Be a dreamer-No challenge can stop you


Stopping refers to a sharp retardation of motion that renders a moving body motionless. A stopped body has a speed of zero so that it remains stagnant unless a force is applied to it. It is relatively easy to stop a light body moving with slow speed compared to a heavy one at high speed. A man with a small vision coupled with little zeal and enthusiasm to move forward can easily be retarded and eventually stopped as compared to him with a bigger dream and vision. The one with a bigger vision is like a heavy body moving at high speed. He is like a train of hope that cannot be derailed by anything that blocks its way. The onus is upon each and every one of us to make a difference in life. We can be small today but with a big vision we have the capacity to affect a big world.

Are you that one person who has to make a difference? Are you that person who needs a revamp in a limbo of incessant boredom and terrific loss of self actualization? Are you that person who needs to knock on a door that seems unlikely to be opened? Are you that soul that has chosen to remain silent in an unpleasant situation where the only reasonable toner is a forlorn hope that tomorrow will be a better day; a situation where the clock of darkness seems to conceal a somewhat unusual routine of self retardation; a retardation that seems to slow down all the possible sources of happiness? Are you that one person who is in a bizarre night that seems to have no morning, a thickness of unsolicited blackness that beams of light cannot penetrate? In this unending amount of black you yearn but it will not let anyone hear your call for help. You cry but unfortunately this evil spell of darkness will let nobody realize your urgent need for attention. You are all alone, no one seems to care. That will not stop you from making progress.

No matter how dark the night may be, the visible stars on the blanket of twilight will always make it gorgeous. Amazing graces of true joy will always give an aura of happiness that is worth striving for. Your heart will not be torn apart as true virtues of character will call for it to gracefully survive. It will survive in a mental jungle where you lobby the mind to give you answers but instead you get rhetoric questions that leave you in utter discomfort. This state of mental invasion instead makes you realize that you have to deliver some goods yet you do not have the means to do so. Suddenly you are plunged into this dark mirror that seems to show you the world of impossibilities. Your inner man begins to linger in a sea of possible solutions only to get a pamphlet of toxins that threaten to shut you down into a dooms day legend. You reach a destination where you unfortunately begin to re live episodes of your fierce fears that you thought were long gone. You are in this tabernacle of complex thoughts where no priest can reach out for you. An involuntary shiver cracks down your spine as these prodigal thoughts take control of you.

You begin to wonder if you will find a good thing, or better still if you are that good thing to be found. You begin to wonder if you will find peace or, or better still if you are that peace to be found. How can this be true? All your expectations seem to be nothing but wishes that will never come to be. Ironically even if these wishes were horses you would not want to be that beggar to ride them. In this mental expedition you reach the crossroads where every avenue of possibility seems to be exhausted. You have come to this place where you are scared, confused and bewildered, not by the orientation of it all but by hundreds of flames that want to burn you alive. Amazingly everything seems to be hollow in your world. With eyes closed you sink deep into a caress of thoughts which mercilessly cast you into emotional breakdown instead of unleashing a spate of ease and gentleness in you.

You whisper what is supposed to be a prayer but its words can hardly be heard by anyone, you are now soaked in a salty river that trickles from your eyes which seem to be boiling into red balls. You are now overtaken by a string of desires, desires of liberty that can only be felt by that person who wants to be free. In this haze of daunting pessimism you sink deeper into the limitless spiral of optimism in search of a place of mental rest. You are in search of a comfort zone that seems not to exist. All there is to this fiasco is a paradox of events that incapacitate you to a timid individual. Your self confidence suddenly escapes from you like air from a punctured balloon leaving you in a dilapidated state of affairs. The best thing you can probably do at this juncture is cry but unfortunately your tears are of no use to anyone. Not even the thirstiest of them all is prepared to partake of this waterfall that seems to have developed on your face. No amount of mascara or face powder can hide this impromptu cascade of tears that undoubtedly exposes the malfunction of all your systems. Lost in the corridors of uncertainty you begin to retire to a state of stagnation, you are no longer sure of what to do anymore.

