My challenge as an entrepreneur (17) – Fola Daniel Adelesi

Where to start something is not as important as starting what needs to be started! Every thing that needed to be sold was created in my room! Every service was cooked in my room and that was where I made all the necessary calls before going out to offices. I had a computer desk in my room and it was just a few feet a way from my bed so I could work till whenever I was tired and get in bed. Sometimes I slept for just two hours before returning to the computer system again. There were times I tried sleeping for just an hour but getting up after one hour would be very difficult. That’s when I realize that I had been working for too long without any rest so it looks as if somebody hit my back with bricks when I wake up. Sometimes after working for so long without realizing it, I wake up the following morning and just remain in bed because I can’t even lift my hand. There were times I was even too tired to pick my phone and make necessary calls.

Now I have learnt that if you do not rest you may soon go and rest in peace. I used to work so much that I begin to feel guilty if I stand for just a minute without doing anything so serious. I always question the results of what I am doing. I remember asking someone to get adequate rest and the person who was beside me said, ‘see who’s asking someone else to get adequate rest.’ That statement hit me. Sometimes it is common sense to sleep for two hours, wake up and go for games rather than return to work immediately. A movie could do the magic because some people will not take a two hour break so when they break down they are forced to go for more than two weeks break. I must confess that there were times I only knew I was working hard by the pains I felt in my body. Thank God for pains. If not some us will just work and drop dead all of a sudden.

I tried registering my company myself because I knew I would not be able to do business with some people if I didn’t. From the out set I wasn’t planning to be a local champion so I needed to do things the right way. I went the Lagos State branch of the Corporate Affairs Commission to do a name search for the business. I paid for the search and for the first file. I was to return the following week but the name was nowhere to be found. I returned the following week to check the name and it still was nowhere to be found. I kept checking until I got tired of looking for a name that was not lost. I was spending too much on transportation and nothing was forthcoming.

At a time I got a big idea and decided to invest something into it so that the returns from it would pay back the money. It was a project that some people were supposed to be a part of simply by advertising what they did with just N1000. Guess what! I invested my school fees in the project! Almost immediately there was unrest in school so the advertisement for the project flopped and only about five people responded. I could not go on with the project, my school fee was gone, participants were not forth coming, and above all I looked deceptive to the few people who gave me money. It was more infuriating because what they gave me was not up to quarter of the school fees that I put in. Corporate Affairs Commission had frustrated my registration because of ineptitude in a jet age when I could sit at home and do all registration from my computer making payments with my debit card. Upon all these, the deadline for payment of school fees was approaching and there were threats of forfeiting studentship! …to be continued

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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