Sometime ago I saw on the news that Somalia had eradicated Polio, an epidemic Nigeria has been battling for years now despite the huge investments. The news came as a shock to me because the only news that seems to be emanating from that nation is bad news. But then something struck me, how often do we get so distracted by the bad that we fail to notice that there’s actually some good happening? Sometimes the good is even more than the bad but as they say bad news sells so that’s what you often see and hear. If you have to find good, then you must be deliberate in finding it.
Few weeks ago I was checking something online when I saw a post on investment someone published. The title looked interesting to me so I quickly opened it and read it. It was so interesting that I immediately started opening older posts on the same blog to learn more. Before I knew it, I had several tabs open on my browser and I was going through each post one by one. I’m sure it must have been a subconscious act when I took out my notepad and pen and started taking notes. I only realized I was completely consumed by what I was reading when my colleague whom I share a workstation table with commented, “You seem to be very busy today”. Please understand, we get quite busy at work but being my desk-mate, we get to discuss both work-related and non-work-related issues. However, it was obvious today was different, I had found a new knowledge and I was digging in.
I’m sure by now you’re wondering what I was reading that got me so enthralled. Well, like I said the blog was about investments and I’ll mention a few of the things I learnt in a bit. But more importantly, just like the good news from Somalia, it dawned on me at that moment that there is so much good happening in the country but most of us are too distracted to notice. We are distracted by what’s trending per time. You see people on social media platforms debating why so and so politician decamped from one party to another. You tune in to the news and you’re bombarded by the news of insecurity in the North East, rampaging Fulani herdsmen in the Middle-belt and the spate of crime in literally every part of the country.
None of the aforementioned news or information is wrong to know, in fact, it’s good to be aware generally speaking but let your awareness be complete especially regarding things that will add value to you. I say this because while we are busy getting distracted by all that, we fail to see that there’s a better way to save and invest with PiggyVest and earn as much as 10 – 15% interest per annum; you can get a quick loan in 5 minutes from Carbon (PayLater); there are investments opportunities in agriculture being offered by ThriveAgric and FarmCrowdy with 15 – 25% ROI; Money Markets Funds exist with competitive returns, daily interest earning, diversification of investment portfolio and minimum investment of N5,000.00; properties are going for sale and you can afford them, rent-to-own them or crowd-fund the purchase, resell, lease and make profit.
I did a little random sampling and realized that only one out of ten people I know have heard of at least one of the opportunities I mentioned above. Your not knowing is not because you’re not serious with life, you probably know plenty other things that others don’t know. However, I encouraged you today to explore some of these opportunities, ask questions, do your research, make the necessary calls if need be, you just never know the opportunity that will open up to you in the process. More importantly, when you have gathered and processed sufficient information, make a decision and take action because in the end, that’s all that truly matters.
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