Creativity

Basically, this category focuses on articles and materials that spur creativity, thus inciting writers and dreamers to achieve their dreams.

Make Each Day Count This Way

Here’s why we need to know that everyday is a blessing to be lived presently, because it builds us up and helps us appreciate the gift of life.

In wanting to build a great future for ourselves, often we get sucked in by a detachment from the present. And while our bodies live in the present, our minds live, in a manner of speaking, in the future.

Here’s what it results to: worry, anxiety, haste, unhappiness, dissatisfaction, irritation. This list is long. But here’s taking out some points.

Dissatisfaction is what results when we find no life in the work we love to do. When, for every moment we approach the writing desk (or any working desk for that matter), our thoughts are stayed on the kind of life we would have preferred: more written books, a bigger platform, myriad speaking gigs, and all sorts. These may often happen after comparison with another person who’s ‘had it made’ in this aspect.

But here’s what we steal from ourselves: the joy of the moment, the happiness that we could have gotten if only we’d enjoy the present we have at hand.

Happiness isn’t farfetched. You can learn to be happy all the time. It is a characteristic that can be lived in every moment of the day. How? Enjoy the moment. Be grateful for what you’ve got and put the worries of what you don’t have behind you.

We’ve got to quit being frenetic about the future and enjoy the moment.

I discovered recently that I’d spent most of my present moments living in the future. I would always think of what I’d do in future, set my plans in the future, think the future, obsess over the future.

Then I found I had too little time for anything meaningful at all. I had no time for building relationships. I never let my time be taken, not even by the right things. I had no time for anything that’s not ‘me’, ‘me’ and ‘me’. I was petulant, impatient, hasty.

In wanting to be diligent and create a future I would love, I found it was happening the other way round. I was working desperately impatiently hoping that the future I wanted would be just as planned. And like haste destroys many things, I missed many lessons – important life lessons that could’ve shaped me into a better person.

I was working, doing what I love, but I was frustrated.

Here’s what I learned from enjoying each moment:

If you take care of the things that matter now, you’ll never have to worry about the future.

To expand, if you learn to spend less than you earn, and save more, you’ll never have to worry about debts or finance hitches so much in future.

If you’ll treat everyone you meet and know with respect, love and accept them for who they are, find a level to relate with them without judging them, you’ll hardly ever have issues with relationships later in future.

If you diligently do the work that is in front of you now, removing all the rubbles (distractions, poor habits, procrastination, etc) that hinder you from being your best, you won’t have to worry about, say, poverty in future.

If you spend more time being about the business of improving YOU, you’ll hardly have anything to worry about in the future.

If you spend time being a better friend, a better lover, living sometimes off technology (smartphones, internet and the likes), making room for your mistakes, disallowing the fear of some unseen future, and you continually revel in the moment, your headache reduces. Your stress level becomes minimal.

And you’ll get off the rat race that the world has become overly entangled with.

*Image Credit: Flickr

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Hi. I’m Yusuff Busayo, a chronic writer and a fanatic book-lover. Here, I share kick-butt insights to help you write, create and make impact. Check out what I offer on my about page. Or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+.

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How To Grow Your Influence

I woke up this morning, with the sound of the alarm still blaring in my head. It coincided with the jabs in my head. My body ached like I got run over by a train. And my brain, though not clogged, couldn’t seem to process much.

It’ll probably be the reason why I didn’t feel like writing this morning.

But as I rummaged in my mind what mattered most: writing now or writing later, I concluded it mattered more that I wrestle the voice of indiscipline and crank out some words.

I managed to bang these out:

Strange as it is, we all expect (writers and creatives, I mean) that one day we would land the big break. We hope, even though we choose to not admit it to ourselves, that we’ll break even, and sell huge like Wole Soyinka or Stephen King someday. Just someday.

We hope that the life of our dream will come on a platter of gold. It’ll be shoved in our faces like we’d expected, steaming hot and reeking of the best aroma of success we’d always fantasized about. We hate toothfairies and santa claus and those terse details of life that stupefy children. Because we know they’re fakes.

But we fail to see that the life we see before us, the one where we wait for permission, seek first to be applauded or acclaimed, expect to be shoved into the open, or be approved before we start, is just the same as those of the tooth-fairy and santa claus and the terse details children yell about. They’re mere fantasies. An utopian affair that festers in the mind of megalomaniacs.

