Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Inflation refers to a general increase in the price of goods and services over a period of time, usually a year. It is measured as a percentage increase from a previous level. According to the budget handed down by the government last week, inflation is expected to be about 5.5% in 2015. This means that prices will be that much higher than they have been in 2014.

Inflation affects different people in different ways. I would like to discuss how inflation will affect salaried people in general and public servants in particular.

People who work for salaries and wages earn set fortnightly incomes. What they receive is fixed over a year, and sometimes for 3 or more years. With a given income, they buy a certain basket of goods and services to maintain their living standards. Depending on their standards and costs, some people save money consistently while others find that they cannot save anything at all. Most working people find that money runs out before the next payday comes around.

When the prices of goods and services increase, working people find that they cannot buy the same quantity or basket of goods as they could do previously. They need to spend more money in order to maintain their living standards. Many times they are forced to go for lower quality goods.

To understand the effect of inflation more clearly, let us take the simple example of a packet of 1 kg Trukai rice which costs K4.50 in 2014. With inflation of 5.5% in 2015, the same packet of rice will rise by K0.25, taking the total price to K4.75. A housewife would need 25 toea more for every kilogram of rice she purchases for her household next year. If it is a 10 kg bag for a family for a fortnight, the housewife would spend K2.50 more for each bag or K65.00 [K2.50 x 26 fortnights] over the course of the year.

Inflation is usually seen as an increase in prices, and it is, but it can also be seen as a decline in the value of money against goods and services. Taking our 10 kg rice example, we see that the bag of rice remains the same while the amount of money needed to purchase it increases. What this effectively means is that money has fallen in value against rice, so more of it is needed to buy the same quantity of rice.

The same can be said for all the other items a family buys. When added together, a family will need so much more to maintain the same basket of goods they were buying, and therefore their quality of life, than they were doing previously. It is also the same as them experiencing a pay cut.

The government has budgeted for a 7.5% increase in public servant salaries and wages in 2015. This sounds like a significant pay rise, but when inflation of 5.5% is taken into account, the real rise in income will be only 2%. And that is if inflation is 5.5% as predicted. The reality might be that prices rise higher than 5.5%, in which case the real rise in income might be less than 2% or even be negligible.

Another issue is income tax. The pay rise will definitely change the tax brackets for which income tax is calculated, and it is most likely going to mean increased taxes for a lot of workers. It will effectively be like the government giving the workers a pay rise on the one hand, and giving itself a pay rise on the other. When we consider goods and services tax of 10%, it might be the case that the government takes back more than it gives to its workers.

So the 7.5% pay rise may look impressive, but when inflation and tax are considered, it will not mean much for working families.

The purpose of this article is not to belittle or downplay the pay rise the government will be giving to its hard working employees next year. Everyone will agree that given the high costs of living, any increase in income is a welcome relief for struggling workers and their families.

What I do like to point out is the need for prudence on the part of the wage earners. Prices are expected rise by at least 5.5% in 2015; and they will continue to rise in the years to come because inflation is one of the necessary consequences of economic growth, development and progress.

The message to government workers is this: The 7.5% pay rise is a one-off event which will not be repeated. Gone are the days when compensation was provided every year for higher prices. When prices rise again in 2016, this pay increase will get wiped out completely. Income tax and GST will aggravate the depletion of workers’ incomes and living standards even further.

What workers need to do is to manage their lives and habits, and hence their money, more wisely than they have done up to now. In plain terms, the times for throwing money around are well and truly over.

It is time for every working class family in the country to tighten their belts, so to speak. It is time to shed bad habits like chewing betel nuts, smoking, gambling, drinking and borrowing unnecessarily. It is also time to do away with a lot of the out of date and expensive customary practices which are a major burden on workers in 21st century PNG. It is time for each family to set financial goals, develop budgets, live below their means, save and invest.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


This is part of Chapter 4 of my book "You Cannot Serve God And Money". The chapter title is "Kingdom Economics: Why The Economic System Of The Kingdom Of God Is Different And Superior To The World's System".

The modern education system, where children leave their homes to learn from a teacher in a classroom, was introduced by industrialists during the Industrial Revolution. Schools were introduced to produce workers to work for the rich and soldiers to protect the assets of the rich. Prior to that children learnt from their parents at home to operate as self-employed entrepreneurs.

