Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank. Proverbs 22:29 (NIV)

Have you ever thought of starting a business of your own, but you are confused about the right one to choose, or you are thinking of building up a business that can care for your future after leaving a salary-paying job? Have you struggled to save money to start a business, but the money couldn’t just come? You may just be the next millionaire and another legend in business if you can turn your most cherished hobby and talent into a viable business just like many people are doing these days.

Turning your talent into a business does not require so much capital from you as what you only require is a self-discovery. You may have been taught that you were born unlucky without any useful talent. You may also have been taught that your hobby is momentary excitement and cannot make you a living fortune. I am telling you today that you have got a good treasure that can fetch you a lifetime fortune. You may not have observed this in the past, but I encourage you to please read on.

Peter Dickson was 19 years old when he got admitted to study pharmacy in one of the Nigerian universities in 1993. Just like many of us, he grew up with the creative talent in drawing and painting which consequently became his hobby over time. His passion for his hobby became stronger when Peter got to the university as he often engaged himself with drawing and creative painting during his free time. In his early days in the university, he enjoyed designing cards and other artistic walks for friends freely until he got to 300 level when the pressure to commercialise his hobby became apparent as he could no longer sustain himself with the monthly allowance coming from his parents. The first commercial job he got came from his course meet in the university who requested him to design a wedding card and a portrait of a couple that came from England to Nigeria for the wedding ceremony. The creative idea of Peter in the way he designed the portrait was beautiful and magnificent, and this attracted overwhelming comments from the couple, their friends and family members. The couple returned to England after the wedding ceremony with the portrait and later hung it conspicuously in their living room.

Providence smiled on Peter when the originality of the portrait enthralled one of the couple’s family members who was the head of Africa at centre in one of the universities in London in the portrait. Three months after that, the university don invited Peter to London to participate in an exhibition for African arts in his university. Peter participated in the exhibition very actively. His work was reported as one of the best works at the location and consequently won some prizes. Through this presentation, he got his first contract running into thousands of dollars. Two years after that, Peter graduated from the university and was advised by his mentor to turn his hobby into a full-time business. Today, Peter is making a good living from the business with two offices; one in London and another in Nigeria. He is not only a multimillionaire, but his works have continued to make within most of the African art markets but locally and at the international level.

Talent and hobbies have continued to be a reliable source of financial freedom, and they are the easiest way to build a multimillionaire business requiring little or no capital. In Nigeria today, there are many people that have turned their talent and hobby into a high time business; even though some of us have the same talent and enjoy the same hobby, we have continued to pay to enjoy the same thing we have in abundance simply because we do not know how valuable what we have could be until it gets to the market.

More and more Nigerians are becoming millionaires by exhibiting the potential in their talent and hobby. Just recently, another Nigerian by the name, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was reported to have won the 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book award by moving her most cherished writing hobby be an excitement to produce the award-winning Purple Hibiscus novel.

There are significant numbers of multimillion Naira businesses in the world today whose origin can be traced to a mere hobby. Research has also confirmed that the world will continue to produce more profitable businesses out of passion and hobby simply because such businesses usually have resistance to early collapse and failure. In Nigeria particularly, there is a growing awareness of the need to turn excitement and talent into commercial activities. For instance, very many of us are familiar with celebrities like Kanu Nwankwo, Dayo Olomu, Bisi Olatilo, Wale Adenuga, Tade Ogidan, RMD, Ali Baba, Joke Silva, Dele Momodu, Lagbaja, Omotola Jolade-Ekide, Liz Benson, Kenny Ogungbe, Dayo Adeneye, Dele Olojede, Niki Africana, Benny Obaze (Bevista), Seye Kehinde, and many other Nigerians who have turned their talent and hobby into international business. All the names mentioned above and many others that are doing very well in their hobby turned businesses are living proof that you too can build a profitable business out of your hobby.

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