Money Identity

I love music. And I like dancing. I guess I take that after my late father. God bless him.

In his days, my old man would slot his favorite song into the cassette player and continuously nod his head to the lyrics in absolute enjoyment and agreement with the singer.

One of his beloved songs is that of Fuji maestro, Kollington Ayinla. He sang about money, “Owo,” and what he said in that song remains factual forever.

As I was getting ready for work this morning, that same song came on air in one of the local radio stations. I wouldn’t know why it was played so early in the morning by the radio continuity announcer. But I guess she wanted it to serve as a ‘Monday morning wakeup call’ for people to go out there and make money.

Kollington Ayinla’s timeless voice echoed from the radio “…owo lo n so’mo di baba; owo lo’nso baba d’omo; owo lo’nso egbon d’aburo oo….ma f’owo wan eni kookan wa laiye – money turns child to father; money turns father to child; money turns the senior sibling to the junior…may we not lack money in life…”

How true!

Money answers so many questions – if not all questions.

A Nigerian proverb also says that lack of money is the father of all fears. That’s factual. A man without money in his pocket lives in constant fear, while a ‘loaded’ man walks and talks with confidence.

Shakespeare was also right about money in Timon of Athens:

“Gold? Yellow, glittering, precious gold?

No, Gods, I am no idle votarist!…

Thus much of this will make black white, foul fair,

Wrong right, base noble, old young, coward valiant…”

I should then add: How powerful art thou, Oh money!

The power of money is in what money does. And money does a lot.

How best can one express the majestic and miraculous capability of money than to repeat the following passages from Goethe?

“…That which is for me through the medium of money – that for which I can pay (i.e., which money can buy) – that am I myself, the possessor of the money. The extent of the power of money is the extent of my power.

“Money’s properties are my – the possessor’s – properties and essential powers. Thus, what I am and am capable of is by no means determined by my individuality.

“I am ugly, but I can buy for myself the most beautiful of women. Therefore I am not ugly, for the effect of ugliness – its deterrent power – is nullified by money.

“I, according to my individual characteristics, am lame, but money furnishes me with twenty-four feet. Therefore I am not lame.

“I am bad, dishonest, unscrupulous, stupid; but money is honoured, and hence its possessor. Money is the supreme good; therefore its possessor is good. Money, besides, saves me the trouble of being dishonest: I am therefore presumed honest.

“I am brainless, but money is the real brain of all things and how then should its possessor be brainless? Besides, he can buy clever people for himself, and is he who has power over the clever not more clever than the clever?

“Do not I, who thanks to money am capable of all that the human heart longs for, possess all human capacities? Does not my money, therefore, transform all my incapacities into their contrary?”

In other words, you and I can achieve whatever we want with money. Should there be something we lack, but wish to have; money can help to have it.

Sadly, money is usually associated with the negative. People often forget the good things that money does.

They forget that money builds the beautiful houses about.

It makes transportation faster through airplanes.

It makes us become healthier through the hospitals.

And it makes the world go round generally.

Instead, they focus too much attention on the evil that some wealthy people perpetrate with their money.

They waste so much time on the fraud and corruption that the rich perfect.

In the process, they come to the wrong conclusion that money is evil.

Far from it.

Money is good.

I am a strong believer in hard work and optimum enjoyment. Work hard for your money, and enjoy it to the maximum when it arrives. Money is meant to be enjoyed, not abhorred.

Indeed, labeling money as ‘evil’ can be a perfect excuse for a lazy man to do less. He detests the rich; so he aspires little, and achieves nothing.

He   remains poor.

That same Fuji musician, Kollington, added that “…mo dagbalagba, mi o sh’oge mo, owo ni o si lowo oni toun ooo… I’m old, I’m no longer getting involved in any social activities; that must be because there is no money in the pocket...”

With money, you will pray to live forever!

Ignore those who make money in ignoble ways. Shun the dishonest. Their wealth can never be sustainable. And they don’t ever know peace.

I know of only one way of making money, and that is by providing value. When an elder says, “work hard,” he wants you to give value.  And you can give value in many ways.

When you give your best in an employment; you are rendering value.

When you produce something for sale; you are creating value.

When you give service for money; you are providing value.

But making money is quite different from keeping it. Ask the now broke lottery winners of yore, they will explain how difficult it could be to keep the millions.

When you make your money, you must also learn how to keep it. Read The Laws of Prosperity to know more.

Identify yourself with money, and it will be friendly to you.

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