How to script success in adversity
‘Resilience’ is such an all-encompassing term. The Oxford Dictionary puts it as: “the ability of people or things to recover quickly after something unpleasant, such as shock and injury.”It’s so much on display during the ‘un-lockdown’ that it stirred a raconteur in me. Many a knight in the shining armour have valiantly fought back the Covid-19 demons and resurfaced as victors. In the process, they are setting trends for others to follow.An old hand with a renewed zestA fortnight back, I received a text on WhatsApp from a friend. The message read as: “visit my new home interiors showroom.” On ...
Not quite adversity, but now angst for Heat with East lead vs. Celtics reduced to 2-1
The Miami Heat have witnessed ample adversity up close over the past month alone, from the Indiana Pacers firing their coach after being swept by the Heat in the first round, to the Milwaukee Bucks holding a summit with team leader Giannis Antetokounmpo after being ousted by the Heat in the second round, to the Boston Celtics turning their locker room into open conflict after falling behind 0-2 in these Eastern Conference finals.And yet, in their own house, adversity has been little more than an abstract. The longest losing streak during the regular season was three games. The playoff record, ...
On making adversity look delicious
Nowie and Odette Potenciano are so well-accustomed to a pivot, you could call them the prima ballerinas of the local food and beverage industry.In 2010, after they enjoyed moderate success from a few franchises of an ice cream shop, a sudden frozen yogurt boom took down 50 percent of their sales. “We needed to find a way to make our businesses relevant again,” says Nowie. Following a few quick holidays in Japan, the Potencianos couldn’t get mochi off their minds. The sticky, chewy, pillowy-soft treat wasn’t easy to come by locally, but deserved to be. And, being the ice cream fiends they are, ...
Luxury in adversity
The recent hike in tariffs, of electricity and petrol, has added to the adversity wrought by the coronavirus pandemic upon Nigerians. As expected, the cost of food, transportation, and other social needs have gone up. For instance, the price of a loaf of bread has increased by more than 10 percent since the hike, from a price many could hardly afford before the increase.To make matters worse, before the increase in the cost of bread, many breadwinners have lost their jobs. The costs of other staple food items have also gone up, so, many Nigerians go to bed without food. History reminds us that...
Disputed Western Sahara becomes kitesurfing hotspot
Dakhla (Western Sahara) (AFP) - In the heart of disputed Western Sahara, a former garrison town has become an unlikely tourist magnet after kitesurfers discovered the windswept desert coast was perfect for their sport.In Dakhla, an Atlantic seaport town punctuated with military buildings in Morocco-administered Western Sahara, swarms of kitesurfers now sail in the lagoon daily."Here there is nothing other than sun, wind and waves. We turned the adversity of the elements to our advantage: that's the very principle of kitesurfing," said Rachid Roussafi. After an international career in windsurfi...