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Mind Your Business, Manage Your Money and Time
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Mind Your Business, Manage Your Money and Time

Time and money are two important resources that we all use. Emma Akoth a 23-year-old Correspondent from Kenya argues that by making simple changes to our mindsets and habits we can make better use of our money and time.

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your own hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”  (New International Version Bible, 1 Thess 4:11-12 ) 

Ambitious people know what they want and in what time frame they want to accomplish their goals. They plan their strategy and pursue their goals. The motivation to get what they want within a specified timeframe makes them leave their comfort zone and go the extra mile in pursuit of their goals. This might mean going to bed late at nights, waking up early in the mornings, reducing leisure time, and doing whatever is necessary whenever it’s necessary, in pursuit of their goals. 

Many of us consider ourselves to be ambitious but find it hard to mind our own business. We want to know all that we can about other people’s business such as: where they work, what salary they earn, what relationships they have and how their love life is going, what they eat, where they shop, how they dress, what type of house they’re living in and many other unnecessary details about their lives.

Minding other people’s business is a waste of time. Nothing can be gained from it. It shows that we have nothing constructive to do with our time. When we start minding our business, we’ll find ourselves pursuing our ambitions. 

There is good reason for ambitious people to mind our business too, the grander our dreams the more time, focus and effort are required of us to realize them. Some young people, however, want all of the luxuries of life without hard work. 

Another lesson that’s important for us to learn in life is how money works and how to use it to work for us. It’s not enough to study hard, earn a degree, and get a great job to work for money. Even with these achievements, we can become slaves to money, trapped by the fear of not having enough money to pay our bills, fearful of losing our jobs and our income.  We also become slaves to money when we cannot resist the urge to spend our money on all the wonderful things that money can buy.  Money is never enough to buy everything. 

Our mindset therefore should be one that not only values working hard to make money but also making that money work for us. We need to increase our assets column by investing in things that are of value, like bonds, stocks, royalties and businesses that do not require our presence.  

I believe that God does not like it when we depend on parents, relatives, siblings or even friends, for our daily needs. What I think He requires of us is that we work to provide for ourselves and that we stop wasting time on things that do not add value to our lives. Making it our priority to mind our own business and use our time and money constructively are good approaches to take to our lives.

 

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About Emma: I have a passion in writing motivational youth based articles. I believe in self love, self respect and self motivation. My desire always is to see youths grow economically, mentally and spiritually in a way that is required of them. I being a youth, I understand the challenges youths go through hence do try to motivate them through my articles. I love travelling, reading novels and learning foreign languages such as French. I am currently a student at Kenema Institute of Professional Studies taking Information Communication Technology (ICT), and  French as a lesson.

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Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Articles are published in a spirit of dialogue, respect and understanding. If you disagree, why not submit a response?
To learn more about becoming a Commonwealth Correspondent please visit: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/submit-articles

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