Most young people that call or send an email to us usually say the following; “I don’t have money to establish business, what should I do?” “I have some money but I don’t know the kind of business to establish etc.” Others simply open a shop to sell generic products.

If you look around you right now, you will see something that does not make sense but has the potential to become big if well nurtured. Most times, the wealth you are looking for is either inside you or around you. Your money is not far from you. People struggle with poverty because they failed to discover what they have.

This story will throw more light into this discussion. “In 1951 Nesmith was a recently divorced, single parent working in a new job as an executive secretary at a bank. She wanted to succeed very badly, but was having problem with a new innovation-the electric typewriter.

Just as every solution creates new problems, the typewriter begot typos and the speed of electric typewriters increased the number of errors even more. In the hope of saving her job, Nesmith concocted a mixture of water-based paint and a coloring agent that blended with the bank’s stationery.

The result was a correction fluid that was so effective that other employees started asking for it, and Nesmith started bottling and selling it. By 1956, she had left the bank and was making and selling the product full time out of her garage.

The business continued to grow, and 1979 the Gillette Company bought Nesmith’s Liquid Paper Corporation for $47.5 million! Bette Nesmith was smart enough to take a problem right under her nose, solve it, and capitalized on it.”

If you were in Bette Nesmith shoes what would you have done? Complain and resign? She did not lament about her predicament, instead she looked for a solution to it. The solution she found made her a millionaire.

There are two kinds of people on earth; those who lament about their problems and those who rise through the problem. Those who lament about their challenges are shortsighted. They don’t look beyond the present challenge. They allow the problem to overwhelm them.

People like that go about looking for those who will pity them. If you meet them, they will give you all the reasons in the world why they cannot succeed. No wonder they end up as failures in life.

But those who rise through problems believe that within every problem is an opportunity. Instead of focusing on the temporal pain, they keep searching for the gain. If life throw lemon at them, they make a lemonade out of it. If circumstances throw stones at them, they collect them and build a monument. That’s why they are successful!

While speaking at the last Inspire Africa Project Conference held at Onitsha, Anambra State, I said to the audience that money is a reward for services rendered. Those services are creative ways of dealing with problems.

Many people became wealthy by looking for creative ways to solve problems. While restaurant owners are solving hunger problem, undertakers are solving mourning problem. While farmers solve food problem, medical doctors solve sickness problem. If you look at money from this perspective, you will never be poor the rest of your life.

So, spend the next one month documenting all the problems in your nation. If you discover a problem, find creative ways to solve it, and test your discovery. Many big corporations started that way. If you can start seeing problems as opportunities from today, you will never be poor again.

Stop looking for free money, solve problems. Stop begging to survive, start solving problems. Stop thinking about how to survive, start thinking about how to turn problems to riches. Stop blaming everybody for your predicament, start looking for ways to make your life count!

John H. Johnson, the founder of Ebony and Jet Magazines opined, “I have often said to young people, you can’t go into a room, close the door, and think of a great new idea for a business. You look for a need that has to be served. You look for an opportunity to develop something.”

Joseph Sugarman said, “Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it to an opportunity.” Napoleon Hill puts it this way, “Opportunity? Often it comes in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat.”

What problems are you having today? What problems or challenges do you see around you? That problem is your roadmap to wealth. I shared insights on converting problems to opportunities in my book, Increasing Your Capacity for Exploits. Get a copy and learn how to convert problems to opportunities.

Always remember the world never celebrates complainers, the energy you will use to complain and worry about problems, invest it into generating ideas that would turn the situation around. And if you need help, talk to a consultant, coach or mentor.

You are sitting on wealth, rise up and discover it now. See you at the top!

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