GROW YOUR WINGS BEFORE YOU FLY
When my fondness for my niece, Amanda, was budding, some of the many persons who took interest and followed suggested I start a Facebook page for her. I’ll never forget one already had a name for it: ‘Every Day Amanda.’ Cute, eh? LOL!
I’ve had a few other cool ideas thrown at me in moments I KNEW I was NOT ready to handle them WELL.
“Glo, you need to write a book.”
“You need to hold a training for poets, mahn. You’re good!”
“Why aren’t you considering a career in scriptwriting?”
And the one I almost always immediately dismiss: “I want you to be my mentor.” The two both of us need a mentor, my dear.???
We all MUST learn to make choices we can be responsible for, and NOT because we are riding on the confidence of others. For one who has some interest in fiction, a book I write has to be after learning life first-hand. You don’t bake certain lessons and truths overnight. You experience them.
I know people who have been motivated into doing things they barely have thorough skill or passion for, just because they had a flash of brilliance. Popular case studies would be the many teenagers and young adults who dived into the university to study courses their parents thought were ideal for them. Let’s not talk about that author who friends encouraged to write a book but they never bought a copy after it was published. LOL!
It is possible to learn on the go, but much better still is committing to training for something YOU KNOW you aren’t great at YET. It is wise to not fool yourself. It is very wise to not drag people into your averageness with the promise of excellence. Be kind to yourself: GROW!
Think of yourself as a bird who wants to constantly soar in the sky. Such flights are beautiful, exhilarating, but unless the bird grows its wings first (with the corresponding muscles and feathers), it will naturally plummet soon after take-off. GROW.
Or envision yourself as a tree. It takes a process of growth above and beneath the soil to attain and maintain a lofty stature. That is when you breathe confidence and mastery. Your expression of your skill, art and devotion becomes authority.
So no matter how anyone praises you, never launch before you’ve equipped yourself. GROW.
About the author:
Henry Okoli, a.k.a ‘Glofame,’ is a trained journalist with a degree in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. As a spoken word poet and writer, he has traveled around Nigeria performing poetry that inspires purposeful living among Christians. Henry is also a photographer, cinematographer and content producer. For his day job, he works remotely with a copywriting and advertising agency, Spartan Konsult, that is based in Awka.
Henry will be taking questions in the main comment thread (not the Facebook comment thread) on how to acquire skills and function in some of the areas he is involved in. This is to ensure that the conversation is in one place and no one asks what someone else has already asked.
Here’s a clip of Glofame’s spoken word poetry.
And an interview of him on Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS)
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