How Adunola Learned to Dream Big and Take Risks Fearlessly
Our Chief of Communications and Editor in Chief, took a moment to update us on where she’s been since our last interview with her a year ago.
When we first spoke to her, she opened up about her biggest insecurity, she shared her goals in life and offered her advice on how to be happy and overcome life’s struggles.
One year later, Adunola definitely has more to share about her outlook on life. Find out the latest in Adunola’s life, including her new perspective on her biggest insecurity, her new business, her new goals for the year and how she balances it all.
The last time we spoke, you mentioned that your biggest insecurity is the fear of failure. Is that still your biggest insecurity? If so, how are you dealing with it or how did you overcome it?
The fear of failure. It’s crazy how at the time I answered that question, I had no idea what life had to offer me. I still don’t know all that life has to offer me, but I have a much better grasp today than I did then.
Is the fear of failure still my biggest insecurity? No. I’ve accepted the fact that failure is inevitable. I once heard someone say, “Failure is a necessary evil for success.” So, I’m no longer afraid to fail.
I mean obviously the question, “What if I fail at this?” still comes to mind. But now, I’m just like if I’m going to fail, let’s just get it over with so I can get back up, regroup and try again.
Everything is not always going to work out. That’s just the reality of life. If I continued to live my life scared to make any moves because I don’t want to fail, I would never do anything worthwhile with the time I have on this earth. So, I had to cut cords with that fear.
A few months ago, you started your own company. What is employeeREDEFINED and what do you hope to accomplish through this business?
I created employeeREDEFINED for everyone who graduated college and realized they have no idea what they’re doing with their life. I created it for that person who feels stuck, lost and confused in their career. For the person who knows they should be getting more out of life but doesn’t really know what that “more” is or how they can get it.
Adulting is really hard and, no one ever taught us how to deal with life after college. No one taught us the ins and outs of office life. No one taught us that we would have to bring lunch to work every day or how to deal with annoying coworkers or even how to get promoted or change careers.
I certainly don’t have all the answers but what I do know, I share openly and transparently on my website, employeeredefined.com. I believe that life should be more than just work, so I not only write about the office life, but also I share tips on how to have a fulfilling social life, travel life and financial life.
Secondly, I have a weekly newsletter that anyone can join to get exclusive tips and inspiration. I’ve had one of my subscribers call it her weekly pick me up, which is the ultimate blessing. I also offer one on one services to young professionals who want to start achieving their goals in their career but who are not really sure how to make the things they want happen.
My goal is to help people be bold enough to ask for they want, and to push them to live up to why they deserve it. I want to help people think more clearly about their reason for being and I want to help them reflect that meaning in their career path and goals. I want people to feel like they have someone in their corner rooting for them to figure it out. I want people to know that you don’t have to be depressed and unhappy like I was when I felt stuck and stagnant in my career. I hope to inspire people to take control of their career and lives through employeeREDEFINED.
How do find time to balance all that and still be a part of Pink Productions? Currently, you are the Chief of Communications & Editor in Chief and at one time you were even the co-founder. How do you do it all?
Well, Jesus. If it wasn’t for him… In all seriousness though, it’s not easy. Some days, I’m a better Chief of Communications. Some days, I’m a better Editor in Chief. Some days, I’m better at running my own business and some days I’m just tired.
But, I am extremely passionate and motivated about everything I do. I’m passionate in my role as Chief of Communications because we work with so many amazing women here at Pink Productions who are just as passionate (if not more passionate) about what we’re doing as I am.
I’m passionate in my role as Editor-in-Chief because each month, when it’s my time to read through all the upcoming interviews, I’m reminded of why we started Pink Productions in the first place.
And, I’m passionate about employeeREDEFINED because any time I get an email, comment, or text from someone telling me how I inspired them or motivated them, I’m encouraged to keep going.
Still, passion doesn’t get the job done. I’ve learned how to prioritize and how to have relentless focus and organization. I do certain tasks on certain days and I try to map out my month, weeks and days in advance. It’s all still a work in progress. Letting go of the cofounder role, definitely gave me more room to use my strengths to their greatest capacity.
All in all, I’m learning to give myself room to make mistakes and get things wrong. Being a workaholic doesn’t help the situation either, so I’m currently praying for deliverance on that! But it definitely does help get things done.
What are your goals for 2017?
My goals for 2017 is to take more risks. I’m challenging myself to take a risk a day, big or small. I want to become fearless and limitless. I want to become every bit of who I was created to be. Whenever my time is up, I want God to be able to say, “you did well, everything I wanted you to do, you did.”
So that is my goal for 2017, to do more of that; in my relationships, in my career, in my spiritual life, in my financial life. In every aspect of me.
I also want to give myself room to be me, fully and completely. I want to learn to enjoy the moments life brings my way, to care and value the things that are important and to discard the things that bring unnecessary stress.
I want to dream so big that even if I accomplish only 60% of my dreams, it’s more than I would have ever accomplished had I thought small and dreamed small.
I want my life to encourage people to live out their life and to amount to their full potential. I want people to see that if a 5’0 foot, Nigerian girl can go after her dreams so can they. I may not accomplish all of that in 2017, but in whatever way I can, I will.
What advice do you have for people struggling to take risks in their lives?
I never really saw myself as a courageous person. I never considered myself a risk taker either – until last year. Last year changed everything for me. One moment, you think you have life planned out and the next moment you realize that you have no idea what will happen next.
But I do believe that everyone has a purpose. I don’t believe that any one was created purposeless. But so many people limit themselves because of their surroundings and their experiences. So many people have no idea what they are capable of becoming because they’ve subjected themselves to small and comfortable dreams.
Yet, purpose isn’t birthed in your comfortable day-to-day routines. Purpose is birthed in the amount of risks that you take. When you make up your mind that life must give you more than what it’s giving you and you decide to go after what you want out of life, you will meet risks. But in order for you to live out your best life, you must become accustomed to taking risks.
When I think about this question, one of my favorite quotes come to mind: “Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.”
Whenever I’m faced with a new risk that I know I must take I ask myself two questions, “What’s the worst that can happen?” and “Do I like where I am right now?” If the worst that can happen is better than where I am right now, I’m taking the risk. And, that’s how we all should live our lives if we aspire to truly be happy and purpose-driven.
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