Education as we know it today is essentially about programming and conditioning people to look for jobs and therefore work for other people. Students start off as generalists and end up as specialists the further they make it up the educational ladder. Industry demands that people know as much as they can about a particular area, because the workplace is designed for specialization. So students know more and more about less and less until they become experts in a particular area.

The ultimate goal for education and training is for people to trade their energy, skills, knowledge and time for money. Who has the money? The answer is: The government and business people (the rich). The employment contract is used by rich people to entice workers and keep the employees working for them in exchange for salaries and other benefits. When it comes to payday, the workers find to their horror that a large portion of their income goes to the government in the form of income taxes. A large portion of the tax dollars then gets transferred to rich people through a myriad of government-sponsored programs and projects in the name of service delivery or defense.

Of the balance of the income which the working class receive from their employers, the second biggest expense is rent which the workers pay to the owners of the houses, flats, apartments and condos they live in. Who owns these buildings? The rich! That is why the real estate market is generally not regulated, and rental rates are high. Why would rich people want to pass laws that will curtail their objective of squeezing as much money out of working people by way of exorbitant rentals?

The third biggest expense (for some people it may be the first or second) is debt repayment. The working class are generally up to their necks in debt. Who do the poor and working class borrow from? The rich!

What is left is spent on food, transport, utilities and other necessities – all of which are supplied by the rich. Who sets the prices for these items? The rich! Not only do the rich set their base prices: When costs of production increase, they raise their prices by more than the rise in costs. Some even raise their prices for no reason other than to maximize profits. So the rich use inflation to transfer wealth from the poor and working class to themselves.

I do not know what you will make of this, but here is something G. Edward Griffin stated in his book titled The Creature from Jekyll Island:

“The purpose of the foundation [the General Education Board] was to use the power of money, not to raise the level of education in America, as was widely believed at the time, but to influence the direction of education…The object was to use the classroom to teach attitudes that encourage people to be passive and submissive to their rulers. The goal was – and is – to create citizens who were educated enough for productive work under supervision but not enough to question authority or to seek to rise above their class. True education was to be restricted to the sons and daughters of the elite. For the rest it would be better to produce skilled workers with no particular aspirations other than to enjoy life.”

The General Education Board of America was set up by John D. Rockefeller in 1903, supposedly to advance the cause of the peoples’ education. The creature from Jekyll island is the US Federal Reserve System, which is a private and secretive banking cartel that performs the role of reserve or central banking to the American banking and financial system. The people who set up the education system created the US Federal Reserve System 10 years later in 1913. Griffin alleges in his book that the education system in America was designed by the ultra-rich and powerful to keep the people ignorant of financial education - which is “true education” - which the children of rich people would receive at home.

If we look intently into the results the education system has produced in the lives of the academically educated and literate but financially uneducated and illiterate working class all over the world, we would realize that what Griffin says is credible. Generally, the working class works for the rich all their lives without making any progress in their own lives! They work for money, buy things and seemingly enjoy life, and get nowhere. Having a paid job is akin to slavery. In the days of slavery, the slave owners would feed and house the slaves, and extract the slaves’ time and energy for free, without the slaves making any progress in life. It was a life of comfort and ease for the master and drudgery for the slaves.

Today, workers do get paid, but the pay is usually just enough for them to survive from payday to payday. As we have seen, the money ends up back in the hands of the rich. The general experience of the working class over a period of some 40 years, which many have come to refer to as the ‘rat race’, is:

1. Go to work;
2. Get paid;
3. Pay taxes, debts and bills; and
4. Go back to work.

It is like jogging on a treadmill – a financial treadmill. The reading on the machine indicates how many hours someone has been running and how many miles or kilometers, and the person can feel the physical effects of sweat and loss of energy on the body, but has that person actually gone somewhere? The answer is “No”. After spending so many years working for the government or corporations, the majority of workers end up broke and fall back on charity or government support programs (e.g. pensions, social security and superannuation) once they reach retirement and old age.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


This is part of Chapter 1 of my book "You Cannot Serve God And Money."

