<![CDATA[MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, COLUMNIST, PUBLISHED AUTHOR, AND FOUNDER OF INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, SOUTH AFRICA. - BLOG]]>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 20:00:59 +0200Weebly<![CDATA[Working Hard or Working Smart]]>Thu, 01 Nov 2018 14:44:03 GMThttp://danielcole.co.za/blog/working-hard-or-working-smart
​​From childhood, we've all been told that the key to success is hard work, that to achieve anything in life we really need to work very hard at it. We are all told that hard work pays and there is no substitute for it. We've heard this over and over again, and unconsciously this has registered into our subconscious mind, which is evident in most of our approaches to life, we tend to face every task or embark on any project with the notion that to succeed at it, it has to come the hard way and if we don't succeed at the task, chances are, we've haven't worked hard enough. 
​Let's pause for a moment to get a clearer perspective of what hard work really is, what does it mean to work hard? Is working hard synonymous to working from dawn to dusk or staying late at the office or not giving up on a specific goal? 

If working hard is synonymous to working till late, the question therefore is, how come we all don't have an equal reward or compensation for our effort, how come some get home tired, exhausted, worn out, only to share few loaves with their families? While others could afford the vacations of their dream? Aren't they working hard enough? Is life unfair to them, or is that the lot they've chosen for themselves? No, life is not exclusively unfair to them, life is unfair to everyone. The missing link is, working smart is more of a mental exercise than physical, and the reward of every labor is directly proportionate to the perceived value you are able to add or contribute.  

How then do smart people work or what does it mean to really work smart? You work smart by leveraging on other people's time, resources, intellectuals, money to get more things done.  You work smart by leveraging on technology as a tool for effectiveness and productivity not distraction and laziness.  People who work hard and work smart are not just intellectually resourceful, they also often have intellectual products available for sale, which indirectly creates a passive income. 

A typical example of working hard and working smart: The president of the United State, Donald J Trump, currently has a total of 55.5 million followers on Twitter, 23.5 million on Facebook and 10.4 million followers on Instagram, in total, that's 89.4 million followers (clientele). Of his thirty-nine thousand tweets, which majority of his followers will either retweet, comment or share, Trevor Noah, the host of the "Daily Show" makes a book out of it, selling at $12.76 on Amazon. While others comment and exchange verbal rage online, the Daily show makes financial gain. That is working smart not just working hard. 

An anonymous once wrote, "It is not Thomas Edison that makes the money of inventing the light bulb, it's the person who invents the electric meter." Business thrives on innovation. You don't have to invent anything new, just look for an existing idea and innovate.

People who work smart, learn how to delegate so they can focus on what they do best. They foresee the coming technological changes in their industry and position themselves to meet it prepared. 
People who work smart keep themselves abreast of relevant information in their field, they do not sacrifice their health at the expense of attaining a goal. 

You've probably may have watched some motivational  YouTube videos, that advocate giving up sleep if you want to be successful. That is not only misleading but also untrue.  Truth is, no one gives up sleep and become effective at anything.  Your greatest asset is your health, you can't afford to trade anything for it. 

