A millionaire maize farmer was interviewed by a journalist, to discover the secret of his success.
You see, each year, this farmer consistently grew award-winning maize and it followed that he must have a secret that other farmer’s don’t know about.
To the amazement of the journalist, the farmer revealed that his secret was simply in sharing his special seed with his neighbours.
Confused, the reporter asked, “How can you afford to share your best seed with your neighbours when they are entering their maize in competition with yours each year?”
The farmer smiled knowingly and explained, “The wind picks up pollen from the flowering maize and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbours grow inferior maize, Cross-Pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my maize.If I am to grow good maize, I must help my neighbours grow a good crop.”
This is a powerful secret that can change your life.
If you want to live well, you must help enrich the lives of others. For the value of a life, is measured by the lives it touches.
And if you want to be happy, you must help others find happiness. For the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.
Billionaire Tony Elumelu often says that poverty anywhere is a threat everywhere. Little wonder Mr Elumelu has plowed back millions of dollars of his own money, in supporting and empowering young African Entrepreneurs.
How can you be truly successful, if everyone around you is in utter poverty? How safe will you and your family be?
If our politicians asks themselves this question, maybe they will not siphon our money to offshore accounts. If these billions where used to open businesses in our continent, lots of unemployment, kidnapping and other social vices will be curtailed.
Whatever talent, abilities, or material blessings you have, do not forget to share some with your community. A river that refuses to give out water, will eventually become a stagnant lake.
As you become more successful, you will discover that the more you give, the more you earn.
Truly, givers never lack.