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Fola Daniel Adelesi: The Size of Your Challenges



There’s something interesting you really need to know about the size of your challenges. I think that by the time you find out what it is, your perception to challenges will change. Every human being will face challenges in life at different times and for different purposes. The challenges are often not the most important things but what we make of them.

I understand that when you have challenges, it can be very painful. Some people will say you are lazy because everything is working for them and it may not be working for you yet. In some parts of the world, like Africa, they will attribute a number of your challenges to some curses placed on you or inherited from one generation to the other.

My opinion is that a few people are lazy, but most of the people who have challenges are not necessarily lazy people. It is also possible that someone has been under a spell or a curse but again, it is not everyone who has a challenge that is operating under a spell or curse.

As I spoke with someone recently, an insight that I got several years ago came back fresh to me. Someone was trying to tell me the importance of the size of challenges that anyone is facing. He used a couple of illustrations and they stuck with me ever since.

The first thing you need to know is that the future you are going into is what determines the size of challenges you will face. If all you ever face are small challenges then you don’t have a really bright or big future. But when you face some big challenges, then you should prepare for a really big future. Why would anyone say this? He backed it up by saying, ‘do you know that what you want to kill will determine the weapon you will bring out?’ if for instance you want to kill a cockroach, you can just bring out any light footwear and kill it. If you want to kill some insects you can use your hands. Nobody thinks about using a gun to kill a mosquito, regardless of how fierce the mosquitoes are.

That simply means you will bring out tools that you perceive can do the job. If you want to kill a snake you will not be bringing out some light footwear! You will also not consider killing the snake with your bear hands. You will look for a stick that can probably do the job with one strike! When you also see a lion, you definitely will not be thinking about killing the lion with a stick!

Another way to put it is to say that an enemy will come at you based on your perceived strength or weakness. If anyone perceives you as armed and dangerous, the person will not come close with a short gun! He would probably carry a long double barrel. If you think what you are facing is really big, you will want to carry a big weapon. If you think that what you are going to face is really small then you are going to carry a small weapon.

Going by that, we can now relate some of our challenges in life to the size of greatness that we carry. If life thinks that we have very little to offer, it might come our way with very little challenges. When life perceives that we have so much to offer then more challenges are bound to come. When you think about your challenges and you are wondering why you are the only one facing such huge challenges, just think of the big destiny ahead of you.

However, I need to say that it is not everyone who is facing challenges that is facing them because of the greatness waiting for them. Some people are facing unnecessary challenges. There are challenges that some are facing because of wrong choices. A number of people had those who could counsel them but they chose not to listen at all or they even listened but did not follow the counsel.

While it is true that the size of your challenges may be because of the future you have, you also need to be wise and make sure you are not deceiving yourself. Ensure that the challenges are not because of some decisions you took that you should not have taken.

Once that is cleared, you can be rest assured that the size of any other challenge might just show you the size of the future you should expect! The food you want to eat determines the preparation that will be made. What you want to make out of the flour will determine how much turning you will do and the intensity of heat you will place it on.

Let me say this on a lighter mood. You can’t go and face Boko Haram with Boys Scout! Once you know that, just bear in mind that those challenges that are coming your way already know the big place you are going to! So, the bigger your destination in life, the bigger the challenges you have to face. Don’t run away from them. Face them and seize your future!

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Fola Daniel Adelesi is a professional public speaker who also trains other speakers, an author, business consultant and highly skilled master of ceremony with excellent poise and diction. He was on the Debaters TV reality show season 1, presented ‘You Can’ on Radio Continental in 2011, did motivational segments on Galaxy TV from Dec 2008 to August 2009 and has authored 3 books including Writing Business Proposals.

