My challenge as an entrepreneur (57) – Fola Daniel Adelesi

Walkie-talkie was something I always thought about but sometimes I get to a point as an entrepreneur that I begin to consider “walking-tangueing”

I am sure you have never heard that before but you already have an idea of what it means but in case you don’t then I am talking about walking and having to speak in tongues as a result of the challenges you are going through. One day I was returning from one of my television series and I thought I would have been able to get a buyer for one of my books in the studio but I didn’t so I had to start walking home. I first checked into a bookstore to see if they would be able to remit some funds from what they sold but they could not because the shop attendant had to first inform the mangers so I was still left with only one option and that was walking home.

I could have walked home as a bitter person but one of the things I have made up my mind never to do is to be bitter in whatever circumstance I find myself. I want to be responsible for the actions that I take and that means I will not complain about what I am going through if I chose to go through it in the first place. As a way to get out of the trap of being bitter I just knew that the best thing to do was to “tongue-walk” – speak in tongues as I walk on the street – rather thinking about those who are supposed to help that did not help.

In the middle of all these it began to drizzle and just then I knew I was going to drenched by the time I get home because I didn’t just feel comfortable about staying back under any shed if at all there was any. I did not know how long it was going to rain so I kept going in the midst of the light showers. At some point it became heavier and a few minutes after that it stopped then it sun came up brightly. I thought that was it but before I could finish the thinking the sun was down and the rain was coming again. I kept “tongue-walking” but it looked as if a slab in front of me didn’t just respect the tongues. I hit the slab inadvertently with my right foot and off went the strap of my sandal.

At the point the issue was no longer the rain because I had to think of what to do with the sandal I was wearing. I knew that there was no penny in my pocket and just as it happened I saw a street cobbler walking by. I could not call him because there was no money to pay for his service and I do not have a beggarly attitude. I immediately removed the sandal, picked up and continued walking with the sandal in my hands. A sandal on one leg and none on the other was a little funny to me because I had to walk through the messy grounds of Mile 12 and some other places without a sandal on a rainy day.

It was not, for me, an interesting thing to experience but I know you can read and laugh about it now. All I could do was to “tongue-walk” or to use my “walkie-tongueing” because where I am going in life must be the focus and not what I am going through in life. If what you are going through becomes your focus you may never get to your destination in life.

Fola Daniel Adelesi - There will always be challenges
Fola Daniel Adelesi - There will always be challenges

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