creativity

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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Hack Into Greater Writing Using These Ten Tips (Plus An Extra)

I’ll cut to the chase to share these wonderful nuggets on how to hack into a greater writing life. They’ll help you kick off on writing better. I use a couple of them (all, actually) and they always work for me. I left out personal examples to give you a quick read. Really want you to get them so they are briefly explained.

Enjoy.

1. Develop a different perspective towards failure. Let it push you forward. Let it urge you to make more life-changing decisions. Think on your errors as being an opportunity to discover what doesn’t work and move on. Truth is, we can be incapacitated by failure, just like fear does, or we can create better arts as a result. It all boils down to the choice we make.

2. Get feedback. On your life. On your work. It’s deliberate practice and deliberate living that gives your art the shift you expect. And deliberate practice pushes upon you the need to always require feedback. How do you measure your progress? By your own judgment? Does the idea of creative (and merciless) critiquing resonate with you? It has got to or you’ll be pushing the wrong buttons to achieving greatness in your art and life.

3. Learn hard-boiled focus. In a noisy world, where the proliferation of internet information and social media offer so many distractions, what’s left to do is to learn early to develop a hard-boiled focus. Hard-boiled meaning you’ll deliberately work on turning distractions off and focus on what matters. Slaughter the time spent on twitter, mailbox, facebook, websites, and even your blog. And focus on doing what pays and transforms your life.

4. Focus on the real thing. While it’s cool to focus, it’s wonderful to focus on the ‘why‘ of your art. Why did you choose to be a writer? To freelance? To make books? To unleash the hurts bottled up inside you and whatever life hurls at you? To share your message with your tribe? If it’s about freelancing, for example, then focus on writing and pitching to clients. Get that goal out of the way and be glad for a work done. If you do not know the ‘why’ of your writing, you’ll skulk when grievously tried.

5. Stop being afraid. And start creating the arts you’ve always wanted to. It’s a decision you’ll have to make to walk through the slew of fear and do what has to be done. Stick to doing the work and turn off the voice in your head that says you suck at this, or that this won’t work. It said it before, and still you created a couple arts. You can do more, just ignore that foe.

6. Write everyday. In seeking to gain mastery, you cannot afford to do occasionally what you aim will draw you closer to the life of your dream. If writing, for you, is a lot of tiring work, then you’ve got to ask what you’re doing here at all. But if not, learn this basic truth: Writing everyday isn’t really about writing a lot, but about writing often. Like Jeff puts it, “The idea is repetition — developing a discipline of showing up, making this a priority, and working through The Resistance.” If writing isn’t a hobby, then employ the discipline of writing daily to harness the benefits of the craft.

7. Build Your Tribe. A tribe is the audience that pays attention to your kind of message. If you’ve found your niche (and know it) then you can start to share your message. As you remain faithful to your passion, showing up as often as you’ve promised (and delivering on other promises), your audience starts to trust you and soon, begins to listen to you. It takes, among other things, solving a problem and yet showing your scars to build a committed tribe.

8. Keep updating. Everything we know has an expiration date. And if you fail to discourage the voice that says to wait for permission, it does these to your art: crumbles it, makes it shallow as you keep sharing what’s outdated, you lose permission from your audience, and…you find you’re writing dung. Much as you’ve got to stay focused, keep updating yourself. Voracious reading eventually tells on your works. It’s so easy to tell when a writer hasn’t done his homework. He sucks, and his works bore.

9. Be a giver. Live to give. Be more generous. Meet a stranger. Tell your story with utmost sincerity. Eric Barker said, “Then I looked at the other end of the spectrum and said if Givers are at the bottom, who’s at the top? Actually, I was really surprised to discover, it’s the Givers again. The people who consistently are looking for ways to help others are over-represented not only at the bottom, but also at the top of most success metrics.”

10. Be generous but do not be a martyr. Know when it’s time to hold out much and when to throw products out for sale, or your income will be sorry. Also, if you’ve been committed to your audience (as they’ve been to you), it behooves you to ask what they need, or just for a start, throw out something small and see if it catches their fancy as to pay for it. If it does, build on the product and throw it out bigger this time. But regardless, stick with being generous without shooting yourself.

        THE EXTRA

Keep Creating. You don’t stop being a creative because a reader said your work sucks. Or because you feel your work’s never good enough. You’re a creative because you’re totally in love with what you do: creating. So don’t give up at the silliest slight from critics or failure or not-good-enough-feeling. Keep creating and keep shipping. It’s the trick to getting better and being heard. Wanting the ‘big break’ sounds good. But that takes practice and hard-boiled focus. So, keep creating.

