Hard Times: Lessons From June 12

Yesterday, June 12, 2018, the President conferred national honours on Chief MKO Abiola, Alhaji Babagana Kingibe, and Chief Gani Fawehinmi.  Since this was announced last week, the media has been replete with stories about the HARD TIMES that befell Chief MKO Abiola’s, his family and business interests, Chief Gani Fawehimi, and many prodemocracy activists on account of the struggle for the actualization of the June 12 1993 mandate.

In the thick of the celebrations yesterday, a friend reminded us “some people are today facing hard times as we speak; how can people grow through such HARD TIMES deliberately?”


 Here’s a personal story

  • June 2009, I invested a couple of millions in the stock market. By Dec 2009, I had lost over 50% of my investment.
  • Then some guy came along, and said “Mr. Hunder, you will make good money if you invest in the Truck business”. He said, he admired the fact that we are both from the same region of the country – south south –so we can partner. I believed him
  • My friend Bona, advised against it. But I saw the ‘business’ as a chance to recover all I had lost in the stock market! I bought Trucks, and we were in business
  • Things went well for 6 months. Then one day, the guy said, “Mr. Hunder, I think we should drop the manager – he is just a middleman; My people will make returns directly to the account, so we can make more money”. Again, believed him – we dropped the manager.
  • But things went south instead– revenue dipped by 50% with all kinds of excuses. I tried reinstating the manager; he declined saying, “the drivers have seen money; they would see me an enemy of their progress!”

 “God, why me? Why did this have to happen to me?”, I intoned.
Then I saw this line, “Why not you?  Who would you suggest? You want to give us some names, and some email addresses”?

Obviously, the guy lied to me; he suckered me! It was devastating; it took me a while to survive from this one, because it was all I have got. It was hard!

Another story…

  • In the 1830s: Abraham Lincoln failed in business twice; he ran for state legislator twice and lost twice
  • In 1840s: He ran for congress twice and twice he lost
  • 1850s: He ran for Senate twice and lost; then he ran for the office of vice president and lost again
  • 1860:  He never quits – he ran for the office of president of the US, and won!

 Here’s what I learnt: winners don’t quit, and quitters don’t win.


  1. Stay the course.  “If anything can go wrong, it will!” (Murphy’s Law). But when things go wrong, don’t go with them.
  2. Winners don’t quit; quitters don’t win. “Our greatest glory is not, in never falling, but in rising up every time we fall”.  
  3. Self motivation. Read /watch/listen to something positive every day – to refine your mental attitude, your emotions, your personality
  4. Ask for help – not because you’re weak, but because you want to remain strong
  5. Don’t bother complaining to people – 80% don’t care, and 20% are glad it’s you! It’s called life. Without a test, there is no testimony
  6. Accept responsibility – what happens, happens to everyone – the difference is what you do!

Now, that you know what to do… 
Let me know what you think:
#1: About growing through hard times. 
#2: What type of hard times do you have to overcome?

  • Have you given your good years working for this company, then they come and say they are downsizing?
  • Are you working hard, and late into the evenings; yet all your efforts go unnoticed?
  • Have you invested a large chunk of your life’s savings, only to find that you were suckered, and lost it all?
  • Are you  experiencing rejection, Nos, and laughers from friends and family members?

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