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September 2015

How The World’s Money Supply Is Controlled.

Diamond sorting in the new DTC Botswana building at Gabarone..
There is no true shortage on planet earth.

However, there is a controlled shortage.

The diamond mine owners in South Africa meticulously control the number of diamonds they make available each year. They know diamonds would not be valuable if all the diamonds in the world appeared in the marketplace at the same time. These owners even buy back large quantities just to keep the price up.

The purpose of the oil cartel is to regulate and control the flow of oil into each country. They want to avoid a “glut” (excess supply) so the price won’t go too low, reducing profits. The world’s oil supply is in a constant state of controlled shortage to assure its high price.

Even our food production is in a controlled shortage. In North America, farmers are told which crops and in what quantity to grow them, as well as what to do with the surplus (the amount the government wants to keep out of circulation to keep prices at a “fair market” price). As a result, millions of bushels of grain are stored instead of sold. Many times, the surplus spoils while some people do not have enough to eat.
You see, to the world, the accumulation of money and the maintenance of good, high prices are the main goals.
In your own personal finances, you are also living in a controlled shortage. Right now, the mints are printing money so fast that the presses have to be oiled continually to keep them from catching on fire. That is how fast they are producing money. However, most people are limited to the little bit of cash in their pockets and checking accounts, the meager amount someone else decides is enough. As long as you keep a controlled-shortage mentality, you will not see beyond what is in your pocket or bank account.
You can unleash God’s power and abundance into your financial affairs, and destroy the controlled shortage in your life.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

Ephesians 3:20
Now, all of us know how to ask for some pretty nice things. God tells us to ask, and He says He can even supply beyond what we can think. Most of God’s children are experiencing a shortage, but they are causing it by their own limited thinking! When will we open the eyes of our understanding?
God’s storage houses are full to the brim and over flowing with His abundance. He says, “Just ask.”

If we are going to properly finance the outreach of the Kingdom of God, we had better start seeing beyond our own limited supply. We must lift our eyes and look on God’s abundant supply.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Psalm 84:11

Is money a good thing? Yes, when it is in the control of an informed child of God!

God wants to bless you with the grace of His salvation. God wants to bless you with good health. God wants to bless you with the power, comfort, and gifts of the Holy Ghost. He also wants to bless you with abundant finances!
God is not playing games. Now is the time to bring in the end-time harvest, but we cannot do that without huge amounts of money to pay for the things necessary to reap that harvest: television cameras, satellite receivers, salaries for the workers, church buildings, missionary outreaches. All that money must come from only one place, and that is from the saints of God who have taken hold of the financial blessings God intends for them to have.
Pornographic magazine publishers will not finance the end-time harvest. Big business is not going to pay for it.
It will take huge amounts of money—held in the control of God’s children—to reap the great end-time harvest which I believe is coming very soon.

It is time for us to end the “controlled shortage mentality.” There is no shortage on planet earth. You can have more than enough.

By John Avanzini

Book Recommendation:Get itWar on Debt: Breaking the Power of Debt (Financial Freedom) here

How To Get People Who Matter To Value Your Opinion

Before we begin, let me share a story from a man I respect deeply.
“It then happened for the third time before my wife stopped talking me into going again. She allowed me to make my decision. I had had enough. I went home and got busy. I neither called the bishop during this my period of total hands-on-ministry, nor went to see him again. I simply bought all his books, and a thousand tapes of the bishop. I read the books till they became a part of me. I listened to the tapes at home, in the office, and when I’m driving. I soaked myself in the work of the ministry. We started many projects in our church, including setting up schools, orphanages, and the Daystar Leadership Academy. I didn’t bother to call nor try fixing another appointment with his PAs.

Six months later, we met at the domestic wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, and you should have seen the look of surprise and happiness at the same time on the bishop’s face.

“This my son. Where on earth have you been?” Did you travel to Mars?” He hugged me so tight as if his life depended on it. He was all smiles. He started asking me questions about how ministry has been going, and I answered excitedly, with all the clarity he wanted.

We found a seat in the lounge and talked for about 30 minutes; because the flight was delayed by 30 minutes. He kept asking questions and I kept talking.

The next day, the bishop called me. He called me again after three days. From then on, seeing him became less cumbersome. That was how I became a regular keynote speaker at the Covenant University Special Programmes on Character Development and National Transformation. .

