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Six Types of Awful People You Do Not Want To Hang Out With

Six Types of Awful People You Do Not Want To Hang Out With

Guest post by Anonymous

No matter where you stay, you are bound to bump into negative people. People who can tarnish your image, discredit your credibility, neutralise your authority, and suck life out of you. These are the people you should try to avoid, or learn how to handle.

In the previous post we discussed the ‘Six Types Of Great People You Must Hang Out With’ as the Dreamer, the Mentors, the Insiders, the Social Media Masters and the IT Guru. Now let’s look at the six types of people you should constantly be on the lookout for, so as to avoid them if possible. At times one has to find ways to live with them.

Here are the six types of people I watch out for, and you should as well:

  • The Unscrupulous Character – This is a bad influencer who has pipe dreams. These people always seem to have an ‘idea,’ a ‘shortcut’ or a ‘get rich quick’ strategy. It may be appealing to my long-term plan, but a closer look into their personal life will show the truth. They always try to turn me onto unorthodox and dirty tactics. The solution is always stick to your guns and don’t give these people a chance to infect your mind, strategy, or your sense of pride and honour. Some of these bad influencers are just ignorant.
  • The Epic Complainer – I do not like a complainer. Traveling in packs, epic complainers are thrilled to share their negative, pessimism and anything to kill a positive mood. They appear on social media sites arguing and sharing their negative beliefs like it’s their role in life to play the dubious devil’s advocate or seeking out rare exceptions to prove you wrong. The toxicity of epic complainers will turn any bright dream into a nightmare. I don’t try to argue with epic complainers – I cannot win. I always walk away from such people before they infest me with their depressing ideas. How do you deal with epic complainers?
  • The Spammer – I really believe that you deserve respect and a good reputation. The spammer always end up annoying your audience and dilating my voice. They sent junk mail and try to spread it to my connections. They spread my contact details all over without either my consent or respecting my privacy. They spread so called warnings, rude jokes and profane jokes. Such people I disconnect or at most times firstly express my opinion about their messages. Some of these people send me messages which they want to force me to spread so that I can get a ‘blessing.’ At times the messages threaten that if I do not forward the message to ‘7 people’ I will be cursed. I always find this insulting. How about you?
  • The Persistent Vendor – You have seen businesses and websites that always seem to want nothing else but your money. The persistent vendor is a greedy person who encourages this behaviour, salivates at pyramid schemes and will overprice average products while failing to deliver quality content. This type of networker has a burning desire to use your money to advance his or her financial interests and does not believe in offering anything for free. Their ‘greatest’ advice is ‘instead of doing this for free, you can make a lot of money by selling this.’ They do nothing for free! If they give you something for free, they will force you to pay on the next. These people are onto my pocket. They always want to sell me something. That is their first impression. This at times put me off because I want to connect with you, not your products. Do you have persistent vendors around you?
  • The Dirty Minded Addict – This group believe that the world revolves around sexual fantasy and relationships, and they are attracted to and search for groups with profanity. All their comments are on looks, relationships and sex. By their comments you wonder what other business they are excellent at. They join groups and connect fast to other dirty minded addicts in the name of fun. However this type of behaviour suck their energy and creativity, drawing them into mediocre lifestyle or bottom feeders. With this kind of lust, one cannot live a very productive life. Once in a while they send me funny jokes or story, which I always replying by first by warning them that I do not appreciate such messages. And if they continue sending them unfriending or blocking will be the next step. That is why before I accept a friend request I check if the person is real and is not a dirty minded addict.
  • The Religious Freak – This group of individuals are so much disconnected from reality such that they live in their own world. They answer every question about their personal life with a Bible verse. Some have excluded themselves from churches or any leadership based on a verse. Others force you to like their Facebook status and if you don’t they threaten you using Jesus. They have already fixed the date when the world will end, they know the name of the antichrist. Beware of these people because they will do more harm to you than good, by making you doubt your personal faith.

The best way is to steer clear of the above characters. They will only push negative expectations and they give feedback that will stifle your successes.

