause of a man’s life, and heal, and enrich, and bless, and even restore people at ALL levels. That is amazing!

1 Thessalonians 1:5 .

Use your mouth to work together with God in constructing and asserting others of their plans and success in life. Let me ask YOU a question right now. Are you aware that by so doing – uplifting others with the Word of God and so much positivity – you will absolutely affect, not only their emotions and mindset right now, but their long-term outlook and even future generations yet to come — because you’ve persistently built people in the Power of God’s Word? You have SO MUCH influence to shape the whole globe and can God entrust you with this ministry unto others?

Allow me please to re-assure you fellow young people and everybody that it matters not who you are and where you’re from. God can use you in ways far beyond imaginable, only if you allow Him and believe this in your spirit as truth.

Success is in them, help them realize it. By all means this means so much to the making of future leaders and great men and women.

With Love and Honor, Nelson Sithole

Success is in YOU! I will help you realise it.

I have been saying to my friends, “I will teach you one of the most powerful biblical principles”. In fact, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe knew this as well. And that is if you want to help others prosper and become as successful, “treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being”; so rightly Wolfgang put it.

Now, one of the reasons why I am writing this article it is rightfully to help someone and encourage them to realize that God intended for them to become successful at all cost and by all means alright. That is the truth you must believe and do as though your life depends on it, because it does; it depends on finding that purpose of God for your life.

And just coming back to this I consider to be one of the most POWERFUL principles, and which is that of talking others to their success realization. I would like to say first, YOU being wherever you are and being positioned in that position today – whether it be financially, academically or spiritually, in fact at ALL levels – God has an incredible plan, and I would personally call it a dream, for your life to become most successful and having a global impact.

It is true that God can do for us as people, His children and Sons (not necessarily by gender but by inheritance), beyond our ever wildest imagination simply, really, because He can. By His Grace. Whether you believe it or not God is real, and you’ll one day find out…

On that point about talking others to their ideal selves. I would just like to emphasise the power of just saying and talking words to people that will really mold them, and uplift their spirit and confidence; assuring them that they’re really astounding and amazing walking beings.

The way everything has been going in the whole world, definitely, indeed, we have long acknowledged that things need to change. And this will exactly help the process. And look at how simple we can change even the entire cause of the wolrd through the words we speak unto others when we are in conversations with them. For instance, if one would want to become some sort of prominent figure in a particular field, say that of business (the business field), and the way you just address the person you address and communicate with him in such a way as that which he so wishes to become. This is somehow not normal, you know, why because of the diseased stereotypes of only talking mediocrity, complacency and complaints all the time and all the negative. But I tell you. It is indeed POWERFUL to speak positively with others. Know this:

  • words carry force,
  • and words have spiritual significance

So watch your tongue carefully and ONLY let what is good and constructive come out of you.

In so many scriptures in the Bible (Word of God), it is shown there that when the disciples or Jesus, for an example, went on to the people, they did not go in mere words but by words with POWER – Power to completely revolutionise the cause of a man’s life, and heal, and enrich, and bless, and even restore people at ALL levels. That is amazing!

1 Thessalonians 1:5 .

Use your mouth to work together with God in constructing and asserting others of their plans and success in life. Let me ask YOU a question right now. Are you aware that by so doing – uplifting others with the Word of God and so much positivity – you will absolutely affect, not only their emotions and mindset right now, but their long-term outlook and even future generations yet to come — because you’ve persistently built people in the Power of God’s Word? You have SO MUCH influence to shape the whole globe and can God entrust you with this ministry unto others?

Allow me please to re-assure you fellow young people and everybody that it matters not who you are and where you’re from. God can use you in ways far beyond imaginable, only if you allow Him and believe this in your spirit as truth.

Success is in them, help them realize it. By all means this means so much to the making of future leaders and great men and women.

With Love and Honor, Nelson Sithole

Short-term vs. Long-term.

The title is very simple and quite straight-forward – ‘short term against long term’… But this is still one of those areas a person still finds him/herself challenged with and trapped by, at times, if not all the time. This must be the most challenging and yet crucial aspect to human development, the ability to differentiate between what is short-term and long-term.

This is one of the most sought after skills, the ability to distinguish and actually follow-suit on the short-term goals and the long-term ones; most especially by students… and this article will mainly focus on students. And just coming to the buzzing question at hand which you may ask yourself or which your friends may be asking themselves, hey, in fact the question WE ALL ASK OURSELVES: WHAT IS SHORT-TERM AND WHAT IS LONG-TERM?

Most of us have ourselves convinced and persuaded that the professions we want to see ourselves in, they which we are currently studying for, are our long-term goals, right. Well, I wouldn’t say “wrong”, maybe indeed you are right. It depends on YOU what you make of long-term and/or short-term.

For an example, the terror usually students encounter is that of weighing the quality time of studying and the significance of their other commitments by the side – like sporting, leadership and governance, and other social activities, on the other hand. And other examples: some may be making the attainment of highest grades in their modules short term and graduating cum laude their long term, like myself, right. And then some of the students just have SO MUCH to do and they, at times, become so confused. This just calls for ‘priorities-setting’. That’s it. You can party all you like but it will be at an expense of other things you could have done – to better equip and advance yourself in life. And I’m not saying you should be selfish and make everything about you okay, always have heart for other peoples’ interests as well!

It is better to start investing time in the things or activities that will not be detrimental to you in the future and your future and start shaping it today, even with your short term contributions.

Well knowing that you’ll live merrier for long and forever, it is better to suffer for a while. Ask me I say it’s worth it!

So start taking a very cautious and well-informed note of what is short term and what is long term to you. Of course to some short term may be friends or parties, casual relationships, casual clothing, sporting, leadership/governance etc. And of course to some long term may be studies, ‘connections’, political engagements, spiritual growth and wisdom etc.

And lastly, YOU and everybody should know that it is like this, and we can then borrow and use one of the economic principles and that of ‘trade-off’. Which simply states that, “the cost of something is what you will give up to get it.”

And that’s it. You can actually make it and make it work!

With Love, Nelson