March 14th, 2016

How I Found The Courage To Start And Run My Businesses


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Have you ever wanted to do something really important with your life? Right; I recognise the feeling. It wasn’t easy for me to quit my job as well, but a part of me really needed to take that next step.

You know, after the glow of my NYSC wore off, I wondered if I had made a huge mistake following a friend to a small town where I didn’t fit in. I went from a city socialite; studied physics to being a farmer, marooned on an island of Soya beans. You can imagine how I felt when I was offered a job in engineering company. I just jumped at the chance, it was such an exciting time in my life. Forwarded days, I came home on a very weekend, and discovered the river near a house was rising, so I pulled on work boots and went down to the river with the friend. We started throwing sandbags, we worked all night holding back the wall of water. When the sun rose, I got to tell 15 families that it was safe to go home again. I didn’t know what my purpose really was until that rainy day. I just needed only to look deep inside myself and find the lost me.

The smile made me really and really think how important what we did to countable number of these families, plus the joy derived from seeing the smile on their faces. Sometimes the hardest save to make is not a stranger in a burning building, is the closest soul to you. We all need to be honest with ourselves, because every person was born with instinct ultimately to create a balance with nature and that’s ultimately yourself.

It was not fearlessness but rather the courage to confront it, arising from a burning desire to make my own path and not be subject to the whims of a boss’ poor business decision or a job loss to the poor economy. If I fail, it is on my head, not on someone else’s. That’s really the thinking that pushed me to now having four different businesses.

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I had an interesting twitter conversation with BENEFiT (@Benefitonline61) that made me realize some things and pull this story for entrepreneur wannabes: Sometimes you just need someone to believe in you to find the courage in yourself to overcome your fears. This is why looking for a supporting friend or community is so essential.

Think and do something every morning that you will never give up on, let that attitude drives you to acquirement. Were you ever fortunate enough to sight Southern Cross? These are five stars arranged in cross form. I read Magellan used them to find true south whenever he got lost. It gave him a strength to keep going. Do yourself a good too, find a motivation, keep going and don’t relent in your quest!

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4 Responses to How I Found The Courage To Start And Run My Businesses

Wow!!! This is a great story!!! Thanks for sharing this! I know that you have the seed of greatness in you. 4 businesses now?! Common on brother!!! You are doing very well!!! Please, don’t stop until you become the next DANGOTE!!! To your success brother!!!

  • March 16th, 2016 at 11:33 pm
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What it only takes is to find the courage and look deep inside to discover the self power of achievement. Nice tips.

  • March 17th, 2016 at 6:40 am
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This is an inspiring piece. I’m highly inspired myself. But nevertheless, I’d like to add, if you find no one to encourage or motivate you, do encourage yourself. Not every good idea would get quick support. In fact, especially when it’s an innovatively spectacular one, you’ll likely get more boos or chants of discouragement than voices saying “Kudos! Go ahead!”.. Whether this happens or not, just remain ever focused, determined and courageous to achieve your goal, accomplish that feat and bring to realization that especial idea nobody has thought of or not. It’s possible and you can do it! Embrace the Spirit of self-motivation and like the writer advised, find and surround yourself with people who’ll motivate you and who’ll present themselves as pragmatic beams of hope, to tell you “keep moving on” even when the tunnel seems to get darker, “for soon you’ll reach that ‘light’ of success and fulfilment!” You’ll find out that those who discouraged your idea, most often than would come to patronize your product, when it becomes to successful realization. Ultimately and more importantly, you need God in every aspect of your journey to success! There’s indisputably no better partner and motivator than He is!

  • April 18th, 2016 at 9:06 am
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Nobody needs more motivation than what you just wrote. We are glad for this coming from you. Deborah.

  • April 18th, 2016 at 10:47 am
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