As much as working hard or working smart cannot be separated from each other, there must be a balance. It's not enough to think smart or working smart, you also have to complement it by working hard.  
<![CDATA[The Intangible Wealth]]>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:18:53 GMThttp://danielcole.co.za/blog/the-intangible-wealth
The wealth of a nation is not only determined by its mineral or natural resources, but also in the intellectual resources or capacity of his people. Most third world nations overestimate their "tangible wealth" or natural resources that can be seen (crude oil, gold, diamond, bauxite) to name a few while losing sight of the "intangible wealth" ingrained in the intellectuals of his people. Every company thrives not only on their good financial returns or profit margin but also in the quality of values every employee contributes. 
According to world population review, the estimated population of Johannesburg is 4.4 million, by my estimate, if a household spends R200 (Two hundred rand) on food daily, that amount to R880,000,000 (eight hundred and eighty million rands) in circulation daily only on food purchase. In a month, it sums up to a total of R27.2 billion spent just only in Johannesburg and just only on food. These sum of money are being transacted daily or monthly from wholesaler to retailer and from retailer to consumer, but we don't physically see it in their lump sum. In the words of the great Adam Smith, father of modern economics, “Every man lives by exchanging.” The secret to real wealth creation is not necessarily what we see with our physical eyes, but rather recognizing of values to exchange in return for a monetary reward. 
"Money hides in problems," but only a few have trained themselves to see it. An average person continually nags about a problem or discomfort, entrepreneurs make a business out of them. How wealthy you will be is directly proportionate to the amount of value you can bring to the marketplace. Every business or company is founded to solve a certain kind of problem. Doctors are paid to solve health problems, IT specialists are paid to solve technological problems, and construction workers are paid to solve building or construction problems, real wealth is a value exchange, not a banknote. "In the world of merchandise, nothing goes for nothing." The value you are able to give will always be in parallel to the money you earn. 
The road to wealth is not only paved by hard work, but also smart and creative thinking. Authors are paid to solve intellectual problems, but it's not enough to be a good writer, all writers need to master the art of selling, to make the most of their writing career. Not all best writing authors are best selling authors, and not all best selling authors are best writing authors, but it's possible to be both. 
See wealth creation through the lenses of value exchange or problem-solving. You will never rise or earn beyond your level of knowledge. Every wealthy individual we see in our society, community or continent have mastered the art of seeing opportunities in the midst of chaos. 
History abounds with stories of great thinkers and inventors, who neither make nothing or little in monetary value from their inventions. Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the World Wide Web (www), he never patented his idea. Instead, he released the protocol out into practice, and it wasn't long before everybody was using it. Ron Klein, inventor of the magnetic stripe at the back of credit or debit cards, he never patented his idea and Jonas Salk who developed the vaccine to eradicate polio, he also never patented his idea. 
"Everybody is a walking wealth," but we need to start seeing the means of making it differently." Intangible wealth is the hidden wealth in value exchange, the ability to perceive financial returns by solving problems. Your intellectual property is your intangible wealth, but you need to learn to convert it to financial reward.
<![CDATA[The Power of Consistency]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:53:30 GMThttp://danielcole.co.za/blog/the-power-of-consistency
Trust is said to be a social capital, but trust can only be earned when an action or inaction has become consistent over a long period of time. Consistency is the building block of credibility and without credibility, it is difficult to succeed in any life endeavors. Consistency is the foundation of predictability when an action has become repetitive or consistent over a long period of time, it makes the outcome predictable. 
Consistency, a steadfast adherence to the same principle, course, or form of action. Mastery is built on consistency. In his book, The Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell suggests the 10,000 hours principle of consistent practice to gain mastery in a chosen carrier. The principle holds that 10,000 hours of "deliberate practice" are needed to become world-class in any field. All champions, outliers, and trailblazers are products of consistent practice. 
Consistency is not a sudden habit we developed by default or a gift given to us at childbirth, it is a by-product of a focused life. A consistent life anchors on self-discipline. Every life pursuit has its gestation period, at the right time, all consistent efforts will pay-off. 
So many people are inconsistent with their job choice, one year or two working in a company, they're already sending out their CV's to other companies, which is always a sign of life without clarity, focus or purpose. It takes time to build a good reputation and it takes a consistent habit to sustain it. Without a proper clarity of what you want in life and where you are headed, you will only keep experimenting with life. When your energy is not channeled to a specific goal, by default, you become inconsistent in your pursuit.
Be consistent in your pursuit of success and excellence, you cannot achieve peak performance if you are not consistent. If you want to be taken seriously be consistent. Respect is built on consistency. 
Distraction is the enemy of distinction. It is consistent working out or weight lifting that builds the muscles, not one day on and three weeks off. Stay consistent with your dream, stay consistent in your pursuit, any goal is achievable if you won't relent in its pursuit. 
<![CDATA[The Illusion of Hope]]>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:24:25 GMThttp://danielcole.co.za/blog/the-illusion-of-hope
Nothing robs a man of his colorful destiny than hoping someday things will get better without an intentional plan and strategic action. Hope has its place in the pursuit of any dream, but it should be kept in perspective.

