Think Like a Star, is unfolding in sequence. To continue from the previous post on the book’s Prologue, this first chapter takes you directly into the life of the author, I.K Adusei who talks about life, as he has lived it so far.
Life is but a false dream which you have to wake up to correct. - I.K Adusei
I was born in the days when apartheid was brought to its knees. I didn’t see the Berlin wall fall, neither did I see the end of the industrial age. I was just a few days old by then. I was born Ghanaian, and happily so. I am particularly happy to be born Ghanaian not only for the rich political history, success and triumph of democracy, rule of law and capitalism, but rather for the abundance of opportunities which abound among a society of people far too reserved, laid back and comfortable with little or nothing.
January, 29, 1989 was the year of my birth. I woke up from my 9 months nightmare into the arms of a local midwife with no formal training. My life may have been in danger, but thank God I survived my first hurdle. My birth place was in a remote bathroom in my father’s house – a cute compound house he managed to put up for his family of eleven at Osiem – Akim, a town near Koforidua, Ghana´s Eastern Regional capital. Amidst a myriad of church folks who lodged in our house full of joy and praise, the local midwife held me by the head and helped my mother to deliver a bouncy baby boy soon to be called Isaac Kwasi Adusei.
I cried, as we all do on our first day on earth. With warm reception and excitement from my family and the church sojourners in our house, I saw the first day of my life, my first day on earth.
It is obvious you will come into this world crying, but try your best to leave with a smile on your face and that of those you leave behind.
Africa was celebrating the ruins of apartheid, and the world was in a transition from industrial age to information age. The World Wide Web was on the rise and the world had become a global village. Opportunities knew no boundaries and the world was but an even playing ground, everything in essence being possible in the information era.
Dreams are worth a leap of faith; you may be cast down but never destroyed.
Born in such a rural community one could only expect me to have become at best a primary school or secondary school teacher; since that was the best profession available which most people could ever dream of.
Growing up was fun. As a promise child, as my dad made me to know quite early in life – which I am trying to figure out, my immediate goal was to pursue the best in education. My parents were particularly more supportive of my education. I remember the first day my dad took me to school. It was the first preparatory school in town. I was as enthusiastic as I have always been about everything I love. My dad seemed more eager than I was as we walked several kilometers from our home to make my debut in a preparatory school located close to the cemetery. Life had already begun, and I was about four years old.
As far as school is concerned, I wasn’t the brightest you could come across – though I was in most cases. I am more of a curious wide reader who at a very tender age took delight in reading encyclopedias, atlases, autobiographies and biographies, etc. and books like Charles Dickens` David Copperfield, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Oliver Twist, among other novels. I was very curious as a child and my teachers took particular delight in me.
Back home I was always punished for my uncooperative behavior. Irrespective of my high academic laurels the spirit of stubbornness was always my guest. I was rowdy and very insolent as at age 10. My parents were very frustrated as it was seemingly impossible to control my incessant disobedience to strict laid down instructions.
Society makes the man. I agree strongly to this accession. Society molds the behavior of individuals as one grows up.
Growing up in a Christian based society – as a child living in a church mission community, I happened to blend in quite well in terms of morals when growing up. By the time I got to Junior Secondary School, specifically Prempeh College, Kumasi –Ghana, family, school and society had contributed tremendously to making me more discipline, calm and purposeful. I was suddenly more discipline, better dressed and more competitive in class not only academically but in extracurricular activities including sports and leadership.
I became a responsible teenager as I transformed from my murky past. With the knowledge I had acquired from my wide reading, I learnt to be a better leader, public speaker and business enthusiast.
My father was more of a farmer than a public servant. As a retired Purchasing Clerk of Produce Buying Company (PBC) he is one of the most industrious in the East – Akim District of the Eastern Region. As a farmer, he worked hard in cultivating several acres of cocoa and teak which he owns till now.
I first learnt the ethics of hard work, sacrifice and commitment to life goals from my father. Through his hard work and that of my mum – who manned my father´s licensed chemical store as well as taking care of the family, my father managed to send me and my other siblings and cousins through school. Most of us are now University graduates and others like me, well inspired to pursue higher learning.
In September, 2008 I gained admission into University of Ghana, Legon to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, Psychology and Spanish. I had the option of dropping any of these courses in my second year, and finish with a combined major in the two remaining courses or major and minor any of the courses by final year. During my four year undergraduate training in Legon, I dropped Spanish in my second year, single majored Political Science and minored Psychology.
I was more informed of what I wanted from the University as at my first day at school. I wanted to setup my own company and become my own boss. No wonder my days in school were characterized by running of my own student’s organization which has metamorphosed into the company I am running today as CEO& Founder, The ABN Organization. Learn more: www.abnonline.org.
The ABN Organization continues to venture into new businesses in areas of real estate (land acquisition), retail, media and food services sector.
With this story most elaborately shared, I believe I will be in a good position to ask the essential questions from some of these great achievers you will be learning from in this book.