Give, & It Shall Be Given Unto you

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An epic title to this post, but of course Luke 6:38, creates an even bigger financial perspective on mutualism than you know of


When I was younger, I learned all about joint partnership, it was an economic system that looked profitable on the surface because collective investment efforts have increased chances to do better in the right scheme of things and the right financial environment.

However, it is always a weakened human factor. This means beyond the money and profit, people are the ones that grow a business, and no matter how good a business prospect is, it's likely to be weakened by diversity in the agendas of people who are supposed to be building collectively to establish growth.

I know of joint partnerships that have failed due to people having different motives that don't directly impact the business they're vested in but rather positively.

This is because human factors like greed and over-ambitiousness often truncate growth

Sometimes

It boils down to the foundation. We tend to forget that money doesn't matter, people are what does. We emphasize money, forgetting that money is what people make of it.

People are the foundation, the instrument we vest to establish a principle of value that should eventually yield dividends, but no matter how solid our goals are, when the people we've built them around aren't solid, it becomes harder.

It's like betting money on the wrong merchandise, the amount of money we've vested can never "right' the "wrong". It is also the same way we cannot build a solid plan, business idea, or breathtaking concepts with the wrong people and this is because the people we choose to build with are a component of our success or failure.


Building On Broken Foundation

They're the aspect of our business propositions that we label "unforeseen circumstances" and since we depend on them to handle the areas that are unreachable by our standards, their failure eventually nullifies the area where we might succeed.

A lot of times, we try to build things around other things that are broken, forgetting that just a small crack can bring everything thumbing down. I'm always emphasizing the right people because they're the foundation we'd need to even build. Let's take this away a little bit from business.

Marriage is another form of joint partnership. A lot of people out there marry for the wrong reasons, this is why there's the negative perspective that being married is financially depleting. While being wedded might be depleting for a short period, marriage on the other hand isn't supposed to be.

People forget that being married should even create a bigger avenue because we now have two people planning together to improve their finances while they spend and make money collectively.

However, a lot of African marriages are parasitic, that is, total dependence on either one of the gender for providence

This means that with a parasitic nature to this joint venture, the one providing the money is now outweighed by the extra expense, making them poorer overtime without them noticing it. However, when expenditures, financial commitment, and responsibilities increase and it's being met by an increase in finance, there's the possibility for stability, while growth can happen too.

It's a no-brainer, we have to tap into the principle of symbioticness, if we ever want to be achievers in life.

This is why I'm always more focused on building the right kind of commitment with diverse kinds of people. With the right people in different places, there's the possibility of collective effort. One thing people underrate about collective efforts is that they don't have to contribute as much as they would if they're doing so as a singular entity, but they'll enjoy collective dividends far more than when they're putting in efforts as a singular entity.

In whatever union we're forming in life, there's the need to create a conglomerate of people where each individual is adding the same or slightly different forms of value because sometimes it's not how much we have, that takes us far. Investing in People comes with its type of ROI, but we hardly know especially when it's the wrong people.


Value For Value

While we cannot expect the same corresponding value from people who have enjoyed a certain kind of Value from us at a certain time, there's nothing that brings ease especially when we know that we're vesting in people that can bring a certain APR even when we're sleeping.




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I admire my parent's marriage so much these days because it has become very hard to find. Some of my brothers when they got married they just became money bags.

My dad had the time to grow into his responsibility as a man over decades...Now he can carry community problems while building what he wants to build.

Nice post as always.

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People generally become money bags when they get married. One must Marry from a really selfless and liberal family to not be.
Back in the days it wasn't the same, men are now moneymaking tools.

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However, a lot of African marriages are parasitic, that is, total dependence on either one of the gender for providence

Not just Africa alone , even here in my country, alot of people now see marriage as a way to escape poverty, infact many people get married because of selfish reasons these days...

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Where's your country? I tend to feel like, this thing is more evident in African countries because of the fact that it's not seen as a necessity to empower and sensitize the girl child to be financially independent. But you're right, marriage is often seen as an escape route from poverty.

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Been considerate on the foundation of partnership matters a whole lot. Any partnership built on greed never sustains.
I was laughing hard when you quoted the scripture in a crypto based community. Am sure we will have preachers soon.
Thanks for sharing brother, have an epic day

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I was laughing hard when you quoted the scripture in a crypto based community.

Funny enough, motivation arises from everywhere. All sectors of life are collectively entwined. There are places in the bible that even helps you fosters business sense.

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It's actually true on Hive. When you commit yourself to your network & community, they commit themselves to you in some or the other way.

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This is true, some form of commitment to a long-term relationships can Collectively grow a group of people. I think it's a model that generally works everywhere and not just here. Thanks for coming through.

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Forming partnerships is great when the goal and effort are of a balanced output. As you mentioned some adopt the parasitic approach in relationships or partnerships, those are to be avoided once we spot that is the aim.

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You're absolutely right, parasitic relationship is what I mostly aim to avoid because when one's at their lowest, you become surplus to requirement to these people.

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I recently saw a business-inclined movie and in one of those scenarios where 5 people came together to build a business and needed investors.

Initially, the leader of the crew had spilt the shares among his two friends that started with him, his father who had been investing from day one in his dreams, and his cousin who did jobs for them without charging them only asking for 1% of the company's shares.

