Friday, December 16, 2011


Suddenly, the bell has begun tolling, a reminder that whatever has a beginning must surely have an end. Once again, the year is coming to an end, whilst people anxiously await the Christmas festivity I decide to take a different approach, to evaluate the goals I set for myself before the year begun. I went into my personal folder on my laptop and found a copy of the goals I documented in 2010.In 2010, painstakingly wrote down all that I wanted to achieve for the next five years, that is from 2010 to 2015 (funny isn’t it).I didn’t want to live my life by chance, so took it upon myself to create my own world by my own words.
 I set spiritual,educational,relationship and financial goals. As I look at the financial goals I set for myself and how much money I have been able to accumulate, only one saying came to mind, “Empty your pocket to fill your mind refill your pocket with your mind”. So today, I have decided to write a post on this quote
“Empty your pocket to fill your mind refill your pocket with your mind” is a quote a got from a book by a Ghanaian Author, Richmond Kwame Frimpong, a management consultant and motivational speaker in his book, “Beyond Orientation”
There is a saying that, it is what is in your head that determines what is in your hand. Most people in their quest to financial independence fail to understand that getting money begins with an idea. You need to provide somebody with something of value in return for money. But how can you provide someone something of value if you have an empty head? There should be something of value in your head that someone desperately needs before you can feel the money in your hand. But before you can get something of value in your head, you must empty your pocket.
Let’s just say you realize so many institutions in Ghana want an online platform to attract more clients, so you decide to learn web development to provide them with such services. You need to pay for the services of a web development expert before you can provide the institutions the services the require. This is a perfect example of emptying your pocket to fill your mind. After you have acquired the skills in web development you now refill your pocket with your mind by developing website for these institutions. Remember, it has to be in your head before you fill it in your hand.

How to Empty Your Pocket Wisely
Now that you have decided to empty your pocket, how do you start? Invest in books, reading books can really expand your mind and allow you to learn so many different skills and gain knowledge that will help you in all areas of your life. I'm not talking about fiction books here. I'm talking about business books, personal development books, or any book where you will actually learn a new skill by reading it. When I graduate from the university in 2010, I found out that I have spent over 100 cedis on personal development books alone. I have emptied my pocket to fill my mind.
You can also take courses and attend seminars. Think about it. These programs are taught by people who have spent decades figuring out how to make some aspect of their life work and now they are going to teach you how to do it. Of course, you want to do some research before you invest in some of these seminars and make sure you're not just paying for some sales presentation.
Reading, listening to audio tapes while you drive or workout, attending seminars, and doing anything that will increase your knowledge and skill base is a great way to empty your pocket to fill your mind. However, before you start, you will want to make sure you have a goal in mind. You want to be clear on what you will gain out of doing all of these things.
When you learn how to invest your money in yourself, you will start to improve different areas of your life. The more you do this, the more valuable you will become to the market place. If you have a job where you can get better pay by being more knowledgeable in your industry, take some time out each night to increase your understanding and skill sets in that business. If you want to be the best in your field of work, you will want to invest some money into upgrading your skills and knowledge.
 When you invest in yourself, the results in terms of return on investment can be huge. You may not see any monetary gains right away, but over time, it will show up in terms of your happiness level as well as your level of success.
What Next?
As you plan to enjoy this festive season, remember to also set some financial goals for the coming year 2012.Just know that if you fail to plan you plan to fail. Take my advice ,”empty your pocket to fill your mind,refill your pocket with your  mind”


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