Surround yourself with the right crowd who will lift you higher! Your connections are the environment that you live in. They shape your life and they shape your future. Remember it is better to have empty basket than to have a basket full of rotten tomatoes.

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Six Types Of Great People You Must Hang Out With

Six Types Of Great People You Must Hang Out WithGuest post by Anonymous

‘Who you surround yourself with is much more important than how many are in your network.’

There are many levels of personal, social and professional connections that can lift you higher or take you down. Some of the people can motivate you, give you good sound advice, and can be resourceful enough to provide that boost to help you right to the top.

Inside my connections you will meet many types of people. It is very important to know who may be a good or bad influence on your goals and productivity so that you can handle them accordingly.

Here are the top six types of great people I like hanging out with, and I recommend them to you:

  • The Dreamer – These are people who are passionate about my dreams. There positive energy makes me enjoy my work and make my dreams come true. They are idealist who will listen to my ideas, we share insights, and work. We help each other achieve our dreams. They do not criticism or give negative judgment in my brainstorming phase, giving me the vital relief while I put the plan together with possible alternatives.
  • The Mentor – I try to surround myself with as many confident, successful people as possible, no matter their field of expertise. I enjoy meeting and talking with these people and to bounce ideas off each other. Their stories inspire me and give me hope. They share their wisdom and experience and give direction. I am so grateful to these guys.
  • The Insider – Inside solid advice from the experts who seem to have a good handle on industry trends make a big difference. An insider usually gives me many predictions and advice where I should focus my energy. They keep me informed on what I should be using and what is becoming a weak strategy in my niche.
  • The Social Media Master – I have few of them. They have a strong grip on popular social media sites, proper etiquette, and they can give the right amount of promotion. They empower me on how to take advantage of social media, promote and defend my online brand and projects, and they help check my online content. I take their advice seriously and swiftly.
  • The IT Guru – Yes, I have one or two IT gurus. These guys are masters in IT and have done a good job in keeping ahead of the pack in terms of technology. They keep me on top of the changing technology, new innovations, updates, hot products, software, apps, and devices that are trending. Befriend an IT Guru can make your social networking so much easier.
  • The Protégé – These are people hungry for wisdom and opportunities to improve themselves. They are good learners who constantly ask questions to further their cause and reach their dreams. I pay special attention to them because they are the future.

Be careful about your close connections. Surrounding yourself with the right people is crucial to your personal growth and development. To be honest you truly need good friends to assist you in this journey of life.

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Doctor Myles Munroe: An Inspirational Giant Who Gave his Best

Doctor Myles Munroe: An Inspirational Giant Who Gave his BestOne of the greatest tragedies in life is to watch potential die untapped. – Dr Myles Munroe

Apart from reading his books, listening to his tapes and watching his videos, I attended Dr Myles Munroe’s session on 20 October 2008. It was changing event. His message was not just inspirational or motivational, it was authentic and simple.

In this article we will unpack Doctor Myles Munroe, ‘the man who taught about the Kingdom of God.’ He is also known as a great leader, pastor, inspirational or motivational speaker etc

Doctor Myles Munroe, along with his wife died on Sunday 9 November 2014 in a plane crash in Grand Bahama Ship Yard, Bahamas. He was aged 60 years at the time of death.  The Lear 36 jet left the Lynden Pindling International Airport at 4:07 p.m. According to the Department of Civil Aviation, the aircraft crashed as it was making its landing. His plane flew low and was mangled in a crane as it was approaching the Grand Bahama Airport. He, his wife and seven others died in the crash.  Munroe and the other passengers were en route to Freeport, Grand Bahama for a conference he has organised.

Born as Myles Egbert Munroe on 20 April 1954 in Nassau, Bahamas, he was the founder and president of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI) and Myles Munroe International (MMI), a non-profit Christian growth and resource centre that includes leadership training institutes, a missions agency, a publishing company, a television network, radio and Web communications, and a church community. These individuals are motivated to excel by their conscious responsibility to make the most of their inherent leadership potential. Dr Munroe was CEO and chairman of the board of the International Third World Leaders Association and president of the International Leadership Training Institute. During his life he authored 69 books and was an inspirational motivational speaker. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Myles Munroe had been a lifetime resident of the Bahamas. He holds degrees in fine arts, education and theology from Oral Roberts University (1978), a Master’s degree in administration from the University of Tulsa (1980), and he has been awarded a number of honorary doctoral degrees. He also served as an adjunct professor of the Graduate School of Theology at Oral Roberts University. His wife, Ruth Munroe was co-pastor with him at BFMI. He had a son Chairo (Myles Jr.) and daughter Charisa and referred his family is his greatest responsibility and his marriage his most sacred trust.

Dr. Munroe was a pastor, teacher, administrator, author, a father, a husband, motivational speaker, an internationally renowned teacher, a leadership mentor, a bestselling author, a life coach and a government consultant. He travelled extensively throughout the world as a speaker addressing government leaders, business leaders, schools/universities and church congregations. He personally addressed over 500,000 people each year on personal and professional development, and he received hundreds of invitations every year to speak worldwide.

Dr Munroe placed an emphasis on the Kingdom of God and believed that the whole Bible, along with the message of Jesus, revolves around the kingdom and not a religion. He said, “My vision, is wrapped up in one statement: I exist to transform followers into leaders. My philosophy is, trapped in every follower is a leader. My belief is, if that person is placed in the right environment, the leader will manifest himself or herself.”

As the president of MMI, Dr Munroe said his personal commitment, dedication and passion was to help as many people as he could discover and fulfil their God-given purpose for life. He vowed to give all of his time, gifts, energy and talent to serve the success of others. Munroe said, ‘They deserve the best and I intend to give them my best.’

In 1988 Munroe was recognized as the youngest recipient of the Queen’s Birthday Honors of the Order of The British Empire Award. This honor was bestowed by Her Majesty, England’s Queen Elizabeth, for his social and spiritual contributions to the country’s national development. For providing 25 years of outstanding service, he also received the Silver Jubilee Award from the government of the Bahamas.

At the time of his death Dr Munroe was headed to the Global Leadership Forum. This conference, hosted by Munroe, was scheduled for November 10th through 13th 2014. Dr Munroe’s legacy will not be forgotten but will continue to impact and inspire generations of great leaders worldwide.

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The Unstoppable Power of A Positive Mind

The Unstoppable Power of A Positive MindGuest post by Jones Asiaw

Thinking positive is the key to unlock success. Think positive and have a positive mind. That is the mind-set you need in order to unlock your victory.

A positive thinking person is always inspired. That inspiration is what you need in your hard times. This is going to give you the strength to lift yourself out of your problems. The same inspiration is what inspires ordinary men to become winners in life. Also, the same inspiration is what motivates ordinary men to lift themselves up from their lowly position to occupy the high positions in life. Perhaps you can see that a positive mind is the missing key you are looking for.

There is a race set for people in the circles of life. Even though people in the circles of life have trained very well for the race, what is left for most is the mind-set that leads to achieving victory. At times, winners are even seen before the race starts. With all the training, you also need the mind to unlock confidence and motivation for the race. Your mind is what is going to give you extra energy for the race, in order to be declared a winner at the end of the race.

Thinking positive is a therapy. All because it helps prolongs the life of man. When problems arise and you start to think negative, it kills your spirit and it seems there is no hope for you. It is tears and worries that you share all the time. This causes you sleepless nights, which is never good for your health. It shortens the life of man when it continues like that for a long time. People die when they are not supposed to die because they lack the message, “think positive.”

Our God is a God of positivity and He wants us to also think positive. The reason is that, when you don’t follow the path of the one leading you, you easily get lost on the way. Faith without work is dead; what if you have faith but the mind thinks negative, how can you unlock your blessings? That should tell you that, faith moves with thinking positive. You are really going to see the real hand of God in your life if only you are going to think positive that God is capable of handling your situation. God does not stop blessing the positive mind because their mind moves with the mind of God. That will tell you that in the circles of life, no man can be successful unless you start thinking positively.