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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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Are You Giving Hope?

Writers, and creatives alike, have got a great purpose to fulfill.

They’ve got to give hope.

Hope can be found in unlikely places. As in the slum and marginalised communities of poor nations. Or the depressed soul seeking answers to life’s troubling questions.

We’ve got the responsibility to share our stories, let them tell themselves and teach hope to the audience.

“Writers have got to learn the strength of the pen. The weakest pen can, in a big way, douse the fire of depression. Or calm the rage of war. It can do more than this.”

Writing, serious writing, can give hope.

    Locating Hope In Our Purpose

Occasionally, we feel so bummed we can’t seem to crank out the right words on the screen. But as we turn the pages of life over, putting into consideration the message that must be heard, how much our audience (and the world) deserve to hear the message, we draw from the well of purpose for which we started to create the art in the first place.

And the purpose, if built around solving problems sincerely, soon permits the lines to start to spill out. Not in the pace that we expect them to, most times. But gently, gradually, the feeling of compassion, borne by true purpose, gives strength to our mind. Then hope begins to spill on the page. Why?

Because, from the start, the ‘why’ of the art had been defined. It wasn’t built upon the need to exploit – a method which soon dies sooner in the wake of challenges. But it’s from answering the call to meet a need; to give hope.

And hope is what our message should be about. That’s what gets the audience to listen. That’s what stills the rage of the Resistance, break through the voice of fear and preach peace to the hopeless.

    The Best Work Ever: One That Cost You Something

The best work is one that cost you something.

A story should answer a need, not create more problems. It should solve more of life’s numerous challenges. Not create more.

Writers should slay the dragon of doubts. They should want to put off the slew of confusion that deluges the world. The pen, though not strong, bears in its belly the ink of hope. Each dot should spell out the reason why the each person came to be. It should bother itself with linking a man’s life with his purpose. That’s where hope lies.

Regardless of the ills that stalk our lives, we still yearn for the unseen future. And while it remains unseen, hope gives us a glimpse of what it may look like. It’s that which produces the will to carry through when all seems against us.

And if writers, servants as we are, stick to doing our jobs, we find the hope message spreads across faster than we thought.

      Drawing The Line

Hope can be found in the poorest places, in unlikely towns. It can be found in a smile. But it still must be told.

When you give hope, hope spreads through the one means you think irrelevant, then to many others.

Perhaps you’re excited and would like to take a step. Start here:

1. Refer to finding your ‘why’. Why did you ever choose writing? To get your message heard or exploit (mind you, this frustrates faster than you think)? Get clear on your purpose. If it was ever to joke, the craft sure leaves no room for that. In discovering your ‘why’, it drives your work and tells you what message to share, even in blocked times.

2. Take action. Start today to live purposefully. You talked about making a living writing and teaching others to do so. It’s quite late to start if you push till tomorrow. Each moment lived purposefully spells hope for another. Once started, hope spreads.

3. Resolve to give your best. Stay true to what you say you’re sold out for. Tell your stories exactly the way they are, clearly, without exaggeration (as some do). Challenge yourself to give more than you’re giving now. It’s like someone said, “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

4. Answer your call. Write and keep writing. Don’t stop on it and don’t quit. Keep shipping. Take the road that leads you to becoming all you planned on being. The creative knows it’s continually showing up that forms into building more beautiful arts. Learn all you can, keep seeking feedbacks, and never stop giving hope.

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What does giving hope mean to you? 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+

Broken Perfectionism

What’s worth writing is worth writing well. And if you’ve got the chance to write it once, how would you write it? How do you make your words count?

I’m constantly scared of doting over my works so I don’t become a perfectionist. (They rarely are impressed and almost never get anything done). Yet I strongly desire to be a voice that’s heard and accepted. I don’t stop writing (just like you shouldn’t) but I don’t bother myself much with policing my grammar. I live that to the grammar police. They’ve got all the time in the world. I don’t.

And you shouldn’t too.

If you’ve got only once chance to write what’s worth it, give it your best, but don’t dote. I’ll write that again: DON’T DOTE. Just get the words out the way you’ve learned and let the police bother with it.

But the other side of it is this, you’ve got to stick to doing your home work.

Some contents are bypassed because they’ve only got big titles but shallow bodies. If you’re going to make the mark at all, do your home work. Create a niche for yourself by gaining more expertise and experience in your field.

And this goes without saying that you major in a niche if you’re just starting out as a freelancer. You’ll know when its time to move on to something else or more when the time is right.

So make your words count not once, but every time, by giving your best, while not doting over perfection. Just be yourself.

