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Personal Finance: Make a Habit of Reinventing Yourself

What do Floyd May­weather Jr, Hilary Clin­ton, Jay Z, Michael John­son, Luis Figo, Bill Gates, former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Andy Murray, Aare Afe Babalola SAN, and our dear presi­dent-elect, General Muham­madu Buhari (rtd), have in common? One thing is sure, they’ve all increased their earning power.

Dr Doyin Okupe may be eating his words now, for once mocking the then pres­idential candidate of the op­position, saying Buhari had not improved – reinvented -himself in donkey years. Well, the rest is history. The president in waiting is a work in progress. Make no mistake about it, this is not a political piece.

I know it may not be rocket science, but from looking at the list, it is hard to find which common thread runs through them or which dots connect a for­mer American First Lady to a reigning world boxing champion.

Perhaps it might help if I include the duo of our out­going President, Dr. Good­luck Jonathan and former Minister of Education, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili in the group. What is that one thing that these people have in common? To be honest, you may still not be able to figure it out. I’ll actually be surprised if anyone can easily find the common de­nominator between these folks at the snap of a finger.

Reason being, how does one lump former Real Ma­drid and Portugal’s football legend, Figo with former president, Obasanjo? Be­sides, considering that Eze­kwesili had been a thorn in the flesh of the current ad­ministration for some time, it’s almost unthinkable that she could be placed in the same bracket with Jona­than. Okay now, the waiting is over. The one thing that all of them have in common is that they used to have a previous life from the one they now live. In other words, the career they now have is not what they previ­ously had. They’ve all had to reinvent themselves. The only exception is President Jonathan, who has to now reinvent himself into a statesman.

You may have heard that cliche that you don’t need to reinvent the wheel, but you need to copy these people if you don’t want to become obsolete while still alive. That’s one of the starting points of sorting out your personal finance. Your just learn to reinvent yourself.

What does it mean to rein­vent yourself? One diction­ary defines it as, “to make yourself as if new,” to pres­ent ( something) yourself, in a different or new way and to make major changes or improvements to – some­thing. Mrs. Clinton did that, she used to be a First Lady, she made changes to herself and became a politi­cian, then a diplomat. Now a contender for the White House. Obasanjo started in the barracks, then rein­vented himself and went to the farm. He made changes again, became civilian president after being locked away by the late General Sani Abacha. He made a couple of changes after eight years as president and became statesman and author.

Ezekwesili used to be a two- time Minister, but saw a gap in society and became a Bring Back Our Girls campaigner. It’s opened some doors for her, includ­ing the chance to speak at Oxford next Tuesday.

Why should you reinvent yourself in the first place?

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To be concluded next week.

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