Several times you have wished you could just, in a snap, find a job and begin to earn good money.

You have wished you could set up a business and begin to make money from it, but the years spent in school seem unprofitable.

Joblessness is quite common among Nigerian youths with an unemployment rate among the highest in the world.

In the midst of this, people are still changing jobs, making money and earning big in several emerging non-oil sectors.

Some school drop-outs have become millionaires in a country that graduates cannot find a job.

These are things that should bother anyone who wants to make his/her first million but still have not genuinely earned any reasonable sum in years.

A whole lot of things are holding you back from fulfilling your potential:

1.       The Way You Think

Your thought is the engine room that generates money.

Every rich individual – Aliko Dangote, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett and Oprah Winfrey – have had to change the way they look at life at one point or the other.

This choice is one of the things they highlight each time they talk about how they got to wealth or became influential.

If you burden your mind with negative thoughts and impossibilities, negativity will overwhelm your daily life.

Steve jobs on positive mindset

People like late Steve Jobs, tapped into the power of a positive and flexible mindset. 

2.       Unchecked Schedule

One general habit that these men have is that they have a strict schedule that they follow. You don't just leave things to chance.

Zuckerberg wears just a particular colour of T-shirt, pants and hoody every day.

This schedule has helped him reduce how much time and burden he places on his brain over what to wear.

This practice automatically frees up brain power which are then invested in more important things.

We are not asking you to decide to dress like Mark, but to create a schedule that helps you save time and maximise brain power.

Mark Zuckerberg on schedule and why he dresses ali

Always remember that excellence is not an act but a habit. To get to the height you dream of, you must have habits. 

3.       Read Books

One thing we have discovered in the lives of these rich people is that they all devote time to reading and studying.

Reading opens the mind of a poor fellow to the riches of this world and where they are.

If you don’t know what to do to earn a million Naira how will you get yourself out of the poverty bracket?

Through books, ideas are released, thoughts are positively manipulated to generate corresponding effect and if we are what we consistently do, consistent reading will leave us with knowledge and rare wisdom.

bill gates suggests books you should read

In Forbes list of richest persons on earth, Bill Gates sits at the top. He reads 50 books per year and he is worth $86. billion

Warren Buffett spends about 80% of his day reading and he is worth $75.6 billion.  

Oprah Winfrey said books were her pass to personal freedom and she is worth $2.8 billion.

4.       Exercise

So many Nigerians ignor this routine all with excuses that there is no time.

But exercise helps you stay creative and productive throughout the day and it plays a role in how much focus one can amass to achieve a set goal.

If your heart is weak, for instance, due to lack of exercise, there is a limit to how much it can carry you when you need to do some things.

One of the persons that have put this to great use is Mark Cuban, Owner of the Dallas Mavenicks, who is worth $3.3 billion.

You cannot make much out of life if you are not creative and productive.

5.       Investments

This is where many people lag behind, as they fail to invest part of their earnings due to impulse buying and insertable desires which they have failed to curtail.

Some have formed habits of buying things they do not really need. Instead of buying snacks even when you are not hungry; buy a book!

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Our own Aliko Dangote repaid a loan he got from his uncle to start a business in three months and is currently worth $795 million.

He says he reinvests a lot from what he makes into his business and that has kept him growing.