And stick with the ultimate cliche: Write what you know.

Do this and let me know what you got by leaving 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.

3 Delicious Ways To Rule Through Creativity – Plus A Bonus

So you’re a creative.

And it bores you to know that you’re being left out or that your voice isn’t heard. You feel you’re being shoved behind the pack while the ‘pros’ continue to lead.

In spite of your creativity, your ability to weave beautiful stories with words, you aren’t ruling.

Ruling, in this sense, implies that you aren’t getting enough from being creative.

    •Enough accolades/hypes.
    •Enough gigs/readership.
    •Enough comments and compliments.
    •Enough of everything that makes you feel enough.

Take these three suggestions for help:

1. GET A PLATFORM

It’s assuming you don’t have one. A platform is the ‘pedestal’ to put you up and above for people to see you and what you do. How can people find you and know what you do as to call for you or hire you? Do you have a writer’s website? If you hang in the shadows and expect your creativity to be appreciated, it’s your fault that it isn’t. In starting a platform, I suggest a blog. It’s a grand avenue to network, brand, and sell your creativity.

If your creativity doesn’t have a platform, then it’s no wonder why you aren’t ruling.

Art meddles with everything in life and is interesting and beautiful because it demands creativity.

And that’s what you’ve got: a creative mind.

It shouldn’t be shelved. Start building your platform today.

N.B: Truth is: you can sell virtually anything on net these days. Here’s a good help.

BONUS: TUNE YOUR PLATFORM

If you do have a platform but nothing’s working, consider tuning it up. Have you considered a new design? Good designs attract readers. And keep the design simple, or you’ll simply scare more readers away than you know it. On this blog, I use the Suit theme. It’s a free theme, and I love it for its simplicity. Additionally, try to keep your posts clear and short, using a straight-to-the-point approach. As a poet, I’m often tempted to write my works in such a way that they’ll be overly laced with poetry so readers will barely get the point. I changed when I realized the implication.

2. WORK OUT YOUR DIFFERENCE

There’re a million and one writers/bloggers/musicians/painters/etc out there, how do you intend to stand out to be heard? If you plan on starting a blog on writing, perhaps you’ll write your headlines and points backwards as in these examples:

    •How to never make it as a blogger.
    •How to bore your audience.
    •Why you must stop writing well.
    •Reasons why you’ll continue to fail at writing.
    •How to never finish the book you started.

Dumb examples, but they’ll incite curiosity in your audience. And you’ll simply be known for telling the truth backwards. Plus if you deliver well on quality contents, you’ve just kicked the jack off the pot.

Find out how you’ll be different, research on it and become an expert there. If you’ve got the answers in a specific field, audience will keel over to have you attend to them. And that’s better, isn’t it? That’s ruling.

3. DON’T VARY YOUR VOICE

If you often write in a rough voice and it has garnered lots of traffic, don’t vary it. That’s what ruling is all about. If your books are known to be barraged with call-to-actions, don’t slow down on it. Keep ruling there too. Soon as the emails start pouring from readers about how your works are inspiring them, focus on the writing ‘tempo’ that brought that about and don’t hush on it. Point is: People will expect you to be you. And the moment you stop being that way, you stop ruling. And they start checking out.

How do you rule through creativity? Share your comments below.
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How To Stand Out…And Stay Out!

Weird! Nerd! Jerk! Those are often the words that come to mind when a person is simply…different.

He’s a glitch that must be taken away, a stain that’s indelible. He does differently what all does forward. He dares. He thrives when others falter. He shows up when it’s just right to be away. He scraps few hours off his sleep schedule just to work, work…and get the job done! He’s weird. He’s simply different.

He’s standing out.

And that takes effort.

The practice of doing what you love to do when you feel like doing it is simply plugging into a world of disappointments. No one gets far that does his work occasionally. And you don’t achieve a different result doing what you do the same old way that often produced poor results.

As I write this post, I’m mindful of the periods when I’d had to mismanage opportunities, never doing enough when I had all the time in the world. Times when writing projects were delayed and deadlines were missed. I frown at those times often.

And hold strongly to each moment now.

We live with the regrets or blessings of the choices of yesterday. (Tweet that)

And tomorrow cries for testimonies of great achievement from today. Yet they will never come if the price of standing out isn’t paid.

The line between the genius and the ordinary is the ‘extra’ the former attaches to his work. He does more than talk more. And I’ve learned overtime that talks are cheap.

The discipline of writing is simply sitting down to write. The discipline of getting anything done is getting down to do it.

    The principle of successful people is showing up when others don’t.