About the Author: Jones Asiaw

Jones Asiaw, a Ghanaian graduate from the Takoradi Polytechnic (Ghana), is an artist and a project manager. He enjoys writing and love to inspire people all the time with inspirational messages. After his polytechnic education did his national service at the Ministry of Defence (Ghana), he studied as artist and later project management. You can contact him on email at Jessyjones185@yahoo.co.uk or phone +233 541 388 671. He is also on Facebook, Twitter as @jonesasiaw, Google+ and Netlog.

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Benjamin Watson; Confused, Embarrassed, Offended By The Ferguson Decision

Benjamin Watson; Confused, Embarrassed, Offended By The Ferguson DecisionAs the USA try to understand Michael Brown’s shooting death at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri police officer, Benjamin Watson, a National Football League (NFL) player, posted on his Facebook page a message that went viral.

In the post Benjamin Watson described himself as confused, embarrassed, offended, angry and sad for a variety of reasons. The honesty in which he put across his message, and how he look at the circumstances from all angels can make the read sober. It is a post worth reflecting on.

For those who do not know, Michael Brown is a 19 year old black teenager who was shot by Darren Wilson, a 28-year-old white Ferguson police officer on 9 August 2014. The incident sparked riots and protests. The unrest continued on 24 November 2014 after Darren was not indicted by a grand jury.

Benjamin who plays for the New Orleans Saints posted the following on his Facebook page:

“At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:

I’M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes.

I’M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios.

I’M FEARFUL because in the back of my mind I know that although I’m a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a “threat” to those who don’t know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt.

I’M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment.

I’M SAD, because another young life was lost from his family, the racial divide has widened, a community is in shambles, accusations, insensitivity hurt and hatred are boiling over, and we may never know the truth about what happened that day.

I’M SYMPATHETIC, because I wasn’t there so I don’t know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance. Now he has to fear the backlash against himself and his loved ones when he was only doing his job. What a horrible thing to endure. OR maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led to him eventually murdering the young man to prove a point.

I’M OFFENDED, because of the insulting comments I’ve seen that are not only insensitive but dismissive to the painful experiences of others.

I’M CONFUSED, because I don’t know why it’s so hard to obey a policeman. You will not win!!! And I don’t know why some policeman abuse their power. Power is a responsibility, not a weapon to brandish and lord over the populace.

I’M INTROSPECTIVE, because sometimes I want to take “our” side without looking at the facts in situations like these. Sometimes I feel like it’s us against them. Sometimes I’m just as prejudiced as people I point fingers at. And that’s not right. How can I look at white skin and make assumptions but not want assumptions made about me? That’s not right.

I’M HOPELESS, because I’ve lived long enough to expect things like this to continue to happen. I’m not surprised and at some point my little children are going to inherit the weight of being a minority and all that it entails.

I’M HOPEFUL, because I know that while we still have race issues in America, we enjoy a much different normal than those of our parents and grandparents. I see it in my personal relationships with teammates, friends and mentors. And it’s a beautiful thing.

I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through the his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel. So, finally, I’M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.”

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The Top 10 Power Habits That Will Change Your Life

The Top 10 Power Habits That Will Change Your Life‘Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.’ Our habits have the power to shape our future and destiny. Bad habits are destructive and should be eliminated. On the other hand good habits must be promoted and developed.

A habit is a practice, a custom, at pattern or tendency. And when you do something good, be genuine and do it from your heart. Based the question on Quora, What Are 10 Or Fewer Good Habits That Changed Your Life, here are the top ten good habits that changed people’s lives. They can also change your life if you apply them consistently.

