Success: A product of work or luck – Fola Daniel Adelesi, ASM

I was involved in a national debate that was televised in about 46 countries of the world and I can Imagine the thoughts of the audience running wild as we were debating on that stage in Inspire Africa studios, Lagos, Nigeria.

I must register my belief that there is luck but it must be noted that fortune only favours the brave. You cannot wake up one morning and expect that everything will happen for you just because you believe in luck. You can only say that you are lucky after working at something and it works out the way you expect it or it has yielded more result than you planned for. I remember saying in a sarcastic manner during the debate, ‘if my co debater really believes in luck he shouldn’t have shown up for this debate, hoping to be lucky.’

If you are expecting to be lucky with something you have to work at it and know so that that you have put in your best. I cannot say that I expect to be so lucky with job opportunities without an educational background. I cannot study communications and expect to be so lucky that the president of the nation will say I should come over to serve as the Accountant-General of the Federation. I am simply trying to say that luck will often come as a result of your attempt to succeed at something by putting in your efforts.

Your work is very important but I need to say that the way you work is more important than the work you do. I have said repeatedly that some work hard and others work smart but only those who work smart get more reward for the work done.

Take a look at all the hard works around you and you will agree that the hardest worker will never end up among the richest people. Take a look at the guy who works on a construction site. He goes there daily and works hard till there’s no light to work again and is still paid peanuts. There is this other guy who only goes to supervise what is done and the one who is supervising what is done is making more money than the one who is really doing work.

With this you will understand that it is important to work but you have to work in a smart way. The richest people in the world today are people who make money from being smart workers and they are mostly trading information all over the world.

You can be very lucky but you must work and work very smart so that the rewards you get will be far more than the efforts put into the work.

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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