Eating your yam of lies | © Fola Daniel Adelesi.

I am sure you know what a tuber of yam is and you probably have also eaten it before. If you have then you are probably wondering what ‘yam of lies’ is all about. Or is there anything like that? Just wait till you are done reading this. It will be something that you need to remember for a long time and also work with in your life.

One day I heard a simple illustration from someone I can’t remember right now. I think someone lied around him or he was just playing around with proverbs then he came up with this interesting one. He said, ‘if a man has only two (2) tubers of yam and claims that he has five (5), by the time he is done eating the real tubers of yam that are just two he will have to eat the remaining lies – the nonexistent tubers of yam.’

What that meant to those of us who heard it then was that if you claim to be bigger than what you really are, you will have to live in deceit to live up to the false impressions you have already given. If you have only two tubers of yam and that’s what you have told everyone, no one will expect more than two tubers of yam from you. And if you never gave people a larger than life impression you will of have to struggle to keep up with you deceit or larger than life image.

Without dragging this too much I think the morale of the story is simple. Just be who you are and don’t say you are more than what you are. If you don’t do that then your life will be very simple or less complicated.

Be careful when you talk or when you are tempted to brag. Those who talk and sound very big in order to create a big impression about themselves easily run into trouble. Their mouths are the fastest routes to trouble. At the end of the day when trouble comes it will be followed by disgrace.

You have nothing to lose for being just who you are and letting people see you just the way you are. Go on and live a less complicated life so you don’t have to eat tubers of lies instead of tubers of yam!

Fola Daniel Adelesi
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About the author Fola Daniel Adelesi

Fola Daniel Adelesi is a professional public speaker who also trains other speakers. He's a highly engaging training facilitator and he holds his large audience spell bound when speaking at gatherings. Apart from his several platforms which include banks, insurance companies and religious organizations where he facilitates trainings, he has been a part of some national television shows and he spoke so intelligently. He's an author, business consultant and highly skilled master of ceremony with excellent poise and diction. He was on the Debaters TV reality show season 1, he presented 'You Can' on Radio Continental in 2011 and he did motivational segments on Galaxy TV from Dec 2008 to August 2009. Fola Daniel has authored at least 5 books including ‘Writing Business Proposals,’ ‘The Mentoring father’ and ‘Get up and hit that goal.’ He talked about Social Media on - An ICT Show on Lagos Television from August 2015 to late 2016. He’s a regular guest on some national tv platforms (including Channels TV and Television Continental) and a delight to their audience. He trained as a communications professional, works as a business consultant and was also trained at Lagos Business School in collaboration with Google as a Digital Business Manager. He is the President and CEO of the Edible Pen Group.


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