HAVE YOU MET A BILLIONAIRE?
This morning, the first mail I read from my inbox came from a young man, who according to him has been graced by God. He had the rare privilege of working for three families who are billionaires, listed on Forbes list of the richest people in the world.
Ladies and gentlemen can you believe that? For a young man less than forty years old to have been so privileged. It is indeed a rare opportunity. Many of us were not so much graced. As a matter of fact, a lot of us have never met or sat down in the company of a billionaire before. Worst still, most of us will never have such an honor.
There might be various reasons for that. First of all, these billionaires are far and in between in our world. There are just too few of them. There are less than one percent of people who attain that status of been called a billionaire. It is therefore understandable why only a few of us will have the privilege of meeting one of these people.
Billionaires are great people by all standards, which is why there are so few of them. There are actually only about two thousand billionaires in the whole world. This my article is not going to be about billionaires though, but about greatness and the mentality that leads to it. Before I go ahead to expatiate on the subject of greatness in general, I wish to first complete my story of this young man that had the opportunity to study, and learn from three Forbes billionaires.
As I have said above, there are various reasons why we would not have such a rare opportunity as this young man. The fact that billionaires are few is one of such reasons. Apart from the fact that it is rare to come across billionaires, even if you are opportune to come across them, they hardly have time for you. Billionaires like most great men are busy people. Some of us will have the opportunity to meet with great men such as billionaires, but only as a short stint.
“Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.” ― Charles de Gaulle
Some of those might be in settings such as excursions, visits, interviews, accidental interactions, etc. In the business world though, highly successful people have come up with a way of bridging the gap between the haves and have-nots by organizing seminars, symposiums and town hall meetings, with men and women who have already attained some form of greatness status in the society.
For example, I am aware that to attend a private or open seminar with some great men of business and commerce, at times people pay up to a thousand US dollars for an hour meeting or even more. This is all an attempt to get the chance to be in the presence of greatness. There are whole companies who are in the business of organizing meeting with great people, selling tickets to seminars, lunches and symposiums, where these men will speak.
Make no mistakes about this, people buy this tickets en-masse. The point I am trying to make is, greatness is attractive. It attracts us to its glamour. Now come to think of it that you have an opportunity to meet with not just one billionaire in your life time, but with more than one. Or like in the case of our friend that I started the story with. He had the opportunity of not just meeting or attending the seminars of billionaires. He actually was opportune to work with and alongside not just one, but three billionaires on Forbes list.
If you are like me, by now you should be asking: what did he come out of those meetings with? Did their greatness rub on him or not? What were his greatest discoveries? What really makes these people tick? What are their main attractions? Why the difference? What really differentiates them from the rest of us? I think it would interest you to learn what this man says at the end of this week.
To be continued tomorrow…
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.