The convention in life is “if you don’t sow you can’t reap” or “whatsoever you sow is what you’ll reap.” So ordinarily, people don’t give any room in their minds at all to reaping where they’ve not sown.

For example, the accusation by the unprofitable servant of his Master paints this general picture of sowing before reaping in the society. It is recorded in Matt 25:24-25 thus, “Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.”

The self-centredness of the unprofitable servant, not wanting others to benefit from his labour at all, was the reason he refused to invest and multiply his talents. The Master described that attitude as “wickedness”. He collected the one talent from him and ordered that he should be thrown out.

The rich are rich because they know how to tremendously benefit from the efforts, work and labour of hundreds, thousands, and millions of other persons. No person, no government, no company can pay you a salary that is exactly what you are worth. The much they can pay you is what they think or estimate that you’re worth. That is why you see workers embark upon strike actions for increase salaries and wages from time to time in government ministries and companies.

Truth is, hard work and income, sowing and reaping, planting and harvesting, and investing and profiting go round. If you want to make good money, you’ll not be able to be the sole consumer or lone beneficiary of all the efforts of your hard work, sowing, doing business or investing. Smart people must always reap some good portion of the financial benefits of your work and labour; if you’re also smart, you’ll habitually reap some good financial returns of the labour, hard work or sowing of others. We want to show you how you can do it. After all, didn’t Jesus Christ tell his disciples in John 4:37-38, “And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.”

To harvest where you’ve not sown do the following:

(1) Leverage the hard work of others particularly in your field of endeavour. The wealthy are experts in leveraging other people’s hard work. Remember that leverage is the ability to accomplish much result with the least effort. For writers and bloggers, one effective way of leveraging other people’s labour is through guest blogging.

For instance, there are some bloggers who have already made a name and have become influential over the years such as Linda Ikeji, Bamidele Onibalusi (Nigerians), Neil Patel (London-born), etc. You can contribute a post or posts to their blogs in order to build relationships with them, and gain exposure and more traffic back to your blog through their already established online popularity and influence. In exchange, they receive a link to their own blog and can use that to further expand their online space and influence.

Today, it is not enough to work hard; it is far better and more profitable to work smart. Leveraging the efforts of others is not limited to blogging. You can always take advantage of and benefit from the hard work or even smart work of very successful and influential people in your field of endeavour. Some research on who are the influential people in your profession will enable you list them out; and a little more thinking will reveal creative ways you can leverage their investment of efforts over the years.

(2) Go for residual income at all cost. Residual income is about earning money without having to work for it. If you’re not working to earn it, then some persons must be working for you to earn it. Through an investment advisor, invest some of your savings in good or growth stocks. This way, you have an investment work for you. The other way is to have your business work for you. About two weeks ago we discussed “How To Use Business System To Multiply Your Wealth”. In the words of T. Harv Eker, “A business system is a repeatable process that produces a profit.” When you set up a business system, it runs your business on an ongoing basis, producing profit for you, even when you are not there. A business system is a smart way of getting hard working people to run your business.

We’ll post Part 2 of this article next week Thursday.