My challenge as an entrepreneur (26) – Fola Daniel Adelesi

One of the things that I have settled in my mind is that challenges will never end. You will have to live with them for the rest of your life because it is challenges that will reveal who you are and they will be your tickets to access some locked doors. You don’t get promoted in life if you do not have some challenges you are dealing with and the challenges will make you credible enough to talk to some other people. Some people will tell you point blank that you are not qualified to talk to them if you have not been through what they have been through.


Your challenges are the certifications you have to counsel people around you. Don’t just grab the microphone when you only have the theories. I will advise you wait till you have been beaten, battered and bashed before you plan to address a group of people who have learnt the art of smiling through pains. You have read about two of my successful book launches and you may be thinking they were amazing. Before you start calculating without any reality in your mind let me give you a bit of what I went through after the launching.


Several cheques came in during and immediately after the book launch and some others did not come in instantly. As for the ones that I got immediately, some did not give me any problem but others did. I remember entering a bank and was told to contact the owner of the account. I am sure you know what that means. I got cheques from different banks and had to go from one bank to another nearly everyday. All these were not the real challenges since the money was coming in and I was doing some of the things I wanted to at the time. My real headache came with a cheque from an institution. It was a chque of N25,000 but I had to start counting days and then weeks and then months for the cheque to be finally approved. I was told to write a letter formally requesting action to be taken on the donation made publicly. After writing the letter I needed to wait for some time.


Several issues came up in the organizations and there were industrial actions in between. My letter was received in July but the approval for the cheque did not come until October. October! Yes you saw what I wrote clearly. Waiting for a cheque from July to October meant traveling for two hours from one state to another almost every week, though I had some other things to do there. So don’t think I was going solely for the cheque. It was not an interesting thing for me at all because the cheque had been spent before it came so the figure was just as useful as the paper on which it was written. Even though it tarried, I waited for it and it came to pass. One other thing I did not fail to do was to make sure that there is a copy of that cheque in my file. You know that the big name on the cheque can be a reference point for me later.


Waiting can be frustrating sometimes but it does help so wait for it.  

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