WHEN PAYING YOUR DUES DOESN’T SEEM ENOUGH

It was my early days as a teen in the small township of Nsawam in the Eastern Region.

My mum could barely raise my school fees let alone provide enough for food and the little luxuries school children deserve.

, but I was determined to make the best out of life. The only alternative for me to get a nice shoe( not the Odamu a ob3nyin type which is twice your foot size in order to accommodate you for the next five years!) , or the latest Casio watch or “brick game”was to save almost all my daily chop money or sometimes walk to school ( the journey was circa 14km).

I had not had the privilege of sitting in a taxi yet, and didn’t have much to say among my friends when they were sharing their taxi experience. My transportation memories were a mixed bag of tro- tro and walking.

I was determined to also have my fair share of the taxi experience, so after saving my “pocket money”for a couple of days, I had enough to jump on a taxi.

I walked past the tro tro station that fateful Monday morning, in my neatly “box iron pressed” school uniform, to the surprise of the tro tro mate, straight to the taxi rank. I made myself comfortable in the front passenger seat, my height was just enough to see beyond a few inches above the dashboard. Soon the taxi was full and we set off towards our destination.

Halfway during the journey, a huge market woman standing by the roadside with the sagging fleshy arms comparable to the width of the trunk of a mahogany tree signaled for the driver to stop. I was confused when the driver obliged, wondering where the woman was going to sit, because to the best of my knowledge, the car capacity of a maximum of five had clearly been written by the side of the the car.

I was even more scandalized when the taxi driver said in an authoritative baritone voice that “ school boy, get down and let your aunt sit at the front, so that you can sit on her laps”

I suddenly choked in my throat trying very hard not to be disrespectful , knowing very well that when I am angry, the things I say do not always complement my calm demeanor, after some few seconds, I managed to put my self together and asked him “WHY?”. The driver was taken aback by my question and replied angrily “ because she is older than you and you must learn to respect your elders” I then asked “ in that case am I going to pay for my taxi fare if I decide to sit on this woman’s laps?” . He replied “ of course you will pay the full amount!” at this point I was losing it and the admonishing of the book of Ephesians regarding respecting the elderly was almost fading in my memory”.

Anyway I managed to calm myself down and retorted “ Mr. Taxi driver, I will not sit on any person’s laps. I am paying the full amount for my seat and I will fully enjoy what I have paid for. If you still insist on picking the market woman, I am happy to get down and pick another taxi , but I won’t pay a dime ! That said I looked straight into the eyes of the taxi driver with all the nodes of frowning I could gather to express my utter disdain” . I could realize he was doing a quick mental calculation in his bully brain- he arrived at the fact that losing half of his fare won’t be a great idea, so he decided to rescind on his decision to pick the ,market woman.

With sanity resorted, he moved his gears and we continued the journey. The rest of journey was marred with his long array of nagging about how the children of nowadays do not respect and a whole lot of bull shit spewing from his uneducated mouth.

I ignored all these and had to even endure the bad mouth odor that accompanied his rants.

When we finally arrived at the station, I opened the door, got down, pulled the carefully stashed cedi notes, handed it to the driver and walked off with a swag akin to a Hollywood celebrity. Another passenger who was sitting at the back of the taxi winked at me and gave me thumbs up. She said to me” school boy, enooaaa Nono, driver Kwame y3 sisifor koraa dodo” literally meaning I am glad you stood against this cheat of a driver.

The lesson here is that in life, sometimes people will try to deny you of what is yours, even when you pay your dues in full.

Don’t allow anybody to take you for a ride.

Pay your dues and go for what is due you… unapologetically.

After all you deserve some accolades 😊😊😊😊

All the best!

From the desk of ROL

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18 LIFE HACKS FOR A SUCCESSFUL 2018

2018 is the year of the entrepreneur. It is a fast paced year laden with opportunities which require the bold and discerning to take advantage of: The following are MUST DOs for an awesome 2018.

1. TAKE RISKS. You should be bored with your routine life all these years. It is time to jump at that dream of yours and make it happen. Are you 100% guaranteed of success? Absolutely NO! , but one thing is guaranteed, you will become a better person!

