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Monday, April 28, 2014

Memoirs of a Lagos City Hustler - LCH 17

My Dad used to tell me this particular story as a kid, it didn't turn up as much use then as it does now.

“The obstacle is the path.” – Zen Proverb
Here's the story;

"In ancient times, a King had a large stone placed on a roadway. He then hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Majority of the poor civilians loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. (Very typical......) Then a peasant farmer came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the stone, the farmer laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. As the farmer picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the stone had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the stone from the roadway." (Yipeee)

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition, retrace our steps and 're-concentrate' on our goals. Facing trials and challenges in life is a programmed aspect of our life...the only fateful thing we can do is our attitude towards the challenge when it rises.. When it rains, all birds take cover by staying out of rain, but the Eagle fly above the clouds pouring the rain!

As an entrepreneur, these choices are hard; do I quit now after this much effort? Do I let someone else invest and I do all the work? Do I go for cheap materials or risk running at a loss to maintain starndards? Do I sell online or get a shop? But when the rain beats hard you either complain about how heavy it's raining and reject the opportunity of getting a good umbrella...sometimes, the choices are not this clear, It all boils down to our attitude and will to survive.

On one last note...see every challenge as an opportunity!

Have a great week.