And fantasies, beautiful as they are, take only thoughts to start up. Getting them into reality, however, takes guts!

Guts.

Guts.

And lots of guts.

        What Guts Is

In the movie, Just Wright, Queen Latifah said to the Net basketball player, Scott Mckenzie, “I ain’t got work. Cos work is for rich people (people who don’t like to get dirty). All I have is guts!” (Emphasis mine).

And with that, she pulled through training the injured basketball star, and got contracted to be a Nets basketball Athletic trainer.

She had guts.

Guts, obstinate guts, never-be-let-down-by-a-thousand-hitches guts, pushes work beyond the line and takes it to the enemy front, slams it down and says, “there you are. Let’s get this game on.” Let’s push this limit. The when-one-door-is-closed-kick-down-another-and-step-in kind of guts is what I’m referring to.

      Gut’s Hall of Fame

It took guts for Jack Robinson, the only black in an all-white baseball team, to wade through the tides of racism and insults. But he got the brand 42 to stick in baseball.

It took guts for Thomas Hunter, who later invented gonzo Journalism, to ignore all rejections he’d got from his bosses to be a writer. And he sure became a successful writer.

It took guts for Matthew Reilly to self-publish his first book, Contest, after many rejections. And then got a gazillion copies sold later on.

It took guts for MLK to not stick his mouth where he was expected to but speak up against the ‘patience that had his people patient with what was less than freedom’. And his dream of segregation-free country came to be, right?

It takes guts, lotsa gut, to fight through the wall that stares you in the face and get your writerly dream on the way!

      How To Grow Your Influence

If you want to grow your influence, have guts. Guts. And lots of guts. Guts to try something new. Something different. Daring the status quo and kicking, yes, the trite and common. Fail and decide to try again. Keep kicking at the rocks till they become malleable.

Not saying you should get over-creative as to do what gets people turned off as against turning them on. For example, here is how creativity can kill your business.

Your influence grows as you dare the unexpected, take small steps most are scared of taking. It could be as little as stepping out of bed early. That’s the first step to making a difference.

When you don’t just talk the talk but I’ve walked the talk, people are challenged to follow you. You don’t start out originally to get them to do that. You just wanted to be different.

A million and one times, I’ve told myself I couldn’t do a thing. But by taking just one small step, I find I’m doing what I’d said I couldn’t. And I’ve got thumbed up for it. Few thumbs up actually, but it’s not actually what keeps me going (though writers do need the affirmation). It’s the need to write, write, and create something beautiful that keeps me going.

It’s the need to get my message written, not caring who approves of it, but wishing, somehow, it would impact positively on lives and get them to living their dream.

That’s what influence is all about. Catching on to living your own dream, employing guts to push down boundaries, and encouraging others to do the same.

It takes:

•Kicking the idea of starting tomorrow to start today.
•Getting up early to write everyday.
•Crafting your stories and throwing them out for criticisms and feedbacks.
•Refusing to back out because you got rejected ‘twenty times already’.
•Pitching your writing pieces to possible clients in spite of rejections.
•Ignoring that crap about ‘not knowing journalism’ and crafting the best writings of your life.

It takes a decision to deride what has derided your writerly dream, and sparing nothing till you get past that finish line to shouting VICTORY!

Guts is all about confidence. But gutsier than that, in a way.

Guts is killing the sodding voice in your head, the uncertainty that tangles your decision, and getting your feet out into the game. You become vulnerable, yes. Maybe not strong enough, just yet, to fight back when you’re beaten down.

But you return to the ring. Try again. Fall. Write again. Pitch your work to more clients again. Write. Market to clients. Publish on your blog or other websites or magazines or newspapers. Keep learning. Keep improving.

Fail. Fail. Fail. But keep getting gutsier and gutsier. Kicking holes through boundaries and pushing down limits.

By the dumps, all that takes guts!

*Image Credit: Mind Essence

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Hi. I’m Yusuff Busayo, a chronic writer and a fanatic book-lover. Here, I share kick-butt insights to help you write, create and make impact. Check out what I offer on my about page. Or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+.