2. It is the YEAR OF ACTION – Talk-less, do More. Mere talk gets nothing done. Roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and show some results!

3. NO PROCRASTINATION- Tomorrow is never yours. The best time to do what you have to do is NOW!

4. MAKE MISTAKES- In fact Lots of them! You only learn and grow when you venture out of your comfort zone. It comes with lots of mistakes and ridicule, but it is worth it.

5. BUILD RELATIONSHIPS with the future in mind instead of present convenience.

6. DO LESS OF SOCIAL MEDIA HYPE. Be real, there are no filters in real life, so stop showing off success which do not exist on social media and get to work on yourself.

7. FORGET THE HATERS MENTALITY My guy, most of the so called haters are imaginary and it turns out to be that most of the times, we are the greatest enemy to our own selves. Focus on fixing you and you will do well in life.

8. STOP BLAMING, it makes you LAME! Take charge of your own life and clean the mess you create. The world needs some grown men and women to run its affairs, not some spoilt irresponsible babies.

9. NOBODY OWES YOU ANYTHING. Focus on paying your dues on this earth and leaving your mark wherever you find yourself. Entitlement and rights without responsibilities is a complete joke.

10. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS – Your instincts are normally a reflection of future possibilities. Don’t nullify it with present realities!

11. CUT DOWN ON OPTIONS – Burn some bridges. Cut down on options. Options tend to be extra baggage that prevents us from paying the price for our dreams.

12. DON’T BE JACK OF ALL TRADES The truth is that you can’t do it all even if you have the ability to do it all. Time is not on your side. Make choices and stick with it.

13. STAY CONNECTED TO THE SOURCE OF LIFE- Don’t be Overdependent on middle men. God wants to have a personal relationship with you.

14. REMAIN POSITIVE – There will be genuine reasons to be pessimistic, but learn to ignore the noise. This may include your favorite morning talk show and some friends.

15. SPEND TIME DOING WHAT YOU ARE TRULY PASSIONATE ABOUT – Life is short, you won’t be here forever, so why don’t you invest time in the one thing that makes you unique from everybody else? Your passions!

16. LEARN TO REST – Your dreams and ambitions are useless without a sound mind and a sound health.

17. TRACK YOUR GROWTH – Document your progress consistently. Get a diary, start blogging about your experiences, joys, disappointments, etc.You will be amazed at how far you have progressed by the end of the year.

18. GET READY FOR DRAMATIC CHANGES – Do not be afraid of the unknown, rather let the unknown excite you.Changes will come thick and fast, embrace it , be resilient and make the best out of it.

Have a phenomenal 2018.

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THE CRUMBS DOGS

Let me tell you the story of an incident which happened over a decade ago.
I had completed my high school education and seeking the productive use of the idle time I had till University admissions begin.

I started working as a pupil teacher in Kpobiman, a village in the outskirts of Accra and later moved to my alma mater in mainland Nsawam as a primary 2 school teacher.

The experience was great as I found the curious kinds exciting to be with. I wrote poems for them, organized all sorts of competition,ranging from quiz, music, football, beauty contest,etc. to make learning more fun.

All of a sudden those kids who never liked learning started taking their lessons seriously. The truants started becoming punctual.Parents often times came to personally thank me for the improvement they are seeing in their kids.

But in all these, there was a big problem on my hand;the sheer jealousy of a senior pupil teacher, who had about twenty years of experience under his belt. In fact, he had taught me at a point when I was in primary school back then.
His problem was that he couldn’t accept the fact that,someone he taught as a kid is now rubbing shoulders with him as a staff.

