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Fola Daniel Adelesi: Whatever You Choose To Be



Back then in my secondary school (Mayflower School, Ikenne), we sang so many inspiring songs and one of them carries the title of today’s article. Some of us believed those songs so much that we got inspiration from them when we had our down times.
Upon hearing the news about Dr. Myles Munroe’s death, I began to think and eventually got myself together to write about some of the things we can take away from his life.

‘You can become whatever you choose to be.
No king, no lord, no knave can say us nay
For we believe that man is a potential doctor,
Lawyer or cook or dwarf or giant… whichever
He sets his mind to be… we shall be giants
And therefore we shall work, and work and work and work…
Even if we must work. Work our fingers to the bone… so may it be.’

The song perfectly describes the life of this great man who was born into a poor family with at least eleven children. They had nothing yet he rose to become something. Who would have imagined that a poor boy from a small country called Bahamas would be so famous that people all over the world and government leaders will be shocked by his death?

I think he could have held unto the fact that his family was so poor and there was not much he could do about that. I call it a fact because whatever you believe about yourself, even if it is not true, over time will become a fact. He looked beyond the poverty of his family and made something meaningful out of his life.
What about those other people who were born into the same situation as he was. There are so many of them out there who are older than him today. They got better opportunities and still did not see the light in them. They held unto the background that they were born into. They kept talking about how poor their parents were and how they did not get the best connections in life.

You should see, from this man’s life, that your background may have been very poor but it is not an excuse for you to be poor. You may have been born poor but to remain poor is a choice. You could have been born in obscurity but to remain in that obscurity is totally your choice. It does not matter where you were born. You can decide to be relevant to the kings and queens of the world.

When I saw the video of the press conference held by the board of Dr. Myles Munroe’s church, the other church leaders there said they had gotten calls from all over the world. As I saw all the messages across social media platforms, I just could not think of any other thing than the little beginning that he shared with us many times in his different messages. It was as though I had a resonance of contrast in my head.

I remembered the man born into a poor family and the family who is a force to be reckoned with by the government of his country. I remembered the teenager seeking relevance in life and the man who was flying around the world as a motivational speaker and government consultant.

People like these inspire me a lot and I think they should inspire you too. It was not just their words that inspired me. It was the practical things they have shown us about how you can rise from nothing to something.

If you are reading this right now I think your beginning or background may not have been as bad as that of someone like Myles Munroe. If he made so much out of his life then you can make a whole lot of difference with your life. I dare you to make that difference now or to start if you have only been thinking about it but have not started. Don’t focus on what you don’t have or are waiting for. Focus on what you already have and what you can achieve with that.

I believe that in every way, what you and I carry are far more important than what we don’t have. Therefore we have no excuse to not rise out of poverty, lack, obscurity, the limitations of life or any other known challenge. Dr. Myles Munroe did it. You and I can also do it so long as we start looking inwards – for our potentials – and prepare to ‘die empty rather than enriching the grave.’

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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. efe

    November 13, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    i do truly believe in myself ,great article.

  2. mimi

    November 13, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Dr Myles Munroe you will be so missed, honestly. I only pray that you and the crew are in a better place. everything about you was refreshing. God bless you deeply…

  3. Bode Thomas

    November 13, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    He was named Myles as to take somebody like me MILES away from poverty. Myles thanks for the MILES!

  4. Pretenseslayer

    November 13, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    @ Fola Daniel, how come like several Nigerians you are more bothered about a plane crash in faraway Bahamas yet not about over 50 kids blown to death in Potiskum your backyard? Both events happened within the same time period but the outrage over Myles Munroe’s death has been more. I know the God I serve is not like the majority of many in Christendom who jump on the ‘Monroe mourners’ bandwagon. All human lives are equal.

    • Hey

      November 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      SHUT UP

    • Fola Daniel Adelesi

      November 13, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      I value every human life because they are all important. The news about Munroe’s death was the first to hit me and he’s deposited so much in me. I understand purpose today because of people like him and all my articles this week are dedicated to the memory of Dr. Myles Munroe. If you have also been following this column, you will realize that I have written some articles on how the Nigerian government has been non-nonchalant regarding its citizens. I have not stopped doing that. There is also no moral justification to crucify people who choosing what to write about.

  5. pesh

    November 13, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Myles Munroe lived a life to emulate, pretenseslayer what would you be remember for? May all d departed souls RIP.

  6. temmy

    November 13, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Myles munroe made a huge impact in my life as well,i hold on dearly to his words that the greatest tragedy in life is not death,but a life without fulfillment of purpose.thanks fola,We shall be giants…….Ex-may 7942..

  7. missme

    November 13, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Awww I’m 10 000 after you. 17010. Adelesi was my SP

  8. truetalker

    December 11, 2014 at 12:43 am

    From one ex – may to another, well done! Good food for thoughts!

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