A silent war goes on in the hearts of Christians all over the world. In their hearts they really want to serve God by giving more of their time and money to His work and even serving in the ministry full-time. Most Christians also wish that every day was a day of worship, when they can sing songs of praise and worship, hear the Word of God, and just relax in the presence of God.

I have attended many camps, conventions and conferences over the years and one thing I have noticed is that most people bid each other goodbye with tears in their eyes as the meetings end. They had enjoyed each other’s company and fellowship in the atmosphere of praise and worship so much that they feel sad about parting to return to their homes. Being in the meetings was like being in heaven, while returning home is like returning to earth after a short stint in heaven.

The problem is that although people desire to serve God or linger in His presence, they are forced to return to their normal course of life because of the need to work for money in order to put food on their tables and meet other living expenses. They are pulled in two directions: On the one hand they want to dwell in the presence of God longer, while on their other, money tugs at their hearts. The need to work for money to sustain and achieve other goals in life both lures and drags people out of the presence of God.

This unseen war between God and money in the hearts of Christians is the reason Jesus made the statement in Matthew 6:24, where He said:

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

The Living Bible’s translation of the same statement in Luke 16:13 says:

“For neither you nor anyone else can serve two masters. You will hate one and show loyalty to the other, or else the other way around – you will be enthusiastic about one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

As this is the key verse upon which this book is based, let me quote it one more time from the Amplified Version. This version of Matthew 6:24 says:

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in or relied upon).”

To serve means to work for someone as a servant or slave with loyalty and to wait upon someone to receive instructions from with the intention or predisposition to obey. It also means to honor, show affection for, love, revere, submit to, bow down or worship, to show affection for, trust, obey and rely upon someone. We cannot serve God and money. It is either God or money, not God and money.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


I have been busy with my new book titled “You Cannot Serve God And Money.” The sub-title is “But You Can Make Money Serve You While You Serve God.” It is based on Matthew 6:24 (also Luke 16:13), in which Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.” The word Mammon refers to money, wealth, riches and material possessions.

The crux of the book is that both God and money are important in man’s life, but man must make money serve him so that he is free to serve God without money interfering with his devotion to God. In other words, money becomes a servant of man, and man becomes a servant of God: It serves him, and he serves Him.

The book is divided into three parts and twenty chapters, excluding the introduction and conclusion chapters. The first part of the book discusses the importance of a mind-set of abundance. Part 2 discusses 5 Biblical principles or ‘guard rails’ for handling money, wealth, riches and possessions. It also has a bonus chapter on who is a truly rich person in the sight of God. Having discussed mind-set and principles, Part 3 looks at practical for ways of making money work.
The idea, again, is that because we cannot serve God and money, we must make money serve us so that we can serve God.
Here are the chapter titles:

Chapter One: You Can Make Money Serve You While You Serve God
Chapter Two: A Renewed Mind Is Necessary For Abundance
Chapter Three: Mind-sets Of The Rich And The Poor
Chapter Four: Myths About Money That Keep Christians In Poverty
Chapter Five: Kingdom Economics: Why The Economic System Of The Kingdom Of God Is Superior To The World’s System
Chapter Six: Millionaires Of The Bible And How They Handled Wealth And Riches
Chapter Seven: God Is Rich Beyond Measure

Chapter Eight: Material Prosperity Is God’s Will For You
Chapter Nine: God Wants You To Love And Serve Him, Not Money
Chapter Ten: God Wants You To Become A Faithful And Fruitful Steward Of All His Blessings
Chapter Eleven: God Wants You To Be Content With What He Has Blessed You
Chapter Twelve: God Wants You To Be A Blessing To His Kingdom And The World
Chapter Thirteen: Being Rich Toward God

Chapter Fourteen: Sixteen Tips For Prudent Management Of Personal Finances
Chapter Fifteen: Making Money Serve You: Investment Vehicles
Chapter Sixteen: Making Money Serve You Through Business
Chapter Seventeen: Making Money Serve You Through Real Estate
Chapter Eighteen: Making Money Serve You Through Equities
Chapter Nineteen: Making Money Serve You Through Fixed Income Investments
Chapter Twenty: Seven Steps To Making Money Serve You

I have prayed over this book many times that it will be a source of information and blessing to the body of Christ throughout the world. My plan is to have it published in the United States initially followed by Australia and the United Kingdom, and market it as a self-published book both off and on line in the form of hard copies and an electronic book. Profits from the book and related products such as audios and DVDs will be split as follows: 20% to world evangelism; 20% to community development project in my country through my non-profit foundation; 10% to churches in my country, and the balance for investment in properties. Profits from these investments will be split in the above order. It is a practical way of activating the message in the book.

