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We have inscribed in detail profiles of some of the world’s wealthiest people as in Billionaire’s Corner: Warren Buffet Takes The Lead, Carlos Slim Dropped To Second Place And Bill Gates Takes Third … or Billionaires For Africa and others.


In fact one of the most read articles here; Just Who Is Carlos Slim – The World’s Latest Richest Man?, still generates one of the most traffic as the world reflects on Carlos who held the lead as the world’s richest man for four months replacing Bill Gates for the first time in 13 years.


There has just been one problem though … we have always seemed to omit one dude. He is from the big black book – He owns a villa called heaven. His streets are made of gold, not because He wants to show off but because He has way too much of it.


The villa is a gated community with His wall fence made of sapphires, emeralds and amethysts, its foundation is made of diamonds while the gates are made of pearls. He lacks nothing and wants nothing because if He ever wanted it and it did not exist, all He has to say is let there be and that will be …


The cattle on a thousand hills are His. Strength and wealth are in His hands; with Him there is no real measure of wealth because the dude is loaded and can’t be capitalized in terms of what we use as a measure this side of galaxies at all.


But over here, wealth is measured in monetary terms and so one’s net worth ends up being denominated in currency. Therefore, the ultimate explanation for wealth is money; but money can mean a lot of things to a lot of people.


When it comes to it (money) really, every one wants it; even those who pretend not to – I have never heard of any one who refused a million dollar check when presented as a gift … but what is money?


Many people long for it but they can’t even define it, many people die for it and yet they don’t even know what it is really they long or die for … it’s just money, it’s good for nothing until you put it good use.


The sad reality is that, money is one of those things that seem to run away if you chase after it and just comes along when your basics are right. Bill Gates was once asked that question and he said “money was an idea”.


Therefore, if you can think it, you can create it … others work for money and for some it works for them, I would rather in the last category whereby I don’t work for money; it rather works for me …


Ed Louis Cole used to say, money follows vocation – if you work, you will earn and the bigger the problems you solve the bigger your paycheck. This means that you can always give yourself a pay raise by simply finding things to do that solve bigger problems for others.


In a nutshell, it (money) is a good that is used in transactions and it acts as a unit of account, a store of value, and a medium of exchange. As a unit of account, we can get into monetarisms, as a store of value we can measure it and as a medium of exchange we can trade with it.


Lack of money is a symptom for something larger having gone wrong in one’s life. The symptom can be anything to do with a lot of things. It could be a precursor to wrong vocation(s) or wrong association(s) or even wrong cause(s); it could mean a whole lot of other things too …


If one is engaged in doing what is right, with the right attitude(s), value(s), priorities  and perspective(s), money is a derivative and as a resource will always be available for those cause(s).


But overall it’s just money, it’s good for nothing until you put it good use, my dad once said … “son, always make a little bit more money if you can and always save a little bit more of it if you can”.


Take a look at yourself today, are you in lack of it? Is your vocation right? Do you have a clear perspective about it? It’s just money, it’s good for nothing until you put it good use …


Don’t worry about it; it’s just money, it’s good for nothing until you put it good use … just do what is right and it will follow you.


Money is good, it does a lot of good things; always have more of it if you can … but like a lot of things in life, it can be a double-edged sword capable of producing a whole lot of calamities if not properly handled.


Live Long & Prosper; that’s this week’s memo from us at the Zambian Chronicle … thanks a trillion.