1 Constant Reading And Studying

Constant reading and studying is linked to mental and spiritual wellness and fitness. Reading and constant studying is ranked highest of all good habits that changed people’s lives. Many people said ‘Reading a book every day before going to bed’ changed their lives. Some read 15 to 30 minutes a day on a topics of choice in various categories whether it business, inspirational, personal finance, marketing, psychology etc. Fiction and novels were excluded. One said ‘Books are man’s second best friend after dog.’ Instead of spending a lot of time watching TV, reading at least 12 new books every year opens ones world.

 2 Regular Exercise

No matter how you are good mentally, if your body is in bad shape, your mind and spirit will be affected. After reading, the second top habit that changes people’s lives is regular exercise. Asone said, ‘Working out is the epitome of discipline, treating your body as a temple and realizing the truth that no one, not your parents, not your sibling, not that girlfriend, nor the wife will be with you till the end of your life and in every second of it apart from your own body.’ Most people value exercise and work on it with the utmost importance and priority. Try running for 20 minutes, or body building/gym or simply walking or pick a sport of your choice. It was said that, ‘If you want to keep fit and not having that pot belly in your mid-thirties, then grab a pair of shoes and go! No matter how you look at it you will never regret a workout.’ Exercising or work-out for 30 minutes up to 1 hour regularly and feel the difference.

 3 Daily Devotional and Meditation

Daily devotional and meditation deal with spiritual wellbeing. It is ranked very high on the list of good habits that changed lives. It brings a person in tune with his body, soul and spirit, and prepares one to face the future challenges. Most people prefer prayer and meditation early in the morning and some any time of the day. ‘Starting each morning with a devotional is a great way to start the day.’

4 Good Eating Behaviour

Good eating behaviour affects the body. If you want your body to perform well exercise and eat properly. Eating healthier is ranked the fourth top good habits that change lives. This is not just dieting to lose weight but developing a healthy lifestyle. This include cutting fat, healthier nutritional intake, staying away from alcohol (and its consequence), drinking more water, avoiding junk foods, avoid carbonated drinks but taking fruit juice and staying away from any addictive substances.

5 Being True To Yourself And Your Convictions

Learn to say no is difficult, but ‘being true to yourself and your convictions’ is ranked the fifth top habits that changed lives. Being true to yourself and your convictions and not minding if some people call you selfish or opportunist for that. You just can’t make everyone happy.At times you got to take a stand, that could upset some one or other. Do not worry what people think. The fact is, people rarely think about you as much as you think they do. Don’t ever let anybody tell you that you are no good. Always believe in yourself, no matter what they say. Follow your heart but take your head with you. Life is short. Don’t waste your time on mistakes that could have been easily prevented by thinking twice and having an honest conversation with yourself. In short, to be successful, ‘do not follow the herd!’

6 Sleeping Habits

Sleeping refreshes your body. It was ranked the sixth top habit that changed people’s lives. Sleep at least 7 hours a day. Do not cut your sleeping hours. It was said rather go to bed early and wake up early, rather than going to bad late and wake up late. You cannot cheat when you come to sleep. You have to pay one way or another. Some prefer waking up at 5 am. Though it may be very difficult in the first few days, if you stick to a fixed getting-up time, you’ll be amazed at how energetic you feel for the whole day!

7 Volunteering

Volunteering is top on the good habits at number seven. Just do it in an organised way or just do random acts of kindness. It can be one hour you spend talking to that struggling pregnant teenage mother or that one hour bonding with that orphan which might change the course of their lives more than you could ever imagine. Be kind and smile at someone and help them, if it need. Also try helping someone anonymously.

8 Drink Water Regular.

Who would think that drinking water can be in the top ten good habits for success? Yes it is! Drinking water regularly is the eighth top good habit that changed people’s lives.  Many people drink water at the start of the day, other carry bottles of drinking water and other add lemon juice for detoxification. Most people indicated that drinking a lot of water reduces stress levels and keep the body healthy.

9 Writing.

Writing is mentioned as the ninth to good habit that changes lives. Some people write every day for 1 to 2 hours preferably in the morning. Some write for a blog and other write in a journal for a few minutes daily.  The idea is to put ones thoughts on paper.

10 Constant Introspection

Plan your life based on your dreams, goals and aspirations, but more importantly constantly evaluate the progress. This is the tenth top good habit that changes lives. Constant introspection involves ‘laying on the bed every night and then run the film of my entire day, or past week, month or year. It brings happiness, proud feeling, or at times brings guilt. Hence, reflecting regularly on what success means to you.

In Conclusion

The next top good habits include; 11) Being happy. Smiling more. Laugh every day. Be more appreciative. 12) Meeting new people regularly. Spend some time with different people each week or each month, 13) Good financial habits. Create a budget, save money, reduce debt and invest wisely. 14) Be fearless. Do not be afraid of people, doing mistakes or difficult situations. 15) Traveling to new and exciting places. 16) Marriage and family values. Give your spouse, children and family the attention they deserve. 17) Asking more questions. In this way you understand better. 18) Be a better listener, and you will get better. 19) Do not quit. End what you have started. Finish each job cleanly. And lastly, 20) Do not be critical of others.

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What Are The Ways Of God?

What Are The Ways Of God?Guest post by Jonathan Buyala

God is a person and He has a character. Which means that if you know His character you can predict His response to something. His character is well documented an explained in the bible. Some people face situations and they wonder what God is thinking about that situation. For example, someone will get infected with a disease and then they are not sure whether God caused it, maybe He has a reason for it in their body, maybe He wants it to remain in their body a little longer. But this is not true. Character will define a person.

Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.- Psalms 95:10-11 KJV

Character sets boundaries in a person’s behavior, including God. If you know a person’s character, you know how they behave. Even if you have never met the person, just someone describing that person’s character will tell you what to expect of that person and what not to expect. The same thing applies to God. If you study the word of God, you will know His character, what He can do and what He won’t do. Therefore someone who is sick and know the character of God will know, that God had nothing to do with it. Anything that has the evil one’s signature to it is not of God, and God had no hand to play in it. This includes disease, sickness, all infirmities, poverty, famine, pestilence, earthquakes, etc.

Psalms 95:10-11 shows how God patiently for 40 years waited for some people to understand His ways. Promotion to another level will always require that you know God more. God had to teach the children of Israel how He works before He would let them into the Promised Land, but they did not get it for 40 years. The question is, what did they not get?

The principles of faith and trust. Their minds had been programmed to expect the worst. Now that God had appeared, they had found someone to blame for everything. One time they asked Him to prove His presence among them (Exodus 17:7). They just could not believe Him. After two or three miracles, they should have figured it out, that there is no situation where God is not available to help us, and to save us. Another time He told them not to collect more manna than was needed for the day, and not to have left overs. They still thought, “What if we have no manna tomorrow, let us keep some.” The next day, that manna got spoiled. He then told them not to go out on the seventh day to collect manna, and that they should collect double the previous day, some brave guys decided to go out on the seventh day to collect, but they found none. It is like dealing with a stubborn mind, which refuses to listen to anyone. After the behavior of the ten spies, God gave up on these guys. He decided a new generation would better understand, so the one had to die in the wilderness.

If you want promotion in the thinks of God, you have got to believe Him more, trust Him more, and understand His ways. You do not need to hear from Him to know He did not cause your accident. It should become obvious. Study the word more, know God more, and God will find you qualified for promotion. Amen.

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About the Author: Jonathan Buyala

Jonathan Buyala is a former cricketer who traded in the game for the call of God on his life. He believes the word of God is the only way to transform a person, community or nation. He is the founder of Ministry Christ Dawn. You can find them at www.christdawn.org, or follow them on Facebook 

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Is Real Estate The Next Big Thing In Zimbabwe?

Is Real Estate The Next Big Thing In Zimbabwe?Guest post by Francis Chinjekure

If the glimmers of improvement in once depressed real estate markets suggest something larger, then a long-term rebound may be getting underway mainly supported by the expected growth in real estate markets for the next 10-15 years. Though it’s quite early to make bold predictions about the rebound, positive developments have been noted in the sector fully supporting the notion. However, the growth largely depends on the successful commencement of the lined up projects, a stable macroeconomic and political environment together with the will of investors to continuously invest in the sector.

The real estate market has its main facades as Leisure, Industrial, Office, Retail and the Residential market. It is many people’s belief – especially in the current situation – that real estate is just a servicing sector to other sectors of the economy. People tend to overlook the potential of real estate as the main pillar of the economy. However, recent developments in the market are showing that real estate is a real investment platform that can be utilised to propagate broader economic development.

A snap survey of the market shows that the rental market has stabilised since dollarization with relatively low yields. The increase in arrears has remained a scourge and the prolonged legal process to deal with the defaulting tenants has done no good to the sector. Industrial redesigning for warehouse and light industrial production has shown some positive development while heavy industry remains idle or with very low capacity utilisation. Home prices have stabilized by a certain degree. Sales are setting records again, despite cooling efforts from the government, and people are worrying about a bubble. Home prices have doubled in the past four years. Real estate has the potential to become the driving pillar of the economy above all other sectors in the next decade.

So what’s stirring the real estate market to produce such hints of a budding recovery? This is one of the questions that one might intuitively answer by just taking a look at some of the headlines that have been on the news even without technical analysis. The market has been sending a lot of sentiments that reflect a budding recovery and great potential for growth.

There are a lot of projects that the government and the private sector have lined up to initiate in the near future. Major projects that are on the cards are the proposed expansion of the Central Business District (CBD) that will see some residential areas being incorporated into the CBD, the Mall of Zimbabwe that is due to be built in Borrowdale, the Russia-Zimbabwe deal could see new plant construction and employment creation, the construction of the multipurpose and multi-storey complex adjacent to the Joina City Mall in Harare and the recent calls by the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality to transform Victoria Falls in to Zimbabwe’s Disneyland.

Low income housing projects have also been on the increase in the bid to cover up the more than 1 million housing demand backlog the market has been facing. Here it seems investors are moving effectively to cover up the gap of which if the instance continues it provides potential growth to the market. CABS, for example, has successfully completed construction of 1 186 low income housing units setting the ball rolling for other players to tap into the gap. The case of affordability has been the major setback in such projects since the market was illiquid and potential buyers could not afford such houses. However, the recent announcement by CABS to extend their mortgage tenure to 20 years can provide solution to that problem enhancing more potential for the market to kickback.

A group of private investors and business community leaders have been having significant success transforming downtown areas of the city into a new hub for retailers, web-based and information technology start-ups. Several downtown properties that were in a dilapidated state for considerable time are being renovated and now house start-ups, computer services firms, clothing retailing and fast food businesses. Small wholesale shops are also being opened together with cosmetic shops.

Still in the CBD of Harare some properties are going through transformation and occupancy rates are slightly on the increase. The most noted development is the increase of Meikles Stores and other wholesalers in the south eastern sections of the CBD. Pick n’ Pay is also giving some old buildings a new lease of life contributing to the growth of the sector. Chinese developments such as the Long Cheng Plaza are also a positive development and attributes confidence on the market.

These signs of activity now visible in the real estate market do suggest there are some real potential here – and probably some serious opportunities.

About the Author: Francis Chinjekure

Francis Chinjekure is a Real Estate Research Officer at Real Estate Investor Zimbabwe and also the Director of Young Entrepreneurs Society Zimbabwe which is an association of Young aspiring entrepreneurs, College students, Young businesspeople and Mentors/Established businesspeople.  He holds a Bachelor of Technology Honors degree In Financial Engineering from the Harare Institute of Technology. To find out more, connect with him by email on fchinjex@gmail.com, phone +263 773 755 273, YES Zimbabwe blogLinkedIn or Facebook.

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Empowering The Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur

Guest post by Francis Chinjekure

Entrepreneurship support can help boost the manufacturing sector.

