What will you do, if you knew that what you fear will not happen?

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Deolu Akinyemi

On September 27, 2013, nearly a decade ago, I found myself standing merely an inch away from the edge of the Grand Canyon. The yearning desire to explore the wonders of the world led me to this breathtaking destination – the Grand Canyon Village in Arizona. I was at the helm of a Nigerian team from Avenues to Wealth, a company I served as the West African Managing Director. I had with me a delegate of about 28 Nigerians. The opportunity, all expenses paid, was a testament to the extraordinary power of dreams and determination.

As I gazed across the vast expanse of the Grand Canyon, which stretched 4,000 feet into the deep, a mixture of fear and excitement coursed through me. It was a moment of profound awe; one that reaffirmed the magnificence of the natural world and my own place within it. I’ve been fortunate to witness countless beauties during my life’s journey, and I feel truly grateful to God for each experience.

What made me remember this story was a story I encountered recently about a man by the name Nik Wallenda.

Nik Wallenda, a daring tightrope artist, captured the world’s attention with his audacious feat of walking across the Grand Canyon on a thin wire in the same year I was there – 2013. Positioned high above the breathtaking chasm, he exhibited extraordinary courage and skill, defying both gravity and fear. With every step, Wallenda battled against the elements, mastering his emotions as he navigated the perilous journey. He succeeded!!

Reading about Nik Wallenda’s remarkable tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon took me back to that memorable day. His awe-inspiring accomplishment serves as a metaphor for the human struggle to conquer fear and reach beyond perceived limitations in the pursuit of remarkable achievements. Wallenda’s story is a testament to the power of determination and the unyielding belief in one’s ability to triumph over adversity. His courageous endeavor serves as a visual for our journey toward success. Just as he stepped onto the tightrope, we too stand on the precipice of our dreams, grappling with the choice between fear and courage. One side of the chasm represents the fear of attempting, of falling short of our aspirations. On the other side is courage, an attribute that drives us to push beyond our limitations. Along this perilous path, we encounter fear, doubt, and uncertainty. Yet, at the culmination of our journey, victory awaits, serving as a testament to our resilience and determination.

So, let us heed the call to embrace the tightrope of life, step out of our comfort zones, and cross the chasm between where we are and where we strive to be. Just as Nik Wallenda defied gravity to cross the Grand Canyon, we too can defy our inner doubts to soar to new heights of achievement and fulfillment.

Adeolu Akinyemi

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