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Local Sports Guy’s Story

Updated on April 24, 2020
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It is never too late for anyone to discover his/herself in life. Discovering this talent of writing makes me feel elated...

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About 36 months ago,

I was disturbed within

Me for I really want

To have another source of income


Then I started exploring

Many options, out of

Which is the Forex

Trade business


But what I discovered

Was that what they

Demand of starters in

Nigeria, I cannot raise the money


Then, I started looking

For other means, and

I discovered from my

Findings that there is


Something called blogging and

Stock market, which is

Different from Forex trade

Although incorporated into it


From those findings I

Discovered that, Facebook and

Many other social media

Fall into the category of


Stock market. Then I

Said to myself, I

Will explore that of

Facebook because I was


Still naïve of blogging.

I put my all

Into the Facebook shares

And postings, hardly would


A day pass by

That I would not

Post stories there, not

To talk about being on the Facebook


Almost 24 hours a day

But then what I

Was expecting I never

Got from the Facebook


I became pissed off

And kept on exploring

Other means of making

Making money


And about 18 months

Ago, I stumbled across

This site, HubPages.com,

That I can make money


Through writing on this

Page, all I have

To do is write hubs

That would be accepted


I said to myself

At last I got

What I have been

Searching for, that I would explore this


Then, I registered to

This site. After registering

I couldn’t make headway

Through on the first day


Because the steps highlighted

Were new to me

And would leave the

Site till the following day


The following day too

This never works as

What I thought I

Have written was turned down


I know I can do

This, but I don’t know

How to press it further

Then, I decided to


Abandon this site telling

Myself that it may

Be a site for the

American writers alone


In the meanwhile, I

Have discussed with my

Father, my close confidant

Of the site and he blesses me


Having read all my

Published books he really

Believed that I have the

Talent of writing and


Prays that I would

Make it on this site

To be able to publish

More books and do other things I want to do


Thus, he cannot but

Ask about my progress

On the HubPages.com site

And when he asked

Elder Richard Dare at a function
Elder Richard Dare at a function | Source

I told him that,

I do not think

The site is for those

In the developing world


That I would not

Continue with the site

Again. He asked to

Know what happened


I told him that

All the articles I have

Written did not pass

Their tests, they were turned down


Then he said, you

Will have to work

More then, this does not

Mean that they have


Blocked you from the

Site, or have you

Been blocked? He asked

I told him I wasn’t blocked


It is just that I

Am having some issues

Publishing articles there.

Then he sat me down


And share this story

With me of what

Happened years back to

A young man who


Was an athlete. This

Young man was living

In the village and

He was the best in that village


You will recall that

All the village athlete

Runs with bare foot

I said yes, I know


This young man was running

With bare foot, without

Training shoe on. Then there

Was a competition in the neighborhood


That comprises of about

Twenty other villages. After

The competition this guy

Came first and was shortlisted


To represent our side

At the center. When

He got to the center

He performed brilliantly


And the coach there

Said he would be

Among those who would

Represent the state, but he must


Go and learn how

To be running with

Training shoe. He tried it

But he did not master it


During the trainings, others

Who have mastered the

Use of training shoe for

Trainings dusted him and


He couldn’t be among

The selected people to

Represent the state at

The federal level.


When he returned to

The village he was

Asked by his fans

There of what happened


He told them, his

Problem is the use

Of training shoe to run

Because when he puts


The training shoe on

It is affecting his movements

Slowing him down, for

He has not master it


“I know I am better

Than some of the

People who are selected

To represent the state


But I cannot prove

That because I have

Not master the use

Of training shoes” he told them


Then his people told

Him that he will keep

Trying, he will keep

Improving himself in the use


Of training shoes, because

That is internationally accepted

And since he hopes

To go places as an athlete,

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He cannot but learn

How to fit into their

Camp, by learning how

To use the training shoes


His fans told him

He was grateful for their

Words. Thence he went

To the market to


Get different training shoes

Because he knows he

Can do it, because he

Has the flair for it.


He started developing himself

Training with the training shoes

Sometimes wounding himself with

It, but as time goes on


He masters the use

Of the training shoes

And soon another window

Of opportunity was opened


He explored the window

And now as a different

Person, polished person who

Could fit to the international standard globally


Like before people of the

Neighborhood know he would

Win, but they doubted

Him crossing the next hurdle


But he proved them

Wrong as he won

The state competition and

Was the one who led them to the national


Now, he is now

An international figure, he

Hardly stays around here

Because he loves athletics


He desires to become one

And he trained hard for

It, until he overcame all

The obstacles and become renown


I know you have talent

To write and love for

It, therefore, I do not

Want the little setbacks


That you have experienced

At the initial to

Put you off this,

I want you to try more


There is an adage that

Says, if one falls from

A horse, one rises to

Climb it again.


My son, rise to climb

The horse of writing

Again. You can do this,

I know you can, and you will


All those people writing

There are humans like

You and no one

Is born with it


All you must do

Is keep exploring, keep

Trying, as the bible

Says in the book of Proverbs


That, if thou faint

In the day of adversity,

Thy strength is small. (Pro 24:10)

Gather yourself together and do it again


He said as a word

Of finality to me, patting

My backs. Then, I reasoned

With myself, and keep trying


Until I was able to

Hit the target, and my

Article was published and

Featured. Then I saw a message


That an article has been

Snipped. I said to myself

What does it matter?

What is important to me is


Crossing the Rubicon which

God has made happen

For me. I was elated.

I am still growing with the Hub-pages.com


And I know and can

Say, it is one of

The sites that would

Help people who want to


Know how to write,

How to develop themselves

In English, and how

To write a well acceptable article


On any subject or discipline

Globally. I appreciate my

Father who has not

Allow the ember of smoke


Of writing in me

To die, but has fanned

It to fire for

Me through his supportive


Roles and comforting words,

Elderly counsels. Here am

I still growing in

This learning from other Huber


All over the globe.

I am elated to be

Here, I am elated

To have been accepted.

© 2020 OLUSEGUN

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    • OGUNDARE OLUSEGUN profile imageAUTHOR

      OLUSEGUN 

      4 weeks ago from NIGERIA

      @CHATRA RAM, Kumar Paral,Eric Dierker and Tola. Thanks to all for reading through.

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      Tola 

      4 weeks ago

      Hmmmm!!! Not to give up too soon.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      They made me go home and put shoes on for Kindergarten. I hid them under a bush on the way to school. My mom found out and simply said that I needed to learn to wear shoes.

      This story is truly inspiring. It was interesting also for our language differences.

    • Kumar Paral profile image

      Kumar Paral 

      5 weeks ago from India

      Truly inspiring !

      Thanks.

    • Chatra Ram Lahua profile image

      CHATRA RAM 

      5 weeks ago from BARMER INDIA

      @dear OLUSEGUN

      You have presented a wonderful poem. This teaches that we should always keep moving forward and never give up.

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