In recent years, all over the world, the promotion of entrepreneurship as an insurrection to solving numerous economic and social challenges facing developing countries has been receiving significant attention by, governments, policy makers and the academic fraternity. Notwithstanding the attention that has been given, little has been done in trying to empower aspiring entrepreneurs and those in practice other than scuttlebutt street talk that has harped on the topic. With the said magnitude of awareness there is now need to take a huge leap forward through providing support to aspiring entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship leads to investment and job creation

Entrepreneurship is the ingenious act of spotting an economic gap and marshalling the available resources in an efficient manner to move into that gap. It leads to investment and job creation. In spite of it being the most imminent way of solving both the social and economic woes bedevilling developing countries like Zimbabwe, little has been done for its promotion.

A lot has been said in encouraging entrepreneurship by the government, civic society, academic institutions and the corporate world. Why then does it seem like little change has been felt since such calls have been made for such a long time? Lest we change our approach to solving the problem, the status quo won’t be averted. Zimbabwe needs entrepreneurial education from a tender age supported by entrepreneurial promotion at a ripe age. By this I mean, pupils have to be taught entrepreneurship in schools and they then find the support they need to start-up as they are maturing.

An array of challenges is affecting aspiring entrepreneurs in their savvy and zeal to establish successful enterprises that can change quite a good number of livelihoods in the country. Main constraints include negative interference in markets, such as over-regulation and bureaucracy by government arms, especially in the process of registering a new start-up. This kind of interference is also being exerted by larger enterprises in the form of monopolies, collusion and unfair trade practises. In such cases, the government has to intervene to maintain fair competition for the protection of start-ups and promotion of entrepreneurship.

Challenges Entrepreneurs Face

Due to the said challenges, too many entrepreneurs are currently working in the informal sector of the economy. Few businesses are registered. Many of their businesses suffer from fluctuating production and have difficulties accessing capital and wider markets, poor infrastructure and other amenities and lack of structured land tenure system. All of these challenges are characteristic of the informal sector. Coupled with all of these, are government policies on increased taxes and ill-timed market liberalization which has meant that some entrepreneurs have been forced out of business or leading to static business growth.

The introduction of innovation and new products and services by entrepreneurs thrives in an environment where governments create the enabling atmosphere. This can be achieved through the use of institutional and policy objectives to establish the best conditions possible enabling individuals to bet on the future with the goal to creating value. Empowering people to take entrepreneurial initiatives and helping them to build formidable businesses has been one of the most effective ways of reducing poverty and putting  peoples  life into their own hands.

Entrepreneurship can only flourish in Zimbabwe if the government can help in removing the barriers to business start-up. The government can also encourage start-ups through the use of an incentive-based structure of taxation and regulation that rewards initiative and calculated risk-taking. Simple rules of registration allow businesses to start up quickly and get on with the task of providing goods and services to the market thereby contributing to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country. The level of regulation affects whether entrepreneurs make the positive choice of entering the formal economy instead of the informal. A positive choice will ensure more revenue to the government in terms of tax inflow and the plight of the people will also be uplifted as more wealth is created and more jobs are also created.

Promoting a Culture of Entrepreneurship

A stronger culture needs to be promoted among those who are not entrepreneurs especially the youth are an important target group in this cause. They can be encouraged to think about business ownership as a career option and to combine it with technical skills. Promoting such a culture among youth can be effected through the education and training system. The government can then take part in making the environment conducive for small business that can go a long way in poverty reduction through the development of vibrant and productive small enterprises.

About the Author: Francis Chinjekure

Francis Chinjekure is a Real Estate Research Officer at Real Estate Investor Zimbabwe and also the Director of Young Entrepreneurs Society Zimbabwe which is an association of Young aspiring entrepreneurs, College students, Young business people and Mentors/Established business people.  He holds a Bachelor of Technology Honors degree In Financial Engineering from the Harare Institute of Technology. To find out more, connect with him by email on fchinjex@gmail.com, phone +263 773 755 273, YES Zimbabwe blog, LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.

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