My challenge as an entrepreneur (4) – Fola Daniel Adelesi

While working for somebody else who didn’t really see who I was, I learnt a lot. I had some expectations and I must confess that some of the expectations were not met. Apart from the fact that the expectations were not met I expected a better treatment from this person who was the boss. We had an agreement that I was to be paid but while working with this guy I still had Edible Pen running. My conferences were up and my consultations were up. I had some students from the university coming to me and I did business proposals for them. I also had a number of young adults coming to me because they admired some of the things I was doing. They also liked the way I talked and really wanted to invite me to speak in some meetings.

From time to time I was going to speak and I was returning to the office of the guy I worked with. I wondered for months why the guy didn’t pay what he had agreed to pay. I knew the office in an out, or so I think, and I knew that the problem of the office was not really funds. I think it had to do with mismanagement and that he had more than the people he really needed. This is one problem that some other young businesses face. They think they do not have enough money but when they check their cash flow they will realize that they actually have more than enough money to run the business, pay salaries of people working for them and then to do all the things they really need to do for the business to survive. At some point I made moves to counsel my boss who was about six or seven years older concerning his business. I talked to him about saving some money for some time and then turn the money over into investment because I am not a party to investing for a long time. He heard all of these but did not make any move.

For some reasons I was glad at the end of the day that he did not pay me for more than six months of work with him. I really got tired of the job but was learning some thinks. I had become a computer literate not by going to a computer school but by learning the computer from people around who knew how to handle the computer. I asked questions and spent several hours on the computer. This was how I learnt to use the computer. When I started working with this person, I also learnt how to work on the audio and this has helped my public speaking today. I don’t do anywhere to speak without recording my speeches once my laptop is available and my mp3 player is available. He did not teach me how to use the mp3 player for the audio production but I found out a software I could use while working with him. In the process I handled video camera when we covered events and he did the editing of the videos. I also handled business proposals, my own field that I brought into the business, for some of the ideas we generated to work with.

While all did not end well or as planned let me say to you that if any other thing was lost, I still gained something that will forever be useful to me in my public speaking. There are copies of my cds that have been sold in several places today simply because of that discovery I made while working with him. It was more than six months of work without pay but I found out one thing that is fetching me much more than he could have paid me if he made attempts to pay.

… 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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