The title of this article might sound weird to your ears. You might be asking yourself: what do I mean by non financial business assets? Well, I will advice you read on to catch the lesson I am about to throw across.
I got the inspiration to write this article due to an incident that occurred recently. Tuesday, 19th of April was a day I will never forget in my life. On this day, at about 8:00pm; I was robbed at gun point and valuables such as my laptop, cellphones, etc were stolen from me. Along with my laptop also went vital information; including information I intend to share with you on this blog.
Sincerely speaking, I was shocked over the incident and it took me several days to overcome the trauma. Whenever I close my eyes to sleep, I see a gun aimed at my head at very close range. My heart was bitter over the loss of some tangible and intangible assets. How do I recover the information I have lost? This was the question that haunted my mind for long.
But after few weeks of pondering and sober reflection; I began to see things in another perspective. I have been taught by my mentor “Robert Kiyosaki” to always see an opportunity in every problem; and to always learn from every predicament that befalls me. So based on this word of advice, my eyes were opened to see the true lesson of this incident that traumatized me.
After I was robbed, it hurt me that valuable assets have been stolen from me. But after deep reflection, I came to realize that my most valuable assets were actually not stolen.
If I asked you to list your assets, I am sure you would list things such as real estate, cars, gold, shares, businesses and all the rest. But what if I told you that you have failed to list your most important assets? I personally had these assets but I failed to attach value to them until I was robbed. I am sure you have not attached value to yours too. So what are these non financial business assets that you must have ignored? I will say you read on.
3 Non Financial Business Assets you must not take for granted
"God is such a loving father. He gave everyone of us a blank signed check. Anything you write on that check will be yours. But unfortunately; most people die poor because they don't dare to write something big on that check. That check is a gift called life." – Ajaero Tony Martins
After I was robbed, I cursed and murmured. Why didn’t I scream? Why didn’t I engage them in a fight? Why did I allow them go so easily? But after all this ramblings, I realized that all the valuables stolen from me would have been vanity if i had lost my life. At the time of the robbery, when the gun was placed on my head, I thought the end has come.
I remembered my dreams and aspirations. I remembered my loved ones. I knew my life was on the line and could be brought to an end in a second with just a pull of the trigger. What would become of my dream to become a billionaire and affect lives? What would become of my dream to build a successful business and raise a wonderful family?
After given a thought on this, I realized that God has spared my most important asset; my life. I forever remain grateful to God for his mercy. You might think I am writing this because of the trauma I went through but I say you are wrong. I just want you to appreciate the value of your life and show gratitude to God almighty that has preserved it. You will never fully understand the value of your life; which is your greatest asset, until you lose it.
“Remember thy creator, in the days of thy youth.” – The Holy Bible
You must have heard of the saying that time is money. The sad thing about this statement is that it’s true. Most people say that life is not fair, but I stand to say it is. Life gave us equal chance to become who we dreamed to be. Have you observed that no matter how successful you become or how much you fail, you are still limited to just 24h hours/day? What do the drop out billionaires and successful entrepreneurs have in common with the poor? The answer is time.
"Yet a little sleep, a little slumber and a little folding of hands to sleep; so shall your poverty come." – Proverbs 6: 10-11
Time is the very factor that separates the rich from the poor. How do you utilize your 24hours? Do you spend it productively or unproductively?
“To everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to plant and a time to harvest that; which is planted. A time to break down and a time to build up” – Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
You will never understand time to be a valuable asset until old age comes calling. Most people say with old age comes regret and I say it’s true. It comes with regret because time was misused. To those who maximize their time, old age comes with a feeling of fulfillment and self actualization. Which side do you want to be? Self actualization or regret? It’s up to you to decide.
“Knowledge is the new money.” – Robert Kiyosaki
While recovering from the shock of the robbery incident, I began to understand and appreciate the fact that the robbers left behind another great asset. You might be led to believe that your property, gold, shares are your greatest investment but it’s not true. Knowledge is the greatest asset. It stuck me as a thing of joy to observe that the robbers left behind my books, audio tapes and other written materials. They must have rejoiced over their success but I still have one great asset; my knowledge.
Who created the assets that generates the income I live on today? Who built this business blog you are reading now? Who created the investments that generated the cash flow; with which I purchased the assets that was stolen? The answer to these three questions is me. I created the assets; I built businesses with the knowledge and experience I have acquired over the years; so regardless of how much I lost today. Regardless of how much I fail in business; as long as I am still alive, I can bounce back.
“If I lose a billion dollars today; I will have it back in five years.” – Henry Ford
This brings me to a conclusion on this article. I don’t know the predicament that must have befallen you. I don’t know the business challenges you are going through presently and I don’t know the business failures you have had in the past. What I can say to you is that you can come back bigger and stronger; as long as you have the three assets listed above.
I did not write this article to arouse your sympathy; I did not write out of self pity. I wrote to let you know that you are not alone. I am also having my fair share of challenges; but the end point is that I will bounce back. I will still pursue my dream of becoming a billionaire vigorously. I expect more challenges and set backs along the way but these obstacles are intended to forge me into a successful entrepreneur.
I don’t care if the whole world has collapsed on your shoulders; I don’t care if you are lying in the dust at this moment. I am not going to sympathize with you; sympathy and self pity will get you nowhere. All I am asking of you is to answer this question: will you have the courage to stand up again in the face of adversity?
Henry Ford stood again after two business failures; Donald Trump did the same. So did Robert Kiyosaki; Colonel Harland Sanders, Richard Branson and Ray Kroc. Will you have the courage to stand again? Only you can decide.