This man maligned me on a daily basis, concocted all sorts of theories about how I was negatively influencing the kids with my attitude,dressing etc. The headmaster began to get tired of the man’s incessant complaints and once called me to his office and said to me” Roland, I know you are a great chap, just ignore the old man and do your job”

The senior pupil teacher kept his barrage of lies about me until one day, when it was two days to vacation, he invited me to his desk. He said to me” let me be very blunt with you, your performance as a pupil teacher has been very abysmal, there have been lots of calls by the other staff and parents that you should be sacked, I am just coming from the headmaster’s office who sought my counsel on what to do with you.
The good news is that I have managed to plead on your behalf that you should be given another term as a teacher. Within this period I am personally going to coach, guide and mentor you and bring some sanity into you to enable you become an effective teacher” I smiled broadly, knowing that all what he was saying were lies and thanked him anyway for his”fatherly gesture of having my back”

Then the D day came, it was vacation time, after the kids were dispersed from assembly, I walked with swag to the man’s desk and said” ” can I have a quick word with you” he said” sure, I am there for you, little brother” .I then mentioned to him that I wasn’t coming back to the school the following term because I was leaving for the University the following week to pursue a BSc. in Engineering.

The man’s jaws dropped and couldn’t utter a word for a minute. I thanked him for ” all he had done” for me and left him to drool.

So you see, he was maligning me all these while because he thought I had the same ambitions as he. He wasn’t feeling comfortable because of all the attention I was getting, so thought it was his divine right to “pull me down”
What he didn’t get was that I wasn’t aiming for crumbs in life, I have my eyes on owning the bakery itself and having loaves of bread for myself and those who come my way.

You will meet such people at your workplace, who will try and malign you because of their insecurities. Their insecurities are borne out of their own incompetence. Instead of investing time to improve themselves, they will rather direct their attention to discredit you and make you look bad in front of key stakeholders.
What they don’t get is that, it is just a transition , you are like an aeroplane, after you taxi for a while, you will take off the ground and take your place in the skies.

So allow them to bark , for they are crumbs dogs.
Go for the loaf and don’t stop until you own the bakery itself.

From the desk of ROL
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YOU ARE NOT USELESS, IT IS YOUR ENVIRONMENT

The day that Kwame dreaded finally came. His boss ,Hayford called him to his office one Friday afternoon and after the usual pleasantries told him bluntly that he will be laid off due his non performance.
Kwame was dejected and stood speechless for over a minute. Of course he has given his all as a young sales executive in one of the FMCGs, just that the results haven’t favored him. He has failed to hit a single monthly target for the past one year. He was put on performance improvement plan 6 months ago, given the necessary coaching but to no avail. So per the company’s policy he had to go!

His boss put his hand around his shoulder and said to him” I am only freeing you up for greater things, you will thank me later for doing this”. The boss then invited Kwame to spend his Saturday with him. 

By 8am the next day, Kwame was at the house of his boss. They drove to the golf course to meet Hayford’s friends. Hayford then pulled out a tennis ball and asked his friends to use for the golfing that day. They all started ridiculing him and said that the work stress was getting to his head

One friend retorted, a tennis ball is completely useless in this environment. We will rather prefer an average golf ball to the best tennis ball here!Kwame couldn’t help but to also join in the giggling.

His boss later pulled out the golf balls and played a successful tournament with his friends.

After the tournament Hayford asked Kwame , “so what did you learn from my encounter with my friends this morning?”
Kwame replied, ” the best resource will still be seen as useless if it finds itself in the wrong environment”
Hayford grinned and said to Kwame, you are spot on, little brother. Now this is what I wanted to teach you. You have been laid off not because you don’t have the talents to be successful, but because this our environment is not suitable for you. Go out there keep searching till you discover the right environment for your talents.

Ten years down the line, Kwame is now a top investment banker in London, far richer than Hayford. The last time they met at a business forum, Kwame was full of gratitude to Hayford for getting rid of him at that stage of his life. He said to Hayford, “I am a superstar at my investment banking firm and handling multi billion deals across the world.

Kwame even booked a two-week all expense paid trip for Hayford and his family as a token of appreciation.

Lesson:

Never doubt yourself or your abilities for a second. There is nothing wrong with you. If you are not productive at this stage in your life, it is because you have not found the right environment to bring the best in you.