No one gets healthy by hoping to be healthy, it takes a healthy diet and regular exercise to stay healthy. No one gets rich by hoping to be rich, it takes planning, investing, saving and strategies to be wealthy. Hope! A virtue we all share in common. The rich hope, the middle class, the poor, everyone hopes. But what is the missing link between hoping and accomplishment? Why would everyone hope for a better future and some have it while others don't? 
Hope has its place and it should be kept in perspective. There is a clear distinction between hoping and planning and that’s the missing link for so many. Hope would give anyone reason to believe tomorrow would be better, but planning will take you step by step towards the better tomorrow. Hope without strategic action and plan is an illusion. It would be self-sabotaging to keep hoping without planning. 
 Don’t put your future on hold hoping that someday things would get better, yes, it might, but that would be leaving your success to chances. Put hope in perspective, hope can serve as a fuel to your pursuit, but if you are passive about it, it can also hold you down. Hope has the capacity to keep a lazy man happy, an ignorant man excited, and a mediocre mind motivated. The future does not only rest in the arms of hope, the future would become a reality through strategic planning, action, faith, doggedness, persistence, and prayer.
 Take some time out to ask yourself: What are my current goals and what are the steps being taking towards their accomplishment? Don’t be fooled by hoping, be action-oriented and result inclined. It’s good to keep one’s hope alive because without it there would be no drive of pursuit. However, hope is not all it takes to make a dream a reality.
 Keep your hope alive, but remember it takes more than hope to live the future you dreamed of.
 Daniel Cole is a Published Author, International Motivational Speaker, Columnist, Trainer and founder of the International Institute of Personal Development, South Africa. Visit www.danielcole.co.za to read more of Daniel Cole articles.
<![CDATA[Life Regrets Most People Live With and How to Avoid - Series 1]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:22:59 GMThttp://danielcole.co.za/blog/life-regrets-most-people-live-with-and-how-to-avoid-series-1
​At certain junctions in our life, it is ideal take a “pause” to do some self-inventory, to reflect and to ask ourselves those life tough questions: who am I?  Where am I headed?  Am I living life with purpose?  Am I fulfilling my dreams and vision?  Am I growing and developing?  Am I wasting my time?  Am I living to my fullest potential?  A life without self-assessment is an accident going somewhere to happen; it’s only a matter of time.  I believe there are no, there are only. Where you, someone has been there, someone else. 
Every success leaves a clue likewise every failure, pain, and regrets.  Wisdom, therefore, teaches  that  we  should  learn  from those  who  have  taken  those  paths  we  are  about  to  take  or  the  ones  we  are  currently taking.   As  I  reflect  back  through  life,  this  was  one  of  the  questions  that  come  to  mind;  what would  I  have  done  differently  if  I  had  the  opportunity  to  turn  back  the  hands  of  time?  If time  could  reverse  itself  15  –  20  years  backward,  what  decision  would  I  have  taken differently,  be  it,  career  decision,  academic,  relational,  marital,  family,  business, religious,  monetary,  or  investment  decision?
In light of, I reach out to friends and families, mentors and leaders some of their life regrets, past pain, hurt and things they wish they would have had the time.  And as I share their story, my aim is to find wisdom and compass to navigate, they will find healing through their scars and solace through their pain.  
However, one of.  Even if we sometimes think, that taking a certain decision and certain choices would have guaranteed outcomes, yet eventually, life still happens.  Sometimes people get sick not because, people lose, not because they at it and because they’ve done.  Life just happens. 
Nevertheless,  every  story  has  a  lesson,  be  it  a  lesson on what  to  do  or  what not  to  do  and  that’s what  this  article  aims to  achieve.   Through  a  series  of  interviews  I  conducted  in  light  of  this  subject  I  got  a  wide  range  of answers,  some  which stem from  the  regrets  of  past  relationships,  career  choice, marital  decision,  family time  to  mention  a  few.   One  of  my  respondents  asserts:
Daniel,  I  look  back  at  my  life  now  and  I  regret  I  didn’t  spend  more  time  with  my  little daughter  while  she  was  growing  up  a  little  girl.  I  provided  every  necessary  thing  for  the family,  but  I  didn’t  give  more of  physical presence,  that  today,  I  really  regret.  
A family is pivotal to  our  life  pursuit;  children  need  their  parent’s  warmth  and  togetherness in life.  It  is  not  always  about  the  financial support  we  provide  for  them  as  parents;  T.D  Jakes  once  said: “It’s  not  what  we  leave  for our  children  that  really  count  the  most,  but  what  we  leave  in  them.”  The only way they can sustain is living for them is by investing more in them and that be done more time with them.”  as this may be, it is ideal to seek a  balance aspect of life.   
<![CDATA[Pursue Financial Freedom]]>Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:03:09 GMThttp://danielcole.co.za/blog/pursue-financial-freedomAn average employee only earns 12 times in 365 days or 366 if it’s a leap year. Nothing cripples a man’s dream quicker than not having money to actualize his ideas. Most of life’s strife and contention have something to do with money. “Money answers all things,” says the Bible. Financial freedom is a personal pursuit everyone has to strive to accomplish.

