LAGOS – Group Managing Director, Courteville Business Solutions, Dr. Adebola Akindele has attributed contentment and hard work to the ladder of success, advising Nigerian youths to desist from the crave for quick money syndrome.
Dr. Akindele disclosed this in Lagos on Friday at the launch of his book, “Musings of the Muse”.
According to the author, who is an outstanding entrepreneur, ‘Musings Of The Muse’ is a compendium of original thoughts and insightful ideas on leadership, management, and life gotten from over three decades of corporate experience in employment and entrepreneurship in the murky African business environment.
Dr. Akindele while speaking to the media explained that their inspiration to write the book was born out of a passion to help the younger generation understand some of the choices that worked while building his career, and some failures that later led to success in his life journey.
In his words, “For some of us who have to learn our way through what we have been in our careers and life without much guidance from mentors or role models, we have to ensure that lessons learned, even the failures and successes have to be documented to be used in training others that are coming up.
“The young ones today are lucky to have a lot of mentors. In different sectors, I have been called many times to write and talk about things that have worked for me in my career, and things that have worked for others that I know, and this is part of what I wrote in the Forward of the Book ‘Musings Of The Muse’. These experiences are different from the purview of any foreign textbooks. These thoughts of mine can be seen as homegrown tenets of how businesses can be done and how life can be lived and what we are all about as human beings. They are real-life experiences that have worked which I believe would encourage others who may be going through the same things in their different careers or endeavors. We cannot continue to allow history to teach or direct people,” he said
The book review and unveiling event which took place at Naval Dockyard, Victoria Island, Lagos, had the presence of the Managing Director of Management Transformation, Wura Abiola; CEO Nibra Designs Limited, Irunna Ejibe, Jude Onochie and Founder of High Impact Careers, Dr. Dipo Awojide as the panelists. The two women and men panel, moderated by Bright Ukwenga gave different in-depth analyses of the theme, success, wealth, and purpose.
Dr. Wura Abiola (Ph.D.) explained that success in her opinion is in the lives impacted positively in the journey of life.
While reviewing the book, Chairman and founder of Proshare LLC, Olufemi Awoyemi explained that Akindele’s book could not have come at a better time, stressing that in the present post- COVID-19 world where the economy, society, and governance are moving rapidly, finding a synthesis of ideas that can help individuals and institutions navigate the bewildering changes will add value to the growth of the society.
Speaking further about his understanding of being successful and wealthy, Awoyemi stated that success sometimes does not mean being financially stable.
“Success is being able to reach one’s purpose and goal. You should also be fulfilled by reaching the goals and ideals you set on the way to achieve these purposes.
“In achieving success, you will also have contentment. In our society, we often assume that everybody that has money is successful but, having money and being successful are two different things. You might be successful and not have the financial muscle.
“In my case, I run a company called Proshare. We are far from where we will like to be. Am I comfortable? Yes, I am. Am I fulfilled? No. Have I achieved what I want to achieve? I will say we have substantially almost there because I benchmarked that we should be a continental brand and so far, we are not where I want us to be yet. The panel was trying to say that to be successful and fulfilled, you have to align, your purpose and your goals to understand your journey. If you spend your journey chasing money, you may end up changing the purpose of your goal,” he said.
Before becoming the Group Managing Director of Courteville Investment, Dr. Akindele worked with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN where he rose to become Treasurer/Financial Controller of the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme (ACGS).
The book was officially unveiled by a Royal Father of the day, Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo.