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  1. 1. Be LikeGod Written bydavid Lanre Messan
  2. 2. W elcome to an audio book Presentation with David Lanre Messan, the premier InnovationStrategist in Africa. He talks to you about How to be likeGod and create wealth from nothing. Be ready to change your life and live like a king that God has made you. BE LIKE GOD Creating Wealth from Nothing Author – vated by DLM.
  3. 3. Have you ever wondered why some people easily come up withinitiatives and perhaps,… you dont?Ever wondered why or how the people of the West like America andCanada, created mind boggling inventions like the airplane andcontinuously innovated until they succeeded in transforming it into a spaceshuttle, putting a mere mortal on the moon with no oxygen to breathe?Have you ever wondered how so easily new innovations and inventions inbusiness and technology are produced on a daily basis by the Germans orthe Chinese and we seem somehow slow to do the same?Have you ever wondered how young people, even teenagers in places likeAmerica invent dazzling resources, products and gadgets and all we mostlydo is buy into them?Before you begin to wonder too long and hard, remember that the universewas created out of nothing but an idea in the subconscious of one wecall………..God.He started with an idea of the possibility of beauty and everything goodaround him.He brooded for a long while over what he had conceived and He plannedon how he was going to achieve it.We see the story of creation saying, “In the beginning, God created theheaven and the earth.And the earth was without form and void, and darkness covered the face ofthe deep…”The word VOID shows emptiness and nothingness……..Commingled with this emptiness was thick, deep darkness;….. darkness that could be felt and touched. 1
  4. 4. So,…. how do we create wealth from nothing, when there is no money orresources,…..when we know no one and dont have friends or family in highplaces,….when we have limited skill-set to achieve what we want to achieve,….when we have no university degree to make a way for us in the corporateworld or even if it is available, nothing can really be saved from our monthlyincome,….even when we try to save something, the amount is infinitesimal incomparison to our great dreams?The answer is BE LIKE GOD.He created all we see by a constant thought process, out of nothing and fromnowhere.But first, he had an idea and turned it into a dream.Having a dream transports you out of the frustrations of the present into thepossibilities of the future.Having a dream gives you a great reason to wake up every day because if youdo not have one you are pursuing, sleeping becomes very interesting andchallenges seem so insurmountable when they come because there is no hope,no dream…just darkness and emptiness….so get a dream, create an idea…You need not ask, “How do I start?”I am here to show you how.Some people have created ideas already and are working on it right now butthey are encountering obstacles making many people mock them and scorntheir efforts.It may take time; people may mock you, spite you and laugh at you but just…………….BE LIKE GOD. 2
  5. 5. You may ask, “How can I become like God?”To be like God, we need to act like God and understand what he did in thecircumstances in which he found himself,….like in the many challengingcircumstances we also find ourselves, as individuals and would-be businesspeople….But first of all, we must understand the power deposited within us. Ashumans, we are empowered to be just like God.We were created as spirit beings, living in a body and possessing a soul andthis soul holds the great forces of our mind, our will and our emotions.God breathe the same creative spirit that moved upon the face of the watersinto you and the Bible says man became a living soul. Only very few mencome anywhere close to exhausting the resources dwelling within them…thathave been deposited by God.There are deep wells of strength in all of us that have never been used.Wealth… therefore can only be created through deep thought processes,meditation, prayer, planning and particularly, the will to achieve what youhave conceived.What you conceive is simply your idea, multiplied by an effort driven value –your effort here, comprises of your energy and a consistent push of your ideain form of product to as many people as possible.A consistent persistence in this attitude and way of life will bring about adefinite winning streak, creating wealth for you beyond your wildestimaginations. 3
  6. 6. ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS A TOOL FOR CREATING WEALTH FROM NOTHINGPeople living in this part of the world often consider it a challenge to becomefinancially successful because of the peculiarity of our socio- economic environment.But then, looking from the other side, you will realize our socio-economic problemsare actually the opportunities we need to make it. All we need is to convertopportunities into value – adding ideas. There and then, will the journey ofentrepreneurship begin!In the words of Albert Einstein, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try tobecome a man of value.” When you create value that satisfy someones needs ordesires and the person is willing to pay for such value over and over again, you are onyour way to becoming an entrepreneur and creating wealth.Entrepreneurship is simply defined as a system or process that creates value whichsolves problems.I will define the keywords to broaden your perspective on entrepreneurship.· Create – this is imagination in bringing something new into existence· Value – it is something of importance that fulfills desires or provides a need· Solve – It is the process involved in making something easier or providing a need· Problem – It is a situation that demands solution· System/Process – It is an organized dynamic pattern or structureSimply solve a problem.God created you to solve a problem. Why did you buy a car? It solved a transportationproblem. Why do you watch the news each evening on television? It solves aninformation problem.Why did God create you? He created you to solve human problems.• Mechanics solve car problems• Dentists solve tooth problem• Lawyers solve legal problems• Mothers solve emotional problems• Accountants solve tax problems• Ministers solve human problems 4
  7. 7. God is the solution to mankind and you are like God. Four simple words liebehind every successful product, service or personal incentive and they arebuilding a better world.Gods sole aim was for beauty, peace, fruitfulness and the sheer betterment ofall of humanity.Therefore, you are created to be a solution to somebody… You just have to ask;who is that person? Where is that person? What does that person need? Howdo I create and deliver what that person needs? And multiply what you have tooffer by how many people you want to reach and how far you want to go, thisequates to WEALTH.How Then Do We Create Wealth From Nothing?The answer………………………………Have – an – idea. Your idea is what fuels entrepreneurship and it begins with creating the Idea,converting the idea to a value adding business and making the businessgenerate the wealth.The first process is CREATING THE IDEA and you can create ideas from a lotof circumstances.Many people complain to me about their inability to generate sound,productive ideas and I help them…..But in reality, there are no shortages of ideas and opportunities but there is ashortage of people who can identify them…………People with a seventh sense combined with the courage and vision to dosomething about it. While some others have embarked on certain ideas andlost money or gained many negative experiences,Some others have money and resources but no viable idea to invest in….why?Are their minds dead? I dont think so… but they need to learn how to be,think and create…like God. 5
  8. 8. Well…….where there is life there is hope. So… stop crying and wipe your tears. Learnthe lessons and discard the details. You certainly cant produce better ideas when youare bitter about past failures.Remember……….yesterdays failure is in the tomb – so bury it but tomorrowssuccess is in the womb – so nurture it. We all need to get out of the pains of yesterdayand step into the gains of tomorrow. Nobody goes forward looking backward andyour best days are before you not behind.Your prophecy is more powerful than your history. So once again………take a chanceat your future and forget your failures. Some of these circumstances we must be opento include the following; • Experiences and opportunities Your experiences are pointers to what you can create or ideas you can chose to develop. We have seen many people travelling overseas and return with almost similar brands with what they saw there. Your pain, rebellion and disgust of a particular situation can be a pointer to an idea you can begin to work on right now. For example, Otunba Ghadaffi, the Shit Merchant saw the need for outdoor toilet facilities which was lacking at large gatherings and his answer to that need was the DMT while the young business man Owoeye Azazi noticed that this same idea could be better enhanced to cater for VIP needs at large gatherings and imported a first-class air-conditioned outdoor toilet service which he spotted abroad, creating Posh Potties toilet services. Ideas are everywhere, what are your experiences and opportunities? Your next idea could come from there. • Fun time and Adventures What you love to do during your leisure can be the beginning of a lifelong business. It could be anything from dancing, writing, cooking to exercising and healthy living. It is all around you, all you need do is make a business of your pleasure time. Almost all Nigerians that own night clubs have one thing in common – they love night life. So are you shocked at their business choices? They would rather work at night and sleep during the day. Weird, to you maybe,… but not to them. • Critical Thinking and creative thinking Your creativity can generate an idea of a lifetime, so how creative are you? Your critical and creative thinking may allow you come up with a product people dont even know they need until they see it. This happened in succession in recent times with Apple incorporateds I-products. It happens every year in the fashion industry and you can also make it happen for you. 6