1. Deep calls unto deep. Men of destiny, men of purpose, men who are busy and occupied with their primary assignment on the earth can easily recognize themselves across a hall when they meet.

2. All things being equal, busy people love busy people. Busy people rarely love to associate with, or accommodate people who slow down their momentum.

3. So whenever you find yourself complaining about an apparent lack of attention from a busy person, the solution is to just go and get busy with your life and assignment.

First of all, discover your specific assignment, your niche, and grow in your influence. Get busy!

This is because recognizing each other when you’re both at the top is far easier and effortless than recognizing each other at the crowded ground level. The high decibel of noise and purposeless activity of the crowd at the ground level, comprising of people of all sort of character and orientation will never allow that to happen.
“—Sam Adeyemi.

From the story above, you will notice that even though God was on his side, he still participated by adding value to himself and those around him. He developed himself spiritually, mentally and economically.

I am reminded of this verse by King Solomon,
“And I said, “Wisdom is better than strength, but the wisdom of the poor man is despised, and his words are not heard. Ecclesiates 9:16”

A people who are not economically developed can be treated as slaves regardless of the nation they are in.
I have a few colleagues who work in public policy in Africa but many of them do work of little impact. Someone else makes the decisions while they type out stuff qnd fly to meetings. It is important to aim high enough to be at the decision-making table.

Get the Word of God in you and let Him guide you. Don’t just show up and work 16 hour days and think you will make a difference in the world. Make sure you contribute more value to the organization than anyone in your paygrade(whatever that means).

If you are an entrepreneur, provide so much value that your clients will think your rates are too low for what you give them. They will brag about you to others.

Value that is recognized will attract money like a magnet. Value that is recognized will make you a decision maker. Till then your impact will be negligible and your voice will only go as far as the ears of a social media audience with no real power.

Give too much value and you will get that paper. You will be a bigger blessing to the world.

This is a lesson on how to get people to value your opinion. Now go out there and show your value.
Share your comments below.

Book Recommendation: The Unlimited Power of Faith (Latest Release By Bishop David Oyedepo)The Unlimited Power Of Faith by David Oyedepo. Buy The Unlimited Power of Faith (Latest Release By Bishop David Oyedepo)here

My Talk At Natural Hair Conversations hosted by Twist & Locs Salon

On the 12th of September 2015, I shared practical insights on how to create systems that increase revenue at an event funded and hosted by Twist & Locs Salon. The participants were mostly female entrepreneurs in the beauty, skin care and natural hair space.
This event was special because of Kuorkor Dzani and her team at Twist & Locs. Very rarely do you see a business host an event and invite their competitors to teach them how to do better. I enjoyed it thoroughly and if you email me at or leave your email in the comments, I will send you a free ebook summary on my talk.

Watch the video here.

Location: Osu: Accra, Ghana

Steps To Creating Your Strategic Outcome And Ultimate Result

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I was in a partnership a few years ago that also got off to a tremendous start. Globally appealing products, an awesome team, first mover advantage, international press; you know the story by now. Girls would offer to buy me lunch or dinner just to hang out with a young seemingly successful entrepreneur. Investors loved the brand. When I was out of the country, the offers for equity investments were flattering. We even received a Presidential award to boot. That looks like success right? In some sense we achieved some celebrity status but I started getting concerned about what the outcome of all this was going to be.
Were we going to be the leader in our industry or was it a popularity contest? Was our income going to break into the millions of dollars or did we have to endure the startup grind of what I regarded as a few dollars here and there?

Was it all about the money? No! As an entrepreneur I believe money is common but impact is not.

Interestingly, when you create value for enough people, the impact usually brings the billions. I had to leave that business but I learnt an invaluable lesson about what really matters and picking an outcome that the whole team can rally behind. If you are building a business that will be on 3 continents in 10 years, please let your team know as often as possible. Making clothes or designing artwork just because you have the talent is not enough. Which stockists or galleries would you like your work to be seen at? Is the ultimate result to be on the cover of Vogue or Fortune?
It is like building hotels or apartments just because you have land to spare. How will you fill all those rooms, and is there a strategy to get occupants in case you do not sell everything off-plan?
Whatever the ultimate result is, please find out why you want that and which activities will be steps to getting there. For all you know it may be easier and cheaper to achieve than you realize.