So don’t settle for an average life. Stop playing in shallow waters. Stop thriving in places where you are only tolerated .Keep searching for the right environment until you find yourself in circles where you are celebrated for the talents and gifts God has endowed you with.
Never give up on yourself. The world can’t wait to celebrate you. 

From the desk of ROL

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Hard Work vs. Prayer- Which is the Most Important?

One day a young man walked to a godly rich man and asked him? If I want to succeed in life,which one is more important: Prayer or hard work?
The rich man smiled and asked the young man to follow him to his backyard garden. There he pointed to a young unhealthy plant and then fetched a cup of fertilizer. He then asked the young man, which of the two must I focus on in order to get bumper harvest from this plant in the future? The young man replied that he will need both the plant  and the fertilizer. He continued to explain that the plant was looking unhealthy because it lacked some essential nutrients and if the old man nurtures the ailing plant with the fertilizer, it will recover and blossom into full strength.

The old man then said, my son, you are right! As much as a plant requires fertilizer to provide the essential nutrients it lacks for it to fully blossom, hard work will also require prayer for it to fully pay off.

So you cannot substitute one for the other. Prayer without hard work is just a self tickling exercise. It will make you feel good but you will be unproductive and poor.If you pack loads of fertilizers without ever applying them to the plants, it will only occupy space.

On the other hand,hard work without prayer opens you up for the negative elements of this world to annul your efforts and limit your potential, just like the young tree which was not looking healthy because it was trying to depend on the scanty nutrients in its surroundings to grow.

So work with all your might and pray with all your heart.

Unleash the power of prayer unto the soil of your efforts and see God make something beautiful with your life.

From the desk of ROL

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THE THING ABOUT SUICIDE

Imagine you just bought a new cab, went ahead and handed it over to a driver. Your expectation is that this cab will generate revenue and at least you will reap the investment you made in a couple of years .

So this cab driver starts working, all seems to be going on very well, he enjoys the bragging rights of having the latest cab in town and is making good money.

But then after a while the cab starts developing problems, the driver  in the spirit of ownership and responsibility, tries to solve the car problems on his own. After all he feels it is his own, he drives it anywhere he wants and takes care of it according to his own terms.

After a while, the taxi driver realizes that he does not have the capacity to deal with the problems the car keeps throwing at him. So he decides to end it all- set fire to the cab and burns it all to ashes. After all, No cab, no trouble.

 

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How will you feel as the cab owner, when you get to know that the asset you invested in has been burnt to ashes by the person you hired to take care of it?

I guess you will be so much incensed and demand that the driver pay back your asset in full. The cab driver is likely to find himself behind bars for such unpardonable offense.

Bottom line is the fact that, though he drives and keeps the car most of the times, that doesn’t make it his own, so he has no right whatsoever to decide to destroy the car  no matter his “genuine” reasons.

In the same vein, our lives does not belong to us, we are mere stewards of the body and life God has bestowed unto us.  The good book is very emphatic about this:

You are not your own; You were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.… I Corinthians 6:19c-20

The least you could do if you encounter challenges is to go back to the one who gave you the privilege of life and admit that you don’t know what to do with the very gift he has given to you. I can assure you that He will help you and make something beautiful out of it.

So lets stop this pathetic illusion that we are in charge of our own lives. We are absolutely not.

 We are in the era of “Self” where you hear phrases like “self made”. This breeds a sense of pseudo control, craving to be able to make everything go our own way. But as you grow, you will discover that this is far from the truth.

 

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There is nothing wrong for you to strive for a progressive, happy and perfect life, but if things don’t seem to work out and you feel you are overwhelmed with the cocktail of disappointments life throws at you, just run to the master for a bail out.

Even giant corporations often run to the Government for a bailout when they have hit rock bottom. Obama did same for the Auto Industry in the United States of America during the recent  economic recession.

Huge banks in Europe, who are supposed to be experts with money, end up falling flat on the canvas of economic uncertainties once in a while, and are only revived through bailouts from their Government.

Why would the Government be willing to sustain such industries who mess up? It is because the Government takes pride and glory in such entities- at least they provide jobs for the citizens and pay their taxes to Government.