The only thing that you can hope for is another chance, another moment to bask in the victory of a life worth living. In this trance of mental interrogation you are visibly motionless in physical form but highly active in the circles of the mind. Many questions unbelievably pop up in random fashion .At what cost is all this going to come to an end? What mechanism is going to stop this prison of incessant torture, where you find yourself fasting not because of an accolade of prayers but because you simply cannot eat? Your stomach has suddenly become full of these alien pies whose ingredients have caused you this loss of appetite. What kind of physician is going to remove these thorns that have caused so much pain in you? You are baffled by the thousand miles ahead of you yet you cannot even make a single step. You are bewildered by this knowledge that seems to know nothing but confusion that has never been conferred even to a fool. Devious thoughts seem to seduce you to this brothel of naked truth that molests you into malice and dissatisfaction. You never stole anything from anyone yet you languish in this prison of merciless anguish. Is this how you should be, a tear manufacturing machine which unfortunately produces gallons of a product that nobody wants. Are you supposed to be this powerless individual whose fate is in the hands of other people? Are you supposed to be the tail which in spite of being the most energetic is always at the back? Are you supposed to be this good man who is always down when other good men cannot be kept down for long? Are you supposed to be this person who is always running but going nowhere slowly?

Clearly this cannot be the case, take heart and take the bull by its horns. You cannot resign to stagnation so that you stop performing to the best of your abilities. You are unstoppable; nothing and nobody can stop you from being that person you have wanted. It is the strong will in you that will make a way where there seems to be no way. It will save your eyes when they tentatively gaze into the darkness in search of that special pinnacle that never was. The will shall save your soul from drifting aimlessly like a lost sheep in the land of cunning carnivores and predators. In such a state your ears listen in earnest hoping for a break in this eerie silence but alas not even an echo can sip through this spate of wicked quietness. The familiar sounds of comfort and consolation seem to have conformed to the bitter ways of this strange vacuum that seems to constrict every whisper of joy. You yearn for warmth and happiness yet you find yourself burning in what was supposed to be a moderate fire that would drive away the dew from a cold morning breeze. You might burn but you will not run away, once you were a child and you ran away after touching a pinch of hot charcoal but today history will not repeat itself. Yes back then you were a child and you undoubtedly thought like a child. When you got burnt you dreaded the fire because you knew nothing about fire extinguishers, you knew nothing about fire fighting and you probably could not distinguish between smoke and fire. You probably could not differentiate between flame and fame but today that is certainly not the case. You cannot let fire wreck havoc in your camp; you cannot just run away and let the flames consume the vitality that you earned through hard work. It is unacceptable, you must fight, and you must stand up to fight even if it sends blood percolating from your nostrils. You may feel the heat but that will only be for a season. Hungry flames may stamp an array of blisters and sores on those places that you were not aware of since you became conscious of your existence but that must not retard the all important vision; that of standing out to fight, fight for those things that make you tick even in situations where time seems to bring no healing.

In other words keep focused on the dream in spite of circumstances. Rise above situations because you were created for greatness. Focus and keep your vision clear. Take daily steps that slowly take you closer to your destiny. The terrain may not be even but each time you make a step you draw closer to that place of limitless progress. You are unstoppable

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From Potential to Kinetic: The Movement


A farmer takes the initiative to make the move to put the seed into the ground. A seed will never develop so long as it remains in the seed packet. As we discussed previously, the longer the seed remains in the seed packet the less capable it becomes to perfom the task of development and growth at hand.

Talents that remain unused over a long period of time become redundant no matter how good the individual in question is.
I spent quite a lot of time working with a certain software program at my previous job, and after a while I became very good at using it, but after spending a couple of years without using the software, when I had to use it again, I realised that I had forgotten most of the more intricate functions of the program and my capabilities were reduced to the most basic aspects of the software.

Talents and skills that are used regularly are sharpened and the user becomes more skilled and more efficient in performing the said task.
As a farmer places the seed into the ground, he places it in the environment that allows for growth to take place. One friend once told me that you should never judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree.
Talent needs to be fostered. It is not simply enough to train hard to become something then simply sit on the talent and expect that five years later you will still be as effective.

Likewise a new employee needs to be correctly selected and correctly placed in order for him/her to realise the most out of their ability.

The challenge that most people face is that they may be brilliant in certain feilds, but due to pressure, internal and external perception they may be unaware of their full potential or capability.

A lion that is raised among sheep may never realise its true self until it looks deep within itself and takes the initiative to do something different from what it has grown up to know and believe.
Usually it is not a case of changing who we are, but rather “realising” who we are.

The reason this blog is called “potential to kinetic” is because there is no new truth that is yet to be discovered in this world. Everything that happens and that we are capable of lies within us and it is up to us to take the initiative to push it into action.

Growth and development can only take place where the environment is suitable, similar to the parable of the sower and the seeds planted in different environments. In one case the seeds are snatched away immediately even before the the growth process begins to take place.

This can take place when a new business is thrown into an extremely hostile environment, for example a business that tries to enter into an extremely monopolised industry or one that is plagued by high levels of state regulations.