You are not totally free until you are financially free. Freedom is not complete, until you are financially buoyant to pursue your dreams. You can make excuses and earn sympathy OR you can make money and earn admiration. The choice is always yours. You are facing a tough time. Every dreamer does. This time is not to be avoided but to be used to strengthen your resolve, to concretise your dream.
There is no nobility in poverty. Bill Gate once said “If you are born poor it’s not your fault. But if you die poor it’s your fault.” To really live your dream, and reach your full potential, it requires some level of financial independence and stability. “Poverty is neither Black nor white, colored or Albino, male or female, straight or gay” Poverty is not a citizen of any nation, God didn’t create rich or poor people, he only creates people. Our choices, be it consciously or unconsciously shape our financial destiny. To live in financial freedom you first need to give up all excuses that have served as a deterrent to your financial success.
Jack Ma once said: Do not focus on earning money. Focus on the problem that you can solve for the world. Money will follow you as a bi-product.

Help people achieve what they want, and you will get what you want. It is simple. Do not push yourself towards money. Go and see how you can help and solve the problems of the world. Money will be pulled towards you. You do pay a price for Financial Freedom, but it is far lesser than the price you pay for a lifetime slavery. Work hard. Find multiple ways to earn and save and invest wisely. It will need effort. But that is no price compared to what you pay otherwise.

Below are some signposts to watch out for on your pathway to financial independence.

1.     Never depend on government grant or financial aid to make you wealthy: True wealth is built not given. Nothing reduces human potential than complete dependency on a system that feed or supports them. Governmental grants are good, but there is a limit to how far you can go with it.

2.   Never depend on formal education to make you wealthy: An average person would graduate from school without learning a bit on how to make money. Formal education is good, but financial education is better. Not every career needs a degree to make a success out of it. Education is meant to teach us how to think independently, not just getting us ready for the labour market.

3.   Avoid debt at all cost: Nothing keeps a man in the poverty line other than debt. Debt is a burden, it takes away peace of mind, debt put you to work, but gives you little to enjoy for your labour. If you cannot discipline your appetite, the chances of you becoming wealthy are slim. When making any financial decision, be sure you are in your right state of mind. Emotions-driven decisions do have a dire consequences in the long run, don’t be manipulated by advert, be careful of impulse purchase. When desperate, you are not you. Getting in debt for what you eat, drink and wear is a sure path to poverty. 

People’s inability to discipline their appetite often result in them taking quick, short term decisions with long term consequences. There are two kinds of debts, the “good” debt and the “bad” debt. When you get a loan to acquire things that appreciate in value, that’s good debt, but whatever you buy with borrowed money that depreciates in value is known as bad debt. Don’t be quick to take loan. Don’t be quick to purchase an item on contract, think it through.  Discipline your appetite if you really want to be financially free. Let money work for you, not the other way round. Money is in some respects like fire; it is very excellent servant but a terrible master.

