As a Teacher, I teach on the subject matters I know and that I’m passionate about:
Leadership, Money and Taxes.

Ike IkokwuTo understand why I teach on leadership, I’ll reference Bill Gates and Warren Buffet as part reason why. When Gates and Buffet were asked for one takeaway from the book Business Adventures by John Brooks, a book they both say is the most important business book ever written, you know what they said? They said and I quote them: “There’s an essential human factor in every business endeavor. It doesn’t matter if you have the best product, the best production plan or the best marketing pitch. Why? Because you’ll still need the right people to lead and implement those plans.

So, I teach on leadership because it doesn’t matter your role in life, the truth is that your level of effectiveness in any role will be directly dependent on your leadership ability. Whether you’re a father, manager, CEO, or business owner, you’ve got to be an effective leader because everything rises and falls on leadership. At the end of the day, leadership is influence, nothing more and nothing less. Every role you assume in life, requires you to be masterful at influencing others. So it’s a very important topic and a skillset everyone should master.

When it comes to money, Les Brown says “Money is not the most important thing in the world, but it’s right up there with air.” I chuckle every time I hear Les Brown’s statement on money. Even the Bible says that “money is the answer for anything” and “no one can serve two masters, either they’ll love one and hate the other or be devoted to one and despise the other…. No one can serve both God and money.” Implicit in those comments from Les and the Bible is the fact that you need to learn to master money so it does not master you. Since money is the answer to everything, since it’s right up there with air, and since it needs to be mastered, it’s kind of obvious why I like teaching on money.

With regards to taxes, it’s been said that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. However, it was Will Rogers who said, “The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” In case you’ve not heard, income taxes are pretty complicated. With over 70,000 pages that make up the tax code, I’m sure you can imagine why. While we are all obligated as good citizens to pay taxes, there’s truth in what a Morgan Stanley advertisement once said, “You must pay taxes. But there’s no law that says you gotta leave a tip.

Now, I must say that I’m proud to be paying taxes in the United States. But, like Arthur Godfrey once said, “I could be just as proud for half of the money.” I believe that since business owners are the heartbeat of our economy, they should never pay full price for taxes when they could pay half price. So, to help fellow business owners pay their fair share and no more, I like to teach on this wonderful subject matter.

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