Archive by Author | Muhiz Ogunwomoju (MOAB)

2016 Won’t Be a Perfect Year

There will be mistakes: own them and take responsibility.

There will be life-changing opportunities: take them and use them.

There will be disappointments (heartbreaks): cry and move on.

There will be love: show it and make it.

There will be questions: ask them. Don’t be afraid. Curiosity is your best friend.

There will be chance to be generous: act and never look back.

There will be dreams: follow them and work hard to achieve them.

There will be fights: fight the good ones and run away from the bad ones. It’s an act of bravery.

And finally, there will still be human beings creating joy and chaos at the same time.
–MOAB

What are you fighting for?

I look into this world and all I see is fight. Yes, that’s all I see and nothing more. Let me boil it down what I mean by fight. Fight comes in a variety of ways. There are negative and positive fights. We are all fighting for something. Some people are fighting to be rich, some are fighting to create solutions to problems, some for freedom and justice, some for education, some for land, some for peace, some for love, some for beliefs, some for fame, some for superiority, and some for the sake of fighting. Every fight is important to each fighter, that is, there is a genuine cause to fight in the fighter’s mind. To one fighter, the fight of another fighter is irrational and illogical, and vice versa.

But who is to define whose fight is genuine and rational? Is there a standard scale to measure positive and negative fights? Is there a collective fight that we should all be fighting? If there is, what is it?

I have been thinking in solitude, thinking of solutions to our fights (positive and negative ones) and I couldn’t find any. The solutions to human fights (struggles and whatnot) are beyond human comprehension. Because, human itself, is a complex being. A complex being cannot understand another complex being. The exertion to understanding human beings by philosophers has always been and will continue without any concrete answers whatsoever. Theories upon theories will pile up and as one theory tries to explore the complexity of human and understand it, it becomes void. This has always been the outcome of theories to understanding human.

Enough of philosophizing these questions asked above. So let me ask you, what are you fighting for? Or, what will you fight for? If I were to be asked what I would fight for, my answer would be: I’d fight for love. As simple as the word ‘love’ sounds, it comes with a lot of complicated things and we can philosophize about it forever. It comes with a lot of sacrifices. By love, I mean the love for all human beings regardless of their background, status, race, connections, and whatnot. Because with love there’ll be peace and harmony in the world. In the end, if you’re not fighting for something, you’re not living.

-MOAB © 2015

The Art of Brevity

When I was asked to give a comment for just one minute in a seminar I attended last month, I remembered the art of brevity and decided to use adjectives for my comment: “Awesome, superb, and eye-opening,” I said.

The audience was stunned. They were wondering how I could be brief and still make sense at the same. The reality is, I’ve been learning the art of brevity for years now. I’ve been learning how to tell long story in a superb short ways. And I’m getting better.

But the key secret is that you must know and understand what you want to discuss or talk about. If you can’t say it in five minutes, you can never say it in fifty minutes. That simply shows that you don’t understand what you’re talking about. You’ll ramble, babble and mumble for most of the time and never get to a substantial conclusion.

The art of brevity is a skill. If you could learn it, it’ll make you stand out among others. Seth Godin​ is a master in this art. I gulp all his content (writings, videos, and so on) just to learn the art of brevity from him.

The only way to master the art of brevity is to understand your niche that if you explain to a five-year-old kid, he’ll understand. Go learn this art today. Stay simple. Go!

-MOAB © 2015

Break Your Silence or Stay Docile Forever

“To choose to write is to reject silence.” -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie​

I have always used the metaphor of dragons and monsters to describe the enemy of creativity and productivity. But I think dragons and monsters are a bit scary and people might not quickly relate to it because they often don’t see dragons and monsters except on the screen. But there’s something that people can relate with which I believe its metaphor fits the description of creativity’s enemy and I call it SILENCE.

We have heard the word more often than not. Because “keep silent or shut up” isn’t far from us. We’ve been hearing it since our childhood and we’re used to it. Silence is the enemy of creativity and productivity.

Silence comes in different forms—it sometimes shows as an authority, as loved ones, and as one’s society. These are the things that mostly dictate or decide how we should live our life. Most times, they lead us to nothing. Even though sometimes, they have good intentions for us but their intentions never create change.

Silence is a shackle, it stifles one’s freedom to express one’s thought or explore one’s creativity. And in order to break this shackle, one must write, create, explore, and imagine. One must struggle against all odds in order to make things happen.

Yes, silence has its good side and I mean a lot of good when it’s necessary but the bad side is so dominant that it has led many of us to become the play-it-safers and fit-ins who follow the norm.

Those who follow the norm never do things that matter. They’re cowered in the proverbial what-if.

What do we do to overcome this enemy? Break it. Remember I told you it’s a shackle and for one to be free, one needs to break the shackle that’s holding one’s back from exploring one’s creativity. Go break your silence. Go make a ruckus. And go make a difference. The world needs you. Go!

-MOAB © 2015

Love

Wish I could see you

But you’re never seen

Wish I could touch you

But the answer is still the same

Wish I could smell you

But you’re hidden

Somewhere unknown

Maybe inside the heart

I don’t know

What I know is

You can only be felt

Because you’re invisible

To define you

Is a mystery

Just like life

But you’re still better

Because you’re eternal

And life is ephemeral

When you enter the heart of a man

You give birth to more invisible children

Compassion, Passion

Empathy, Honesty

Tolerance, Endurance

Courage and Hope

And because of you

Man is whole

For without you

Life is useless

-MOAB © 2015

The Root

You’re never seen

But firm in your hold

You’re ignored

Yet, you produce fruits every day

Both the good and the bad fruits

We walk past you

And never acknowledged you

We chase your fruits

Not knowing that you’re the source

Success is your fruits

Growth is your fruits

Courage is your fruits

Happiness is your fruits

We appreciate your fruits

When they favor us

Poverty is your fruits

Violence is your fruits

Hatred is your fruits

Sorrow is your fruits

We condemn your fruits

When they cause us distress

But we never acknowledged you as the source

And because we ignored you

We never found solution

To our problems

Your fruits are not the problems

But you

Until we go back to you

We will continue to chase your shadows

Because the solution to man’s problems

Lies in you

You’re the solution

Go find the root to your joy and predicament

And your life will never be the same again

Go!

-MOAB © 2015

Make Hay

When the sun is not shining, make hay
When the sun shines, make hay
When it rains, make hay
Even in the haze, make hay
When things seem impossible, make hay
When people scream, “you can’t,” make hay
When the odds are against you, make hay
When fear strikes, make hay
Even in isolation, make hay
When there’s no aid, make hay
When opportunity knocks, make hay
When it doesn’t, make hay
When your internet connection stops working, make hay
When you’re not recognized or applauded for your work, make hay
When and when the world comes to an end, make hay
No matter what circumstances you find yourself, make hay
And make good hay
Because there’s nothing that beats making a difference
So go make hay
Go!
-MOAB © 2015