Now, when they had a mentor and needed to have a CEO and a product designer (this is how they got to five, they were originally three minus his parents and cousin). Their mentor outrightly told them no one will invest in their business idea, why?

That's because an investor will always look to the one who owns the highest share. This person has to be someone who has everything to lose. That way the chances of folding up and running off with everyone's money will be slim.

In the end, the team decided to give the biggest share not to the CEO or the leader's father but to Him. Why? He was the one who had everything to lose. He is the one who had the back of the rest of the people in the crew every single time. And they left the future of their proposed company in his hands and it worked.

Why I'm I even telling you this story? This is because you are saying the same thing. A business or organization or marriage won't function effectively or for long if the foundation isn't solid proof, if it's shaky, and if the people are not sincere enough to stay till the end, to do their part to make it work.

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This just goes to say people want to build what they can trust. I think I've seen a movie like the one you narrated but with different plots, this goes on to show that foundation is an important aspect of business. Although I don't know if it's everyone who shows this level of consciousness but then it's the reality of life. Thanks for the comment

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Building the right team is often a hard process in business (and in life). We find a parallel in sport teams, If they don't all provide value or do their best, then they get nowhere. A single or a few doing their best will help a bit but it might not make a huge difference.

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I also thought the same when I was a kid but when I started learning things online, I changed my mind. Maybe it's due to the politics but it favors one side over the other most of the time and you end up losing quite a bit of wealth if it doesn't work out. Maybe it's just in the US, but I just don't think people really think about the commitment before it happens.

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It's not in the US alone, although I think it's generally a human thing. However it can differ from people to people and their cultural background as well.

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However, a lot of African marriages are parasitic, that is, total dependence on either one of the gender for providence

Preach bro!!! Everything in marriages is mostly 50/50 until it comes to who foots the bills. Whiles it’s the man’s responsibility, it is not to say that a woman can not support her man keep their finance in check. A man and his woman takong care of business together? Boy pass me some of that!! Infact, this would even be one green flag of “marriage material” as we like to call them around here.

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I do not think we can ever see this. I mean, the world is always vocal about gender equality. But sometimes I think we fail to sensitize people about how it's important for the girl child to consider financial literacy. African marriages are meant to be parasitic. This is because I think this is a sophisticated discussion that we are not yet enlightened about. This is one of the problems I face with marriage, I know that I might be pretty much married in years to come and this is something I do not want to face. So I think it's my turn to sensitise the person I might be with.

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Oh I’d like to think they have no problem being financially literate, they just choose to ignore the fact that partnerships like marriage require teamwork on a financial front. Give then all the financial education you’ve got, and the “Your money is our money, but my money is my money” still will be there in trace amounts.

As for sensitizing your partner, I think it’ll be much better find people with the mindset you want already. Changing people’s mindsets is a hard thing to do, close to impossible sometimes. But with someone that already thinks like you, it’ll be easier to plan and cordinate your finances together.

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I like your view points about people with the same mindset as you. However. If I begin to digress on the complications of this issue I might write another post in this comment section.
I don't know if it's an African thing alone but I think it's mostly an African time when it comes to issues as this. A lot of people do not believe marriage as partnership. However one of the biggest solution to this is to totally sanitize and sensitize the mindsets and mentality going forward.
However we can just choose to ignore and take care of her own situation. The end gold beetle eventually find that person and that right state, if not we might just grow old and still keep seeking

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The end gold beetle eventually find that person and that right state, if not we might just grow old and still keep seeking

True. Finding the right person is difficult and this is probably one of the biggest reasons why some people stay in toxic relationships. Because of the fear that once they lose their “person”, they’ll never find another again.

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Building a partnership is never a problem but finding the right people to build this partnership with is where the problem lies. When in a partnership where everyone has the same goal and interests, there is bound to be growth but if it happens the other way then reverse is the case.

Just like in the case of marriage you referred to, it would be a really big mistake for anyone to get married to a partner that doesn't supports your vision especially if it's something that is good because if course there are some goals that are not ideal. Even if your goals are not ideal, a true partner should be able to identify where you are not getting it right and proffer a solution to it.

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Some people do not want to be partners they just want to be provided and cared for without returning this in equal manifold. So many people do not understand that marriage is a partnership. Some feel it is even an escape from responsibility and poverty. This is why we have so many misunderstandings and diverse. So many partnership these days are just too parasitic and sometimes you might even build with the right people yet they might still be parasitic.
When it comes to being responsible people do not want equality this is one of the problems that I actually have.
Thank you so much for your wonderful input.

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Exactly!!! The problem in that of marriage is they forget that they are partners and they are supposed to be helpful to each other and not one-sided. The woman especially is the ones that mostly mistake in this part but then when some women try to be supportive to their husbands, the husbands sometimes feel very relaxed to carry out their own duties.

Well well, the problem is the lack of acceptance that they are partner until then things will always seem to be going wrong.

Me I like talk sha 😂, don't mind me jhare, I will try and be reducing it 😂. I'm happy you find my contribution wonderful, I'm blushing sha 🤭.

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Some Muslims still respect such traditions. I remember being in college and buying whiskey and Redbull from some shop near the campus owned by some Muslims and they always gifted us something for the purchase, always.

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and they always gifted us something for the purchase, always.

Well that was surprising, it must have felt really different for you.

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