Since learning the fundamentals of financial intelligence in 2012 – thanks to legendary authors who inspired me – I have vigorously pursued true knowledge and wisdom; which has nothing to do with academics. One such area of knowledge and activity that has seduced me is wealth creation; hence my 5 year adventure in the financial realm.
Has it been easy?
More definitely not when you’re a Nigerian.
Most definitely not when you’re a Nigerian student in a demanding discipline
However, as a sworn rebel of society’s lies and restrictions, I have found a way to pursue my passion for entrepreneurship from the most unlikely of angles. In the past half a decade, I have had dealings with the rich and the poor, and then, the super rich.
It is the Super Rich that I write about today.
WHO ARE THESE SUPER RICH PEOPLE?
Truth be told, they’re just like you. Barring a few, they often don’t look rich. Don’t bother researching the physical properties of the super rich. You won’t find any.
UNTOUCHABLE LESSONS I’VE LEARNT FROM THE RICH
1. THEY DON’T REALLY SEE THE NEED TO PROVE TO YOU THAT THEY ARE RICH
You heard well. They don’t really have care about Gucci, Armani suits, Dolce and Gabbana. Most that I had to deal with – especially the male clients – hardly wear expensive jewelry. Their affluent friends know their worth. So you opinion, dear observer, is absolutely irrelevant.
They don’t take selfies each time they travel to London because they’re tired of such places already.
To them, SHOPRITE IS A SHOP, NOT A STUDIO!!!
Their belief is very simple: whether you think they are rich or not, doesn’t affect the steady inflow of mammoth credit alerts.
2. THEY ARE NOT USED TO “NO”
The first thing I noticed while tutoring the daughter of one such client at Government Residential Area in Benin City is that she neither understands nor believes in impossibilities. No. Not because The Bible said so, but because daddy has always been able to provide all of her needs since birth.
They are optimistic. Their parents believe in them because their parents are also optimists.
For instance, the daughter of one of these clients broke her neck and back sometime ago while playing in school. While doctors at University of Benin Teaching Hospital had ruled out the possibility of recovery, deeming it a medical impossibility, Adesuwa’s dad (not real name) wouldn’t give up.
His quest for answers took him and her daughter to Russia where this young girl defeated incipient quadriplegia (paralysis of the body from neck downwards).
The poor would simply conclude that permanent incapacitation of the girl is the will of God.
100% trust in God, 0% trust in his earthly provisions!!!
3. ENVIRONMENT MATTERS A LOT
There’s no way we are going to compare the internal peace enjoyed by people who live in exotic estates to the royal rumble of noisy folks who dwell in chaotic abodes.
While Davido’s banana continues to fall on the poor, Yanni’s classic instrumentals continue to bless the mind of the super rich. Each time I walk through any of these estates or GRAs, I get diluted with joy.
Exquisite homes that give hope,
Radiant smiles from happy kids,
Shimmering streets on sunny days,
Marvelous cars that heal my scars,
And my! The ambience!! That ambience!!!
4. THEY CANNOT BE FRIENDS WITH THE POOR
If you’re hating on the wealthy, you may have to hate till eternity. You’re not in their league, and they won’t play with you.
Just like Enyimba Football Club has no business with UEFA Champions League, the poor don’t belong with the wealthy.
The rich marry the rich. For once, the movies have said the truth. As it is in Nollywood, so is it in real life. So dear slay queen, you will simply get slain and eviscerated like organic manure!
Look at the marriages of the children of politicians, business mavens, professors, doctors and their likes, and you will understand.
This isn’t because they hate poor people. No. The poor will corrupt their thinking, productivity, class and philosophies.
5. THEY ARE THE BEST TO WORK FOR/WITH
A poor client wants to get celestial products and services at the most abysmal of rates. And when you manage to buy heaven for them on a N5 budget; they begin to question the authenticity of the heaven you struggled to purchase.
I still remember a client that nearly ripped me off two years ago. The contract was: to coach two kids, 7 courses, 12 hours, for N9,000.
Compare to a contract of coaching one kid, just 1 course, for 10 hours, at N30,000.
And when they began to see exotic results in the kid, everything almost doubled; in addition to a lifetime of connection.
The point is:
– You don’t need a million regular fans; a few who follow you passionately is more than enough.
– 10 ultra rich loyal buyers of your product or services are better than 1,000 scrawny leech customers.
– You may have 5000 friends on Facebook; all little boys and girls under 20 years of age. This doesn’t compare with 500 highly networked legends!!!