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Perhaps your ideas cannot yet be valued at $22 billion in revenues yet, but this does not mean they are cheap. Just wait for the day of proper valuation, to see; it is coming. As long as your idea is God-inspired, you have leverage. In the Lord’s scheme of things, your ideas would get their maximum value.

_**For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world. 1 John 5:4**_

However, you must hear this again and again: there is room always for little beginnings. This must sink into your deepest recess, percolate into your marrow, so you never misread the gauge and abort a glorious dream on a whim or out of resignation.

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Do not waste a glorious future fearing the present meager circumstances. Nevertheless, when it is right to transit higher, do not become marooned at the bottom rung!

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When Akio Morita, the late founder of Sony Corporation (formerly Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha or Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation), a Japanese electronics manufacturer, took home the small stereo-cassette player from which his engineers had removed the record function, he soon recognized that this was going to be a popular item. And so was born the Walkman, one of the world’s hottest consumer electronics products!

Size is not necessarily an obstacle. Convention is immaterial. Orthodoxy or lack of it should not become and issue. In order that you do not dismiss this principle as applicable only to gigantic conglomerates and corporations, I would share personal illustration

As a university undergraduate, I rallied against the idea of some of my friends spending huge sums of money (in my estimation) buying imported greeting cards. Actually, the pomp turned into a competition of some sort. The unwritten rule was: big is best. The biggest and the most lurid cards gifts became campus gossip stable for days. Up until this time, I had never laid eyes on any hand-made greeting card. Nevertheless, I had the idea that such a concept was possible.

Not only that, I pictured campus as ready market; I sensed opportunity. Watching the card-buying frenzy, and recalling I had been an Arts student in Fine & Applied Arts in secondary school, why not make hand-made greeting cards? At once, I could see two unique selling points of the hand-made greeting cards: firstly, production would be limited and exclusive and, secondly, the air of made-with-you-in-mind was unbeatable allure. If the boys patronized me rather than card shops, it meant income from unexpected source.

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I approached a close friend with an offer when I followed him card shopping for girlfriend’s upcoming birthday. I suggested I make him a hand-made card at a fraction of the card shop price. My enthusiasm swayed him when I persisted, so he agreed. He paid me fifty Naira with which I purchased Card boards, felt-tip pens, adhesive and razor blade. Working off the top of my father’s old bookbinding table passed down to the boy’s room, I made my first hand-made card. And a rewarding enterprise that expanded to include handcrafted invitation cards and posters was born.

Word of mouth cheaply and quickly spread news of my productions about campus. Much to my father’s astonishment customers invaded our house with burgeoning orders. At a point, I was so busy producing my father was forced to volunteer to make the outsized envelopes for packaging. Much later, I went on to sell handcrafted cards in outlets outside the university campus. However, I could not commercialise this venture in the long run, but this inability did not stop me producing hand-made cards that brought me a level of comfort as an undergraduate



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