And really, successfully people are weird people, doing weird things and achieving, of course, extraordinary results.

The Secret of Standing Out…And Staying Out!

The status quo hates to be betrayed. But it feels good to leave it behind. Standing out and staying out takes effort. But should you choose to do more, to leave the status quo, you’ll be thrilled by the outcome. How then do you stand out?

Do what others won’t do. Or would do occasionally. What differentiates your result from everyone else’s is the extra that goes into your work. The extra inspection, the extra re-writing, the extra research, extra detail, and so on. Having tried this, you can also practice…

Showing up more often than you use to. All that writing is about is simply showing up. You appear by 5am everyday as planned, and you scribble. Days when you’re bereft of ideas and inspiration, you stay there and freewrite still. It’s the same with every other task. You’re respecting the craft and building discipline by sticking to your writing time. And you should also start…

Writing more instead of talking about writing. A 500-word-a-day strategy consistently implemented is better than a plan to write 20, 000 words ‘next month’.

And the weirder you become, the more successes you achieve. No limit is placed on a man that he isn’t privy to and he readily accepts. Almost all that limits each one starts from within, and when that ultimate battle is won, we can rest assured that limitations are but a stepping stone to great achievements.

And standing out truly makes the difference!

What plan do you employ in standing out? Share your comment 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.

A Different Perspective On Failure – Failing Forward

Photo Credit: theguardian.com

Photo Credit: theguardian.com

What threats do our failures make?

Our failures do not defeat us. They do not get us down and make us stay down unless we give them the permission to.

We’re our enemies. Or we could be our best friend.

The lie that often skips to our mind when we fail while creating, or we’re let down either by a friend, an acquaintance, or a situation, is to think why it had to happen to us. Why the situation chose us.

But why not us?

It’s interesting, but nothing works that’s not tested and fired up to find its strength.

And no artist can truly create without passing through the test of rejection.

    Our Best Comes When We Try…And Try Again

I sat to write this because I’ve lost so much. When a writer loses what he calls ‘his best works’ to a trite mistake, he refers to it as losing so much.

While I’m vexed enough to think I hadn’t taken proper precaution to secure the works, I’m quick to also remind myself of the danger of rigidity – I’m forced to ask myself, ‘what’s the lesson to learn?’

What’s the test of your strength? How do you ever know you’re called to create? And where did you get the idea that being a creative exempts you from hitting the rocks occasionally?

We, creatives and artists, will be sitting ducks should we believe the falsehood that a couple hitches wouldn’t plague us while we do the craft we love.

In times when we’re pushed to the wall however, when situations, critics, circumstances ask us to give the reason why we’re sold out to creating, we must be ready to give answers.

Either in words, or in actions, or in reactions.

And often, when we’re barraged by so much external forces that seem to want to choke our strength away, we’re expected to stay.

And try again.

    All That Failure Isn’t

Failure isn’t a foe to be despised. Nor is it a friend to be accommodated.

What it entails to create a product, a blog, a service, that gets the market and the audience to beat their path to our ‘doorstep’ is the same it entails to hang in there: refusing to wait for permission.

When all seem against us, the need to separate the most important from the unimportant stands clear. The most important being that no one will apologise to you for whatever is slapping you around.

No one will give you the permission you require. You’ve got to take it. [Tweet that]

In a world of easy connection and making friends quick, it behooves you, the creative, to best yourself, disbelieving the idea to expect that anyone will grant you the audience you need. Of course some do, only when they trust you.

Still, you’ve got to earn it. You’ve got to give yourself the permission to be yourself.

Failure isn’t final when you’ve got the right handle on it. And permission won’t come when you suck and hope that you’ll be apologised to and then be given platform.

You’ve got to:

Make the most of failures. Think what lesson they’ll teach you. Losing some of new my works taught me to have a good rein on securing my works properly. Plus, it spurred me to write more and better.

Share your hurts with your tribe. It could so hurt to bear the burden of a lost book deal alone. Make the best of it by sharing with your tribe or someone you trust to understand. It unburdens you, and you’re sure to feel relieved afterward. It’s the cliched ‘a problem shared is half solved’, and blah blah.

Get to work, instead of moping. No matter how you feel to, don’t mope. Now that you’re going to make the most of the failure, think of new ways to do better. I’m determined now to write my best works yet. And to get them out to the world fast.

Help another. Think what lesson you’ve learned and discover ways you can share with another (your tribe, especially) to help solve their problems too. It’s showing you care, truly care, that draws more audience to your network.

The opportunity to lead isn’t relegated to the ‘pros’. Everyone who has a tribe, every dreamer who intends to create must realise he’s planning to lead. Because he’s got a voice he wants others to listen to.