Steps to setting your ultimate strategic outcome or result
1. Pick a strategic outcome or ultimate result
2. Ask yourself why you want it? Having an emotional or logical reason that you can always refer to will help if there are any challenges along the way. You won’t abandon ship just because there are problems if you know why you are doing what you set out to achieve. You also will not dabble in new businesses or create new products just for the sake of it if you know this. More product lines have been created out of boredom by business owners than you can imagine.
3. List the activities that will be the most efficient in getting to the ultimate strategic result
Look for things that will help you skip steps instead of mere incremental growth. Just because you have an invitation to speak somewhere or a supplier offers you a good discount does not mean it will help you achieve your ultimate result. Activity for the sake of activity is what leads entrepreneurs to invest in unnecessary frills like expensive PR when they do not have a backend to take sales or distribute their products. An artist mentioned that he wanted to have an exhibition. After asking what the ultimate result was, I found out he wanted up to about 20,000 people to see his work. He later realized that the gallery could only seat about 300 people so maybe aggressively marketing online would be a better activity. Before I spoke with him, he thought the exhibition was the ultimate result and not the 20,000 new fans. Perhaps he may decide $50,000 worth of commissions may be his next goal. I personally believe about 99% of launches and events are a waste of time and resources. The entrepreneur usually does it out of either ego, ignorance or pressure from friends who will contribute less than 3% to her business’ growth. The event usually has some drinks, hors d’oeuvres and people walking around hugging and greeting each other. Very few people buy unless there is profitable auction. I always ask my clients, “will this grow the business or not?” You can have any event you want but at least know why you are doing it and make plans to achieve that exact result.

Meet Benjamin, a seasoned Computer  Engineers and one of the adjunct lecturers in an educational initiative called the Goshen Institute that I founded.  One of our services is to provide extra-curricular teaching in Engineering, Computer Science and Entrepreneurship to schools. Pictured above is Ben teaching a class at Aves Academy, a prestigious private school in Tema.

Meet Benjamin, a seasoned Computer Engineers and one of the adjunct lecturers in an educational initiative called the Goshen Institute that I founded. One of our services is to provide extra-curricular teaching in Engineering, Computer Science and Entrepreneurship to schools. Pictured above is Ben teaching a class at Aves Academy, a prestigious private school in Tema.

An example of how I practice what I’m preaching here is that we always promise a school a specific strategic outcome. In the case of Aves’ all the students will be able to build their own websites from scratch by the end of our time with them. People deserve to pay for results so as entrepreneurs, the responsible thing to do is to let them.

Side note: This is one reason advertising has such a bad name. Many people buy advertising instead of paying for results. They pay for the activity, not the result. I will share more on how this relates to the above in a later post.

Look at your ultimate result or strategic outcome every day. It will save you from reacting to challenges, help to determine who should be on your team and why you woke up so early to go to work in the first place. In addition to this, you will make decisions for the long term while others in your industry are in a rat race against time.

Book Recommendation:
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

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Creating A Strategic Outcome For Your Life And Business

What really matters?

Let me share a personal story.

When I started freelancing as a brand consultant(I don’t anymore. I’ll talk about my Business Growth consulting firm later), I had not ultimate result in mind. I saw a need for startups to get the same level of service as big corporations do so I got a team together, registered a business and we soon had over 30 clients from all over the globe. Many times we had more work than we could handle. We did all this without an office or fancy stationery. In fact for a long time we did not even have a website but we made it happen. Glory be to God, the accolades, international press, speaking engagements and money flowed in.

Sounds good right? NOT!!

All I just described is activity not the results of a strategic entrepreneur. All these activities “happened” to us. We did not “make” them. Let me explain. A strategic entrepreneur would have set an ultimate result that says “we are going to be the number one Branding and Design firm in Africa in 4 years, with a digital studio and publishing house.” Our goal at the time was just to get clients. When we were not increasing our billings, we created a website, did some PR, pitched for contracts and even considered Advertising. Sound like your company? Those are just activities not a strategic outcome.

Getting clients is activity, becoming a leader in Branding and Design is an outcome, an ultimate result, a vision to achieve. Look at your current strategy and take out the verbs. Is it an activity or is it still an outcome?

Conversation between friends:

“OP: He spent a lot of time in the library. He rarely spoke to anyone or touched his phone when he was in there and yet he failed to pass the exam.
DOF: Who cares about traffic, we are talking about results.”