Fola Daniel Adelesi (also Fola Daniel Speaks) is a Professional Public Speaker, Learning & Development Expert, Communications Professional, and an author of more than 13 books. He's a highly engaging training facilitator who holds his audience spellbound when speaking at gatherings. Apart from his several platforms which include banks, insurance companies, and religious organizations, he has been part of some national television shows and he spoke so intelligently. Some of his published books include: - Get Up and Hit That Goal - Basic Skills for Outstanding Leadership - Breaking Grounds Despite Backgrounds - Writing Business Proposals - Indebted to Ignorance He's also a highly skilled master of ceremony with excellent poise and diction who is endeared to many corporate clients. He was on the Debaters TV reality show Season 1, he presented 'You Can' on Radio Continental in 2011 and he did motivational segments on Galaxy Television from Dec. 2008 to August 2009. He currently features consistently on Channels Television and Television Continental, two of the leading TV stations in Nigeria to discuss national and youth issues. He keeps a vlog at and his books are available on or


  1. X- Factor

    February 6, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Balanced view!
    Weldone Fola

  2. pynk

    February 6, 2014 at 9:20 am

    The truth written with humor.

  3. Anu

    February 6, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Spot on Fola!!! The height of hilariousness…heheheheheeeee

    Thanks for brightening my morning

    • Fola Daniel Adelesi

      February 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      You are welcome! The comments are brightening my day as well!

  4. Dr. N

    February 6, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Lol @killing roaches with guns. Good one.

    • Fola Daniel Adelesi

      February 6, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Dr. N, thank you. Though I wish you will unveil the full name of Dr. N whose inspiring ‘hospital palava’ I have now started reading.

    • Dr. N

      February 9, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Just saw this. Lol. Don’t want to frighten my patients whose secrets I hold, that’s why.

  5. C*Witty

    February 6, 2014 at 9:42 am

    so how do u differentiate btw NATURAL/NORMAL Challenges, CURSED Challenges and INDUCED (caused by neglect) Challenges?

    • Fola Daniel Adelesi

      February 6, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Your own attitude to life could be one way to determine that. A lazy person should not be talking about family or ancestral curse. Any hardworking person might be able to do that. We also have to be careful because it sometimes can be a thin line.

  6. JdB

    February 6, 2014 at 9:52 am


  7. my love

    February 6, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Thanks Fola for this, i really needed this. God bless.

  8. Grown Woman

    February 6, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Lovely article and challenges can sometimes transform someone to be better

  9. Ib

    February 6, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Can we make him a regular BN? He knows what he is talking about. Id take achieving greatness over Man 101 anyday. My opinion.

    • Grown Woman

      February 6, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      ah man 101 is not to be taken seriously lol

  10. Product of public Education

    February 6, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    O le fe lo gba canal de canada Joor o!

    @C*witty masquerade chasing someone for their dream CURSED challenge, playing final to win the cup without good team or practice INDUCED challenge, expecting Val gift without gf, bf, aristo, lover or we’ll wisher NORMAL challenge lol

    • C*Witty

      February 10, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      ah mo ti gbo. but your analysis get Q-LEG ni

  11. Anonymous

    February 6, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    You will also not consider killing the snake with your “bear” hands.

    • Dr. N

      February 9, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      No if u have “bear hands u will not hesitate to kill the snake!”. Forgive the typo na!

  12. Laury

    February 6, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Pls lets have more of ur articles Fola….good work bro!

    • Fola Daniel Adelesi

      February 6, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      Thank you, Laury. I will do my best, God helping me, to keep writing.

  13. frances

    February 6, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    well written,thanks Fola..heard from a blind lawyer who had achieved much that to him,he thinks we have to face challenges so our spirits wont die,i agree with him and think that w actually need challenges in our lives an I agree with you also. if we can surpass the challenges,we can seize the great future..

  14. Mzlyrics

    February 7, 2014 at 12:39 am

    ‘You would not want to face Boko Haram with Boyscout!’ #Gbam Heheheheehehehehe. Well written Fola!

  15. Rideedy

    February 7, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    great!made absolute sense….need i say more

  16. Rideedy

    February 7, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    permission to copy and paste?

    • Fola Daniel Adelesi

      February 8, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Granted! On the condition that you give full attribution

  17. Alimatu

    February 8, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Wow…You Literally took some words out of my mouth. Love Love ur work, Please keep it up and thanks for allowing us to share. About to read ur other Post now!!! Awesome Job.

    • Fola Daniel Adelesi

      February 12, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Alimatu, thanks a lot. Your feedback keeps encouraging me to write more!

  18. Kelvin Daniels

    February 9, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Well done Mr Fola… Your articles are awesome. I personally follow your blog @ and i must say i have learnt alot…

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