I remember this vivid experience I had that taught me to keep believing in myself. It’s on a Friday night, I was driving back home from a training program. There was a serious downpour that evening and one thing you should know about Port Harcourt city is that when it rains, people drive with panic and the result is always a deadlock traffic.
So I set out that night expecting some level of traffic but what I drove into was beyond a deadlock traffic. it seems like over 85% of the vehicles on the road that night were heavy duty trucks. You could see them stretched out endlessly. At first, I was scared because I couldn’t just see how I was going to get home that night. Then, I said to myself, “there’s always a way.”
I made up my mind that I was going to find a way, even if it means driving through the unused trenches. So, with that level of determination, I navigated my car in such a way that I was driving in-between the open gutters and the tattered road. I was aware that one single mistake will get me stuck in the treacherous waters in the gutters, but determined to press on.
I saw some group of persons coming from the opposite direction on foot, they all said to me, “find a way to turn back, there’s no road ahead. The road is totally blocked.” Their words created this creepy fear in me. I looked behind me there was no way to turn back. As a matter of fact, it was impossible to turn back. I knew, I will just have to risk this journey.
Then, two other fellows came through again on foot while I was still navigating through the risky path. They shouted the same, “turn back, no road at me”.
I was determined than ever and I pressed on. Some other smaller vehicles saw what I was trying to do and they came and reminded me that there was a hug gully ahead filled with water and that I wouldn’t be able to differentiate between the dangerous gutters and the tattered road.
I knew they were right but I wanted to get there first and then decide, so I pressed on. By the time I got close enough to see, it was all coloured water all over the place. Another group of four men were beside the dirty water threatening that my car will sink if I dare drive on that dirty water.
I was scared but I was also aware of the kind of car I was driving. It was a 1997 Toyota Camry, old, strong and rugged. After weighing my options, I choose to risk it. I did and in no time I was on the other side free and safe. The naysayers and the other doubting drivers started clapping for me. My courageous moves inspired some other drivers who also risked the deadly waters.
I was smiling all the way home that night. That experience taught me something about, NEVER TO ALLOW OTHER PEOPLE PROJECT THEIR FEARS, INADEQUACIES OR NEGATIVITY INTO MY LIFE. Like every true entrepreneur, weigh your options, check and cross check the tool available to you and your gut feeling is still intact take the risk. That’s how great entrepreneurs keep winning.