Similarly, Gods greatest desire is for us to glorify Him with our lives and is always prepared to rescue us when we mess up it all up.

I remember that in my early 20’s I went through one of my darkest moments in life. I was depressed, hear-broken and suffered rejection when I needed those I called my friends the most. I couldn’t think straight. Thoughts of ending it all kept playing in my mind. I remember one time I was walking by the banks of the Volta ,I saw the river flowing with such gusto, and I thought to myself, just one jump and I would be free from my sorrows. But somehow, I just walked past it and returned to my closet. I even wanted to resort to alcohol and other vices to help ease my pain, but deep within me, I kept hearing a voice that I am more than these things.  I decided to turn my sleepless nights into prayer and meditating the word of God. It took longer than I thought, but I was completely healed, set free and had my right frame of mind back.

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Looking back it would be the most stupid decision I could have taken. I just smile and wonder what was wrong with me at that time. It wasn’t worth me losing a hair, much more my life.

I would encourage anyone going through bouts of depression and mental instability to seek counsel, talk to someone experienced who can identify with your pain. Also use that pain to build a renewed stronger connection with God. Pour out your heart to Him. There is no need to pretend you are on top when you know you are sinking. It won’t be easy, but gradually you would come out of it.

May God strengthen and give you the understanding that the life he has given you is full of His glory, and that no matter what you are going through, He is your ever present help.

So don’t ever think of ending something that does not belong to you in the first place,  go to the owner of your life in prayer and gladly accept your bailout package.

 

From the desk of ROL

 

 

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TIME NO DEY: Eulogy to Eugene Arthur

“For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more”

Psalm 103:14-16

Events in the past days has made me gone blank, finding it extremely difficult to process it all. It is like trying to restart a faulty computer over and over without any success.

It doesn’t add up in any way, and I find it very difficult to attribute to it to God’s will, because I know that it is not his will for anyone to die in his or her prime.

It’ been just over seven years ago since we met as the proud finalists among many applicants for the Diageo Management Trainee programme in 2010. We instantly struck a chord of friendship, you being quite amazed at my choice of words in articulating my views, whilst I found your condor and “plain plain” approach to dealing with issues quite fascinating

We have all matured into playing key roles for our employer over the years. We got married around the same period and all have amazing kids we can’t stop talking about.

There is always a calmness in your approach to solving difficult issues. There have been several occasions I walked to your desk in my full elements, vividly agitated by some payment issues but you always made the problem look easier than I thought and always found a solution.

I, on the other hand have always been a culprit of the numerous POLO requirements. I am a regular receipient of those emails. You walked to my desk just a few days ago to resolve a particular outstanding issue when you realized I wasn’t forthcoming with its closure.

There are too much memories between us, which time won’t permit me to outline.

Friday 3rd March was the internal launch of “Osagyefo”. You were  so full of life and vibrant that you started your celebration way before you set off to the workplace. At the end of the day, there  was the usual “thank God for the long weekend” and “Chaley  we go crush next  week”, “Greetings to the family” chats.

Little did I know that it would be the last time we saw each other.

In all these I ask myself, so who bears the brunt of your demise most?

Your employer has lost a true gem, but the truth is that big multinationals are wired to survive irrespective of what happens, so I guess work will still go on without any visible interruption.

We your friends are devastated and totally broken, no words can describe how we feel, but we will try and move on as the weeks go by.

It is your family who will suffer the most, to some you were a true son, a big brother and an inspiration. Your name surfaced anytime the old men and women gathered, talking about their children who have brought honor to the Arthurs’ family name.

As for your wife and daughter, I can’t find words to describe what they are going through at this stage. The mere fact that your little princess will be patiently waiting every weekend by the windows to hear the screeching sound of Daddy’s car, the embrace of your warm hands and for her to tirelessly narrate all what she has done throughout the week to your patient ears, only to be told that Daddy is not coming is devastating enough.

I pray God give your wife the courage and strength needed  and protect your family, so that whatever you might have loved to do for them will come to pass in greater folds.

