Raising Money

Three non financial business assets you must not take for granted

After he was robbed, he cursed and murmured, “Why didn’t I scream? Why didn’t I engage them in a fight? Why did I allow them to go so easily? What would become of my dream to become a billionaire and affect lives? What would become of my dream to build a successful business and raise a wonderful family? After given a thought on this, I realized that God has spared my most important asset – my life. I forever remain grateful to God for his mercy.” – Ajaero Tony Martins.

[sws_blockquote_endquote align=”left” quotestyle=”style02″]God is such a loving father. He gave everyone of us a blank signed check. Anything you write on that check will be yours. But unfortunately, most people die poor because they don’t dare to write something big on that check. That check is a gift called life.[/sws_blockquote_endquote]

– Ajaero Tony Martins

One might assume that he said it because of the trauma he had undergone. But he wants us to appreciate the beauty of life and how we must cherish it.

[sws_blockquote_endquote align=”left” quotestyle=”style02″]Remember thy creator, in the days of thy youth.[/sws_blockquote_endquote]

– The Holy Bible

There is a saying that says time is money. Sadly, it is true. Did you ever think of what drop out billionaires have in common with successful entrepreneurs? The answer is time.

[sws_blockquote_endquote align=”left” quotestyle=”style02″]Yet a little sleep, a little slumber and a little folding of hands to sleep so shall your poverty come.[/sws_blockquote_endquote]

– Proverbs 6: 10-11

Time is the key factor that separates the rich from the poor. How do you utilize your 24 hours? Do you spend it productively? You will never understand time to be a valuable asset until you get old. But to those who maximize their time, old age comes with a feeling of fulfillment and self actualization.


While recovering from the shock of robbery, Ajaero Tony began to understand and appreciate the fact that the robbers left behind another great asset. Though property, gold and shares are considered to be human being’s greatest assets, knowledge is the greatest asset. It struck him as a thing of joy to observe that the robbers left behind his books, audio tapes and other written materials. “They must have rejoiced taking away all the valuables. But, I still have one great asset, my knowledge,” feels Ajaero.

[sws_blockquote_endquote align=”left” quotestyle=”style02″]If I lose a billion dollars today, I will have it back in five years.- Henry Ford.[/sws_blockquote_endquote]

– Henry Ford

You can come back bigger and stronger as long as you have the three assets listed above. No one cares if the whole world has collapsed on your shoulders. Nobody cares if you are lying in the dust at this moment. No one is going to sympathize with you. No one will care if you know about asset management. Also, sympathy and self pity will get you nowhere. All you need to do is to answer: will you have the courage to stand up again in the face of adversity? Henry Ford did so after two business failures, Donald Trump did the same. So did Robert Kiyosaki, Colonel Harland Sanders, Richard Branson and Ray Kroc.

But will you have the courage to stand up and get going again? Well, that is a question that you can decide and something that only time will tell.

Entrepreneurial Learning

We are constantly worried about business assets and asset management. What we don’t realise is that beyond these are things more valuable – our lives, the knowledge and life experiences. We may fall time and again, but it is these experiences that help us rise again, so we can build our dreams again.

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