  9. 9. • Needs You can come up with ideas because of a personal need or one you think needs to be met. For example, Larry Izamoje the founder of Brilla fm, saw the need for a sports only radio station, starting off in his house. He has developed the most focused media house in Nigeria today. Also, the Murray Bruce clan saw the need to revamp the cinema culture which once thrived in the 70s. The Silverbird Galleria was a total sellout when it was launched because people needed to satisfy their cravings for American styled outdoor entertainment. • Problems: There are political, social, spiritual, economic, financial problems etc. Linus Okorie created Guardians of The Nation International, GOTNI to satisfy a need for a less corrupt and oppressive political system. Ndidi Nwuneli saw a social porousity in Nigerias leadership and accountability and created LEAP Africa to cater for these by influencing the youth through positive program delivery system. The hustler selling CDs on a mobile truck believes he would make more money if he moves around more while our financial need is helping us explore many possibilities to attaining wealth. So what is your need? • Conversations During simple or stimulating conversations, ideas can pop into our heads concerning things we ought to do but most times, we put it off. Become more attentive to your conversations and those of others and watch the ideas you can pull out from them. • Talent Your talent is an easy way to launch yourself into an entrepreneurial journey as we can see it working and gradually growing in the Nigeria today with artistes, actors, actresses, dancers, photographers, make-up artistes, comedians etc thriving by pursuing their talents. • Challenges Your challenges can push you so hard to the wall that you are willing to look for profitable ideas until you find one.The second process is CONVERTING THE IDEA TO A VALUE ADDING BUSINESS • Convert the idea created to a product or service that fits a researched market • Create a business plan for the idea • Attach a measurable monetary value to product or service • Market the product or service to a target market 7
  10. 10. For any idea to succeed you must involve People as supporters, partners, customers,workers, advisers, investors, bankers and more. Great business people know that acquiringand keeping people is a leaders most important task. A business cannot increase itsproductivity but people can. The asset that truly appreciates within an organization ispeople.The growth potential of your idea is directly related to the potential and strength of itssupporters, partners, customers, workers, advisers, investors and bankers. A companycannot grow without until people grow within.The third process is CONVERTING THE IDEA TO A VALUE ADDING BUSINESS bydriving the business with strategic skills such as: • Prayer Separation makes for mental resourcefulness, fertility and prowess. So set yourself apart from the crowd. • Plan and set goals A plan is nothing; planning is everything. Planning is the arrangement of facts to achieve your set objectives and before you start a business, strategic planning is first required. Remember that every well-built house started with a definite plan in the form of blueprints and one good idea with an organized plan can jettison anyone into financial success. So begin to plan on how to make your idea a success but a genuine planner, plans within available resources. • Vision A vision is a glimpse of the end, a view of your purpose in life; what you see yourself become; simply put, a living picture of your future. There is one quality that one must possess to win and that is definiteness of purpose, it is the knowledge of what one wants and a burning desire to possess it. Oprah Winfrey said “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe.” • Good leadership Leadership is the organizing and coordinating of resources, energies and relationships in a productive context for an intended result. Some people think leadership skills should only be learnt by governors or presidents but no it should be embraced by all. Each one of us will be a leader at some point in our lives whether we lead a family, a group of friends, a larger group or a major segment of society, each of us will act in ways to influence others. You must also gain this skill for the daily enhancement of your business goals. 8
  11. 11. • Hard work Wealth is acquired by those who are motivated by desire and willing to work hard for what they want. If you have a dream, pursue it. If you have an idea, bring it to reality. Dont let it go and dont give it up without a fight.• Discipline Self discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it whether you feel like it or not.• Commitment A major key to success in life and to attaining that which you deeply desire is to be completely released and throw all there is of yourself into your idea. The quality of a persons life is determined more by their commitment to excellence than by any other factor, no matter what the external circumstances. Be committed to your dream.· Quality Service It does not matter what size of business you have, if you will give it a service orientation far above anticipated gains, you will hit unimaginable results. If you want to increase the quality and quantity of your rewards, you must increase the quality and quantity of your contribution. Your contribution is your service and you must hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself.• Management Acquire management skills from individuals that have either done the same thing or something similar, they have lessons that you can learn from and take your idea to the next level.• Integrity True integrity is making good choices consistently, keeping agreements with yourself, persisting through the tough times and being 100% accountable for your results.• Creativity You must develop creative thinking skills because creative thinking is what generates ideas and the more you know how to generate creative ideas, the more successes you record. Forget fable wives tales and celebrity gossip going around town, forget too much and unnecessary football score arguments on who will win the premier league going around town, its certainly not going to be you so think of what to do to bring your ideas to life and put more money into your pocket. Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. 9
  12. 12. • Optimism Your mind is the comptroller general of your destiny. Investing high optimism in it will bring your ideas to reality. • Dynamism You must be dynamic. Dynamism is the ability to remain full of energy and new ideas. It enables you remain flexible will still producing the best results in order to reach your goals. • Obsession Be obsessed with your dreams, the secret of success is constancy of purpose. Develop a mad burning passion to birth your dream and achieve the success you desire.As the business begins to earn profits, invest back into the business idea, there areunlimited opportunities waiting to be tapped so dont squander your newly acquiredresources in acquiring new toys.Pay your tithe which is ten percent of your earnings to ensure others benefit from Godsblessings in your life, save ten percent of profit and expand business reasonably to moremarket segmentsYou must become financially savvy, by spending wisely and create an effective budget forall of your projects. Keep the accounts tidy by maintaining a consistent cash flow.Continuously identify more opportunities and strategies to drive your business idea.THE TRUTH:You need knowledge to create wealth!When you see a man who walks on the streets with so much inelegance, who lives his lifein fear of the future, who gets worried about minor challenges, then two things could beresponsible. It is either he has an empty pocket or he has an empty head. If you see a man who goes with so much confidence while he walks or drives along thestreet, who is not disturbed when he suffers losses, who is not easily frightened by awfulsituations and who lives his life with so much ease, then two things could be responsiblefor his behavior. It is either he has a lot of money stored up in his bank account or he hasso much knowledge stored up in his mind.Like Bill Gates, the seed to your success and wealth may be locked away in a scientificmanual you feel less than interested to open, it may be locked away in biographies ofbusiness greats or established corporations. Success in a particular business depends forone thing upon your possessing in a well-developed state the faculties required in thatbusiness. Commitment to personal and continuous improvement is key to reaching yourpotential and to being successful. Each day you can become a bit better than you wereyesterday. 10
  13. 13. If you employed study, thinking and planning time daily, you could develop and use thepower that could change the course of your destiny. It puts you one step closer to yourpotential and you will also find that what you get as the result of your growth is notnearly as important as what you become along the way.Therefore, in order to create wealth you must be knowledgeable about everything goingon in the world as they will inspire the growth of your business in unimaginable ways.PEOPLE WHO CREATED WEALTH FROM NOTHINGThe Proverbs 31 Woman: The life of the Proverbs 31 woman encapsulates the whole ideaof entrepreneurship. Her culture of self discipline and her ability to contravene certaincultural norms gave her an edge over women of her day. Many things are written abouther industriousness but one thing points to this topic, which is, “She seeks wool, and flaxand works willingly with her hands”, this is entrepreneurship, and she started fromnothing. She didnt go about seeking employment; she wanted to be her own boss. Shealready had skill so she went about seeking raw materials in order to make linen. She isactive and has an open mind to the things happening in the world. She is an astuteinvestor seeking avenues to grow the income of her family like starting variousbusinesses. She works through the night, she is not idle and she was called blessed by allmeaning, she became wealthy. Please read Proverbs 31:10-31.Fred Smith was 27 when he founded FedEx. His idea occurred to him when he wrote aterm paper for an economics class in which he outlined an idea for a transportationcompany that will guarantee an overnight delivery of small, time-sensitive goods,replacement parts and medical supplies to major US cities. Although the Professor wasnot impressed awarding the paper a D, smith was certain he was on to something thoughit took him a while before he could turn his ideas to reality. Today, FedEx is a $32 billionglobal transportation and logistics company serving over 220 countries and territories.Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, got really fired up andstarted regardless of what he had. Sanders had money problems like everyone else whenhe was first building Kentucky Fried Chicken: left almost broke after his first restaurantwas sold at an auction, Sanders had nothing but his check of $105 per month from socialsecurity. He was not born into a rich family. He spent much of his youth living andworking out on his own, trying to support himself and stay off the streets but he didntlet that stand in the way of his future success. In fact, his experiences as a young boytaught him how to make do with what he had available to him and it were precisely thatattitude that was able to lift KFC off the ground. His success proves that it does not take alarge initial investment to launch a business. By making do with what he had – a car, agarage, his wife to assist and a meager social security check – he slowly began to buildone of Americas most successful companies. 11
  14. 14. Toyosi Akerele, a young enigmatic entrepreneur very passionate about youth developmentstarted the company, RISE poised to empower young people through a magazine and have growninto a strategic youth development and Printing company serving up to 1 million youth in 15Nigerian cities and several top corporations and institutions raking in millions of naira everyyear. What she had was just an idea…she thought like God, started with an idea from nothingand God came through for her, making her grow in leaps and bounds. What are you waiting for?You can maximize Real OpportunitiesYou can build a mega business and create wealth from these, right now……. • SMS Marketing • Face book Marketing • Information Sales • Laundry • Investment Club • Seminar Production • Event planning • Ad Letter publishing • Make Up Artist • Idea developmentJust Think! Of which suits you and Act Now!If you dont like any, create your own. It is right in you, in your mind and in your thoughts. Somake it happen.After you have conceived the idea then you must take steps to achieving your dreams. There issomething that you have that is called Real Opportunity which can help you create wealth – findit! • Whoever you are, start with what you have, where you are, whatever it is – just start. Soon, you will overcome the first obstacle. • Set goals on what you intend to start and how you plan to grow. You will reach your goal when your passion and desire become so strong as to rise out of your body like steam from a pot of hot boiling water. After this presentation and you have not decided to start now – Go get a JOB by which you know what that means-you remain Just Over Broke.These are some simple ways which I have used to create wealth from nothing. By coming up withideas that I didnt really need money to start, I made my very first one million naira.Proofreading Personally, I have very strong English skills and exceptional grammar, so Ideveloped my ability to help people proofread their work either business or personal scripts andmade some good money out of it? An opportunity to work as a proofreader from home gives youa chance to work from home. Advertising for this can be difficult but seek out those who mightactually be able to use your services and advertise directly to them. 12
  15. 15. Public speaking If youre the type of person who can get the attention of a room easily, publicspeaking might be for you. Take advantage of every public speaking opportunity you can andyoull be surprised at the opportunities that make themselves available for you. My ability tocommunicate effectively has brought about the most outstanding results for me in all of mypursuits in life, garnering me speaking engagements in churches, business seminars andtrainings across the world.Writer I realized very early that I am a good writer and I used it to my advantage, writing greatpoems and articles. For the poetry, I formed a club called Breeze mind poetry and dance clubwhich indirectly brought me money. As a writer, one of my write up won me the 2006 World Bank100 best authors award and consequently fetching me a good income to launch my business e-book CD, which made me my first one million naira.Publicity My natural communication power endeared me towards media oriented platforms. Ibegan asking people and companies for their businesses which included poster pasting, handbillsharing, submitting business introduction letters and event promotions. All these led me to gointo the sms marketing business.SMS Marketing I started an sms marketing business by walking up the a company called in Ogba and asked if I could market their sms product, they agreed. I did thateffectively and then gathered enough money to start my own, which I called, thisbrought me money also as a young business man.E-book Marketing I in partnership with a friend, created a 30 in 1 business e-book bydownloading free resource materials from the internet. It was a huge