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How To Get More Writing Out of The Way Everyday

I should say that I wrote huge this morning, but I didn’t.

I just couldn’t piece the words together.

Why?

I had lost my vibe. My writing juice, I mean. Like, I started the morning with no internet subscription. And of course, being overly dependent on reading blogs first before writing, I just had to…read before writing.

A bad thing?

Doubt it is.

That’s my style. And it works for me.

That’s how to make progress writing: recognizing your style, how writing works for you and being a stickler for it.

Of course modifying it when it’s necessary, but making sure whatever modification is made, it suits you and works for you.

It’s all about being yourself – who you really are – and using that to enhance your writerly life.

It’s finding who you are – what works for you – that shapes how you approach the work.

And it defines the amount of progress you make too.

      How Writing Gets Better

I’ve got a couple thoughts on how to make my writing better. But none beats getting up early to write.

It’s waking up to write, getting that out of the way, that prepares me for a ‘writerly’ day all through. I find I’m unprepared and lackadaisical about writing when that method isn’t checked for the day.

That’s my method: read blogs before writing, get up early to write.

It’s not then okay to put off my writing till later in the day. Or to think I’ll get it done before bedtime. I’ll be lying to myself. I’d never do it.

Catching my drift?

Now here’s the gist: Find out what method works for you – how writing comes easy to you – and stick with it.

Use the method again and again till you begin to see the writerly life of your dream start to shape out.

It takes hard-boiled dedication, unflinching persistence, unwavering focus, and dogged tenacity to wade through the dark tides of writing hitches.

This post is short but is intended to emphasize a point: find your writing method – or style – and stick with it.

Now I wrote this morning. Finally got to put the words together. And it cos I stuck with my method.

Stick with yours too.

*Image Credit: Transformnation

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Hi. I’m Yusuff Busayo, a chronic writer and a fanatic book-lover. Here, I share kick-butt insights to help you write, create and make impact. Check out what I offer on my about page. Or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+.

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Being Yourself Really Means “Be Yourself” (Here’s Why)

So I stumbled on a couple interesting and guts-wrecking blog posts on Chris Ducker’s site yesterday. I got lost in them, consuming so much information that the guy had to offer.

Eventually, I left the site feeling gloomy, bummed, losing touch with my writer’s juice.

Hey, not because Ducker’s site is boring. It hardly is. He gives so much details in his articles, garnishes each piece with a knock-out desire to make you rush to come back, take action quickly (and readily hit the bookmark button) and inundates his work with so much research that ideas will keep smacking at you like rotten eggs.

In short, his blog challenged me.

And that’s what got me gloomy. The fact that *coughs* he’s better than me. (Giz, talk about the complex).

I got sucked in by that ill-feeling that nudges us to want to compare ourselves with another. Eventually, in doing so, what do we get – what did I get? Gloom. Beat-up, knocked-down mood, and a somewhat unwillingness to carry on with fulfilling our calling.

(I thought to myself: I’m just not going to be as good as these guys. Really?)

And so much as questioning your talent. Like I did mine. I asked if I was really cut out for this. I asked if I really could write what people would pay attention to. Or worse, what I would even think to pay attention to.

Now, it bothers on several things but specifically, it runs towards the same old gist: the road that we all have got to ply are individualistic and may not promise the best for us at all times. But it sure isn’t going to be smooth for us just so we can have an easy go on it.

Overtime, we’ve all got to come to terms with this fact: we aren’t all going to be ‘good’. And we aren’t all going to be the same.

But we can get better. And that’s a better goal than striving to be good.

I’m probably not going to achieve, perhaps, the kinda of success Donald Trump has. But the guy isn’t going to be able to start a writing-niche blog tomorrow (I think so). That’s what spells the difference for us. He’s got his uniqueness, I’ve got mine.

Money isn’t the stuff. As Donald Trump quoted, “money is just to keep score.” The real game is success. How we all get to succeed and how willing we are to pull in the long haul to succeed.

    How You Know You’ll Be A Successful Writer

When it’s time to put in the work to begin improving on the writing art (or any other dream for that matter), how do we know we are cut out for this? How do we know when we aim to go the long distance we won’t give up along the way?