A young business trying to startup may experience collapse and failure due to failure to establish roots in such a harsh environment and may even become snatched up by astute business men who see a potential gain from not necessarily the actual business itself but the value of the assets that may be undervalued due to the need for the venture capitalists and venturers to attempt a speedy recovery of invested funds.

A business model may be excellent, but if implemented in an “unsafe” environment, it may most likely fail. Failure might not imply incapability, but may imply wrong placement.

The Money Tree:Part 1 ~ The seed; Supplier Cont.


This is a continuation of “The Money Tree” series.
We are currently focusing on the Seed and its supplier, commenting on the need for efficient service delivery and how it affects your business outlook.

Today we shall focus on telltale signs that a potential supplier may potentialy fail you when you need him most.

Sometimes you may misjudge companies and we want to explore how to avoid such mistakes.

So my gift to you… The first three of six in my series…. enjoy

1. One way to enure this is to track the supplying company’s history, information can be acquired through informal conversations with related businesses, the supplier’s own suppliers, internet searches or even consumers of related products that the supplier produces.

A company with a good record of reliability on the market over a given period of time is highly likely to remain the same for a long period after that.

2. Employee turnover may also be another good indicator of reliability.

A firm that has a fairly high level of employee turnover, especially of skilled personnel or management level employees is highly likely to begin to fail at some point in the near future as it begins to buckle under the loss of specialised personnel, especially if the are not easily replaceable or take a long time to train and employ.

This is also an indicator that there are underlying problems within the supplying firm that might not be revealed by an external view ior a casual inspection. Therefore the firm is liable to fail to produce the key ingredient at some point in the future.

3. Company financial statements are also extremely useful in assessing the viability of cosistent production in the long run. These are easily obtainable in publicly traded companies as they are required by law to regularly publish them in easily accessible media whether electronically on the internet or physically in local newspapers.

The statement that most people generally rush for is the….. you guessed it, the Profit and Loss. Most people generally rush for the bottom line, they want to find out if the company is making a profit.
Generally this is correct, but it is hardly sufficient.

3.1Profit is a neccessary, but not neccessarily sufficient condition to ensure that a company is viable in the longrun.

A manager under pressure from investors may, run long hours on machinery, increase production time requirements on employees, reduce maintanance breaks and so on and so forth.

This will have the effect of increasing profit figures, but in the long run, a company can face a sudden and unexpected total collapse of all systems. Unexpected to the casual observer, but very much anticipated to the trained eye.

Some industries are seasonal or annual, they experience peaks and slumps depending on the period of high and low demand. Such industries may suddenly experience a sharp increase in the bottom line in one season and a sharp decline in the next, for example a toy manufacturing company may record high sales in the period preceding the festive season as shops stock up on supplies of toys for presents, and then a sudden sharp decline in the January period as most families face the strain of the so called “January disease.”

So a better analysis of any financial statement is to trace the history, preferably over a few several years and see wether a trend is evident.

The best trends being those in which the firms’ sales may be fluctuating but trending upwards with the effect of seasonal changes being removed.

NB. The help of trained proffessionals is advisable here.

3.2 I usually find a more usefull statement when analysing the strength of the company to be the cash flow statement.┬ánow this gives you a more accurate picture of management’s practices and attitudes towards company perfomance.

You can easily tell where due diligence is being performed and where there is an unneccessary waste of resources.

It can also be a warning light as it can show you if the firm is not doing some of the expected duties, for example if the staff is clearly underpaid or managers are abusing company resources. Where machinery is not being properly maintained or were there is a too frequent dependance refinancing the business.

The rate of cash inflow also indicates wether the firm may be able to continue operations or not. A firm might post a profit, but the cash inflow may be realised several months later, but the prerequisites for that is an immediate cash outflow which the company does not have.
A few such deals may lead to the firm failing to meet demand requirements and result in failure to supply your seed input.

This clearly shows that there is a problem in the business system and sooner or later the supply chain may become clogged.

The Money Tree ~ Part 1: The seed


The following series is based on simple business concepts adapted from biblical principles of sowing and reaping.

I hope they will be of as much use to you as they were to me.

Enjoy

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In order to be able to make sound decisions in any project or business model, you have to be informed. In most cases, decisions based on generalised information can be the most detrimental.

An etnreprenuer usually has the utmost confidence in the success of the model, and WHEN it fails…., the venturer loses more than the invested funds, he also loses a bit of his heart and faith.

I had to take time to study each and every crop that I intended on farming. I had to know the entire process from sourcing the seeds, germination,growing and harvesting conditions. I also had to anticipate potential challenges such as pests and disease.

Water requirements, soil acidity requirements as well as nutrients required by the crop.

In business, the product is the most essential part of any sales campaign. You have to understand your concept inside and out.

