December 28, 2000 was a day in history of my life, a letter was received signed by the Registrar of the Polytechnic, Ibadan Oyo State Nigeria “Termination of Appointment” I could not belief my eyes as I wondered what was going to happen next. The only offence that time for the termination of my appointment was that I was the Chairman of Senior Staff Association of University, Teaching hospitals, Research Institute and Associated Institution (SSAUTHRIAI) The Polytechnic, Ibadan Branch. We have had to go on strike to press home demand for better living of the Staff of the Institution. This was in collaboration with other two Unions on Campus ASUP and NASU.I was the only Union leader that had to lose his job.
The journey to survival began. I was just three years old in marriage. My second child just arrived-6 months old and my wife had no job. To survive became an issue. Several thought were going in me but most important was the one I was born with –POVERTY MENTALITY. I could not see any possibilities. All was dark and uncertain, then the process of trial and error. If I could do this business things can get better. Many of these so call Business ideas were tried but no one last long out of all.
Opportunity struck; a long time year one room mate appeared to give succour to my situation. He exposed me to needed information against the mentality of “if I get money, I will do this and this...”He opened my eyes to the needful and eventually I landed into the arena of information. I first met Bayo Adeleke in room J.8 Angola Hall in O.A.U., Ile-Ife as jambites. The room that produced Social Director of the Hall in 1986-Idea L’odu (Gbenga Akingbeyin) who is now a successful Lawyer. Since Bayo left Ife I came in contact with him again when I lost my job through BS- Biodun Salawu now a Professor in a University in South Africa
Having tried sales of pure water and Pepsi products in a small shop inside the Polytechnic, Ibadan to meet daily needs for me and my family, Extra moral classes that I organized at Oke ado which was made possible by donation from friends like Dr Olowofela (Now Professor) and Bayo Adeleke.
The years of no salary job became the pathway to becoming an entrepreneur. Reading and attending programmes that encourage entrepreneurship added energy to already developed interest. I became so much encouraged with the help of those who are already successful. The likes of Jim Rohn, Dennis Waitley, Robert Kiyosaki, Napoleon Hill, Chris Widener, ....just to mention a few.
I have resolved therefore that the messages of these great in my mail shall be released to my readers on this page on weekly basis. Follow me in this voyage.
“It takes time to build a corporate work of art. It takes time to build a life. And it takes time to develop and grow. So give yourself, your enterprise, and your family the time they deserve and the time they require.”
‘If you want to amend your errors, you must begin by amending your philosophy.”
“Our emotions need to be as educated as our intellect. It is important to know how to feel, how to respond, and how to let life in so that it can touch you.”
“Don't become a victim of yourself. Forget about the thief waiting in the alley; what about the thief in your mind?”