Written by Chris-Oparah Chibuikem, Street Project Ambassador
Just like Nigerian jollof rice, the human talent in Nigeria is highly appreciated. However, only a few are regarded as top notch. So how do you attain that level as a creative person, the level at which your audience/clients would be entirely satisfied with?
Here are some tips;
STAY HUNGRY: Never settle for less. Always strive to be better each day. Every average Nigerian thinks he/she has got the ability to do what you do but what really separates you is your level of professionalism and how good you are at what you do. A simple way to get there gradually is, “Always be better than you were yesterday”. Learn new things daily.
BE UNIQUE: Don’t ever do what is normal. Stand out! Normal is boring. People get excited when they see something new. Expect a normal paycheck for a normal performance, a crazy paycheck for a crazy (outstanding) performance. That’s how it goes
AVOID PROCASTINATION: In cooking, some ingredients are best put at the start and others at the end. The same applies to life. Don’t postpone what you ought to do now or else it might just be too late and the output wouldn’t come out as good as it ought to be.
BE DILIGENT: Always remember, there’s Jollof at the end of the reception. The best part of your career is yet to come but you’ll never get there if you just leave. Stick to the fight and never give up. Work hard, work smart, keep doing you and definitely you’ll attain that level of being like an ideal Jollof Rice.
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Written by Chibuikem Chris-Oparah (Street Project Ambassador)
Just like a fruit, every human is unique. We are shaped differently and our flavors differ. But how do we know if our creative field is fertilized enough to give us the yield we desire either emotionally, financially, spiritually or materially? What are the qualities a creative mind must possess to succeed in life?
Here are some qualities we have identified;
WILLINGNESS TO LEARN: Nobody knows it all. A creative person must strive for constant improvement and that can only happen when you are open to learning new things, exploring new terrains and discovering new ways of getting things done. Never be tired of researching, it is the key to improving your craft.
SELF DISCIPLINE: The ability to resist group/peer pressure is very important. An artist must be unique; to do that you need to be different from the crowd. There is a saying that “you need to be odd to be number one”… That sums it all.
PROBLEM SOLVERS: Creativity is the ability to find solutions to existing problems in a way that has never been done before. Identify a problem in your community today and think of innovative ways of solving it.
DOERS: If you have ideas and you don’t act on them you’re imaginative not creative. The ability to actualize your ideas is what makes you creative. This requires a large doze of passion, commitment, consistency and resilience.
AMBITIOUS: Creative people should have a vision, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely goals and the tenacity to actualize the vision.
CONFIDENCE: Creativity and the word “shy” shouldn’t be used in the same sentence. A creative person should be bold and always ready to showcase or explore his or her talent when they ought to.
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