Overcoming Setbacks and Difficulties

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Overcoming Setbacks and Difficulties

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Overcoming Setbacks and Difficulties

By Ofonime Essien

Overcoming obstacles

120316-A-XN107-604 Soldiers climb an obstacle during a non-commissioned officer professional development event at Fort Bragg, N.C., on March 16, 2012. The soldiers, assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve Command headquarters, negotiated the obstacles and provided teamwork when necessary to complete each station. DoD Photo by Timothy L. Hale, U.S. Army. (Released)















Lou Holtz, a former American football player, coach, and analyst said “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”.

In life, things don’t always work out the way we would like. There was a time in my life that I couldn’t afford one square meal. I will wake up not knowing where the next meal will come from. Luckily, it was in the mango season. I will go inside the bush in Abuja, Nigeria eat mangoes, guava and cashew for breakfast. I will take some home in case there is no food for lunch. If I am lucky to get some money, I will drink garri with kulikuli (groundnut cake) for lunch. Again, if am lucky, I could drink koko (watery pap) and akara (beans cake) for dinner. If not, I will eat mango for lunch and dinner.

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To make matters worse, my late elder brother threw me out of his house because I demanded for the money he owed me. I slept on a bare floor and in the cold for days.

I started doing labourer’s job carrying blocks, cement and concrete for daily pay. One day, I got to the construction site, used part of the money I had for breakfast so that I will have strength to work. Unfortunately, I was not selected that day. I later learnt that those selected had been sharing their daily pay with the site engineer. I decided to check other sites but was late by the time I got there.

To get home, I had to trek for about 10.4 km before I could board a bus home with the money I had. I trekked from Aso Drive, Abuja- Nigeria to Area 1, Garki – Abuja, Nigeria. Life was terrible for me.

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Are you going through difficulties? Have you trekked several kilometers looking for a labourer’s job? And you couldn’t afford to buy soap, toothpaste or daily meal? If your answer to the last two (2) questions is No, then there is hope for you. If it is yes, come and consult me.

I didn’t crumble under the weight of poverty but decided to stare it in the face. I am where I am today because I persevered. I refused to give up. You can be anything or achieve anything you want if you persevere. Edward Eggleston, an American historian and novelist said “Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.”

I kept improving myself. I enrolled for computer programmes. I read books. The only investment I had were books. I engaged in one form of education or the other. I committed myself to learning. Commit yourself to continuous learning. Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States once said “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

I developed my skills and talents along the way. I prepared and waited for opportunities. It was Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States who said “I will prepare and someday my chance will come”. So, prepare and wait for opportunities.

Always believe in yourself and in your dreams. Persevere and don’t give up. Never give up on your dreams no matter how hopeless. Keep improving yourself. Commit yourself to continuous learning. Try and develop your skills and talents. Prepare and wait for opportunities.

Flavia Weedn, an artist, writer, dreamer and a dancer said “If one’s dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again”.








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Ofonime Essien

Mr. Ofonime A. Essien, is a Helicopter Pilot. He is also a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), a Computer Forensics Expert, a Blogger, Web Master, a Writer and an Entrepreneur. He is an avid reader. He likes motivating others to achieve their dreams through writing and speaking.

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