I am looking forward to the day when the book is published and launched in America in 2015.
Further information and updates can be obtained by emailing me at

Friday, October 17, 2014


There are 6 common bad money habits which you need to be aware of and avoid if you desire to succeed financially.

Habit # 1: Impulse buying
When you work and have money in your pocket, there will be this urge in you to go out and spend the money. The urge to spend will usually be very strong that it will be hard for you to sit back. This is the experience of most working people. It is as if the money just wants to go out and bring things home to you.

Even if you do not intend to spend money, you will be tempted to do so when you enter shops. Your eyes will catch something which you did not think of and did not plan to spend money on. Even if you go window shopping, you are most likely going to end up actually shopping.

Habit # 2: Desire for instant gratification
Along with impulse buying comes the desire for instant gratification. This is the urge you feel to buy something now, without delay.

We see the desire for instant gratification in children all the time. When they have money in their hands, they want to spend it. When parents take them to the shops and they see things, they want the parents to buy the items for them that very moment. They do not care if the parents do not have the money to buy the items. They want the things now, and will do anything from crying and screaming to just sitting on the shop floors and refusing to move, until they have the items in their hands.

My advice for conquering the desire for instant gratification is this: if you see something and feel the urge to buy it right there and then, go away and think it through. Stay away for a few days and then go back. You will be surprised how much you do not like it as you did the first time you saw it.

Habit # 3: Unnecessary spending
Many families in Papua New Guinea suffer financially because they spend money on unnecessary items. At the top of my list of unnecessary items are alcohol, betel nuts and cigarettes. People do not realize that they spend a lot of money on these items for which they receive no benefit in terms of their health or their wealth. I call chewing, smoking, drinking and gambling as “addictions which add neither to your health nor your wealth”.
The amounts people spend on these items may seem very little – a little here, a little there - but when added up over a year, you will be surprised how much they have spent.

I know one family of 2 parents and 4 children who chew betel nuts every day. They chew on average 3 nuts per day. I worked out that they spend K1 each on 3 nuts, lime and mustard, or k3 per person per day. They could be spending K6,570 a year (K3 x 6 people x 365 days) without realizing it. The son dropped out of high school because the family could not pay his school fees. If they had just stopped chewing betel nuts, he could have continued his education without any problems.

In one of my financial freedom seminars a participant testified publicly that he spends at least K15 per day on betel nuts and cigarettes. To him, it was “only” K15. When we calculated what he was spending or rather wasting on an annual basis, he was shocked to find that the amount was something like K5,475. That’s a staggering amount, considering that he had been borrowing money every year to put his children in school.

Alcohol is a major problem in Papua New Guinea for people at all levels of society. Many people drink just to forget their problems. Others drink so that they can enjoy life with their friends. But the fact is, problems do not disappear when or after people get drunk, and there is no real enjoyment in alcohol. What is clear is that alcohol leads people into trouble, deeper debt, health and social problems.

Gambling is another major problem. The majority of working people participate in one way or another. The common forms of gambling are betting on horses and playing poker. Even politicians gamble, which is why parliament has to shut down when the Melbourne Cup race is on.

Make up your mind not to spend money on these unnecessary and unhealthy items. No one has ever become rich gambling or drinking.

Other unnecessary items commonly bought by young working people are things like fancy mobile phones, stereos, television sets, home entertainment systems, etc etc.

I have seen people buying these things on the first payday, and I have wondered whether they really needed them. I mean, when they did not have jobs, they could do without such items. But when they start working, suddenly these things become necessities.

I also see many parents buying toys, computer games and hand-held gadgets for their children. I often wonder what the kids learn when they play these games. To me these are unnecessary expenses. I stopped buying toys long ago, and computer games are taboo in our house. I’d rather the children read and do their homework than look at the TV screen and play games for hours.

