Showing posts with label Entrepreneurship. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Entrepreneurship. Show all posts

What Can the Church Do To Redeem the Time?

At a Time like This Can the Church Help?

It is no longer news that we are faced with hard times.  A situation where individuals provide for themselves social amenities that is to be constitutionally provided by the Government even at a reduced rate to help its citizens is beyond imagination. 

Everyone is responsible for himself, every man on his own and if you are not strong and equipped enough, oh my God…………………!!!  Your name will be sorry.
This is not funny at all and it is not just in Nigeria but around most of the countries of the world, people are struggling to survive. 

Some of these challenges are partly due to technology replacing human labor with machines. Some of it is due to social and political breakdowns, warfare, violence, and corruption. Some of it is due to terrorism and natural disasters. Some are due to lack of a good work ethic, motivation, honesty, diligence, responsibility, and so on.

In the face of all these particularly in my country Nigeria, majority of the people seem to find solace in the churches.  Many people like me have the belief that solution to these world problem will definitely come from the church.  

While I believe in miracles, there no doubt that faith without work is dead. Churches need to develop and organize entrepreneurship programmes to equip their members and also promote economic growth, development and reduce the social vices in our countries.

The absence of jobs and work is a huge factor in poverty of course. People need work to eat and find shelter and basic necessities. But unemployment or joblessness brings with it a loss of human dignity and a squandering of gifts and abilities God grants to each of us. We need jobs to be able to survive and provide for our families the basic needs.

The various ways in which the church can assist their congregation in entrepreneurship programme includes:
Capacity building programme,
Skill Acquisition Programme,
Giving Soft Loan,

Capacity building programme:
Building capacity involves skills transfer, training, human resource management, organizational development, and the strengthening of communities and social networks. There is a need for the church to organize capacity building programme so that their members can gain more skills, knowledge and values which will help them to be more productive to themselves and the society at large.
Skill Acquisition:
This can be in form of organizing training programmes in soap making, bead making, catering, photography, cosmetics and make-up, tailoring, hairdressing, shoe and bag making e.t.c.
The skills gained through this programme will enable them start their own business and also generate revenue thereby reducing unemployment in the society and also creating employment for other jobless members.
Giving Soft Loans:
Churches by granting soft loans to their members who have financial challenges will motivate their members to start and expand their business rather than killing their ideas due to lack of finance.
There are some training that can be embarked upon which will add value to their members. Most members are willing to participate in the training but they lack the money to pay to acquire this training. Churches can encourage their members by giving them scholarships to acquire this training.
People who have experienced in the business are connected with the young entrepreneur to assist them with the necessary advice they need to succeed.

Churches can organize seminars to equip members with the necessary information they needed to succeed in their business.

These I believe will give a member a sense of belonging, fulfillment and the ability to overcome.

7 Habits That Can Make You Rich

Have you ever wondered why some people work so hard but still remain poor while some others who don’t struggle that much grows richer?  The difference is the Approach and Attitude.  Making wealth is more or less a skill and it is mostly done in the Head, it is also not reserved for the “privileged” but can be learned by everyone.

The following actions can help you achieve much in a little space of time.

Discover Your Challenges and Anticipated Solutions

No one can tell more about you than yourself.  You know your limitations – those things that don’t allow you to move forward.  Write all of them down and search for their possible solutions. 

For example, if your problem is ‘procrastination’, ask people who had overcome this challenge how they did it and apply it to your case.

The idea is to move you from thinking and nursing problems to solving problems.  

To make headway in life, you must be a problem solver.

Do the Things You Have Not Done Before

Set the ball rolling for yourself because no one is ready to discover you in the crowd if you did not distinguish yourself.  Run ahead of your folks.

There is nothing wrong in approaching those you think will help you achieve your ambition.  Make that bold step of asking for referral from those in authority if you know any.  Ask for a raise from your employer if you know you merited it.  Start doing things in an extra-ordinary way. 

Stop settling for ‘what is available’ and start thinking big.  Dream big dreams and act as if it is real. 

Change your approach of doing things that did not work and you will see great results.

Read, Listen, Watch and Invest in Motivational Materials

Make out time to read motivational books, watch podcasts and videos of individuals who had made it through thick and thin.   Listen to good motivational speakers and attend business seminars, you will be put on your toes even if you are the dumbest person on earth. 

Look out for such books as Rules that help. Educate yourself constantly on how making money works.

Join Elite Clubs  

It could be a Church, Business Club, Sports Club or Non Governmental Organizations, the idea is to mingle with rich people.  When you expose yourself to people who are better off and more exposed than you, it is likely going to expand your thinking, give you the connections that will catapult your income.

Read Life Histories of Successful and Rich People

Avail yourself with copies of biographies of those who have worked hard to make their wealth.  Read about Warren Buffett, Steve Job even our own Dangote etc.  When you read how these people made it from nothing to their enviable levels, you will be motivated.

The idea is to identify a role model who you can emulate.

Create More Than One Stream of Income

Look for ways of creating more than one income opportunity. There are different ways of achieving this like: investing in shares or properties, writing books, teaching on part time bases, blogging, internet marketing etc. 

Sticking to one stream of income will only help you pay your bills and no one actually gets rich with such income.

Don’t be rigid and stay-put with one income job.  Engage in other side jobs that will enable you earn extra money you will use for investment.

Don’t Jealous or Hate Rich People

This one is the list of them all but very powerful and effective because it got to do with your inner man.

When you see beautiful things that you like even if it is owned by your next door neighbor, appreciate it and congratulate the owner.  Instead of being jealous and resentful, find a way to know how the owner was able to acquire it and apply that same method.

The idea is that if you appreciate good things and bless those who own them, you will attract good things to yourself. 

How to Earn Extra Income While Keeping Your Paid Job

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