If writing is work then we know it’s got to have its hurdles also. And if in an attempt to live your writerly dream you do not come to grips with the fact that life here also does not promise beds filled with lush roses, that’s when you need to reconsider leaving the writer’s life.

Jane Friedman writes about how you’ll know from the onset that you’ll ever succeed as a writer. The following highlights are a result of a brief interaction she had withJeanne Bowerman. Jane knew Bowerman would be successful when she noticed these attitude in the newbie writer:

•Seeking and loving feedback from smart people (NOT defensiveness and protectiveness)

•Loving the writing process and the meaningfulness of what she’s doing (NOT focused on monetary pay off)

•Happy to go to the grave with what she has learned—a direct quote from her (NOT impatient for publication or public
recognition)

•Taking advantage of every possible growth opportunity (NOT resistant to change)

•Being in control of her own destiny (NOT waiting to be discovered)

In my words now, you know you aren’t cut out for this when:

•You dread (or are too lazy) to improve on the craft
•You hate for your work to be critiqued
•You put up self defense when your work’s critiqued
•You remain rigid and unresponsive to change
•You can’t get over someone else being better than you (you got a big problem here)
•You do things the same way consistently and expect different results (that’s the definition of insanity)

    You’ve Got To Get Over Yourself

We all have got the voice that’s uniquely ours. A message that can best be shared by us. If tried on by someone else, it’ll be like beating a gong in the middle of a large fair. The message gets lost in the noise.

Come to think of it: you started out well to write everyday. You have a couple writing successes under your belt. Maybe not published (like I’ve got loads of unpublished works). But you’ve got enough works to prove to any sane man that you’re a writer.

That’s where it gets interesting.

You’ve got to shuck the thought to think you’re lesser than you are and that some other persons are better (of course, they are). But you’ve got to do what most of them did that got them to where they are:think like a pro.

You see, it’s the same message. Thinking like a pro propels you to start acting like a pro.

For the records, Chris Ducker has had many failures as an entrepreneur. And he’s never ashamed to share them. His YourwebPA site failed after some period of success. He quit his day job and switched to starting his own business in 2009. He’s hit pitfalls, and learned to try again.

On his About page, he writes, “I completely shifted my attitude (something that’s required!) and started reading like a madman. I read every ‘new’ business book I could get my hands on.”

That challenged me more.

That’s the sodding attitude of a pro.

      What I’m Going To Do

So I’m getting off feeling gloomy because some guy’s made it in the business world (and I love him for it). I’m rather taking this off of him: I’ll start to read like a mad man, think like a business owner first and a blogger second, then write, write, and write profusely.

In short, I’ll stick with the ‘get-better’ goal until I see the life of my dream shape out.

Until then, it’s goodbye to comparing myself with anyone. In the words of Richard Ford, “Try to think of others’ good luck as encouragement to yourself.”

What about you? Aren’t you going to get over yourself, be yourself and start living the life of your dream?

*Photo Credit: DecorativeDecal


Who did you compare yourself with recently and how did it affect you? Share your comments below.

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Hi. I’m Yusuff Busayo, a chronic writer and a fanatic book-lover. Here, I share kick-butt insights to help you write, create and make impact. Check out what I offer on my about page. Or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+.

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The Real Attitude of Pro Writers

We aren’t all probably going to achieve our dreams. Not all will eventually create things that will outlast them. Most probably won’t even get past dreaming to waking up to do it.

Not all will become the person they want to be.

        It’s Not A Rant…

It’s not a rant about the mystery of failure. Or tripe about excuses. It’s about something that’s much more than thinking about making arts or creating a beautiful life. It’s about reaching beyond the spurts of inspiration to get the writing going. Crashing limits. Shucking excuses. Persistently cranking out words on the page.

It’s about perseverance.

And that’s what distinguishes the hobbyists from the real writers.

      Where The Seam Grows

The hobbyist sees the work of writing differently than the real writers do. They fail to learn that it’s the diligence to stick through with the task at hand, pushing boundaries of fear and laziness, that beats their path into their ‘fantasyland’. He’s impervious to the rules of the game.

The hypes and fames and accolades that the hobbyist wants blind him so much he fails to realise they are roadblocks intended to sabotage the whim to write effectively.