And if leaders are servants, then what creatives have got in their hands is the chance to serve. And great heroes who impacted on the world weren’t machoes who had no weaknesses. They were, in spite of their weaknesses, tenacious enough to never hold back or in the more conventional way…give up.

And you’re a creative. Will you give up now? Will you call it quit so soon?

What failure have you experienced recently and how has it helped you to grow? Share your comments below.
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Yusuff Busayo is a Writer, Entrepreneur, Speaker who loves books and book-making. Here, I blog about writing, creativity, and making impact.

“Bring Your Problems”

We’re much better doing what we love than what we don’t love.

In the end, when opportunities are explored, what makes men beat a path to our door is the prowess we exhibit in the task we’re simply ‘just good’ at.

So what works for one isn’t going to work for another. It’s in finding your path, cutting it to suit who you’re born to be, and living the life you’re called for, that gets the market to fight to get to you.

When the population finds a handful (and it almost always is a handful) who dedicate their lives to what matters and what works for them, the clamor ceases about how ‘what and what can be done’. Because here they come, the saviors who’ve discovered themselves and are tweaking successfully what all that are confused jostle after.

So what’s important in all these?

Find yourself. Find what you love and throw yourself into it; head through feet.

How do you set about finding yourself and doing what you love? Share 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.

Why You Need To Take Your Writing Seriously

As I begin to write this post, I am mindful of the times when I’d lingered on writing consistently and enough to be able to complete projects. Those times were wearied by promises to write daily. And as the need to fulfill the promises came, so also came the excuses for not carrying them out. And often, they were seemingly genuine.

And yet they produced nothing.

“Doesn’t matter the excuses you make for not doing what you ought, the work still remains undone!”

In life, as we all strive to be what we’re made to be, there would be reasons to look back, excuses to give to not live out our dreams. But the smarts know, it’s doing what needs to be done, while ditching excuses, that keeps a dream alive.

Ever read about the cat? It’s a persistent feline that, once it sights a rat, would never leave it be until it has the rat in its grasp.

When the MacDonald brothers were required to pack up and leave, they had the grand excuse to do so. They’d failed too much. But they also knew it wouldn’t make their dream of a global eatery bud.

It’s the same with writing.

The art of writing seriously, I have found, is what equates with sharpening the sword for better chopping, honing the skill. Plus, if the craft is worth being taken entrepreneurially, then in the same way it should be treated so.

We All Have A Story To Tell

However way we choose to see it, there are more lives willing to live rather than die. But as they’re mauled by the myriad trials that the life bestows uninvitedly on them, they seek desperately for ways out. And if suicide seems the best option, albeit horrible, most opt for it.

Writers are not permitted to give false details about a horrid event. Just like it isn’t wise to say that there are no grey moments in the world. Writers do more than tell a story.

They change lives.

With each word that appears on the screen and the dot that closes a book or a post, it is essential to note that more important is the positive impact the works make than the gains that come thereafter.

Writers have the obligation to write seriously because they’re obligated to save more lives than they know of.

All That Writing Is About: Hope

In the same way that we save lives through medicines and medical services, writers go ahead to spread their reach through to the world (thanks to the internet) and more broken-hearted, underprivileged, beaten-down, can read, digest and leap for hope.

Hope can be wrapped in words. Hope can liberate even if it’s a daily dosage of a five-line article. There are so much hope in words.

So why wouldn’t a writer take his writing serious?

A dream that is lived out engenders lazy dreamers to leap on their feet and get to living too.

Dreams bring hope. And hope stretches the resistance limit of every man. Writers can build hope through the craft. While each creative bask in the world of working out their dreams, hope becomes clearer and more people are drawn to it.

Where The Details Fall

Here’re my reasons for writing:

•I write to live
•I write to make a mark; touching lives and influencing many, positively
•I write to live good works on the sands of time.

Where is the place of money, you ask?

Here’s what gives:

When our best works are done for the sake of service and in utmost sincerity, all that follows is a sincere audience that willingly gives themselves to giving back to you in return.

So, a quality book or article or a compassionate giving that intends to live an indelible mark on the hearts of the audience will in the same way propel the audience to grab at the sales offered by the writer/author.

The Truth In Basics

Basically, you must write seriously:
•To grow your skill
•Because you owe it not only to yourself to do so, but to those audience who’ve come to rely on your words.
•To be prepared for the opportunities that lie ahead.
•Because words have power and potentials, and when delayed from getting done, the potency is doused.

Do you write seriously? How do you plan on writing seriously from henceforth? Share 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.