4.   Persevere: There are some persons who are “born tired”; naturally lazy, and possessing no self-reliance and no perseverance. Remember the proverb of Solomon: “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand; but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.” Perseverance is sometimes but another word for self-reliance. Until you can get to rely upon yourself, you need not expect to succeed. Winners never quit and quitters never win. When the roads are rough, hold your ground.  Fortune always favors the brave. Oppositions and obstacles are there to test how bad you want a thing. 

Daniel Cole is a Published Author, Columnist, member of The Institute of IT Professionals South Africa, International Motivational Speaker and Entrepreneur. To read more of Daniel Cole Publication kindly visit www.danielcole.co.za or send your feedback to info@danielcole.co.za 

<![CDATA[Making The Most of 2018]]>Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:52:24 GMThttp://danielcole.co.za/blog/making-the-most-of-2018
It's been  10 days that we usher in the new year with great excitement, joy, enthusiasm and celebration, 2018 is no longer in view, it is now a reality. Of the 365 days in the year,  9 days are gone never to return again. While some are still trying to get "themselves together" after the long holiday, some are already making the most of the year. As awkward as it may sound, the reality is, there is nothing new about the year, it's only a change of calendar. What will make the year new for you is the "New you" in the new calendar. 
Before the year get so too busy, take time out to take an inventory of the previous year (2017). Evaluate yourself: What are your failures in 2017 and what lessons did you learn from them? What are the opportunities you didn't take advantage of that slipped away? What are the relationships you don't value that should have been a major source of blessings for you? What are the risk you ought to have taken that would have bring tremendous reward, but as a result of fear you hold back? What are the early health checkup you ought to have done only to realize the damage would have been averted if it has been done earlier? What are the courses you should have taken, but only to realize that the promotion you are due for requires a certification in that course. 

To make the most of 2018, you first need to know the things that hold you back in 2017. Success is not magical, dreams are not actualized as a result of mere wishing for it, if wishes are horses even beggars will ride. Be your own critic, truthfully and genuinely evaluate yourself. 

To make the most of this year, the following strategies will help you chart your course 

1. Set Goals: Without goals there is no drive of pursuit, without drive, life is lived on chance and luck. However, don't just set goals, set realistic goals. Be specific and don't be vague. I will be rich is not a goal, it's a mere wish. How rich do you want to be and what is the timeline to attain it. 

2. Nurture credible relationships: Your first greatest assets in life is your health, second to that is your relationship. Don't underestimate the power of friendship. Invest in productive relationship. Avoid toxic people, keep your friend circle small, genuine and authentic. 
3. Invest in financial education: money matters. Money is at the core of every dream. Educate yourself on financial literacy, that would be one of the best investment you can ever give to yourself. You are either making money or making excuse, the choice is yours. 

4. Keep Healthy: Health is the bedrock of every life pursuit. It is a disaster to have a dream without health to pursue it. Eat healthy, give yourself adequate rest, go for regular checkups and ensure a balance not just in your physical fitness, but also in your mental and emotional wellbeing. 

5. Stay close to God: We live in a broken world, where most find it difficult to have a true spiritual compass to navigate with. God is real and he oversees the affairs of all mankind. It is in walking with God we can really find true meaning to all life achievement. t.
<![CDATA[Toxic Mindsets That Impede Success - "The Lottery Mentality"]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:02:45 GMThttp://danielcole.co.za/blog/toxic-mindsets-that-impede-success-the-lottery-mentality
The masses love the lottery because deep down they believe it’s their only chance to get rich. The fact is, they’re probably right. Not because they’re not capable, but because they don’t have faith in their own abilities, and their belief about money limit their financial success. It is extremely difficult to create sustainable wealth with the hope that some set of numbers would be rolled in your favour. Sustained success is not a product of random chance, luck or any set of Power ball figures. It is always ideal and more profitable to have some set of entrepreneurial skill, vision and goal, so that if peradventure, your expected set of lucky numbers do come through, the fund can be used for a viable business that would afterwards create a substantial return.
I am not against the lottery, obviously, few have made a fortune out of it, but the concern is most of this money are not sustained, due to shortsightedness, lack of focus, goals and little or no entrepreneurial skill prior to winning. From an entrepreneurial point of view, each cents or rand used in playing, if saved overtime with a compounded interest should be enough to be used as a capital to start a profit yielding business. But in the mind of the player, this is inconsequential and too much a risk to take.