And really, hobbyists aren’t out to write effectively. They intend to write when they like, craft the work when it feels good to, and never pay attention to criticism. It sucks, for them, to do so.

And worst still, the drawer is just the best place to shove their crappy work. Shipping is not an option. A little criticism stifles his work, and dismembers his zeal to continue on with writing.

If writing is work, and done occasionally, you’re an hobbyist. Click to Tweet

    But The Real Writer Is Different

He perseveres. He writes everyday and practices deliberately. The somewhat gargantuan obstacle of fear and laziness are a mere walk-through for him.

Not that he doesn’t bleed or sweat in the process. Or that he isn’t occasionally stopped by boundaries of harsh criticism or undermined arts. But he’s learned to knock himself out. Take the bumps and crush them into dust. He’s learned that writing isn’t just a hobby. It’s his life work. A commitment to which he must be dedicated to.

He shows up daily to see the work get better. He fails, tries again. He isn’t perfect. No. Often, he’s not a ‘pro’. But a die-hard rock-determined beat-up-and-yet-rugged-still fellow with eagle-strength resilience to bring the art to finish.

He grows through feedback, improves through criticism, and appreciates the kindest word of gratitude. And has got craze for editing and rewriting because he understands every first draft is a total bore.

He knows writing is work. And just like every other task, he knows making it effortless takes practice.

      You Get To Decide

Are you a hobbyist or a real writer? A pro in the mind (translating to action) or a sucker just waiting for some ‘big break’ without doing the work?

When we’re tested (and writing does test), pushed to the floor, (bashed in the head by jaded thoughts), and we still continue to show up, that’s when effortless and effective writing spring forth. It’s at this point that we’ve gone past writing junks to connecting first with ourselves then with our audience, using that message that’s typically ours.

There’s that quality that sets the hobbyist apart from the real writer.

The difference is just perseverance, sticking through – refusing to yield to the Resistance. Loving the grind and burying our head in the beehive. Getting stung, no doubt, but knowing there’s so much honey to pick.

We grub shit, take all the insults, accept the faults when we mess up. We do all these because this is just more than a hobby. It’s answering a calling – a higher calling actually.

And in each hurdle, reflecting, thanking God for this talent which we aren’t allowing to lie dormant. But growing it through practice, practice, and practice.

And practice – bleeding, sweating practice that achieves results – takes perseverance.

*Photo Credit: Countenance

Are you persevering? Are you a hobbyist or a real writer? Share your comments below.

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Hi. I’m Yusuff Busayo, a Writer, Book-craze, Speaker (among other stuffs). I inspire people to Write, Create and Make Impact. Check out my about page for details about this blog. Or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+.

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Time To Battle This Demon

Don’t get all scared up. The title is not referring to some fiendish foe with fiery red eyes and wicked dark looks.

When the battle ground is set, it’s time to start the war.

Grab your sword, your helmet, the breastplate is important too.

Writers are warriors. Writers do fight.

But we fight a fiercer battle daily – battle distinctive of who we are.

We battle with ourselves.

Really, come to agree with this: you’re not alone in the battle against finding true arts. Creating true arts is often the result of winning the war that constantly rages everyday.

And unfortunately, it’s an ongoing war, demanding whim and will, fortitude and utmost resilience and determination to stick it through.

        What’s The War

It’s war with ourselves. War with waiting for permission. War against the fear of the writing craft, beautifully doling to the world the fragrance of gift.

The battle to gain grounds as to establish a brutal yet safe glide in living the artistic life we’re called to, continues on. And here’s where the victory starts: the mind.

Not saying the work to achieve victory is done with the mind. But that a change of mindset, a renewal of the way we think as to banish negative thoughts is what unleashes the strength to work progressively on the writing art.

      Who Writers Really Are

Writers do not write for accolades. Though it comes eventually. Real writers never set out to be heard or read first. All that writing is for them, first and importantly, is simply….writing.

It’s in understanding that as ‘real’ writers we couldn’t not write (regardless of whatever) that we find the true essence of the craft.

Often, I’ve grown apprehensive about writing. I’d wagered a high-quality post will be read and commented on by lotsa people.

Yuck!

I went weeks without a single comment. And my stat did show a rather poor result.

