Creative Expression

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Expression is an inbuilt art and science that impacts our lives every day. Whether we like it or not, what we express is a result of what we think and this is pivotal to determining how we live. One of the aspects people enjoy most about their life or career is the ability to be expressive in dealing with things around them.

Your expression can be anything, it is either revealed through your passion, talent, way of doing things or interests. This fluidity called expression helps an individual to then be able to navigate his/her thoughts until he/she arrives at the point of creativity. This is why I call it an art and a science.

Expression is borne out of creative thinking. That is why most of the time, men become what they think because their expression is fueled by a drive to be better, a drive to begin a movement, a drive to start a business, a drive to learn a skill, a drive to win. This drive is hard work and perseverance and this is how innovations come forth. Sometimes, it’s as a result of an intentional determination towards a cause. Sometimes, it’s just accidental BUT birthed through hard work towards another goal entirely. You’ve most probably heard of that saying “Life happens when you are busy making other plans”, yes, life happens but NOT without MAKING. That itself is an expression of some sort.

You can be who you should be without an expressive mindset. You can’t change anything without expression and in the same vein, you can’t innovate without an expression. Kira Campo once wrote, “This link between expression and innovation is readily observed in those who devote considerable time to their creative practice.  For example, in order to begin a new painting, an artist draws heavily upon well-developed skills of observation and reflection.  An artist must also have an overarching plan for how to proceed before a single mark is made, and yet most artists relish the moments of spontaneity that arise as they work.  Is this a gross oversimplification? Yep.  But it helps to illustrate how these steps map to innovation and problem-solving.”

There’s the need for us to begin to understand that we do really need to develop thinking skills, that’s the amplifier of expressions and in the long run, innovations. Great inventors and business gurus used the power of their minds to push forward the much-needed technology in this century. Bridging is critical to the transfer of thinking skills. However, the arts & science of things is a great starting point.

Two great innovators of their time respectfully had their postulations about expression and creativity. First was Albert Einstein who wrote, “Logic will get you from A to B, imagination will take you everywhere”. Steve Jobs in one of his interviews said, “Creativity is the ability to connect with things from the mind”. No doubt, expression, creativity, and innovation are interwoven truths that make for impacts.

Below are the few things you can do to augment or make better your expression level;

  • Prune your mind. The development of thinking skills starts first with thinking right.
  • Read books, watch documentaries, play psychological games e.g.; chess, scrabble…
  • Get a mentor. You can’t understand certain things unless you get them firsthand.

I hope this has been helpful to your intellectual cravings.

IMPACT THAT OUTLIVES

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People have come and left this world, yet their names aren’t forgotten. Some of them lived in the dark ages, but their works of light remains even after them. The roads to a lot of relative advantages we enjoy this day way were paved by heroes and heroines in their classes and calibers.

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Mother Teresa died more than two decades ago, yet her deeds of activism and the lending of her voice to causes bigger than her and the world at that time made her being remembered. She grew famous for humbly ministering to lepers, the homeless and the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta (otherwise known as Kolkata), India. She was conferred a Nobel peace prize in 1979 and then proclaimed a saint by the Catholic Church in 2016.

Mary Slessor was one foremost culture changer. She was not but put her life in line to fight against this practice of infanticide of twins in the 19th century. Can you imagine the generations she practically saved from ruin and destruction even on arrival? There are deeds that outlives one indeed.

There was Fela Anikulapo Kuti who in the face of oppression and tyranny kept his voice night in every possible way to kick again bad leadership and authoritarianism in Nigeria. His songs were reflections of his innermost intent and he’s been remembered until this day. He’s basically one of the few Nigerian legends whose post humus birthday are being celebrated followed by Nnamdi Azikiwe.