President Donald Trump once said, I would rather choose to own the casino machine to playing the casino. You’ve got to believe in your creative ability to create wealth, not standing in the queue for hours in the scorching sun or blistering cold waiting to play the unpredictable. You’ve got more than that. Wealth creation is a process, it’s a school and it’s a journey and you’ve got to enroll yourself. Invest time on reading books about wealth, read about the biographies of the affluent – how they succeed and how most of them failed. “In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.” Maximize every opportunity you have to educate yourself about wealth creation, subscribe to YouTube channels on wealth and wealth consciousness, download TEDx Talks on business, research how you can leverage on social media as a platform to market your business, join meaningful groups chat that educate your mind. You will add more value to yourself by using the “Quora” application and following informed minds than getting cheap likes on your posted filtered image on Instagram.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “It requires a great deal of boldness and a great deal of caution to make a great fortune, and when you have it, it requires ten times as much skill to keep it.” Success is not cheap, but it’s not difficult either. All you need to do is focus your mental and creative energy to solving worthwhile problems.  See you at the top.
<![CDATA[Develop Financial Literacy]]>Tue, 16 May 2017 10:57:52 GMThttp://danielcole.co.za/blog/develop-financial-literacy

Financial illiteracy is a ‘disease’ that has crippled dreams of many, unfortunately this knowledge is not often taught from corridors of academic institutions. Financial literacy is an habit, a lifestyle everyone must develop. We live in a society of instant gratification, the incessant urge to spend on consumables have eaten so many like a cankerworm that it would take years of training and discipline to break free from. Many would have to pass through the school of 'Hard Knocks' to really understand the need of being financially intelligent. It's disheartening today, that many incurred on themselves debts even to the point of being blacklisted, all in the bid to put up an appearance that they are financially successful. There is a clear difference between looking financially successful and being truly successful. It’s not in the look, it’s in your assets and investments.
Your values and worth are not in the products you buy, they are in the problems you solved. Your worth is not measured by your wears, but in your intellectual capacity to solve worthwhile problems and getting rewarded for it. 

Parkinson's law say that, your expenses will always rise to meet your income, Parkinson's Law explains the trap that most people fall into. This is the reason for debt, money worries and financial frustration. It is only when you develop sufficient willpower to resist the powerful urge to spend everything you make that you begin to accumulate money and move ahead of the crowd. An anonymous once said  “Most people buy things with the money they don't have to impress people they don't even like.”

 To break free from financial frustration and debt i have compiled list of principles you should live by, they are not robotic science, all it take is willpower, determination and discipline. If you put them to work, you will surely see an improvement in you financial life. 

1. Increase Your Stream of Income: If the only stream of income that flows to your life is paid income, am sorry to say this, but it seems you are sitting on a time bomb. You can’t fully be financially independent on just one stream of income. Your financial worries will be reduced by at least 50% if you have 2, 3 or 4 sources through which income flows to you. How can you increase your streams? Start a company you can run part-time or take some part-time job. Get rid of your liabilities and use them as capital to start. 
2. Hedge your fund: It is not how much you earn that matters, it is how much you save that count. The old rule of money teaches that you have to save and save, accumulate to be wealthy. However, while waiting for  bank to give you a 5%, 10% or 20% return  on your savings per year, i would recommend you trade with the money, and invest your profit on something else, If you save because you are afraid of losing, then you need to work on your entrepreneurial spirit. The point is, save, but save smart. 
3. Avoid Debt. There are good debts and there are bad debts. Financially intelligent people use debt as leverage for investment not purchasing liabilities. If you are waiting to retire depending only on pension fund, that's not wise enough.  Don't eat away tomorrow in the bid to satisfy today’s hunger.  Many peoples name has been blacklisted just in the bid of taking credit to look rich. And when a sensible business opportunity arise and the loan is really needed the opportunity has been blocked. Don't enjoy today at the expense of tomorrow. Until you differentiate between what you need and what you want, your spending will be controlled by emotions. 