Think I deserve to be frustrated? Maybe.

But here is the gist: I recall often that I didn’t set out on permission from anyone. I stopped waiting to be picked and chose to stick with this craft. It’s not the pay (cool as it is, sincerely) or the hypes (wow!) that keeps me going.

It’s not those hypes that keep real writers going.

It’s the need to live out a calling, without which we can’t be fulfilled. Real writers are a people wrecked and willing to write in the void. Making money writing isn’t the end in itself, it is truly living the writers life, writing constantly and persistently, that makes all the difference.

*Photo Credit: WritersSeminars

Are you writing for real? Share your comments below.

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Hi. I’m Yusuff Busayo, a Writer, Book-craze, Speaker (among other stuffs). I inspire people to Write, Create and Make Impact. Check out my about page for details about this blog. Or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+.

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The Haughtiness of Excuses

There’s been blackout for four days now in my compound, owing to two fallen electric poles. That sure bugs me because my desk is piled with projects requiring electricity to finish. Plus I’ve got deadlines, most of which are due this week.

The last couple days have had me getting out of the house to charge my laptops (generator is a poor option in my compound). Yes, it’s been stressful and annoying. And occasionally, I’ve had the urge to lay back in my room and simply do nothing. Just marry my excuse anyway.

Nevertheless, the bills keep running. The deadlines draw near. And clients will soon begin to call for their jobs.

“Life throws at us what we often are unpreprared for. But making the most of every odd remains the best decision.”

The best in us isn’t revealed when the roads we ply are smooth and we’re sailing free. Pretense can carry on in a seemingly perfect situation. But when the odds are against us, a deeper YOU shows forth; one willing to give up or to press on. One that says ‘I never planned for this. I’m quitting’ or ‘okay, it’s happened. What’s the way forward?”

Rough spots begin to show as hurdles arise along the way to achieving your dream. And there are two choices to choose from:

1. Stick with your excuses and quit OR
2. Figure a way out and press on.

For it isn’t unfair what life brings our way, it’s just unfair that one expects too many better days. Because truly, such days exist only in Utopia.

Excuse-giving, though duly substantiated, spurs you to avoid responsibilities. And dedication, determination, and drive are key to ‘getting you there’.

What’s your excuse for not starting? Leave your comments below.

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Yusuff Busayo is a Writer, Blogger, Enterpreneur, and Speaker who’s got unflinching love for books and book-making. Here, I blog about Writing, Creativity, and Making Impact.

The Originality Of Creativity:11 Ways To Stay Creative

Most of us want what we want and want them now. But we give so little attention to brooding upon the relevant actions that should follow the exciting reactions from lessons we’re learning from teachers and books.

“Creativity is a work of the mind. And is the precursor to every great invention.

The responsibility involved in the creation of what we want won’t be paid by anyone else; unless the drab idea of servitude continues to persist in the mind.

Creativity lies in the heart of every man and it takes a thinking man – the lone man – to explore them.

Meeting with birds in the woods to create an exceptional invention is outlandish. But it didn’t stop Orville and Wilbur Wright. It was the nutter-est idea that brought out a grand discovery that continues to live on.

It didn’t take a sane man to know a fight for freedom in an apartheid-infested country negated sanity and called for death. But Mandela held in. And bagged a couple years in jail. Freedom was eventually created, right?

“The permission to will is available to everyone. But it takes someone with a stronger will to create.”

Responsibility cum creativity breeds awesome results that catapult any organisation or individual to greater heights. And if the processes involved in being creative are learned, perhaps, few will be liberated from the soil of mediocrity.

I’m excited about creativity and believe strongly in the ease of living it expels on the society. Want to learn all it takes? Here goes:

1. Think change.

Call it paradigm shift and you’ll be right. It’s an “about-turn” act of rising from dreaming to creating. I’m particularly fascinated by the story of Russell Blake and how he created twenty-two books in eighteen months. Change is an encounter that releases a permanent fire into anyone and it bothers on rethink. You simply do not talk about wanting to become a writer but go ahead to act like it. Change is a decision (followed by action) to launch your dream regardless who accepts you or not. Change demands effort. It’s a deliberate attempt at doing what you may hate to do but is needful to do to get the art created.

