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You are not financially stable until you have at least two to three streams of revenue. Let that sink for a minute. Any successful person will ultimately tell you that employment is a great way to earn our daily bread, but no one truly gets wealthy by relying solely on their monthly salaries or one source of income. There’s also a significant element of diversification of risks attached to this economic sense. 

Fortunately, it has never been easier to start an online business than today, where everyone has access to the internet, not to mention an influx of online information that is affordable and readily available. Let me rephrase that whole part. The Future of Education is already here; it’s called ‘The Internet.’ Whatever you want to learn is right there. From blogs, to podcasts, online courses, you name it! The only barrier is discipline. With a conscious search, you can easily access credible information and online courses that are tailored to suit your need(s).

It is said that a life without reflection is a life half-lived. As we go about life, we always have to stop once in a while, look around, evaluate our actions, and pose questions to ourselves. It is in this light that I invite you to take a trip with me to my mind. Today we talk about one of the most significant topics that most people are afraid to address. I will call it as it is, straight and direct with you. I will challenge you, and leave you re-evaluating your course of life by the end of this article, or at least it’s what I aim for. To replenish your reasoning and purpose in life. Let it keep you awake for the next couple of days, weeks, for you to step up and be a person of more value. Why would anyone settle and stay average anyways, barely ‘existing’, when there’s so many opportunities for growth, that would accord us high standards of life, and that of our posterity.

Quick question; How often do you call yourself to a meeting? To literally take yourself out for coffee, evaluate your progress, tell off your retrogressive habits/addictions, and pat yourself at the back for your successes or strides in life? Anything that’s not serving your goals and growth in life adds up to a groupie I call ‘demons’ that are responsible for keeping status quo in your life, or worse off, lowering your value socially and economically. It could be bad habits, toxic people, slacking in your comfort zone, lacking the self-drive to take action and get things done, not to mention the mother of them all, the ‘demon of procrastination.’

Still wondering why you must learn an online skill and start an online business?

Let’s ponder on the following soliloquies that I gathered to awaken our minds:

There’s a new order happening in life today, a major disruption in how we do business and how we go about our daily lives, ‘the digital disruption.’ It is said that about 40% of the jobs today will be scrapped by the advent of technology in the next five years or less. We have already witnessed companies systemize their operations thereby laying off their staff to cut on costs. As such, do you possess varied skills to cushion yourself should the dreaded disruption happen in your line of career/business?

How many streams of income do you have currently apart from your job or business?

What more can you do with what you have?

Are you easily replaceable in your current job or career setting? Do you understand the dynamics of your career as to acknowledge the high number of overqualified people looking every day to replace you should you slack or underperform?

Before you mark me out as a pessimist who’s here to wish misfortunes in your life, please take a minute to think through it all. I took it upon myself to challenge the status quo. This is a sensitive topic that most of your normal ‘friends’ and colleagues are afraid to discuss openly, leave alone to bring up. Whereas we can’t fight a revolution whose time has come, we can ‘be intentional’ about equipping ourselves with some valuable online skills that if well mastered, can turn out to be our greatest assets and sources of livelihood. There is never a downside in learning a new skill. No time or resources is ever wasted in learning a new skill, regardless of whether you apply it right away or later in your life. Attaining such knowledge is in itself a valuable asset that no one can rob you off, no matter the downturns of life.

Learning to trade online Forex and CFD’s, for instance, would be a great place to begin. A lot of varied information and views have been said about this profitable venture. Those who begin by acknowledging that they need proper education and mentorship to be professional traders soon reap from endless profits available in the forex markets every day. I must caution and insist, it is not a get-rich-quick business, as many would assume. One has got to adopt the mentality of approaching Forex as a business right from DAY ONE. That way you learn and keep your mind engrossed on how the business actually works.

Unfortunately, those that uphold this misplaced assumption are soon proven wrong, and they never live long enough to cross on the other side of making consistent profits in the long term from trading the markets. At Fourthstreet Consultants, we offer a comprehensive online course that allows you the freedom to learn from anywhere, and better still, access unlimited mentorship from our consultants both physically at our offices, and on phone or skype. Since the launch of our online course about two years ago, we have trained over one hundred new traders, varying from the working class, to students, to business people across all ages. Forex trading is an art that you learn and practice, and is for the take for anyone out there regardless of the educational background. Some of our trained traders have turned out to be corporate traders in financial institutions, while others choose to trade on their own and simply earn a living at the comfort of their homes.

Whereas all this sounds like a great deal of making a living, and it indeed is one of the most rewarding online skills anyone can invest and learn, it comes with a lot of hard work, focus, and the discipline to adhere strictly to the concepts and rules of the business. The most challenging part is usually mastering how to control one’s fear and greed, and of course learn profitable trading strategies while managing the risk exposure. No one should ever purport that one can learn trading the markets without proper education and mentorship from experienced traders, and ‘mint’ money overnight, or get-rich-quick from trading the markets. As Fourthstreet Consultants, we pride ourselves as the first Online Forex educators to be certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA), which is the official government licensing body for industry-oriented courses and trainers. This certification allows us to offer certificates at the completion of the course that builds on your portfolio.

In a world where there’s too much-clustered information with all the ‘noise’ and unprecedented motives online, our course is professionally packaged and tailored to equip you with exactly what you need to get you right on track. With an experience of over ten years, our team of consultants understands your needs, and how to empower you through the learning curve until you can trade independently and profitably. Those with a keen eye for this exciting venture can begin here.

Other valuable online skills that one can partake apart from Trading the Forex & Indices include graphic design, coding, content writing, data analytics, transcription services, amongst others. Nowadays one can learn literally anything online. Even rocket science! At the end of the day, make sure to learn at least one or two online skills that would give you the most value, and earn a living from them.

Here’s the best part. If you live long enough to practice and master your online skill, you’ll have gathered enough experience and knowledge to create an online course, to teach and empower others, just like we do right here at Fourthstreet Consultants, thereby creating a timeless additional source of income for you. It’s a win-win for you, Right??

As we wind up, let’s take a moment to review some of the main benefits/reasons why learning a money-making online skill is a MUST for you:

  1. Stability & Control Over your own life
    No one wants to hear this, but it is a fact that you have limited control over your life when your income is tied to a process you don’t control. Businesses suffer losses and eventually close, companies merge, and others get bought out. There’s no better way to be in control of your financial freedom than to learn online skills and start an online business where you’re not affected by any of the aforementioned factors.
  2. Freedom
    Imagine living a life where you have no meetings, not bound to work from one place. All you need is your laptop and access to the internet and you’re good to go. You set your schedules for work and holidays. You don’t have to spend hours on traffic and beat crazy work deadlines.

    Your family gets the most of your time. What’s better than taking your daughter out for swimming on a Tuesday afternoon, just because you can! You simply own time. You’re your own boss.

  3. High Scalability
    The potential of the income that you can generate from an online business is simply unmatched. For instance, successful forex traders get to compound on your returns, as well as set up an investment fund as long as you can prove your skills and worth to potential investors. And better still, your income will not be a function of your time. You still get to follow your schedule and discipline of trading, but now with a bigger capital margin.

    If need be, and as you grow in your career, you may choose to systemize your trading so that your money works for you as you sleep.

In the words of Nelson Mandela – “There’s no Passion to be Found Playing small, and settling for a life that’s less than the one you’re capable of living.”


Joshua Matumo


Financial Trader, Enterpreneur, Writer.

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