It is crucial to know the source of your seeds in business. I would liken a seed to the business core product ingredient. That object input that grows and flourishes.

What is a neccessary ingredient before any activity can even be considered. This is the item for which there can be no substitute, it forms the heart of production. For example, if we look at a candy floss making company, the seeds for such a company would be a sugar or those for a plastic manufacturing comapny, silicone chips.

You have to understand the source and potential challenges that you may face in acquiring your seed input, wether it be in the production process, transportation or even actual usage.

Were the product cannot be aqcuired locally, international transit and transfer regulations details also have to be acquired.

It is neccessary to play out the sequence of events that are necessary to get the seed from its present location to the production site and assess the feasibility of doing this on a regular basis.

In some cases it may even be neccessary to go as far as assessing the supplying company to ensure that they will be able to provide a continuing service for the business as a going concern.

There is nothing more frustrating than setting up the most excellent business system only to discover that the main/primary supplier has become insolvent or can only produce a patented product up to a certain level or there is a ceiling on the production capacity of the firm.

The final consumer depends on the retailer to give a consistent and good supply of the final product and the loss in reputation that is realised by breaks in supply due to bottlenecks in the inputs is a price that is more than the financial figure.

“Your seed determines your harvest, you cannot plant a bean seed and expect to harvest wheat” (Sithandile Ncube, 2010)

As you plant your seeds, to that same measure multiplied over you shall produce your output.

If you plant a poor seed by inputting faulty or low grade raw materials even the final product will be of a low value or poor quality.

Cost cutting measures should be strategically placed to ensure that the best quality inputs are maintained to produce a high value product.

“The Fine Print”


It is good to dream BIG! Dream as big as possible, and believe that God can do so much more.

I once attended a serminar were a certain prominant motivational speaker was addressing. Now this guy had done it all, risen from the dust to millions in US dollar terms, beat unspeakable odds, been invited to exlusive international clubs that I did not even know existed.

He was talking about how to breakdown your goals into simple day to day basis. Suppose for example that your target is to buy a house worth a million dollars by the end of the year. (Some people say a house is more a liability than an investment, but just humour me for the sake of this example).

You can break down this mammoth task by dividing the period between the start date of saving up for the dream home and the attainment of that dream home, in this case a period of a year or 365 days given that we begin counting at the beginning of the year and intend on reaching your goals by the end of the same year.

Now a rough estimate of this results in earning $3 000 after all expenses have been paid in order to meet your goal. Expenses in most developing nations usually take up a little over 50% of revenue and taxes typically take away another 50% if you are earning your money as personal income, less than that if you are earning the money as a corporate (a topic we will discuss later).

So at the end of the day to realise a minimum of $3 000 net earnings in a developing country as perfsonal income, you need to be generating at least $12 000 per day.

Now the speaker did not elaborate as far as the $12 000, he only limited his discussion to $3 000. Now though the workshop left people with a lot of verve, Im sure that at the end of the day more than one participant was left frustrated after failing to implement the so called wining strategy.

In day to day talk we call this “the fine print” in contracts. Those little things and hidden charges that fool you into making a commitment then half way down the ladder the truth hits you, “You have made a terrible, and financially crippling mistake.” In the worst cases it can even lead to bankruptcy, and people have been recorded to even commit suicide because of the strain of this end.

I know to a lot of people generating $12 000 as personal revenue on a day to day basis is not a joke, but its not impossible. With the right product, marketing and sales strategy it can be done.

Ultimately we are all sales people. On any given day we have to sell something, that is just the way the world works. Either you are selling a product, service or idea. When you are trying or not even trying to make an impression, you are selling yourself. Your hopes, dreams, thoughts, ideas, the very thing that makes life worth living.

So at the end of the day the real question is, can you generate the income?
Some lucky and inspired people are fortunate enough to have the capacity to come up with some of the simplest yet complex strategies of how to generate consistent income on a day to day basis.

Yes consistent because the result that we are working towards seeing manifest in your life is aconsistent net revenue on day to day basis.

This is the end result to which I aspire that each person reading this material will be able to achieve at some point in their lives, sooner rather than later.

Most people tend to achieve this state of mind after some several years of mental stimulation by exposure to the elements that make this possible.

My goal is to make you able to identify the key ingredients of the successful realisation of such thought processes as you live out your daily life and focus on these to make you realise your goal sooner.

There is no secret formula, it is just taking note of what is around you. But for now we shall focus on building up to your dream. It is possible to reach the same goal of $1 million byt the end of the year, but in a way that is not as stressful as trying to figure out how to make $12 000 every single day without breaks or timeouts for the whole year.

To be continued….