2. Banish Indecision.

Decide what you’re going to do and do it. Dilly-dallying gives no room for quick decision making. And imagine that you’ve got a truck zooming towards your path right now, what would you do?…I thought as much. Creativity takes the same effort: readiness to make ‘on-the-spur-of-the-moment’ decisions and flexibility to manage them.

3. Love Aloneness.

The great inventions were made in the shadows. While some men bask in the night time, working their socks off to create, some loafed. And here’s one of the challenges that face creatives: aloneless. In wanting to create what’s different, you’ll find that not all will accept your ‘insanity’. You’ve got to love it, and stay through.

4. Explore opportunities.

While I’m thrilled by the chance to speak publicly, I often would withdraw when opportunities to do so come. But not anymore. I see that creatives would be left behind while they wait for opportunities to come their way. It pays then to rather rise and throw yourself into avenues that you would rather shy away from. Here’s the point: want to create a business that’ll grow, seek opportunities to help another or start one. Writers shouldn’t be scared of Contests. And don’t be afraid to pitch it out there that you’ve got expertise in a field. When Lex Brown wanted to be a radio DJ, he started out deliberately as a cleaner at the station, while observing the Radio DJ. The night the DJ was out sick, Lex was a ready option. And he did just good enough to be taken as the new DJ.

5. Incite Curiosity.

The hypes that turn most adults off about kids is their curiosity. They never stop asking questions and would rarely lay off till they’ve got answers to them. Is it a wonder then that they begin to do what’s spectacular? You’ve got to be on your toes to be creative. I read Seth Godin, Jeff Goins, Ofilispeaks, Copyblogger, and a couple others and ask myself: What makes these guys different? How can I do better or if not, write exactly like them? Those questions challenge me to get to work producing not only better contents but throwing myself into the business of writing itself.

6. Employ Transparency.

We don’t all have it figured out. In a world where there are numerous choices to pick from, it pays to be transparent. And transparency, while some get the notion that it exposes your vulnerability, rather heals your weaknesses. It’s dishonest to yourself and your audience to think and portray that you’re flawless. Audience will rather trust a failure who’s sincere than a weakling who makes himself out as an icon.

7. Follow Trails.

That’s what transparency is all about; realizing who’s done what and garnering all that can be learned from them. We’ve all got our ‘favourites’ and if they impact us that much, then we might as well start to follow their trail. I love the works of Matthew Reilly. And I learn from him (and several others) then follow their trail. Creativity spells easy that way.

8. Challenge Yourself.

Read this fab: A celeb was stopped by a fifteen year old fan and asked what to do be like her. The celeb responded, “Just go ahead to do what you ordinarily wouldn’t do.” I made a decision during my last birthday: to do what I would never have done, to push beyond my limit. I decided I’d write two 1500 posts every month, well-researched and rated quality. I dazed myself when in the first week I’d written more than two drafts. And they were well-researched and ranked as quality. You create by hurling yourself against the wall (one of the crazy things creatives do), believing it’ll shift for you. You’ll be surprised it will.

N.B: When JFK announced that before the decade ended, man’s feet must land on the moon, I would’ve peppered him with rotten eggs if I’d been close to him then. But it happened, didn’t it?

9. Develop Hard Ears.

Tenacity. That’s all hard ears’ all about. Be willing to keep at it till it looks exactly like it.’ It’s like faking it to make it. It’s not listening to self-doubt. Uh, no. Tenacity is a stronger force built upon dedication, determination and an unshakable drive to pull through. That’s hard ears. It worked for others, is working for creatives, for me, it can work for you.

10. Love The Process.

Creativity is a process. It’s not a matter of what you do now to get an instant result. It’s often a result of a patient waiting after diligent work.

11. Create, Anyway.

Got self-doubts? Think you’re too new to start? You’ve got slow traffic coming to your blog? The painting isn’t coming out fine? Hold on just a little longer. Then…keep creating anyway. The best of us isn’t revealed in the time that all works smoothly, but when the roads are rough, and the valleys are crooked, and you still plunge ahead, that’s resilience. That’s the life of a creative.

The world’s shifting at the speed of thought from consuming to more creativity. And, thanks to the internet, a wider gap is being created between the relaxed and the diligent, the indigent and the affluent, the brainless and the smarts. I call it ‘The Two Extremes’.

