Making Impact

The category features stories of heroic icons who made the difference while still alive, and even in death. It furthers describes in articles and materials, how writers and dreamers alike can spread difference!

IT’S TIME TO LIVE YOUR DREAM

Time to get this clear:

We all have got love for something.

Be it swimming, running, learning french, playing the guitar, writing, creating arts, web design, reading books, blah blah. We’ve got love for something. And most likely there’s a uniqueness that sets us apart from several others.

It’s time we quit screwing around and get to work on that till it becomes much more than the ‘some-thing’ it is.

It could be the salvation of another. Or probably the lifeline that draws a drowning person out of the water.

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”Anais Nin

By staying aloof, folding our arms while the ship sailing the world continues to rock, in the hope that it’ll steady itself, we play a joker card on the world.

It’s important to learn this: that what we’ve got is just enough for us to build upon, get better and improve upon, and that basically…it’s not meant to serve us alone.Click to tweet

It’s a self-centered and selfish life to undermine the development of your art; What makes you YOU. That’s what I refer to. It’s sheer wickedness, arrant nonsense, incorrigible dogshit to let go of that life and swim backwards, to a life of complacency.

What shocks us in the end is this: that we never really ate only our life away, we never only sabotaged our life’s destiny. But we plucked those of others living now, and worst still, generations yet unborn. Then we shuck them into nothingness, casting them in the stream of oblivion.

Not only our lives get washed away with the attempt at unfulfilled dream, ours and the persons next. Yes, not creating arts, not living out the calling you’re made to live directly affects that person you’re close to. Or imagine that Ben Carson never became a neurosurgeon. A couple siamese twins would have died siamesed.

Here’s the truth in basic: Get on with living out the dream in your head and watch others follow suit.

So you aren’t sitting on your butts anymore, not making excuses for not crafting beautiful stories. Neither are you sitting ducks, dilly-dallying upon when the right time is, to begin.

      You’ve Got To Be ‘Wrecked’

I saw this word in Jeff Goin’s book ‘Wrecked’. His definition of it kicked my guts up.

Wreck, for me, is colliding with the event that transforms you. An event that affects you so much you get up on your butt and lay off excuses to start living your dream.

What’s your wreck story? What’s occurred in your life that could be a lifeline for others?

You lost someone you love? Some folks do too, and they sure need encouragement. Wrap that up in good words and toss them online.

Or perhaps you’ve crashed into freelance writing and are making it huge in Nigeria. In lieu of being obsessed over having more competitors, sell your freelance writing tips on the web. You most definitely cannot handle the entire freelance writing opportunities in the Nigerian market. So share.

Moreover, in solving a problem, sharing tips and ideas, you get exposed to much more opportunities that wouldn’t have come if you’d held back. You create networks. You build relationships. You sell your services on a bigger scale. And if your tips and ideas rock the boat, you become a champion and sodding well begin to demand higher pay from your clients.

In living the life of our dream, we aren’t successes for ourselves alone, we create avenue for succeeding for others too.

“If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.” Les Brown

Here’s what you’ll need to do: Start today to live your dream, take it one step at a time. For example, start to write the book (or whatever), beginning with at least 500 words each day.

*Photo Credit: 9smag

What’s stopping you from living your dream? How can you break the barrier and start living it today? 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 World Does Not Need You To Do This

Photo Credit: Jessica

Photo Credit: Jessica

“The thing is, people who make a difference never wait for just the right time. They know that it will never arrive.” Seth Godin

It could happen today.

It could be later.

It could be in so many years to come.

Or it could never be.

What matters, what really matters, is that you do not prolong the attempt to make a difference.

It’s certainly a long wait to wait till tomorrow to begin living a life of impact.

You could wait till the time’s right, when you ‘feel just right’, when the money starts coming, when there’s no hitch, when all is perfect; till you begin. But then, you’ll be waiting so long.

Because perfect times never come. Perfect seasons are even an implausible wish.

But you can make each moment perfect. You can live each day renewed, fresh, and ready to kick some projects to fruition.

How?

Maximise the moment. Start living today the dream you have in your head. Quit talking, start doing. Stop planning, implement!

Innovate. Create. Call out your Muse.

But please, pwwetty please, the world does not need you to sit on your butt waiting for the right moment.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney

*Photo Credit:Jessica

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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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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

What do you think? How do you enjoy your present moments and kick off worries? 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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Making A Difference In An Anti-Difference Nation

If making a difference with your work is all that you’re about, kudos to you. The earth needs more people like you.

This post documents my angst against the ethical and moral degradation that has befallen this country’s educational system.

As most know, the 2014 West African Examination Council exam commenced last week. I was privileged to come across something baffling yesterday.

It’s this site.

If you didn’t check it out then it’s all good. But here’s what it contains: answers to every paper on every WAEC examination day.

So, if Computer Studies exam is being written today, a candidate only has to visit the site, input the right password (which is made so visible on the site) and that’s it.

All answers (both for theory and objective questions) appear. It’s that easy to pass exam.

And so foolish to sell the future.

    What’s The Danger Of Malpractice

Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

And I think he meant sound education.

If the country is besieged with terrorists and poor thinkers, and the economy continues to drag its feet, while unemployment rate clambers higher, it’s no wonder we found ourselves here.

How did we come to this?

The next question then will be: how did we live yesterday?

What foundations were laid? What things were put right and what were done wrong?

We are where we are today because of yesterday’s actions and inactions. Our forbears inaction and unwillingness to give due attention to resuscitating high standard of education crumbled the life out of our education (and other aspects).

The danger of malpractice can be seen in the poor thinking abilities of citizens, the constant churning out of graduates who do not even appear like they’d ever read a book.

A friend told me about a graduate for whom a banker had to use an interpreter to communicate his message. Because she couldn’t construct a simple sentence.

I know a couple graduates who do not even know what a CV looks like. Let alone be able to prepare it.

And so it clambers.

So I imagine then that if examination malpractice isn’t curbed or duly paid attention to (in this respect, killing this site), it shouldn’t be surprising that in few years time, there would be more terrorists, more robbers, more unemployed graduates who don’t even deserve the job anyway, and more lazy-asses who can’t think creatively.

If examination malpractice can wreck this havoc (and more), what’s your take on fighting it? How do we crush this site (and so many others like it)?

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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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.

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.