Your death has given me a renewed urge to question myself again about why I  am here, how I spend my time and the choices I make going forward. One thing is obvious, Time No Dey. Our lives are just too fragile to procrastinate on our dreams, hate or fight each other. We must let every moment count and love each other.

May your soul rest in Perfect Peace, Eugene Wiabo- Arthur and May the Good Lord keep you till we meet again.

 

Amen.

 

From the desk of ROL 

YOUR HATERS ARE YOUR BIGGEST BLESSING

You have to love your haters. When Jesus said this, he wasn’t messing around with his disciples but meant every word!

It took me a very long while to appreciate this phenomenal statement from our Lord and Master.

Now here s the catch:

Haters are only indicators of your blessings. They serve as the aroma of the blessings God has prepared for you.

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Interestingly haters have the rare ability to sense your blessings before you do, and most of the times without any provocation; they will come at you with all they have.

But your job is not to fight back and start hating on them as well. After all what will you get trying to trap the aroma of a food?

Instead have a renewed sense of curiosity to search and locate the blessings coming your way.

So appreciate your haters, for they will always bring to your attention whatever blessing is happening in your blind side.

 

Remember the favourite Psalm?

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Psalm 23:5a

Yeah! Your table will always attract your enemies. So don’t lose sleep over your enemies, don’t lose your appetite, for you’ve got some good food at your table to take care of.

 

What can I say? Bon appetite and see you at the top

 

God bless you.

From the desk of ROL

 

THE BLOGGERS WHOSE WORK INSPIRED ME IN 2016

 

Its been a year since I took to blogging . Its been a awesome and fulfilling journey on a personal level. 2017 will bigger and better  as I continually seek to provoke and inspire people for their  personal development in every facet of their lives through my writings.

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Before I share my first blog in 2017, I feel the need to acknowledge a few bloggers in whose work I have found inspiration in 2016.

#1  Josephine Amoako, a graduate of University of Ghana of  who in her own words is Born to Write, On a Mission to Inspire” I believe she fulfils her mission quite well. Thanks for being a blessing in so many ways to me in my blogging journey. You can access her blog via the link: https://joseyphina.wordpress.com/.

#2  Wilhemina Mawuenam Agbozo, an IT support engineer who enjoys reading, writing, singing and dancing. Mimi believes that you must “Love what you do”. Her passion can be felt though her works. Thanks for always finding the time to review my blogs and commenting. Just to let you know that you commented the most on my blogs in 2016. I really appreciate it. Check out Mimi’s blog  via:https://mimispassion.wordpress.com/

#3 Ufuoma is a young professional, a social entrepreneur and founder/CEO of Fair Life Africa Foundation.  Motivated by her passion for God, she has chosen to give back to the less privileged, through social care initiatives run by Fair Life Africa. Thanks for your inspired blogs which are full of Godly insight and depth. Check out her beautiful blog via: https://ufuomaee.wordpress.com/

#4 Kim Sweeting, a  minister of the word and a professional coach ,resident at the Bahamas who love to communicate with people in ways that help them to grow spiritually, develop personally, and live effectively, i.e., according to God’s purpose, plans, and principles in all areas of their lives.Her concise posts are such a blessing to me. Visit her blog at https://unwalled.wordpress.com/

#5 My latest addition is Gleaning the Scriptures .A blog dedicated to bring the word of God to life in a practical and personal way in the lives of believers. You can check out the blog at https://gleaningthescriptures.wordpress.com/

May you all receive greater insights and continue to be a blessing to myself and others  who will be fortunate to discover the treasures you have.

Have a prosperous 2017 and God richly bless you all

 

From the desk of ROL

 

 

FOUR WAYS TO EARN MORE MONEY AS AN EMPLOYEE

You will hardly come across any employee who is content with his salary. It is generally accepted that never earning enough is a risk which comes with choosing to work for others instead of working for yourself.

The fact is that your employer may not know the expenses you have to incur in order to be an effective employee (the truth is that they are not interested in knowing).