It’s a call for more creatives. Where ever you are, whatever field you find yourself, here’s the point: create.

How do you intend to use these points? What are the limitations you’re faced with and how do you plan on overcoming them? Let me know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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Yusuff Busayo is a Writer, Blogger, Enterpreneur, and Speaker who’s got unflinching love for books and book-making. Here, I blog about Writing, Creativity, and Making Impact.

It’s These Little Things That Make All The Difference

IMG-20140213-00093I went out with ‘The Girls’ last Thursday.

It was one of those blessed moments when, like a father, one feels on top of the world because you’re ‘taking your kids out’. But in this case, these girls aren’t my kids.

They’re my students.

As we spent the day together at the JAMB CBT Sensitization venue, alongside students from nine other schools, I learned a couple things from them. The topmost of which was: kids have got good hearts and great dreams if we’ll only take time to be patient with them and watch the best in them blossom.

I watched with delight as they flocked around me, wanting to do nothing but talk and relate and…get me involved. And at some point that I jocularly surmised that they don’t collect numbers from the few teenage boys around, they protested innocently, “Sir, don’t you trust us?”

And then again, there was the desperate desire to please to them. They were teenagers whom I was obligated to lead for the period of the JAMB CBT Sensitization. And, like a timid leader, their ICT teacher that I was, I was just too scared how I would go about it.

But they made it easy. Each second that passed at the Sensitization venue, I was elated just being with them. It was more a moment to live besides working. And as I observed them play and laugh and encourage me to join in, I learned their needs (maybe not all), that which gnaw at their innocent hearts, that spur them to want to be at their best always.

Need #1: A Friend To Laugh With

If you’re father, when a smile doesn’t crack on your face and your child expects to see one, there’s most definitely the likelihood that you’ll be questioned by the child.

In the same way, I was.

While it behooves us to be protective of the ones we care about, most especially the young ones, times come when it’s just okay to let go…and laugh along with them. For what hurts more when a joke told by a dear one to lighten the mood is disregarded?

Teenagers want to be accepted. And if such acceptance comes from the one whom they expect it from, they’re inspired to release themselves and go ahead to live out their lives without pretense.

What really makes a difference in a child’s life is your involvement. And if the involvement requires that you open the wells of smile and laugh with them, so be it. It goes a long way to heal their hearts (and often, yours too) and may very well spur them to want to keep that friendship.

Need #2: A Friend To Trust

As we waited outside the venue for the meeting, most of the attendees were almost tired of waiting. When some of my girls decided to take a stroll outside the gate, my first instinct was to fear and dissuade them from going.

Then again, I found, they’d given me every reason to trust them. How?

They’d trusted me enough to believe I could lead them and now it was my turn to do the same: trust them enough to take care of themselves.

And as we relate with the youngsters, the need falls upon us to learn that all they ask is a friend they can trust. One who will not be dissuaded from believing in them. And one whom, for each time they turn their backs, they can still realize is there, urging them on.

Need #3: Examples to Follow.

As the meeting time elongated and it seemed we were all being wearied out, it was understandable that complaints would start to pour. And while the other groups started to murmur and my girls joined, I didn’t move to incite them to not do so.

Rather, I shared jokes and switched to taking their snapshots. I made talks and took interest in lighting the mood. They dug right in and soon discarded the gloominess, joining in the brief reverie.

They didn’t need anyone to tell them what they felt wasn’t real. Just like we aren’t permitted to think they’re insusceptible to feelings.

They needed an example to stay positive. One who understood how they felt. They had one.

Rarely do most young ones know which way is right and the best they can do is imitate who’s going ahead of them. And if there’re no examples to imitate, they simply fall back into the nothingness that misrepresents their identity.

Without visible and viable examples, the young generation can be misled. And the whole lots of them ask for path-blazers. Can you be that example? Can they learn from you?


In what ways has the recent interesting moments of your life impacted you? Share your experience in the comments below.

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Yusuff Busayo is a Writer, Blogger, Entrepreneur, and Speaker who’s got unflinching love for books and book-making. Here, I blog about Writing, Creativity, and Making Impact.