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Help Me Write a Book: One True Sentence

“One sentence is often all it takes to convey your truth. And each one of us has a sentence that we carry with us –whether it is a line from a novel, a verse of poetry, a song lyric, a personal mantra, words of wisdom from a loved one, or a simple string of words that bring you meaning. We take this “one true sentence” with us on our travels, drawing inspiration, motivation, and solace in times of trouble.”  –Amanda Festa

On the first day of this year, an idea struck me and I couldn’t help myself but to start this idea. It kept roaring in my head until I took the leap. This idea was simple but I was afraid to start because I might drop it at the middle of the ocean. I punched fear in the face and get started.

What’s this idea? It’s to write one true sentence every day. A sentence that comes from the heart and it must be less or not more than 125 characters.

Does this sound crazy? Absolutely. Is this idea new and fresh? Of course, not. But we can revive old things to become new and that’s called creativity.

I can’t do this all alone. Good things always involve other people in order to make it happen. And that’s why I need your help to spread this idea across and beyond my reach.

This is what I’m doing…for each true sentence, I’m writing the story behind it and why it came to being.

This is my first one true sentence that I wrote on January 1st:

Blessed are those who act on their good intentions. #1truesentence

I have written more till date…and still writing

Why am I doing this? It’s because I believe one true sentence can make a difference. And, of course, behind every one true sentence, there are long stories filled with reality, inspiration, life-changing nuggets, and empathy.

What are you going to do?

Write one true sentence that comes from the heart and it should be less or not more than 125 characters. Get yourself a journal, scribble it on paper, or post it on Facebook or on Twitter. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #1truesentence and let the idea spread like a virus.

Are you in? If yes, then let’s do this together. Because it’s not books that change people, it’s those one true sentences in books that touch lives and change people. Yours, too, can make a difference.

-MOAB © 2015

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The Road To Awesome

departmentI have always wanted to be awesome (not handsome). I have always wanted to create inspiring and enchanting stuff. I have always wanted to give the best in me out for free just to make a difference. Because I felt this is my call. But the road to awesome is messy, daunting, and risky. This is the reality and there’s no other way around it. There are no shortcuts to awesome. One must pass through the messy and stinky path. Are you ready to become awesome? Be prepared to be messier than ever before. Be prepared to knock the door of hard-work. Be prepared to put your head in the game, stay in the fight till you achieve awesome. And yes, you’ll be knocked down during this fight, but you must pick yourself up and continue the fight. Because truth be told, this is the only way you can make your dreams come true and become awesome.
-MOAB © 2014

Don’t Disappoint US, Get Your Stuff Shipped And Delivered

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How would you feel if you order some items from a company and your items were not delivered? My guess is, you’d feel bad and vouch not to patronize the company again. Your undelivered items mean that the company didn’t ship what you ordered for, right? That’s it!

There might be a lot of reasons why your goods were not delivered as promised, but do you care about that? No.
You only care about your items to be delivered because you paid for it, plus, you’ve had so much anticipation on it.

Let me ask you this—how many projects have you shipped and delivered lately? If none, then you’re making us feel bad. We’re disappointed in you. We don’t want to know your excuses. Valid or not? What we care about is for you to deliver whatever you’re up to. We don’t want it to be perfect. Just ship and deliver it.

Yes, we know that we’re not paying you, but we might eventually pay you if you deliver stuff that matters. We’ll pay you if you deliver it right on time and we’ll surely order for more.

If you’re writing a book, finish it and ship it. If you’re working on any project, get it done and ship it. It doesn’t have to be perfect because it’ll never be. I’ve just finished writing a free eBook and you can get it here

CHANGE

Change is constant,
But it’s hard.
It stifles your mind to stay where you are.
It tells you stories of your past and your present.
It wants you to be safe.
It prevents you from being awesome.
Even though, change knows that you need change.
Yet, it gives you thousands of excuses not to change.

To change is to start.
Find where you need change in your life,
And let it start now.

Change is a process.
It’ll trick you for weeks,
Or for months,
And you’ll get tired,
Because you haven’t seen it yet.

Change is stubborn.
It’ll never come on time.
Sometimes it takes months or years.
But, in the end,
If you persist enough,
It’ll surely come.

Change loves consistency.
Change loves persistency.
Change loves patience.
Change loves hard-work.
Just give change all it wants,
Then you’ll see change come easily.

When you talk, talk change.
When you learn, learn change.
When you look, look change.
When you see, see change.
When you breathe, breathe change.
When you eat, eat change.
When you sleep, sleep change.
When you drive, drive change.
For without change,
There’s no life.
-MOAB © 2014

WHY WRITE?

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” –Maya Angelou

There are many reasons why people write. It varies. Some people write for money, fame, glory, and legacy. While some other people write to break their silence, they write because no one cares to listen, they write because they want to start a revolution, they write because they want to inspire lives, and they also write to let people know they’re not alone in their journey in life. The reasons why people write could go on and on.
Now, the question is for you reading this, “why do you want to write?”

To write is to break one’s silence. I believe writing is a struggle against silence and you’ve got stories to share with the world.The story that only you understand, the story that belongs to you, the story that you’ve kept with you for years, the story that could change and inspire lives and if you don’t write it then you will be living a miserable life. Yes, that’s the reality of the people who find it difficult to break their silence. Breaking your silence is all about change and not only about your ideas and thoughts.

If you have something that it’s not going right, if you know things that need change, but no one is bold enough to talk about them, then break your silence with a pen and write. Do you want to change people’s perspective of where you came from, of who you’re, of your worldview? Then write and inspire lives beyond your reach.

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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

A Criminal’s Confession About Fear

Photo Credit: Krissy Venosdale (flickr.com)

Photo Credit: Krissy Venosdale (flickr.com)

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 took 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 with a lot of ideas and projects on my table which fear is pulling them down to come into being. The armed robber’s confession about fear and what to do about it kept striking in my head. 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 wanted to do, but fear is pulling us back. Yes, we all have that kind of plans, ideas, and projects and most of them are just only boiling down in our heads without taking action towards them. We are too afraid to start them; fear is crippling us down because if we fail, then we’re doomed.

Fear is real and it’s natural. We all want to be safe and we all want to be successful, but there’s something that fear is not telling you. What? Fear is not telling you that without failure there’s no success. Fear makes action to be illusory object. The action only takes place in our head and not actually doing. Fear knows that if we’re not doing, then we do not believe. So, it scares the hell out of us.

You can have thousands of plans but if you allow fear to cripple you down without taking action then all your plans are like the proverbial horse drawn in a book. It won’t take you anywhere.

Fear will always come. It’s always there in everything that we do. You can’t win over fear. Not even courage can do that for you. For courage is not the absence of fear. What do you have to do then? Just take the robber’s advice: “You just have to believe and do what you need to do.”
-MOAB © 2014