Believe in second chances

The man who beat Serevi’s record

THE late Bahamian evangelist Dr Myles Munroe once said every successful businessman has been broke once. Sometimes in life we are allowed to hit rock bottom before we realise our true purpose in life.

In order to rise from the ashes, it takes a lot of determination, perseverance and sacrifice.

Adrian Bosley lived a life of determination and in everything he did he wanted to excel and be successful. Being the youngest in a family of three siblings he followed his brother’s footsteps into basketball.

After making the Fiji under-20 basketball team at 16 years of age, he had another mission of making the national team. Unfortunately for Adrian, he was dropped from his first national trials because his coach told him he was “too young and too short”.

So he doubled his efforts, more determined to make the national side, he turned down an athletics scholarship to France in his quest to be a part of something great.

In 2007, he finally made his big break when he was selected in the national basketball team for the Pacific Games in Samoa.

That team laced with the best in the country; the Whippy brothers Leonard and Marques, Earl Hughes, Robert Tuxson, Baravi Thaman, Frank Saketa, Sake Rokodi, Lai Puamau went on to beat Guam and became the first Fiji side to win gold in basketball at the Pacific Games.

“I remember I was seven centimetres short of making the qualification in the high jump for the Sydney Olympics, when I think about it, if I had taken it up I would not have been able to be part of the gold medal winning team. End of the day, there is always a regret but if I look at the flip side of it, I am part of history, I was part of the team and who knows whether it will be duplicated again.

“The same year I was in the scholarship I was selected for the national team, so I turned it down, the reason being the enjoyment of wining an individual event cannot be measured to winning in a team sport. So I put my individual ability sport aside and moved to team sport.”

While many may have not known, Adrian proudly says that he has beaten Waisale Serevi’s record in the beep test.

“He is our legend so when I heard of his record I told my friends one day I will beat his record. Serevi’s record in the beep test went up to as far as 15, and the day I broke it, by the time we had reached 14 all my friends said for me to give up because no one else was running but then I went up to 15.5, so I can say I am happy I beat Serevi’s record.”

After finishing off from the International School in Suva, Adrian furthered his education at the Central Queensland University before spending seven years at the Vodafone Fiji head office. He then moved to AUSAid before making the move to Nadi in 2013. Earlier, a knee injury in 2011 had forced him out of basketball

“It’s awesome to play with guys I often idolised and looked up to; Earl Hughes, the boys from Lami the Rodans and the Narruhn brothers. These guys I looked up to for many, many years. When that jersey was given out, I went and slept with the jersey at home. There is nothing more privileged as a Fijian than to be representing your country at national level.

“In anything in life, people say the sky is the limit but man has already walked on the moon, the thing is we can go above and beyond anything; we do not want to live a life filled with regrets, don’t live life by other people’s expectation or limitation. You are your own self, if things have not been done do it, life is too short to be comfortable. I believe that life is too short and we just got to keep pushing ourselves above and beyond and that’s what I have been doing in sports and in my working career.”

Picking up the pieces

He had the perfect start at Wyndham making good sales and with it lived a “rock star life”. Everything was going very well until he hit rock bottom.

“I was never really good with finance, was not disciplined with money. I remember me and my former partner had an argument and she called me up to go for dinner and when I went down to Wyndham and checked at ATM, I thought something was wrong with my card so I tried again and for the first time in my life my balance was $6.25. I was shocked, I didn’t know what to do, I can’t even get $10.

“When she asked me, I told her I’m really sorry I can’t even afford dinner and she was from abroad she came down with a bit of savings, and I remember for the next couple of months she was supporting us, paying the bills doing everything.”

Adrian had to sell his mobile phone (which was a present for his birthday) and started selling personal items in order to remain afloat. He sold his computers, phones, cameras and even to the extent of asking his friends for $10 just so that he could eat.

“I was living a life I could not afford. Trying to live a rock star life and I didn’t take notice that my ATM balance could not sustain me. I had so much pressure, she was not happy.

“I had to ask my dad to help me out, he told me you need to stand on your two feet and be a man. You cannot be spoon fed all the time, you have got to figure yourself out, you either look for another job, or you get yourself out of it and be a man and stop crying about it and stop making excuses. That was the turning point for me.

“So I said to myself, there are two things I can do about this; sit here and complain about it or I can do something about it.”

Such is his determination and his perseverance that in 2014 he was promoted to management after multiple awards from 2013 Rookie of the Year, 2015 Frontline Manager of the Year, President Club Winner, President Council Winner and 2017 Sales Director of the Year for the South Pacific Region.

Today, Adrian is the first local to assume the sales director post for the Wyndham Resort in Denarau with a healthy bank account to back him up.

“I came to work and put the past behind me I cannot control anything about it but what I can control is today. I can control my destiny. I am where I am today because of hard work, determination and the positivity of the mind that I can do anything. I had to go through rock bottom, be broke for me to be able to understand that. I was coming to work asking people for $5 or $10 just to find something to eat.”