Tough times are in phases | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

Now I know this is not the kind of topic you expect to see from a motivational speaker but I’ve got to be real with you. I also understand that this is contrary to the popular quote of  Robert Schuller who said, ‘Tough times never last but tough people do.’ Maybe by the time you are done reading you may think that we really don’t disagree after all.

Why will people out there make you think that tough times will only come once in a while and in your lives you have seen so many tough times? I guess you will be wondering what is happening or asking why they are lying to you. I want to set the records straight. Sometimes, many of us misinterpret what we hear from our speakers or we only picked a few lines out of context. In some other cases, it is possible that the speaker did not fully express what was intended. So the blame may not always be on the listener.

I hope you are ready for the truth. So long as you are alive there will be tough times. There will be hard times to face. Someone said men are in sizes and life is in phases. So long as life is in phases you need to note that you will meet different challenges at different phases of your life.

Think about when you were in primary school. You eagerly wanted to get into secondary school. When you got into a secondary school, you started looking forward to getting into a university. All of that would not have happened if you did not scale the hurdles that you had to just to get to the next level.

You will write exams in primary school and just as you are getting so excited about your promotion, your new teachers start preparing your mind for the next level or the next challenge. So you already scaled one tough time writing a promotional exam and you got the promotion. If you want to go to the next level then you must start getting ready for the next tough promotional exam.

The interesting thing again is that as you go higher, the exams get tougher. The reason the exams get tougher as you go higher is because you are getting bigger promotions and you are also expected to have known more.

Let’s bring that examination scenario into our personal lives. You will see that as you are passing one test in life, you are getting a big break. And as you are getting the big break, you are facing a bigger test in life. If you can face the bigger test then you are ready for a bigger break.

You may not like to really hear this but there will be tougher times in some higher levels and that is not to scare you. it is to prepare your mind for it so that you know what you are up against. It is better to know than to be shocked when you have to face it without any option to turn around.

Remember that the tough situation or time is not the real issue. As I said in the article ‘focus on the goal,’ you can scale through all the tough times if your eyes are on the bigger break waiting for you rather than thinking more about the examinations you have to face.

So instead of saying that tough times never last, and that does not mean I am not optimistic, I simply say, ‘tough times are in phases and tough people can face them all.’ Are you ready to face the next tough time? Bear in mind that it comes with your next big break.

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.


  1. Reblogged this on Inspire and commented:
    Things to know when things are tough and rough:
    1. No condition is permanent.
    2. This too shall pass away.
    3. Never give up; when you refuse to give up, the situation will eventually give up.
    4. Be resilient and decide to be the last man standing.
    5. With God, nothing shall be impossible.

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