Habit # 4: Buying to keep up with others
Most of us desire to be like other people around us. We are never satisfied with who we are and what we have. We are always looking at other people and wishing we were like them, have the things they have, and live the kind of lives they live.

Businesses understand this desire very well. That is why most companies spend large sums of money on advertising. If you look at these advertisements, you will usually see people enjoying a particular lifestyle, eating certain foods or wearing certain clothes and being in exotic places like luxury hotels and islands. The advertisements are designed to entice you to buy the items that are being advertised.

Their message is, “If you do not have these things, you are missing out on life.” It is called “consumer engineering”, and it forces people to spend their money just because someone suggested to them that they would live better.

You will definitely see your work mates and friends possessing certain things and seemingly enjoying life, and the temptation will arise to want to own the same things. When this happens, you must control yourself. You must again ask yourself whether the items you feel tempted to buy are needs or wants, assets or liabilities – for you. Do not look at how essential those things seem to other people. Ask yourself whether they are necessary for you.

If you do not exercise self-control, you will end up buying the items, not because you need them, but because your friends have them. Many people have bought such things with borrowed money. Not knowing how their friends acquired those things, they went ahead and borrowed just to have them, so that they could be like their friends. As Will Rogers observed, “A lot of people spend money they have not earned to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.” Don’t be one such person.

Do not try to emulate other people and their lifestyles. Or as some people say, “Do not try to keep up with the Joneses”. You are not competition with anyone as far as your lifestyle is concerned. Be yourself, and chart your own course in life.

Do not buy things just to look good in other peoples’ eyes. It is the desire to look good that ruins many people financially. Imagine if the whole world were blind. Do you think people would buy some of the things they buy? Would you buy them yourself? I guess not. And I propose that most peoples’ spending habits would experience a revolution.

The desire to be like others and look good in other peoples’ eyes, has sent millions of people all over the world into financial struggle and poverty, and continues to do so today. It will continue in future as long as people become dissatisfied with the way they are, want to become like others, and value the admiration of other people above their own financial destiny.

Habit # 5: Seasonal and emotional buying
There are certain times during the year when everyone seems to be buying things because it is the season. Newspapers, radio, television and supermarkets generate such hype that people become emotionally psyched up to just go out and buy things. Such seasons include Easter, Fathers’ Day, Mothers’ Day and Christmas.

Special times of observation and devotion such as Easter and Christmas have become highly commercialized. You hear Christmas carols being played on radio in all shops and see all kinds of toys, decorations and coloured lights being sold. These are all designed to entice you to part with your money. People care less that these are important days in the Christian calendar. All they are interested in is to use the occasion to squeeze more money out of unsuspecting consumers.

We Papua New Guineans look after and remember our parents every day. Sadly, today, an increasing number of people have allowed themselves to be programmed to remember their parents only once a year.

So much emotion and excitement is built up that most people feel they are missing out on something if they do not buy some of the items that go with the season. If you are wise, you will exercise self-control during these times and not buy just because everyone else seems to be doing it. You will realize later after the emotions have subsided, that you did not need the things after all. You will also realize that most of what is sold during these times is not durable. It is all artificial – including the flowers!

Habit # 6: Raising expenses to meet income
When you receive a pay rise or a sudden surge in income from commissions, bonuses, allowances and gifts, you will be tempted to go out and spend. The thought that this is extra money which you can afford to spend without feeling any financial pinch, is quite destructive.

Somebody observing this in most people has come up with a law that says, “Expenses rise to meet income.” In other words, the more money people have, the more they tend to spend. This tendency is as old as human history. Even King Solomon observed is his days: “When goods increase, they increase who eat them” (Ecclesiastes 5:11).

Despite the fact that people are coloured differently and live in different parts of the planet, they are essentially the same. When it comes to spending, almost the majority spend more when they have more. As incomes rise, so do expenses. It is as if money is only for spending.

If you want to follow the minority who succeed, you must not allow this to happen. Again, self-control is vital because the urge to spend can be overpowering.

I have seen people buying household items such as TVs, cars and stereos after a pay rise from a promotion or even an upward adjustment in income to compensate for increases in the consumer price index (CPI adjustments). Many of these people have actually buy the items on credit. They think that they are able to repay the loans with the new level of income. But they do not realize that their spending will lead to financial struggle in the future.

