Professor Stephen Adei, former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) has advised Public Servants to search for and apply practical ideas that would make them rich.
“The way to become super-rich is to use your ideas,” Professor Adei now Chairman of the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) told a meeting of the staff and Volta Regional Committee of the Society in Ho recently.
He asserted that “most people are poor because they are looking to government to pay them to be rich”.
On the contrary, “if you look up to government you will die poor,” he said.
Professor Adei said lack of ideas towards making money rather than the lack of money itself was the major constraint facing individuals and organizations in the country.
He said he has problems with people who think that unless other people helped them they would be paralyzed.
“The feeling of we can't do it is a lie. We can do it,” he said of the ability of the GRCS to generate enough funds internally rather than over-relying on its foreign partners.
He said support would be forthcoming when there was evidence of personal efforts, commitment and tangible projects.
Professor Adei said sacrifices, self denial, setting one's priorities right, purposefulness and personal drive were essential ingredients to success in every endeavour.