Listen SON, your antagonists will increase at every second of your progress”– my entrepreneur mentor said some few years ago.
As he walked through the environment, he said, walk with me. I have something to show you. He went to the mango tree at the backyard, and requested I plug a fruit from the tree. Actually, the riped one.
I looked carefully and replied; “sir, I can’t see any ripped one here”. He stared at me for few seconds, this time, my heartbeat increased. He has actually warned me to be prudent like King Solomon anytime I come close to him because the race is not for the ignorant anymore.
I adjusted my breath for another few seconds. I said again, “sir, I can’t find any riped MANGO”. Beautiful, he said, with a confident tone. Then he continued. Nobody will know you when you are not ripped, Nobody will attack you when your glory isn’t showing. At this stage, you are like the unriped fruit which is to be ignored, deserted, overlooked because you are not nutritional.
Here is your first lesson son, don’t fight to be seen or noticed, rather work on your fruit to be riped. It’s the nature of humans to ignore people that are not productive. To be noticed, work more on your seed and the roots it had produced under the ground.
Come with me, this time, he took me to another tree, full of riped fruits. Look around here and plug two fruits for me. I look critically at the coconut tree, it was tall and uneasy to get, so I carefully took a big stick and hit it from afar, it fell to the ground so loud. Then I gave the two fruits to him. Then he said, “here is it son, the more riped you become, the more enemies you attract just like the coconut tree”. They will throw stones at you! It is the nature of humans to come looking for you because you are riped. They attack you just like you attacked the coconut tree.
Don’t be moved, it is your right to fulfill your destiny no matter the attack on you, keep growing. You are growing for two purposes:
—-1 as a shade for those that are helpless to hide and
—2, as a food for those that are hungry, to eat and have their living
Understand this, your COURSE is beyond the attacker. Grow your lens of reasoning if you will last long as a fruitful tree. You see that coconut tree, no matter how many you plug, it won’t dry up because of you. It will keep producing more coconut fruits.It is because it produces more that makes it relevant in my compound. If not, I would have uprooted it a long time ago. You must sustain your usefulness to be relevant.
Just because your partner betrayed your love doesn’t stop you from loving someone else. You are productive, and you need to show your commitments as a tree that is fruitful not as a tree that dries up because of one person that plugs from it.
Just because someone defrauds you is not enough reason not to trust again. Trust is part of what makes your tree productive. But you are to develop the capability to avoid being defrauded next time. Keep trusting till it gets you to your breakthrough. Just because a business partner betrays you doesn’t mean your business should close down.
Because people don’t like what you do is not enough reason not to like yourself. Be your first admirer. Treat yourself with so much love and respect. Avoid the stains, whatever they may be! Nature will command people to take the course of likeness on you as you remain focused and enduring
See son, look at that bitter leaf at the other side of the compound, go and taste it. I moved a bit and I said, “sir, I don’t really like it”. He smiled and said, son, this shows it is not everyone that will like what you do, but you must never allow that to determine how you grow. That bitterleaf is never scared of growing no matter the hatred you have towards it because surely one day you will come looking for it and it will be your only saviour at that time. You will give ‘it’ all the attention you thought you couldn’t give.
Don’t stop growing son. When your enemies increase for no reason, pay attention, your success is taking another dimension they can’t handle, the effect is dimensional. The bitterleaf will attract enemies because of the kind of projection and growth it takes but sooner, it will be the ultimate search for many in few months to come, in spite of their hatred and disdain. You are an ultimate search for someone tomorrow, so learn to improve your skills of growth today.
You are not growing to compete with the next person. Coconut tree doesn’t compete with the Apple tree, their seasons of growth and cycle are different. Learn to apply this in your journey as you move on this in life.
Your competition is not with someone else. God who keeps you on this journey knows when your fruit will be riped, so don’t envy others when their fruits are riped. Season of growth is what matters. Move and grow in your own space slowly but surely, your SEASON WILL COME.
Always remember that you are DIFFERENT from others. Please learn to unlearn and relearn and God will establish you and yours. Above all put the Almighty first in your life equation. Seek Him, be obedient to Him and you will be awaresomely blessed—amen.
According to Engr Prof Simeon Irtwange, he said: FAILURE IS ONLY A RESTING PLACE, NOT A PLACE IN WHICH TO SPEND A LIFETIME.
Engr. Adeniran Ibitoye Kilomodemo, FNSE, KLM