A salary that looks good today will soon wane in the course of time simply because your expenses will always increase faster than the rate at which your salary is increased. This makes life nearly impossible without falling in debts for most of your corporate life.

So the question is “How then do you increase your earning power as an employee?

JETZT beraten lassen !

GET AN EXTRA JOB

An extra job, whether formal or informal, will always guarantee extra income. The easiest options are to do something in line with the company you work for. For example if you work for an FMCG, starting a wholesale or retail business that deals in your products will not be out of place. If you are in the services industry, you can tailor your own services, targeting start ups and small & medium scale businesses. An extra two hours a day you will invest will go a long way to help sharpen your skills and make you better understand the needs of these clients. Above all you will be surprised how your earning power will take shape and provide you with financial freedom you never envisaged.

You can also sell home consumables to your colleagues at work. If you work for a corporation which has over 500 employees, you are sitting on a goldmine! There are basic amenities everyone needs in their homes- e.g. soap, diapers, dressed, perfumes etc.. Just invest your salary in purchasing them bulk and sell to your colleagues. There are a lot of applications like Whatsapp and Facebook you can employ to create awareness without being too overt and offending your employer.

If you can also secure an extra job over the weekends or in the nights, why not?

So start raking in the extra income now.

 

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PROMOTION

Promotion at work usually comes with increased earnings. You need to be clear with your boss if you work in a structured organization on what it takes for you to earn your next promotion. Once you are clear, work tirelessly with the support of your line manager, coaches and mentors and the promotion will come quicker than you envisaged.

Never assume that once you work hard, the promotion will come. Let your employers know that you have hunger and drive to take on bigger challenges and do well to back it up with diligence, stakeholder management and building the right relationships and I can assure you that the extra bucks will flow!

 

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GET A NEW JOB

Gone were the days when loyalty was such a big deal to the corporate world. Sticking with one corporation till retirement came with huge incentives and guaranteed progression. Today it means very little, if any. Employees who change jobs are likely to earn way more than those who stick to one job. This is because; the new employers are always willing to pay a premium, above the market average in order to attract experienced talents. The new enhanced salary now serves as the basis for negotiation if another employer comes knocking on your doors.

On the other hand if you choose to stay in your current job, you will receive those minimal increments, normally at par with inflation, therefore producing a zero sum game. You can be the best employee, but your colleague whom you may describe as only average will end up earning far more than you by just changing a couple of jobs. The sad thing is that even if your colleague chooses to come back to his former employer, he will be paid a higher salary than what he was previously earning, Meaning that he will still earn far more than you do.

Lastly those who change jobs are viewed by employers as having a wider breadth of experiences which should always come in handy when the dynamics of the business changes. They are also regarded as bold, confident and risk takers. These are leadership traits employers will pay more for.

So look sharp and weigh your options. But if you are happy with your nokofio, please don’t bother. Enjoy your monthly peanuts and wait for that glorious retirement, if only your employers will deem you useful enough to accommodate you for over thirty years!

 

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ASK FOR A SALARY INCREASE

The good book admonishes us to ask and it shall be given to us. Sometimes the only thing that stands in your way to earning more is just asking.

Be confident and engage your employer in a polite way if you feel your salary is woefully inadequate. The worse that can happen is for your employer to say no. But trust me, if you are very good at what you do, they will think of it and meet you at least halfway. During the annual salary review, you are likely to be given the upper range of increase.

Always go into such “ASK” conversations with facts about colleagues doing similar work within the company or even outside that earn considerably higher amounts than you. Be polite, don’t be confrontational, ask the right questions and enjoy watching the discomfort and guilt of your employer.

Also note that once you start asking for your fair share of the pie, you are seen as someone who the corporation is at risk of losing. Trust me; corporations don’t like to lose their top employees to others, especially to their competition. It casts a snare on their image especially when they are market leaders and tout themselves as the employer of choice.

So why don’t you take advantage of the corporate world’s basic instincts of pride and jealousy and get what you want?

So you now know. Do well to let me know your personal experiences as you apply the above.

 

From the desk of ROL