4. Live on budget and be strict to it. Write out all your expenses, your airtime, DSTV subscription, your transportation to and from work, groceries, clothing, gifts, rents, mortgages and miscellaneous  add all this expenses together and subtract it from your income. Many would realize after doing this that are actually spending more than they earn. Develop a strict saving and spending habit. No matter how small it is, have a reserve.

5. Pay your tithes: This is God’s command, to give back 10% of our income to our local church. The 10% represent a seed for other resources to flow into our life.  The truth is God won't die if you don't pay it, every sensible farmers knows that when you harvest your crop, you need to keep the seed for the next year plantation. I know many preachers have abused this, but the truth is, it’s a divine instruction and it should be obeyed. However, what you do with the remaining 90% is also as important as the 10% you are giving back. Tithe works, if you stay committed and faithful to it.
<![CDATA[Overcoming Fear and Doubt]]>Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:21:45 GMThttp://danielcole.co.za/blog/overcoming-fear-and-doubt
Nothing crippled a man’s journey to success other than fear and doubt. As humans, we are all meant to have fear, fear of uncertainty and fear of the unknown, but if we are going to reach our fullest height, our zenith we shouldn’t give in to fear. Fear not well manage will hold you hostage keep you stagnated, and make you function or operate at the least of your competence level. Those who fall victims of fear are always having excuses at their slip. E.g. I don’t have enough resources, I wasn’t ready, It’s wasn’t my fault, it was raining, it wasn’t the right time, am too young, am too old, am black, am white, am coloured to name a few. Oprah Winfrey once said, Sexism is the greatest deterrent for sexism and racism.

​People don’t just grow up to become fearful of taking action or attempting things outside their comfort zone, fear can be instilled by parents from childhood. Negative remarks like “You are good for nothing” you can’t ever get anything done right, you are naughty and that’s why always fail your exams, do you think money grows on trees, you are so dumb, to name a few. All of these condescending and negative remark sink into the child’s subconscious mind and this completely alter their expectations from life.
Another factor that contributes to fear is repeated failed attempts. It is natural and rational to be weary of trying something new, most especially when you have experienced some setbacks in life. But we shouldn’t allow our mind to be conditioned by our past failures Zig Ziglar once said “What is worth doing is worth doing wrongly, until you get it right.” Peter Drucker, one of the world most respected management expert said “The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try. I would never promote a man to a top level job who did not make mistake.”   

Fear is an invincible chain, if not well properly contained can reduce a giant to a mere man.  In life there are no guarantees we just have to try to see how things would turn out. A business man who stocked his store with products has no 100% guarantee that customers or buyer would show up, but with faith coupled with action he believes that someone out there would need what he’s selling and eventually someone will show up. No one stays on the shore to determine the depth of the sea.

​ The only way to see if an idea would work is to test it, the only way to know if you will get a multinational job is by applying for it. Never draw a conclusion over what hasn’t been attempted, that would mean you quit even before starting. Fear never builds it always destroys, if you believe education is too expensive the byproduct is you will remain in perpetual ignorance and become envious, angry, and bitter when friends and families who make the investment amidst fear are making waves.  Let this word sink in, “I can” and “I will” even when you attempt and fail, at least you have succeeded from the fear of not attempting at all.

Martin Luther King Jr once said “Take the first step in faith you don’t have to see the whole stairs, just take the first step in faith. Don’t let fear rob you of your talents, skills and potentials. Don’t let your dreams die with you because you are afraid you won’t get support if you attempt.  I hope this article will stir you up to give attention to your intentions, to rise above your fear, to act in faith, even amidst doubt and when you do, you will see that the only force that has been holding you back is you – Your Thought. Stop postponing, stop waiting for inspiration, if you work the only day you are inspired, you won’t get much done in life, stop waiting for all resources to be available, stop waiting for everybody’s validation, stop saying am too young or am too old, am too skinny and too fat/stout. You can’t be so sure of the outcome until you try.