The story was told of a group of 500 people who were attending a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group exercise. He started giving each person a balloon. Each person was then asked to write their name on it using a marker pen.

All the balloons were collected and put in another room. The people were then let into that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written on it within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.

At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon. Then, the speaker asked each person to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.

The speaker then began, “This is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is. Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness. And this is the purpose of human life…the pursuit of happiness.

Zig  Ziglar once said “You can get everything in life you want if you help enough other people get what they want.”

Our financial happiness lies in the happiness of other people.

The secret of wealth creation is to help people get what they want or need. It is solving problems for people that put money into your pocket. Look around you, what is the problem people are suffering?  What problem is prevalent in your environment that you can solve? Problem solving is the master key to a world of wealth and riches.


There is something about the human nature that you must not allow to work against you. The natural man is mostly concerned with self. He is always consumed and preoccupied with his problem. It is always “me”, “I”, “mine” thing.

You need to take your eyes off self to succeed financially. Look beyond your problems and see how to help others. It is in meeting the needs of other people, that your financial needs are met.

The financial challenge in our environment has corrupted our minds so much that we are no longer moved by the plights of others. All we want is to see our personal problems solved. This poverty mentality has made us become so narrow minded. It has blinded our eyes to the needs of others….which are ironically our opportunities for financial freedom.

And this is the irony of life, it is in being vigilant and concern about the plights and challenges of others can we be moved to proffer solutions to them. It is coming up with products and services that solve problems for people that we make money and smile to the bank.

Listen to this, you must come out of your tiny world and see the big world of opportunities all around you. Break loose from self and look out for how to help others. Help somebody to succeed today and you will never lack success. For whatever a man sows that he will reap.

I often see people who don’t succeed financially, but I rarely see people who can’t succeed financially.

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You can be rich and succeed financially if you will look out for how to help take away somebody’s pain and discomfort. Help somebody to succeed and achieve in life, and you’re on your way to financial stardom. It is a new day for you.

To Your Prosperity

Sharon Akinoluwa

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