Let’s talk #Productivity – Part I

There is 97 out of 100 chances (97 percent probability) that you personally underestimate your capabilities and use very little (far less than 10 percent) of your true / hidden potential. This is the root cause of almost all the difficulties we face in life. Below is a radio discussion I participated in on the issue.


Defining Productivity

So, what is productivity, and why should you even care about it?

I give a practical illustration in the next section; however, if you want a general dictionary definition of this noun, then productivity is: “the quality, state, or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance, or bring forth goods and services;” or for the purpose of economics: “the rate at which goods and services that have exchange value, are brought forth or produced.”

For an objective, scientific measure or assessment (as employed in economics), productivity can be expressed as the ratio between the output volume and volume of inputs used in the production process, i.e. output per unit of input. Thus, it is an average measure of the efficiency of production; i.e. a measure of the efficiency of a person, machine, factory, system, department, sector, etc., in converting inputs into useful outputs.

Illustrations from Scriptures

In Matthew 25:14-30, a story is told of a master who gave talents (or resources) to three of his servants; to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; and Bible says: “to each according to his own ability.” Verses 16-19 record that: “he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.” Eventually, he returned the 1 talent back to the master.

You will notice that, at the point of rendering accounts, the first two were given equal remarks: Verses 21 and 23: “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” The same remark was given to the one who was given five talents, and the one who was given two; because their productivity were equal: they each doubled their initial inputs; so a ratio of 2:1 (or simply ‘2’) for each of them; same measure of productivity.

In a similar story in Luke 19:12-27, the master had 10 servants, and he gave each of them equal amount of resources: one mina each. But in this account, the first one earned 10 minas, by doing business with the initial 1 mina; the second earned 5 minas, by doing business with the initial 1 mina. Here, their productivity / productiveness were not the same; the first one was twice as productive as the second one, so when it came to getting their rewards, the first one was given more; twice as much. Indeed the first one (who had earned ten minas) was given charge of 10 cities, and the second one (who had earned five) was given charge of 5 cities. Fair deal! Remember each one was given just 1 mina to start with. As for those who did not do business with (or invest) their resources, let’s not even talk about them.

There are certain resources that God has given each one of us in equal measure. Can you name some? I will name two…

Time: Every person has 24hours per day at his / her disposal; what do you do with yours? Mostly idle chatter on social media; or truly learning even on social media, and other places on the internet; etc?

Brain power: Every person born into this world is a genius within; unless the brain is diseased.

I strongly believe that part of the accountability we need to give, especially whilst here on earth, is how well we utilise these two fundamental resources of achievement: Time, and Brain Power. Now, let me ask you…

Do you know your true potential?

What The Issue Really Is

Africa is very rich in natural resources, and almost all the people are very religious and have been praying fervently and consistently; besides the Universities, Polytechnics, Training Colleges, and Technical Schools produce numerous intellectuals – Professors, Doctorate Holders, Masters Holders, Diploma Holders, and a whole lot of people with serious academic credentials; some from very reputable universities across the globe. And yet a lot of the countries, including Ghana, are bedeviled with age old developmental problems such as indiscriminate littering, ignorance, illiteracy, diseases, unemployment, stack poverty and general underdevelopment. The question is: WHY IS THIS SO? And most importantly, WHAT IS THE SOLUTION/REMEDY?

This is the case primarily because of the prevalence of grossly low productivity among the populace; majority of the people have accepted to be less than they were born to be, and are thus accomplishing far less than their true capabilities.


I like to quote Paul Krugman; he says: “Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything. A country’s ability to improve its standard of living over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise its output per worker.” This is so true for a country as much as for you as an individual.

Let me emphasise that, especially here on earth, Life (or God) will reward you according to your productivity! And this applies to even countries, as much as to individuals. So for instance our gross domestic product (GDP) is a measure of how productive all of us have been as a people; it is a measure of our collective productivity.

In the next episode (You may click here for Part II of this presentation) I will be sharing some revealing statistics to better help you to appreciate how deep-seated the problem is, and then move on to share some remedial principles for helping ourselves out.

PS: Why / How I Got Into This #Productivity ‘Obsession’

What the reality is in Africa (as captured in ‘What The Issue Really Is‘ section above) has been a deep bother to me over the years. Somehow, I felt that a good test of my intelligence, and my most unique intellectual and practical contribution to knowledge, and especially towards the development of humanity, notably Ghana (and Africa) would be to find the solution / remedy / answer to the issue raised above; so I did! You may click here to see more.

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EGYIR is passionate about helping serious people like you to escape the most dangerous — common but avoidable — problem most people (rich, poor, educated, uneducated, religious, and non-religious alike) face in life. Also, he designs and builds beautiful, cost-effective and functional buildings, and graphics. And he helps executives, marketers, and business owners to make effective presentations; what you may call winning presentations. He is an Architect, a Designer, and a Life Coach. And an Entrepreneur. Especially as a life-coach, he has been popularly adjudged the best coach for excelling in education, increasing wealth, eliminating stress, and enjoying true fulfillment in life! Egyir understands life thoroughly and shares amazingly liberating insights from a uniquely empowering perspective. He has a firm conviction that, “The greatest tragedy in life is that majority of people have accepted to be less than they were born to be and are thus accomplishing far less than their true capabilities.” To that end, he authored (wrote) Purpose Compass, the exceptional life-coaching book that reveals 4 habits that are currently making your life difficult, or otherwise may soon make your life difficult, but which your parent, teacher, or pastor would dare not talk about; how to escape them and get to live a stress-free life of purpose faster! And 13 other equally amazing books that constitute the Zing4Life! Series. Egyir is also lead promoter of the electronic, trendy and amazing Smart Business Card, the only business card you’ll ever need, for the executive in you! He is a husband, and a father of two. Positionally, he is the Lead Founder and CEO of Seers, Associate of Arthro Synergeio, Lay Preacher of The Methodist Church Ghana, Global Lead Advocate of Zing4Life! and Volunteer Mentor with iMentor Ghana. To see more about him you may click here. #WeAreSeers | To get in touch with Egyir or to follow him on social media you may click here. #EgyirGuidesDaily | To support his writing & life-coaching social ministry you may click here. #SeersFoundation | To be part of Egyir's live sessions online at 20.30 GMT on Sundays you may click here. #TimeWithSeers |

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One: Sometimes you need someone to show you the obvious, and oftentimes… the not so obvious! Credit to ZigZiglar

Two: Education and schooling are not the same thing. What goes on inside the schools is often not education. And the results may well be that it reduces productive capacity rather than to increase it. Credit to Prof Sir William Arthur Lewis

Three: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Credit to Prophet Hosea

Four: The illiterates of the future are not those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn! Credit to Alvin Toffler

Five: The greatest obstacle to progress is not ignorance, but the illusion of knowledge. Credit to Daniel Boorstin

Six: When you know the right things, the boundaries around your life suddenly disappear. Credit to Brian Sher