Impact is not accidental. It is an intentional action geared towards blessing and influencing a generation. These ones and many more bared the pain, time, inconveniences, pressures, failures and still went on to leave a mark that would outlive them. These kind of legendary acts is everywhere including innovations and inventions. The list is endless, Plato, Aristotle, Albert Einstein, Isaac Watts, Steve Jobs, the men who built America and the ones who liberated Africa; likes of Kwame Nkrumah, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nelson Mandela, Patrice Lumumba, Walter Rodney etc. We have legends in science, art, music, football, business, politics, military, missionaries, et all. They all had one thing in common, they lived a life different from the norm. They challenged existing statuesque without looking back just as we have living legends in this 21st century whose works and innovation will surely outlive them.

Today we remember a lot of people for their works, services and inventions, I put it to you without mincing words, what will you be remembered for? What do you want people to say about you? Have you lived a life worth emulation and respect? How have you impacted your close cycle? How have you impacted your coworkers? How have you impacted your family members? Have you impacted your society? What is your legacy?

We have a lot of the so called celebrities in the present world who are just living life of shadows and the wave of social media, pressures and unnecessary life expectations are making young people lose their gaze on what’s worth living for. You may have heard of these quotes, “You haven’t really lived until you’ve done something for someone who can never repay you” and “You haven’t really lived until you’ve found something worth dying for”. I call them basic mottos of living a life that blesses generations.

I put it to you again, what do you want to be known and remembered for? If you desire an impact that outlives, your legacy should be every lives you’ve touched.

TRUST THE PROCESS

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According to the Business Dictionary, the process is the “sequence of interdependent and linked procedures which, at every stage, consume one or more resources (employee time, energy, machines, and money) to convert inputs (data, material, parts, etc.) into outputs. These outputs then serve as inputs for the next stage until a known goal or end result is reached.”

This should be the mindset of a goal-oriented individual. Whatever it is you are doing at any point in time should be a road leading you home. The process of making anything comes with little or no comfort – sometimes interesting, sometimes disgusting. Process is like a ladder or stairs, you can’t get to the top without using it, you can miss a step, or two or three, but you can’t miss the whole stairs, it’s impossible.

Enjoy the process regardless and make sure you are nurturing it. This is how you grow and in turn, make for a great career and business success. Instant gratifications have made patience and persistency less appreciated in this part of the world. Nevertheless, the trailblazers have always valued the process.

Abasiama Idaresit is one of the most successful African entrepreneurs who managed to be ahead of many businessmen through his persistence and believe in process. He believed in digital marketing and the possibilities of the internet for the African continent. He founded Wild Fusion, a Nigeria-based digital marketing agency.

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Wild Fusion was founded when digital marketing was quite new and unpopular in Nigeria. Almost nobody heard about digital marketing in Nigeria. Idaresit struggled with financial difficulties and couldn’t make any money for the first 8 months. Finally, he found a client. His first client was Baby M, a small company that produced goods for new mothers and their babies. Baby M was a network market company that hired sales agents who searched for customers on a daily basis. The company could hardly make ends meet. Idaresit managed to convince the Baby M owner to give him a chance under the money-back guarantee if he didn’t give the company a return on investment.

The company gave Idaresit USD 250 as payment in advance so he could do his job. With this little capital, he managed to increase earnings by 100 percent in three months. Baby M’s revenue grew from USD 1,000 to USD 100,000 a month through the implementation of internet marketing technologies to grow the presence of this business. The company was simply overwhelmed with orders. The result amazed Google so that the company adopted it as an internet marketing case study. Wild Fusion became Google Adwords’ first certified partner in Nigeria.

In 2011, it was named Nigeria’s best digital agency. The next year, with no external funding, the company had an annual turnover of $6 million. Today, Wild Fusion boasts clients like Unilever, Vodacom, Diamond Bank, Planned Parenthood, and many other African and international clients. The story of Idaresit’s success shows that becoming a successful [entrepreneur] doesn’t come easily.

Success consists of many ingredients including patience, luck, perseverance, etc. And capital seems not to be the most important thing in achieving the top. Keep pushing and valuing the steps you take, they are pivotal to your success.