At the recently held book signing of Lanre Olusola’s new book, The Money Book, at Laterna bookstores in Victoria Island – I asked the renowned motivational speaker for the five basic principles of life. These are the secrets he shared with me:
“A few people have asked me what the 5 basic principles of life are and I’d usually quote Socrates, one of the greatest philosophers of our time – when he was asked, what are the three most important things in life, he said:
1. Know your self
2. Know your self
3. Know your self
The person that asked him that question inquired why he gave the same answer three times and Socrates said, ‘if you do not know yourself, you cannot become yourself’.
So, the first principle of life is to:
1. Know who you are
2. Know why you are here – what is the purpose for which you exist. People exist because of purpose and people remain in existence because their purpose is still relevant. Francis Bacon said, “it is a sad fate for a man to be well known by everyone else but still unknown to himself”. It is important for you to understand the reason for your existence and the purpose for which you exist.
3. Know the solution that you were born to be and the problems that you were created to solve. Focus on solving those problems and you’ll create value in your life.
4. Discover your passion, discover your talent and your gift
5. Turn your passion, talent and gift into profit. Turn it into value and as you consistently remain who you’re born to be, consistently do that which you’re created to do, consistently live to create value and add value into people’s lives – you will find fulfillment and satisfaction in your life.
I pray that you find happiness as well and you consistently move from where you are to where you’re supposed to be; even as you follow these five (5) principles”.