Sometime last two years, I visited one of these popular markets in the city of Lagos to shop for some items.
While I was there, I stumbled across this pair of fine Western Star sneakers that caught my attention.
I had thought of buying one for myself, so seeing the fine pair kind of accelerated my decision to get it.
I walked up to the seller, a young man, and then the negotiation began.
Cut long story short, we agreed.
So I pulled out my black leather wallet, counted the agreed amount, and then handed it over to him to verify and hand me my merchandise.
He counted it and nodded his head in agreement and then, as expected, he handed me the pair of sneakers, properly packaged.
Just as I was about leaving, I noticed that this dude was just staring closely at one of the Naira notes I gave him.
He extended it closer to his eyes so he could take even a closer look at it.
“Is there anything the problem? ” I asked him, sounding slightly confused.
“Ha Oga, nah this number wey somebodi write for the body of the moni nah him I dey look well well oh,” he intoned in pidgin English with a smirk on his face.
“Nah Babe Ijebu number oh. And e fit b the lucky number oh. I go go play the number today o, because I fit win o,”
Looking at him, I shook my head, smiled, and then walked away.
You see folks, attitude like that of that seller may appear somewhat hilarious but it goes to re-echo or depict in various forms how some of us run our businesses.
We take what we can do to get our business moving forward and hand it over to luck.
Some of us here prefer to embrace happenstance instead of self-responsibility.
Yeah, we understand and profess the principle of hard work and all those stuff, but in reality, we live by serendipity.
This is something you must guard against as a young entrepreneur in business.
Do not lose control to things you can’t control.
Because what you don’t have control over, you also don’t have the power to influence.
Oh, and here’s the dessert for you to take home for you and your loved ones:
Wherever the wand of control resides, there the power for change resides also.
Enjoy your day.