This happens often, people are impressed by activity. They accord too much significance to the hours spent at a task, how much money has been raised, how many people joined the protest or how many books have been read. I am sure activity has some merit but without results, the activity means very little. In my consulting practice I meet a lot of people who brag about how many employees they have, how much funding they have raised or how long the business has been in operation. Young startup founders lie about how many people are on their team and how long they have been in operation because it is sometimes “cooler” to say you have more employees than you do and work 7 days a week. This is nonsense unless that is the ultimate result or outcome you set out to achieve. Wisdom teaches us that not all things hold the same value. Not all thoughts that come into your mind deserve to be considered or acted upon. Thoughts die unborn when they are not acted upon.

Will that networking session help you achieve your strategic outcome of becoming the leader service provider in your field? Will that magazine cover bring you the strategic outcome of $100,000 this year? Or would pitching the top 3 prospects in your city bring that result? Always ask the question “will this activity give me the strategic outcome or result I desire?

This is one reason managers cannot stand it when their employees work from home. “After all I am paying her, why should she stay home. “The real question should be “will the result be achieved at the end of the day or not?”
Does it matter more where she gets the work done?

Have you set a strategic outcome for your life and business yet? I will share more in the next post about the most effective way the highest performers in any field set their strategic outcomes.

Book Recommendation:
1. Signposts On The Road To Success by E. W Kenyon. Buy Signposts On The Road To Successhere
Read my review on it here

2. Success Systems by David Oyedepo. Buy it Success Systemshere

Do you know the difference between customers and clients?

Why do clients buy more than customers do?

Last week I was having lunch with a client at a restaurant I have visited at least half a dozen times in recent years. My client had been there even more times and also knew the owner by name. We ate and worked there for about 2 hours. None of the staff knew our names or what we had ordered on our previous visits. They had no data on us so they could not have recommended that we try their hot, juicy and delicious lamb or the banana and coconut smoothie. We were nameless and faceless economic transactions so they could not offer us any more value than their competitors across the street. They should have turned us from customers into clients but I am not sure they knew how to do so.

Do you know the difference between customers and clients?

Many retail businesses attend to customers while service entrepreneurs like lawyers, doctors and consultants usually describe the people they are engaged in helping as clients. At face value it is just a matter of choice which word you use but in thought and practice, it is infinitely better to have more clients than customers.
Customers buy once or twice and leave. They are nameless, faceless economic transactions on a balance sheet. It does not matter how much potential value you can give them or how much more they would buy if only you bothered to find out. Clients on the other hand are invaluable assets to a business. Clients are nurtured and made to feel special. We have conversations with clients about their children and even give them recommendations as to which barbershop or accountant to consider when the need arises. Clients are extended family members. We do every thing in our power to make sure they get more value for their money in the long term. This is not about making money once and letting them go, when we encounter a client, we keep them for life. Remember that clients are about the long game, customers are for today.

Conversation with event planner

I was advising an entrepreneur in the event and wedding planning space and noticed she was booking very few brides even though her value was practically unmatched. After the event, she hardly kept in touch with the brides so she did not even know which of them had younger siblings or friends who could be potential clients in a few years. I advised that the next time someone bought one of her services, she was to find out how many siblings they had, their ages and if they were engaged to be married in the near future. Her assignment was to find a way to contact those potential clients and offer her services with the promise of a discount at least once a quarter till they got married. The plan was to not only get a client but the whole family as well. As long as she is in it for the long game, she will become a trusted consultant to each family she deals with. She will be sought after for every baby shower, birthday party or corporate event that happens amongst that group of people.

The biggest benefit and purpose of being in business is that it allows us entrepreneurs to be a bigger blessing to our clients and the world around us than anyone else. The entrepreneur who provides the highest value usually makes the most money and gets the most fulfillment. John D. Rockefeller reduced his profits by providing cheaper oil products than his competitors and in turn millions of people rewarded him with billions of dollars. He felt responsible for the quality of products being peddled in his industry and his clients paid him well for that mindset.

One way the restaurant I mentioned earlier should have converted us into clients by capturing our names, phone numbers or email addresses. In practice they can have clients write down these details on the bill or a separate sheet of paper. They can then use this information to email the menu, special events, new services, recipes or promotions to these clients in the future.

Remember that clients are about the long game, customers are for today.

Book recommendation: The Bible is the best book on how to run a business. IN this context, study 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Amplified version on how to turn customers into clients.

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