“Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chain” is a quotation from Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712 – 1778) The Social Contract, French political philosopher. But I ask myself, was I really born free? Let’s see, at the time of my birth (early seventies), GDP per capita in Tanzania was $655; national external debt was $677m, amounting to $48 debt per head on every baby born in Tanzania then pop 14m (Ajayi et al, 2000)… was I really born free? you tell me!
(By the way, Tanzania external debt has risen to $5.3bn (2008), with population of 41m people, every person born in Tanzania today is born with at least $129 debt… I should remember to add this to my personal loans, credit cards and mortgage debts.)
The truth is I inherited more than just DNA from my parents (and parents’ parents). I should have been born free, but I grew up with not only national external (and internal debt) hovering over my head but also a way of thinking-mind-set, both from my immediate family and national paradigm (the old question, who we are today is it nature or nurture?)
I come from the family background where children are considered as investment-parents want payback from children they reared into society. So I have to fight to stand on my own feet not just for me and my children, but for my parents, my younger siblings and some extended family members whom my father/mother owes a favor.
Coming from such background, you will excuse me if I fight like a crazy man; I want to be free not just for me but to leave a legacy for my children and my children’s children. I don’t see or consider my children as investment. I consider it my duty (since they did not ask to be born off me) to make sure that I give them a head start in life-education, right mindset and capital.
The most wise King who ever lived, King Solomon, was recorded saying, “a good man leaves inheritance to his children’s children” [Proverbs 13:22, NIV] so what does it mean if a man leave nothing or worse, debts to his children… let alone his children’s children.
One of the pre-requisites for financial freedom is a desire; your desire to become free must be strong… in fact, it must be an obsession. If you are to overcome your fears, pre-conditions habits and belief you must have strong desire rooted in a worthy call, cause or assignment.
Your motivation must be ABSOLUTE BURNING DESIRE to succeed and not the fear of failure. Your desire to succeed must be greater than your fear of failure if you are to be and do anything worthwhile in life. As you meditate, feed on and commit to writing your desire… it will begin to grow in you and expand into a worthwhile cause.
Don’t think of negative thoughts, you will know what to do with them later when you have your dream on ground. Continue to meditate and adding one good thought after another on your dream until your dream/vision becomes greater than your fear, then and only then will you be able to act according to your dream, until then, you will continue to act according to your fears.