sell-out, making me a youngmillionaire overnight.Training I started by promoting other peoples workshops and seminars and afterwards I becamea trainer myself, by a constant self development process. I was able to package and create my ownworkshops. The cheapest fee I receive as a trainer today is N150, 000:00.Proposal Writing I personally trained myself in proposal writing and over the years, I have beenable to make over two million naira writing proposals for various clients which includeindividuals, small businesses and governments.Business Plan Writer One of my passions is to help people structure an effective plan to helpdrive their businesses, so I learnt the art of business plan writing first to support myself as ayoung entrepreneur who was chased out of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce office because Iwent to make inquiries on how to write a business plan as I was about to embark on a publicitybusiness, I called City Bells, they told me to go to school instead of chasing shadows – I was just19. But becoming like God is in our ability to chase the impossible – thanks to the internet, Ifound and and I learnt how to craft a most convincing businessplan and I help others do the same and get paid for it. 13
  16. 16. Idea Creation Today My major business which doubles as my company is to think, create andexecute ideas and strategies for people, businesses, institutions and governments. This alone hasmade us consult for more than 30 small businesses and over 100 individuals across Nigeria since2007.There is an idea in you that is connected to your skill, talents and ability. All you have to do is towake that idea up….just like the genie in the lamp…..your idea can bring you any amount ofwealth you want…Become the Aladdin now by commanding the hidden treasures of your mind.Rules govern the world, just as much as rules govern wealth creation, my candid advice andsuggestion is to passionately and deliberately hearken to these ten commandments of wealth andthey are…. 1. Thou shalt remember the Lord thy God for it is He that giveth the power to get wealth. 2. Thou shalt trust in the Lord thy God with all thy heart, leaning not on your own understanding. 3. Poverty is ungodly, therefore shalt thou revoke every resolution you have made to be poor. 4. Thou shalt abhor poverty and sin with passion and desire the blessings of the Lord. 5. Thou shalt not engage thyself in idleness, but shall work with thine hands, the things that enhance wealth. 6. Thou shalt do thy work with all diligence so that thou mayest find favour before God and men. 7. Thou shalt not heap up wealth for ungodly use but shall honour the Lord with thy substance. 8. Thou shalt not acquire wealth by dishonest means; neither shalt thou oppress the poor with thy riches. 9. Thou shalt hold the power of knowledge in high regard and shalt explore the power of inspiration. 10. Thou shalt use thy wisdom and thy wealth for the work of God and for the benefit of mankind. 14
  17. 17. Are you ready to BE LIKE GOD?Well …you can start becoming like Him right now.But first you must become this in your mind and it resides in your attitude. Attitude is the firstquality that marks the successful man. The greatest discovery of our generation is that people canalter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession ofanything else to which he is justly entitled. Nothing can stop the man with the right mentalattitude from achieving his dreams and also, nothing can help the man with the wrong mentalattitude.If you have a positive attitude and are a positive thinker, who likes challenges and difficultsituations, then you have half your success achieved. And when your attitude, your strongconviction, your positive definition, affirms your position as a god, then your attitude out distanceyour abilities and the impossible becomes possible.In conclusion, remember these; to create wealth from nothing you must find a need or create anidea, convert it into a product or service, market it to your phone contacts first, start now, now, now,behold you are an entrepreneur ready to create wealth.I will end with this quote by my friend, David Charima, A leadership consultant, He said, noteverybody is a poor person but the only poor person in this world is the person without an idea.It is time to kick out poverty.My business is to help individuals, businesses and institutions think, create and execute ideas andstrategies.So contact me for your business, sponsorship, project and marketing proposals, also we create andpackage ideas and innovative strategies. 15
  18. 18. I AM DLM David Lanre Messan The Innovation Strat - Artist I am DLM – David Lanre MessanFind me on facebook by simply searching for David Lanre Messan or go LIKE my fan page by the name The Innovation Strategist. Or visit my blog: David Lanre Messan is an Innovation Strategist fast rising in Africa. Tel: +2348035776246 |+2348057125280 |+2347043571577 Email: | f Lanremessan @ideastrategist in david lanre messan Infinite Impact Idea Studio: Ground Floor, Mintydale House 45 Berkley Street, Lagos. Website: Email :, Telephone : 08035776246, 07025530933, 07043571577, 01-6625717
  19. 19. Be LikeGod Written bydavid Lanre Messan