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I reasoned with time, everything gets better. "When I get older, I'll be stronger" was my favorite line. So I waited to grow up to do stuffs. I was scared to find the reverse to be true in reality. I noticed that things don't get better with time, they actually degenerate by default in nature. If I'm meant to live for 80 years for example; I have already depleted 27 years and 9 months of it, and tomorrow is yet another irreversible reduction from my vanishing days on earth. The same is true for materials, possession and strength. To maximize the value of anything I've got therefore, I have to put it into profitable use while it is still usable, before the law of diminishing returns becomes fully operational.

I ran after the things I wanted; Money, luxury, fame and women as well. I continuously improved my hunting skills and honed my apparatuses but soon realized, even the best hunters could only slay a game at a time. I found wisdom in the perception of our fathers, "He who chases two games at the same time catches none." Although my love for good things has only increased, my method for achieving them has been greatly refined. I've simply learnt to modify myself into a magnet that attracts the things I wanted. I recreated my fate. Like my shadow, things I used to chase now trail me. I have leant; it's about me being the right person for those things after all. I'm now a smarter hunter.

I only saw what readily meets the eye and took people for their words. This was my biggest undoing of all time. I almost went mad at the contrasts I experienced. I was perpetually fooled. Thankfully, I know better now. I know longer judge the content of a book by it's over. Inside every container, there is content. Beneath every smile is a motive. Inside every container is a content. The interesting part is, what is exterior, most often than not, has absolutely no correlation with the interior. When people say "good morning," please quickly check your watch, it might just be night. I now listen more to unspoken word which seldom correlate with the ones they utter. I could imagine what God saw when He said, "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" It is now easy to see the coward behind the spineless dude who puts up boldface instead boldness; and the whore who hides behind the flashy external embellishments to hide the cheapness of her character. Who they are screams so loud, I can barely hear what they are saying. I effortlessly recognize the contrast.

I assumed that the more I acquired, the more I had. I went by "get all you can and can all you get" theory. It turned out it was the wrong theory. Now I understand, to have more, I have to give more. I know it doesn't sound reasonable, but it works! The more I give, the more I have. I leant what not to do from the Dead Sea into which many seas, river, streams and tributary collects and doesn't flow to any. Little wonder it is called "Dead". It stinks of selfishness and sustains no life! "The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving." - Albert Einstein

I was made to believe that money is the solution to poverty and I mistook activity for productivity. This turned out to be another awful myth. I've come to see many very poor people with a lot of money. Let's take my country, Nigeria for an instance. We are the eight largest exporter of crude oil in the world, and one of the poorest nations of the world. We live in abundance but die of poverty. I see people who work so hard and live hard lives. I've now learnt that the solution to hard life is not hard work. It is not how hard you work, it is how smart. The manual laborers are paid peanuts and their bosses who sit in the comfort of their posh offices just making phone calls earns all the bucks. Activity is not equal to productivity.

"When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me." - 1 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV)

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Gideon Bankole is the founder of Unstopabbles International, an organisation which empowers people to achieve their dreams. http://adsense-office.blogspot.com

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