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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

The 1 Star Reviews

I have been reading customer reviews on Amazon (both the books I’ve read and the ones I’d like to read). I don’t bother reading much about the 5 star reviews, because, of course, they’re awesome. So I moved to the 1 star reviews and read what people are saying. “This book is terrible,” a customer said. “Don’t waste your money and time,” another customer wrote. And many others like that.

Some people who are trying to be constructive wrote why they don’t like the book they’re giving 1 star review. What struck me most is that there are 1 star reviews for the books that I’d love to read again and again, the books that I’d recommend to friends and family because they’re good books. But for some people, they’re not good books. This really got me thinking about our endeavors in life (business, writing books, creative ideas, and whatnot) that many people will not like them. And that’s fine because our endeavors are not for everybody.

Those who give our works 1 star reviews don’t hate us. The only problem is that our ideas don’t resonate with them for one reason or the other. After all, your endeavor isn’t for everybody. Don’t let the comments, criticism of others stop you from doing your work. Your work doesn’t have to make sense for everybody, if it makes sense to you and a few people I think that’s enough. Change doesn’t start with a large crowd. It starts with an individual.

-MOAB © 2014

A Criminal’s Confession About Fear

images (1)I was watching Crime Fighters the other day on YouTube. A friend had sent me the link to the video. In the video, a notorious armed robber was making a confession about how he carried out all his successful operations. For those of you who don’t know what Crime Fighters is; it’s a Nigerian TV program that shows the confession of apprehended criminals.

What got me thinking about his confession is when he was asked, “Do armed robbers also have fear?” His response was concise, “Yes, armed robbers do have fear too.” The interrogator asked, “But how do you overcome fear and go for operations successfully?” He said, “You just have to believe and do what you need to do.”

As a writer I have a lot of ideas and projects that I’d like to complete but fear hinders me from even starting them or finishing some of them. The armed robber’s confession about fear and what to do about it caused me to have a profound realization. There is a valid point in his confession, but I’m not asking you to go and rob. My point is that, there are many things that we might want to do, but fear is hindering from completing them. Yes, we all have plans, ideas, and projects and most of them are merely in our thoughts on which we don’t take any action. We are too afraid to start them; fear is crippling us. No one wants to fail or be a failure so we do nothing, as then we do not risk failing.

Fear of failure is real and natural. We all want to be safe and successful, but if no one ever failed, then how would we measure success? Besides there are even some great things that were accidentally discovered because of someone’s so called failure or a plan that did seem to go as originally planned. Penicillin may not have otherwise been discovered for example. Fear of failure incapacitates us, because it scares us into not believing in ourselves and because we don’t want to humiliate ourselves.

Thus, many times we take the safe route and take no action so that we don’t fail. Have you ever considered though that by not accomplishing your plans that you also have failed? By not accomplishing your plans you have failed yourself. You can have thousands of plans but if you allow fear to cripple you without taking action to accomplish them, then all your plans are pointless.

Fear will always haunt us. You can’t beat fear. Not even courage can obliterate fear. For courage is not the absence of fear. What can you do about it then? Just take the robber’s advice: “You just have to believe and do what you need to do.”
-MOAB © 2014

Idea Stealers: Do They Still Exist?

Photo Credit: Mike Chaput

Photo Credit: Mike Chaput

Recently, a friend showed me some of her creative works. She designed some outfits and they were really cool. I told her to share it on her blog so that other people can know about it. In fact, sharing it with the world will let it go places and of course you’ll find the right agent to help you promote and monetize it. Her response was, “I don’t want to share it on my blog because I’m afraid that people will steal my work.”
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