Many a time, I have failed and many a time, I have refused to give up - the reason which I still can't wrap my head around. Growing up as a child with no responsibilities and worries, life seemed perfect. You wake up with no worries and go back to sleep still with no...
Many a time, I have failed and many a time, I have refused to give up - the reason which I still can't wrap my head around. Growing up as a child with no responsibilities and worries, life seemed perfect. You wake up with no worries and go back to sleep still with no worries. The thing I have discovered is that as one ages, reality begins to set in, you begin to have a sense of responsibility which you have to give in your best to live up to otherwise, you feel empty. It sure comes with age and the feeling is never going away.
You may wonder why people keep pushing, struggling and hustling for daily bread and to meet ends meet even when it is a known fact that Life is just a phase which will surely pass - I often wonder too. You know, ordinarily, when you realise that all of your efforts and life hustles will one day come to nought, you ought to stop bothering yourself but by default, you just can't stop - the feeling is very mutual, life is happening and like I wrote, by default, we have been wired to not accept defeat and keep pushing.
When I count the number of Business failures I have encountered, I just wonder why I still keep pushing despite all the failures but then I came to understand that it is part of life for all Humans to keep toiling and sweating before we can get our daily bread. It is a will that is innate, the feeling comes naturally. It is why we even have the phrase, 'Try again' and why we have many Bus stops. If you aren't there yet, it simply means you haven't gotten to your Bus stop. You have to keep trying otherwise you will feel very empty.
While at the University (during my first degree), I started a Business which was by all means a good one but then several factors came into play, like my University not supporting Entrepreneurs then (no ease of doing business due to tight rules and regulations) and poor network affecting my sales. I lost out at the end because I had to return the machine I operated back to the Company I purchased it from for half the cost price - after losing a lot of my codes which the Company refused to refund me. But that didn't dampen my zeal. Post Uni, I tried about four other Businesses in a bid to raise capital for my present business which happens to be God's special blessing to me but despite their potentials, they didn't hold for long. However, the 'ginger' only got stronger.
My very last misfortune in Business saw me giving up on this Country, albeit only for a period. How do you explain losing all your sweat in one day to someone's dishonesty? A person I trusted to assist with the day to day running of my Business decided to steal all I entrusted in his hands. He must have suffered a lot to think stealing and absconding is the best way he can get out of poverty. I thought about the unfortunate incidence very well and it all boiled down to the fact that the System has failed a lot of people. Even though that doesn't mean one should steal, it goes a long way to show that a failed system can never hold its head in place. Problems will continue to arise and the funny part is the Government will continue to spend money to tackle the problems. Money that they have refused to use in building the Nation. Where is the wisdom in that?
Rather than set out on a revenge mission, I have decided to use the experience as a motivating factor to contribute my quota in the fight to tackle unemployment and eradicate poverty in Nigeria. It lit a burning passion in me. It is my passion to alleviate poverty by creating wealth and employment opportunities for everyone irrespective of their social or educational backgrounds.
There have been many lessons learnt and corrections made though. But one thing that strikes me is that despite all the disappointments, I still haven't given up. In fact, after the last encounter, I told myself that I have stopped believing in this Country but funny thing is that, the thought has faded away and I am more than ready to TRY AGAIN and TRY until I get it right for me, my family and the society.
My name is Odia Iyoha, I pledge to serve Nigeria through Entrepreneurship, so help me God.