An article on a young African Billionaire caught my attention, so out of curiosity I read it thinking it will typically detail the size of his mansions, number of planes/cars as well as favourite vacation spots. Surprisingly none of that was mentioned. What I read about instead was the story of a 31 year old entrepreneur who lived a life of hard work & integrity.
With issues such as sustainability high on his goals, his passion is to bring about positive change in the society and especially in the lives of young people. And so, his work and life is directed towards having a big and long lasting social impact; Beyond just making money. His was a story full of lessons for every person – from whatever age group, profession or background.
The story reminded me of the Billionaire who lived during the time of our beloved Prophet (Peace be upon him), AbdurRahman Ibn Awf. A wealthy but humble companion; He migrated to a new land – Madina without his wealth, and worked hard refusing to accept handout and easy money. His hangout was the market place.
The fruits of his hard work, integrity and faith was seen throughout his lifetime in the form of blessed wealth, concern for the people and the greatest reward – promise of paradise. He was one of the ten companions promised paradise. He contributed actively to the society, and gave much just as he earned much.
What better reward can we hope for, in this life and in the next!
Only a few leave their footsteps in the sands of time. For those who do, we have important lessons to take.
1. Hard work: Never stop working hard. Work hard seeking for pure wealth, for Allah is pure and accepts only that which is pure.
2. Give back: Charity and other contributions to society never decreases wealth or knowledge, rather it benefits all including the giver & improves general relations.
3. Strive for balance: Life is temporary, so the wise ones seek for the best of the hereafter by means of what is best in the temporary world.
As the billionaire asked himself, ”How much am I really worth?”, ”How much have I given back?”; so must we all question ourselves.
Passion, hard work, selflessness, giving, having a worthy vision, making an impact & changing one’s mindset to that of success, cannot be found in a bank account, wallet or bank card.
Rather they all dwell in the heart and soul and is accessible to everyone in undue measures.