If you are aware of these main bad money habits and keep way from them, you will save yourself a lot of unnecessary headache and heartache.

* Tiri Kuimbakul is an economist, author and motivational speaker. He is creator of the ‘Seven Steps To Financial Freedom’ personal finance seminar which he runs for corporate organizations. He can be contacted on

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


This is the Introductory Chapter to the book.


Most students have one reason for doing well in school, which is to get a job after graduating with a diploma from a college or a degree from a university. Their parents tell them, “Study hard and score good marks so that you can graduate and get a high-paying job.”
However, this is but just one motivating reason. In this book I present eleven other reasons why I think students need to study hard while in school. These reasons are discussed in the twelve chapters of the book.


I have written this book because of the observation that people who succeed in life work hard because there is either one reason or several motivating reasons behind their actions. In other words, they have a burning reason or reasons for doing the things they do.

Where motive is not strong or compelling enough, people give up along the way. They may start well but run out of steam midway through the journey. They give up because the reason or reasons for taking action have not been forceful enough. Unless and until people become convinced about why they should act in a certain way, what they do will lack power and vitality.

As one of my mentors says, “Without a strong enough why, even the easiest how will be too hard.” What he means is that people who do not have a strong, burning reason for doing certain things will not take action even if it is the easiest thing to do.
A horse will drink water only if it is thirsty. If it is not thirsty, you can lead it to the water but it will not drink. You can force its head down so that its nose touches the water, but it will still not drink, because it is thirsty.

What this means for you as a student is this: You can learn as much as you can about how to score good marks, but if you do not have a good reason for scoring those marks, you simply will not study hard. Your parents can encourage, coax, bribe and even threaten you to get you to concentrate on your school work but if you do not understand why you should do so, you will refuse or pretend to work hard.

This is my first book of several books in the Academic Excellence Series. The second book will provide useful tips on how you can excel academically. But without understanding why it is important for you to study hard, you will just pass over the information in that book. So my intention is to provide you with the reasons why you should study hard and score good marks first, then I will discuss how you can do it.

Having a reason for doing something is like filling your tank with petrol before you go on a journey. An empty or half-full tank cannot take you far in your journey. Likewise, a weak reason for doing something will not take you far. You may start off well but lose all enthusiasm along the way, like it happens to most students who are excited about going to school at the beginning of the year but the interest wanes out as they go through the academic year.

I believe that students need a lot of motivation to stay focused throughout the whole course of their student lives during each individual academic year life. Being young and in many ways mentally and emotionally immature and weak, you are naturally vulnerable to a lot of attractions and distractions which can easily sway you from what you are really in school for, which is to succeed academically and graduate with an educational qualification that will empower you to live a good life. One of the ways to help you to stay on course is to present to you the benefits of working hard on the subjects you study.

I have met many students who think that they are doing their parents a favour by going to school and studying hard. But I want you to realize that you are doing yourself a huge favour. You go to school and study hard for your own good. It is for the kind of life you will live later that you go to school. Your parents pay school fees and meet other education-related expenses because it is their duty or responsibility to do so. They will not live long to see how you do in life. So it is really in your best interest that you go to school.

But for you to really comprehend that, you need to be presented with the benefits you will receive in life personally as a result of working hard in school. That is to say, you need convincing on the question, “What’s in it for me if I study hard and do well?” This book will hopefully answer that question.

The 12 reasons I present in this book are:

Reason # 1: You make your parents feel proud and honoured when you do well.

Reason # 2: You need to study hard to make it up the education system’s ladder.

Reason # 3: You can attract scholarships or sponsorships.

Reason # 4: Good marks will attract the attention and confidence of employers.

Reason # 5: You must do well seeing that the opportunity of being a student comes only once in life.

Reason # 6: By doing well, you demonstrate that you can survive in a competitive world.

Reason # 7: Studying hard is like sowing good seeds which will bear good fruits later in life.

Reason # 8: By studying hard in school, you can leave the world a better place than the one you were born into.

Reason # 9: Doing well in school can result in you setting a new course for future generations.

Reason # 10: Doing well and getting an educational qualification can open the world to you.

Reason # 11: Succeeding academically can bring you into contact with people you would otherwise never meet, who can help you get along in life.

Reason # 12: By working hard in school, you can lift yourself and your relatives out of poverty.

I believe these reasons to be very compelling, persuasive and motivating enough to convince you that studying hard in school has benefits for you individually as well as for your family and the nation at large.
I have six children, four of whom are currently in school. My wife and I always tell our children to do their best at school. But I have found that sometimes kids do not listen to their own parents. When somebody else talks to them, they tend to listen. I believe it is the same with you.

As a parent, I know that this book contains most of what your parents wish for you to hear and know. It exposes the heart of every parent in the country. I can visualize your parents giving this book to you at the beginning of every year and telling you, “Study hard this year. You have many good reasons to do so. You find those reasons in this book.”

I wish you success in your studies. I wrote this book because I know that you can do well. You have the ability to excel. You have the potential to do better than you have done up to this point in time. I believe in you; you must believe in yourself, and let this book inspire you to be determined to do your very best. You have twelve good reasons to do so.


In a world where jobs are fast disappearing, you need to think seriously about your survival. Can you afford to depend on jobs that have been created by other people? Are you safe depending on others for your livelihood? This book is based on the premise that you don't need a paid job to survive in the current turbulent times. You need to start your own business, and carve out your own destiny.

The book discusses 18 compelling reasons why you need to seriously consider starting your own business and becoming your own boss.


In Be Your Own Boss Volume I, I provided 18 reasons why you need to consider becoming self-employed and going into business for yourself. For the benefit of those who may not have read the book (and for those who have read it, it is always good to recap) the reasons were:

1. Jobs are scarce.
2. Jobs are not safe and secure.
3. Earn several income types.
4. Have multiple streams of income.
5. Have unlimited earning potential.
6. Achieve financial independence and freedom.
7 Gain control over time, one of your greatest resources.
8. Gain control over income, tax and life.
9. Leverage other peoples’ time and skills to get ahead.
10. Contribute to job creation.
11. Develop better money habits.
12. Make money work for you rather than you working for money.
13. Develop cost-consciousness and profit-mindedness.
14. Realise your potential.
15. Develop your “survivor’s instinct”.
16. Protect your assets.
17. Enjoy tax advantages available to the informal sector self-employed.
18. Enjoy tax advantages available to companies.

I have received many encouraging comments from people who read the book. I am also aware that several people have already resigned from work to start their own businesses. It was not my intention to have people resign from work, but I also know that you cannot read such a book and not get challenged. So I can understand why people have resigned from work to become self-employed. In fact, if I had read such a book when I held a job, I would have resigned too.

In case you have not read Volume I, I would encourage you to grab hold of a copy because it contains some very interesting information and life-changing ideas. You will also read my own personal story as an introduction to the book, which should motivate you and enable you to know that what I have presented in both books is based largely on personal experience.
Be Your Own Boss Volume II is a continuation of the discussion on the reasons for becoming self-employed. It starts with Reason Number 19, and provides 10 more reasons why you need to seriously consider becoming self-employed and minding your own business.
As I have reported, some people have testified that the book has challenged them to think seriously about starting their own small businesses, while several have already been inspired to launch out into the risky and deep waters of business.
One reader actually reported that he had made K60,000 in his first venture six weeks after reading Volume I. He had been employed for many years as an electrician but had never seen so much money in his life. After reading the book, he made his first attempt at being self-employed, and he landed a K60,000 contract.

He told me several months later that he was living in a new world. He likened his old life to those of the Europeans who believed that the world was flat, which caused them to fear venturing out too far in case they came to the end of the world and fell into an endless abyss. But when Christopher Columbus sailed to America and back, he proved that the world is round. This caused all other sailors to take long voyages and discover new worlds. Likewise, he was living in a new world which was closed to him because the only safe world he knew was one of working for others for his livelihood. Reading the book was like me having pushed him off his safety zone and into the deep sea, for which he was grateful, as now he is living a completely different life.
So from the feedback I have been receiving so far, I can confidently say that Volume I should have been sufficient to convince those that have read it about the possibilities and the potential benefits of being their own bosses. But in case it has not been convincing and persuasive enough, Volume II should ‘put the nail to the coffin’ as it were of any doubt or hesitation. It should push you over the edge of the cliff or the deep end of the sea.