Hello Readers –
I am joining in with What Pegman Saw flash fiction challenge (write 150 words about a suggested location).
This week Pegman is in Ghana – HERE
Fiction Challenge: What Pegman Saw in Ghana
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Word Count: 150
Title: Go Get It
I’m a 62-year old white man.
Never thought an Oprah quote would change my life.
Let’s back up.
I was recovering from a business failure – stabbed in the back – humiliated by partners.
I met Kojo on a trip to Ghana.
His blue-hut business was thriving. Not a lot of revenue in U.S. dollars, but number one in his market.
Kojo told me about a time he was STUCK. He made wrong choices, had big debt, and someone stole his ideas. It sounded eerily familiar. He was also extremely jealous of Chinleyuego, the mechanic across the way. People came from all over to have repairs done.
Kojo said he then got UNSTUCK.
“How’d you do it?” I asked.
“Well, Oprah said, ‘The best revenge is success.’ So I released offense and tapped into Chinleyuego’s customers. They come here while waiting.
With a fist up he said, “You can rebuild too. Go get it.”
1) I piggy-backed off of J. Hardy Carrolls’ entry: HERE
2) I was inspired by the Oprah quote – to not focus on those who hurt or wronged you, but get busy working on your own success (no pun intended with the own).
3) Many know this quote: “The best time to plant an oak tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”
Well maybe for some of us it is not a matter of planting a new tree. Maybe we need to think in new ways – go tap into some trees that have already been planted – find what we need for our success – doing the best we can because we are not perfect – and never will be. But we can improve and we can rebuild – so yeah, if you need to rebuild or fix an area, my fist is up — reminding you to “Go get it.”
4) Oh and the “number one in his market” came from one of my favorite movies, Family Man (2000):