MOTIVATION 101 With Author Gabriel C. Onyekawa
Back in 2005, after my NYSC (National Youth Service Corps), I enrolled for a Computer Training Programme, where I was taught a little about System Analysis for two (2) months.
Immediately after the training, I never knew what to do next. Where do I go from here? Was my seemingly unending question! I had no passion for paid jobs. I wanted to be a CEO. But, how do I start? I had no rich Parents to fall back to for finances. I had no rich Uncles, Cousins or other relatives to go to for finances. I was left alone to sort out the way forward.
Two weeks before November 20th, 2006, I caught the light, after weeping for some months because of the hydra-headed challenge that buffeted me then. I could not take care of my family, not to talk of being relevant to my society. I caught the light as I was weeping on this said day. What was the light? To start a computer training school!
Upon mediating, I had no money to compete with those in the cities; I had no computer system to start with. I had no office location. What do I do? I asked the universe to deliver the result. The idea came rushing like a mad rush of the great waters of the River Nile. It was to start with what I have, from where I was and to grow there from by faith.
I remembered that I had a sheet of paper, a pen and One thousand Naira only (less than $7) with me. Those where the only resources I needed to start up one of the most celebrated computer schools in Nigeria today.
I drafted a form for the students’ and potential clients. I typed and designed the forms, photocopied them into one hundred pieces and traveled to one of the remotest places in my area to start up the school.
Recalling, I had only one way transport fare. Thus, I made up my mind that if I did not succeed I would become one of the residents (settlers) of the said village, but, God always has a way.
Upon arrival in the village, I was led to introduce myself to a particular Primary school, which I was divinely told to use their classrooms as the training centre. I had no money to pay them, but, I had to tell head teacher that his personal training in Computer Operation shall be the rent for using the school as a centre. I was led to organize a tuition-free Computer Training School. But, the intending participants(students) shall register with only N1200 (less than $7). Thus, based on our agreement, the headmaster and his assistance did not need to pay the registration fees. They accepted the deal and we formalized the agreement with the Local Government Educational Board. Thus, was the startment!
The good news is that by faith, I sold almost a hundred forms in the same day. I made close to eight hundred dollars ($800) in just one day. Out of this amount of money, I bought a Computer set and other facilities needed for the training program. And two weeks after, on the 20th of November, 2006, the Computer School was officially launched and lectures commenced.
Today, the Computer School has trained more than a thousand, seven hundred persons. Then, imagine the financial status achieved by just one idea, with little or no money; but, with great faith. You too can repeat the same feat (Acts 10: 34-35). Start now!
God is all you need to have all your needs met. And faith is the key that moves God into action. By faith, you can move the mountain of debt. You can achieve any peak in life. You can make it beyond the top. Just apply faith to that little seed of money in your hand and in less than three months from now, your story will change, from poverty to prosperity. Dare it!