In this interview with Adetokunbo Adeyemo, he talks about his latest book “Redeeming The Time – Reclaim Yesterday, Enjoy Today and Plan for Tomorrow”, an inspirational guide tackling time—its importance, its enemies, and antidotes to time-wasting activities as well as his favourite thing about travelling.
I have known Adetokunbo Adeyemo since 2008. He is a speaker, teacher and a proven youth leader.
Adetokunbo currently works and lives in Fujairah, the United Arab Emirates with his wife Olanike and their four amazing boys: Olalekan, Oladimeji, Oladipupo, and Olaoluwa.
Interview With Adetokunbo Adeyemo
You recently published your first book, Redeeming The Time: Plan for Tomorrow. What inspired you to write this book?
I was already a member of a book club coordinated by a friend, Adesina Ajibade, before my 12th birthday.
Adesina is a year older than me, and he began writing at a very tender age. In fact, I queued to read his book.
It is still amazing that “Redeeming The Time” is my first book because I had always loved to write. I had attempted writing a book many times, stop, then start writing again. In 2011, I left Facebook because I was looking for ways to increase my productive time.
I started using the extra time to attend courses and gain certifications, but in 2016, I decided to take a different route on what to do with my day. Providence made me speak to a friend, Adewale, during the same period, and the idea of writing a book came up.
“Redeeming the Time” fits the scenario and allows me to address a subject that I have nursed for 20 years. I have always believed that you can make the best of your time.
Average utilization of time is a sign of failure.
When I talked to people about the subject of TIME, many don’t see the relationship with how they invested their time and what happened to their lives eventually. They blame other individuals and circumstances for their disappointments or half-accomplishment, but I see their non-comprehension and correct application of time as the central point responsible for their conditions.
I then decided to scratch the subject on the surface, create a discussion while I work deeper on each aspect of what the book wants to convey.
What makes your book different from other books like it?
My book will help you know what matters to you the most – your priorities, values, vision and purpose.
This book will inspire someone and help them to put their time into three segments of the past, the present, and the future. The intention is also to help you know that past errors can be redeemed through a restoration that comes from the sudden realisation of immense possibilities.
It also intends to establish the fact that the future can be as bright as desired but today must be spent to prepare for the future without neglecting the responsibilities of the present all in the name of preparing for the future.
Reading this book will make individuals ask questions if their endeavours will, in any way, add values to their lives today or tomorrow. No generation has faced the kind of contention for their time like this generation; it is, thus, timely that a book like “Redeeming the Time” is released to guide the society in taking decisions that ensure that time is not wasted and that lost time is recovered.
How did you learn about the topic (i.e. personal experience, education, etc.)?
I’m now closer to 50 than I am to 40, so I have seen a little of life and its lessons too. My salvation came quite early as a teenager, and I am grateful to God for putting me on a guided path that early.
Everything around me from pre-teen prepared me for this subject. I have seen people make a success of their lives by starting well early in life and remaining focused over time, and I have also seen those who started poorly, wasting their times until they discovered the futility of their ventures.
It is never late to start, but you cannot have a headway until you chose to abandon the costly investment and start managing your time properly. Life is time, and time is life.
Can you describe your work process from idea to publishing?
Many things demand for my time—work, family, ministry, etc. I have to apply wisdom in allocating the time equally without allowing any aspect to suffer.
As a principle, I take my children to and from school daily because this is the best time to catch up daily besides our quarterly family meetings.
So, time to write was the primary challenge; outside that, God gave me a one-man supporting team in Adewale—though that expanded to a committee shortly before the book launch. Adewale and his company BIGSHIFT DIGITAL took care of rearranging my manuscript and acted as the intermediary between the book publisher and me, so I didn’t need to bother about them.
My first contact with the book publisher was when I received my Author’s copies. That tells you how effective Adewale managed the process and me.
The central theme of your book is time. How do you set goals and manage your own time?
I love journaling, so when I am inspired about a subject, I put it down in my journal and allocate a schedule from start to finish.
I also take advantage of every opportunity, including the one others consider as a waste of time. I remember writing a message while listening to a sermon that didn’t minister to me. I felt walking out would be too rude, so I said to myself, Why don’t you maximise this time?
Every time gives its own opportunity. It baffles me when people work for money. No employer will ever pay you your exact worth; it is your duty to pay yourself the extra through acquiring new knowledge and expertise while working in an organisation.
What is the best tip(s) you can give to anyone who would like to write and publish a book?
The best tips I will give to anyone aspiring to write and publish a book or books are:
Go everywhere with your pen and note and put down your inspirations as they come. And when you write, write what you believe in and that can be of value to others.
Get a good team. Writing is something you can do alone, but for publishing, you will need a team.
Acts of the Apostles chapter 1 verse 1 says something about what Jesus did and taught. He didn’t teach what he didn’t do. Write about what you believe in only.
I know you travel a lot; for those who are not familiar, how often do you travel?
It is part of my job to travel, so I will put it at an average of once per month.
What is your favourite thing about travelling?
For me, travel is education.
My Dad once said a traveler is better informed than an academician because of the events a tourist experience physically, the academician needs to wait a little longer to read it in reports and history.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt through all your travels?
I have learnt that things are often different from how they are presented. What you read about places and people may serve as a good background for your travel education, but what you see in these places and people are more important than the former.
People tend to tell the same story from various perspectives; sometimes the stories are garnished to give an intended impression, skewing the imagination and expectation of individuals to an ideal that may vary when you visit.
Travel makes you know that every society has its fair share of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Travels reveal this great lesson.
What are the four things you bring on a plane aside from your passport and credit card?
- Book(s)—the number and type depend on my destination
- My smartphone
- My business card
- Notebook for putting down inspirations and any other vital information
Favourite Travel App(s)?
Booking.com app is my favourite, though I also know that I need to explore more apps.
Favourite place you have visited?
The UK stands out, but Georgia gave me a better memory because it was a family vacation.
What’s your memorable travel moment(s)?
My memorable travel moment was when my family and I visited Georgia.
The journey to Georgia gave us a 2-weeks opportunity to bond as a family. We also returned to Dubai better educated and much more responsible.
You have lived in the UAE for a decade. What’s the most common misconception about Dubai you have heard?
People outside of Dubai don’t know the high level of tolerance that we enjoy in Dubai because of what they read or hear.
It is also important to let people know that if you can’t travel the whole world, a visit to Dubai is sufficient because the whole world is here. Nations represented here are more than those on the United Nations record. There is no Nation of the world without adequate representation of its citizen in Dubai; I doubt if any other country can boast of that.
Outside of travelling and writing a book, what is your dream job?
I am a counsellor. That’s all that I want to do. The content of my book is a bit of my heart.
Finally, how and where can we get hold of your book?
My book is available on: AMAZON, GOOGLE BOOKS. BARNES & NOBLES and on my website http://www.redeemingthetimenow.com
Get three chapters of my book free here http://bit.ly/redeemingthetimenow