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Constructive Criticism: Why to Never Take Offence When Your Creative Work Is Judged.

Monday, April 14, 2014 0 comments

Accepting criticism is one of the hardest things for most of us to do. Especially when the criticism is focussed on something we put our hearts and sweat in. It hurts to have your passion thumped.

After writing my first magazine article into which I had poured myself, my editor called me to have a post publication meeting. He said my work was awesome, and had brought a new voice and angle to the magazine. But... He showed me the hundreds of mistakes I had made. I won't lie that a little part of my pride as a writer wasn't offended and hurt. I however took his advice and I can confidently say my writing has improved since then.

A lot of people feel that an attack on their dream or how they execute their passion is an attack on their person. They shouldn't. Criticism helps us sharpen our methods leading to better results. A musician will only release a record after it has gone under rigorous criticing. So will a writer, artist and companies releasing new product lines. Think of apple.

We depend on other people to help us sharpen our methods. We ask our siblings, partners and friends everyday 'HOW DO I LOOK?' They may see a little flaw that we dont see.

Critism helps builds us. The child who is constructively criticised for his bad attitude will try to be better so as the painter, composer, business executive and the lawyer whose previous attempts at achievement were not well received by their industry peers. We are ultimatley creatures who are surrounded by people and we wont stop until the people around us have appreciated our efforts and praised us.

Today, I encourage you to not take offence in criticism but to focus on the positive pointers you are shown on your work. Do not however take criticism on your person or on what you believe in. These are the elements that form the depths of your essence and being; very fragile and should never tolerate seeds of self doubt to be planted in them.

Here is to taking the right criticism whether hard or harsh and using it to advance our work, our careers, our families, relationships and our lives.

Imakando Musho.

Why Starting is Important- The Power Of Active Choice

Sunday, April 6, 2014 0 comments

I have been struggling to write, not just an article for the blog, but many other things including business plans, design ideas and my contribution to my column in a local magazine. Inspiration has been failing to hit and I have been stuck with days of doing nothing.

Just a few moments ago as I was playing with my phone, I just decided to do it. To just come out of the shell of excuses and be. And here I am; writing and I have got so many ideas for everything else I was supposed to do.

One of the greatest ways to achieving most is to ignore the conditions around us. To ignore the voice telling you that the market isn't conducive for your business idea, that the capital you have is not enough for your business or that your creativity is at your peak.

Once you start, everything that you need to make your project successful will fall into place.

You will find the right words to finish your NYTIMES Bestselling book, the right sound and lyrics to finish your record and a donor might be waiting for you to start that soup kitchen in a poor area of your town. What is important is to start; to decide that you have had enough and would like too see change.

A number of experiences where I have consciously decided to change quickly come to mind. How I woke up one day tired of the acne that covered every pore of my face and discarded all the remedies I picked up from magazines. In two weeks, I was unrecognizably smooth faced. Albeit darker.

On another occassion, I just decided I deserved a better school uniform and at the end of the school term, I burnt all of the old uniforms and newer, better uniforms fell into place before the next term started.

You can become who you want to be. Make a conscious decision about what you want. Your actions will match your conscience and the universe will put together tools to help you achieve it.

Today, I encourage you to make that conscious decision to change; to move towards your dreams. If I could decide to be confident and more sociable so can you decide to do what you want.

Here is to making active choices and starting those projects.

Imakando Musho


The Power of Karma: Why Retaliation Is Not The Best Way To Solve A Problem

Sunday, March 9, 2014 0 comments

One of the greatest lies ever told in self help is that you ought to win every battle. That you are superman who has to go and fight for your benefit and that of others every chance that you get.

Silence however can be our greatest weapon.

1. It leaves the door open for Karma to act. Whatever we sow we reap. The things we do for others will come to haunt us.

2. It makes you the bigger man. A lot of people are always trying to pick battles, some justified, some not but the man who won't respond or retaliate will walk away the bigger man, his dignity intact. Mahatma Gandhi, one of the most respected people of the 20th century provides such a great study and lesson.

3. You mantain relationships by being silent. Like everyone else, I have at certain times received some of the most unerving criticism on my work my person or was treated unfairly and instead of taking offence and retaliating, I keep my words to myself. That avoids going into a full scale war of back and forth and the relationships, though bruised, can be salvaged and mended. Its not as if my mind will be moving back and forth boiling in anger but its all about selfcontrol and knowing what you want out of the situations and relationships. And yes the comfort of #1 is always huge and often satisfying.

Today, I encourage you to not go to the press, to flare and respond to your inner anger or scream out your dissatisfaction. You will be stronger both personally and in the eyes of others.

Here is to a silent week.

Imakando Musho


Why You Can Never Hide Talent- Follow Your Passion.

Monday, February 24, 2014 0 comments

I took a few weeks off writing starting from last year to focus on my re growth. In that time I also took a job in corporate as my protest to some of my well documented grievances in the arts. The time of reflection has been great. I have refocused back onto the things that I value most especially love, family and spirituality.

My new job has also taken me to one of the most undeveloped areas. Where parents (if they are still alive) cannot pay a 30 dollar fee for their excelling children's schooling. Where school children go to school bare feet and walk nearly twenty kilometres to get to school. I am extremely inspired by their dedication to change their fate .

As you might know, my organisation the Archangel Foundation was founded when I identified a need in the community of a school at which I was teaching when I was home during one summer vacation at college. After a couple of projects, most of them highly successful. I decided to step back a bit and concentrate on building my own career before I decided to help others.

However as I sat down at my desk tonight trying to find ways of engaging those who are fortunate enough to help pay school fees for those in need and have been excelling, i realised that no matter how much we all try to run away from our talents, our passion and strengths, they will always come hunting for us. You can put a candle under a cover but the light will always seep through.

We are called to change the world where we live, to make it better and show other the way. Our talents and our passions are what the tools granted to us. We have them to also help us navigate the world much more efficiently.

When we dont use them, never answer to them, we never trully live fulfilled lives. Its never about what is in the current fashion nor is it about what pays more. We have all heard stories of people who tried to live lives that they were not called to live and the disasters they faced. Here at corporate where I initially tried to hide my artistic inclination, I have met a lot people who are not happy where they are because they never followed the calling of their talents and passion. One woman is a brilliant poet, my immidiate boss an awesome writer and another guy a soccer enthusiast who was offered contracts with many clubs but instead ignored his passion and instead went and studied accounting. He will never truly discover his destiny nor will he live a fulfilled life. He always talks about his heydays and there is so much regret in his voice; so many unanswered 'what ifs?'.

I am back hands on with my initiative, to help. My destiny is to entertain, help (my current employ also pertains to that) and inspire. As I follow this path everyday, I find I am more fulfilled each day, content with my abilities and achievements.

Today, I encourage you to stick to your guns. Respond to what makes you you, what brings you alive. You may never become the next 16 Billion dollar story but you will live a more fulfilled life

Here is to following our paths.

Imakando Musho


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