By Austin Edoho
The 4 proven ways to make money-whether online or offline- is not rocket science. They have been practised by men and women centuries ago, and the results have been very consistent and predictable.
So without much ado, let’s delve into the 4 different ways of making money.
1. By Begging: Begging as an art didn’t start today. It’s been in existence for ages. A lot of people believe they can get money by begging. They look to their parents, siblings, uncles, pastors, or friends to help them by giving them money.
Yes, some of them may get favoured by some people, but it’s not long-lasting, as you can’t continually beg them money for long. Eventually, they will tell you “no”, and that’s the end. You will then start looking for another person to bug with your pathetic story, expecting them to pity you and give you some handouts. And the vicious cycle continues.
This isn’t an approved way to make money. Begging reduces you. It makes you lose your dignity and self worth. Begging makes you a beggar. And we all know that no beggar is respected.
So while looking for ways and means of making money, do not resort to begging, because no amount of begging can make you rich.
2. By Borrowing: This is another way of making money. Borrowing is the art of collecting money from someone, people, or organization, promising to pay back at a stipulated period of time, usually with interest.
While this is also a very tempting avenue of making money, it is not one I would recommend. The bible says that the borrrower is servant to the lender.
Therefore, try as much as you can to avoid borrowing money. Any amount of money you borrow is not your money. It is someone’s money. And failure to pay back at the appropriate time usually carries with it very stiff penalty.
3. By Stealing. Did I hear you scream in shock? You didn’t have to.
What is stealing? Stealing is the act of taking something that is clearly not yours, with no intention of giving it back to the rightful owner.
Many people seriously and erroneously think and believe they can be rich through stealing. But they forget that any money made through stealing is sure to fritter away.
Also, no matter how much money an individual steals, he/she will be caught someday, and the money and properties will be confiscated.
This also is a very bad way of making money, and I wouldn’t advise anyone to consider this option.
Let’s look at the last and best way of making money.
4. By Exchanging Value. The last and best way of making money is by exchanging value.
Exchange of value has to do with offering something -be it a product idea, time, or service- in exchange for money.
As someone who seriously desires to make money, you should start thinking of how to first CREATE value, then offer it to those who need it, in exchange for payment or money.
Let’s look at this scenario: While walking on an isolated road, you see a man standing beside his broken down car, trying to fix it, but to no avail. At that point, you can chose to beg the man for some money, ask him to lend you some money, threaten him with a knife or gun and forcefully take his money from him. Or you can decide to offer your services by helping him fix the car, and getting paid for it.
The first 3 ways may seem very tempting and appealing. But they eventually lead to pain, regrets, and sorrows.
On the other hand, the last option may seem long and tedious, but it pays the most. And this is the true recommended path to wealth creation: Create and offer value!
Those are the 4 proven ways of making money. The onus is on you to make the right choice.
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