Look At All These Poor People
Dr. Myles Munroe told a story about two friends who were undergraduates at the University of Southern California, who took a trip to India.
Before embarking on their trip to India during their summer break, the two friends from the prestigious university decided to save up some money.
When they eventually got to India, they spent the whole summer with their backpacks on, taking trains and seeing the cities and the countryside where they got to experience true poverty firsthand.
In the cities and countryside of India, they were overwhelmed by the millions of poor people they saw. They had never seen such a level of poverty and filth.
One day, one of them looked out of the window of their hotel room that’s on the second-story and as far as his eyes could see, he saw poverty-stricken Indians walking barefooted, living in swampy land. The men had no shirt on, and the children were naked. Flies were swarming and crawling all over them.
Then he said to his friend,
“Oh! my gosh.
Look at all these poor people. They don’t have any shoes on, and they don’t even have clothes.”
His friend came to the window and said,
What a place for a shoe business.”
That was all he said and left.
At the end of their vacation, the two friends went back home and returned to their studies at the university.
They were both in the same class in the same university. They were both studying Business Administration. But as the second guy sat in class, he could not get the pictures of India out of his mind. He kept seeing all those bare feet.
While his friend saw crisis, he saw a big opportunity.
So, while he sitting at the of their lecture hall, he started sketching on a piece of paper.
He ended up designing a pair of shoes that could be made of plastic and mass-produced.
One day, he decided to drop out of school, against ‘friendly’ advice, because he had become obsessed with this idea about shoes for India.
His friend said to him, “You are crazy. You’ve got to stay in school and get a job so you can make a living.”
But the guy had this idea, and he was going to see what he could do with it. So he got somebody to make a prototype and got a company that said they could produce a pair for 15 cents.
Armed with those pieces of information, he went to his brother’s friend to finance his start-up.
His brother’s friend said,
“Do you have a market for these shoes?”
“Yes, I have a market —millions of barefoot Indians.
I’ve got a big market in India. If we make this shoe for 15 cents, we can ship it over there and sell it for 50 cents, and we could get a shoe business going.”
His brother’s friend thought that was good.
Within 12 months, they produced over 3 million pairs of shoes, which were shipped to some of the big cities in India. The guy became a millionaire in one year. He never went back to school.
When his friend graduated the following year, he hired him to be his accountant.
Inasmuch as it is important to interpret the situation around us accurately, it is equally important to be able to see challenges as opportunities and to seize them on time.
The difference between the two friends was in what they could see out of that window.
Both of them had the same scene in front of them —hectares of barefoot people. But where one of them saw only poor people, barefoot men, women, and children, the other guy saw something else —a way to help the people and a way to step up higher himself.
One saw a crisis, the other saw an opportunity.
Our success in life is a matter of perspective, vision, and hard work.
Unemployment, security, and inadequate power supply are big challenges in Nigeria, but then it is also a big opportunity.
What do you see?
Do you see unemployment or an opportunity for an affordable labour force?
I want you to know that God envisioned and planted something so powerful inside of you.
There are problems waiting for you to solve them. My dear, sweet friend, don’t wait for someone to give you a job! Take a good look around your community and find the problems that exist today. Every one of those problems is a business. There is no lack of employment in our country, only a lack of sight.
Your future is not ahead of you, it is trapped inside of you.
You were born a seed! The real testimony of life will be discovering, developing, and releasing your seed into the world. Seeds are never in recession. No matter the economy, your seed will grow. You will succeed. Your seed is the idea that just won’t go away, the desires for your life that you cannot shut off even if you tried.
What do you have right now?
An oven? A laptop? A phone, A camera? A sewing machine?
Turn the items you already have into your business.
God already equipped you with everything you need right now to get started and will supply all of your needs as you go. The world is waiting for you!
“In this journey of life, you are the master of your fate.
Please, I beg you, believe in yourself.
Believe in your dreams. Surround yourself with people who share the same vision as you.” – Linda Ikeji
“When you make something of yourself, others will come to elevate you and take you to the next level. But it begins with you.” – Linda Ikeji
Source : 2020. William Ikiabo