I have been silent on this blog in the recent times, not because of my laziness but because I am committed to the real world. Yeah, you heard me right. The real world! It is easy to come up with wonderful posts, but bringing them to action, particularly taking the lead does not come easy.
While I was away, I got myself in some things that are bigger than me, and I have learnt that you do not need everyone to believe in your dreams at the beginning of your journey. The most disappointing but interesting part of your story will be the unexpected disapproval you are going to get from your immediate surroundings.
Sure, in this post, I am going to tell you only one of the bigger things ( It will be so voluminous to give you the account in a single post ) I got
myself into, so as not to bore you out. I promise, you will read the details in subsequent posts.
Connecting young and brilliant minds together, motivating aspiring entrepreneurs, in a city whose larger proportion of young natives have forsaken the land for metropolitan cities and abroad; looks so unachievable until I defied the odds.
I created YouABLE, a young entrepreneurs group, to bring young and promising youths together, to develop and execute models that will solve problems in our society; and to attract natives in the diaspora to come and invest in my city.
As inspiring as it sounds, executing the initiative was not a stroll in the
park. I learnt a lot from the experience. I realized that not everyone will buy into my idea at initial stage. Yet, everybody will get on the boat when I am producing results.
At the start of your journey to a ground breaking solution, the naysayers,
who I categorize as the firefighters will set in first. They will see your idea as crazy, unattainable and ‘im’possible. From this stage, you should be smart enough to draw reasons why you should not give up on your dreams. In fact, if you inwardly look at their words, you will see ‘im’possible as “I’m Possible”
In the pursuit of your goals, you will also encounter another set of people
who are indifferent with what you see, I call these people onlookers. They will not give outright condemnation nor nod agreement to your idea, but they sometimes expect results. The moment they feel your idea is becoming productive, they may give you backing.
From experience, the pioneer respondents to your initiative are your close relatives and friends. Most of them tend to be firefighters and onlookers who do not support your idea or do not care about it, no matter how brilliant it looks.
So, how do you conquer the firefighters to allow you glow everywhere? Identify firelighters, by surrounding yourself with those on a same mission as you. Your dreams may be different, but you all share some things in common: having a dream, visualizing the dream, setting goals to actualize the dream, sharing the idea with people and supporting others while helping self to achieve dream. These rare people (Firelighters) may be among your family, friends, associates or even total strangers.
Those who share in your vision, believe in your dream and support your
idea, even if they have iota of pessimism, are your firelighters. Identify with these few people and set the ball rolling. Yes, you may only have a handful of them, but I tell you, it is fine. You do not really need multitudes to pull strings.
On a final note, when firefighters are coming with negativity from
different directions, please do not give up! In most cases, their responses signify that your idea is unique and great. It is your responsibility to identify with the firelighters to ignite the light, which will eventually grow beyond the hands of firefighters, who are to join in the lighting when the impossible is becoming possible.
“If everyone says you don’t have a chance, never give up your dreams” –
He is an entrepreneur, writer, barber and interior designer. Abiodun discusses and writes about entrepreneurship, leadership, business and economy.
He has interest in luxury, art, fashion, travel and technology.
Abiodun is passionate about sport, particularly football (soccer) and boxing.