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#BeInspired Mondays with IK: What to Do with Resistance



Encouraging someone to keep working hard till he/she achieves his/her goal has become so popular that it has almost lost its meaning. However, that statement is truth, and truth is eternal.

Saying Yes is easy, but saying No is difficult and requires the skill of diplomacy and politeness; likewise, accepting a Yes is easy, but accepting rejection is very difficult.

Rejection, especially when it occurs to an individual frequently, can lead to dangerous feelings. Some may feel they are cursed and others may land in depression.

This past week, two persons who are top players in their various industries shared about the number of rejections they have had to go through, and when they placed them side by side with the deals they have signed, we discovered that they’ve had more “No” than “Yes”.

Resistance is an important force in Physics as it is to life itself. There can be no motion without resistance. As a matter of fact, resistance aids motion. You can’t walk without the resistance force from the ground to the steps your feet take.

While motion may not at all times equal or lead to progress, it is definitely a step to progress. That being said; drawing from this analogy, it is important to understand that resistance must always show up whenever we set our minds to achieve anything and just like the eagle, we must use this resistance to glide into our goals.

To fly, a bird must displaced an amount of air equal to its weight; to float, an object must displace an amount of water equal to its weight. To move, you must displace the wind in front of you. You must be able to displace something (resistance) to move forward or achieve your goals.

The resistance is not the problem, the problem is our lack of determination to displace it. Resistance is an important part of nature, and we must learn to use it to achieve our goals.


This column, as the name goes is meant to inspire and encourage you to strive towards achieving your personal goals everyday. I just want to share pearls picked up in the journey of life. Read previous features here.


  1. Lola

    May 15, 2017 at 3:31 pm


  2. Opeyemi Odutemowo

    May 16, 2017 at 3:24 am

    Dear Mr IK, Thank you for the piece you wrote about me especially for including a picture of my brother and I. I was going to write you an email but i could not find your email address on the website. I would have written something on twitter/instagram but i don’t have accounts. Thanks a million!

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