IMANI'S "HOW TO" MOMENT: Pursuing What's Yours!

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"When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it - don't back down and don't give up - then you're going to mystify a lot of folks."
— Bob Dylan


Those are the immortal words of the great Bob Dylan.  As I recalled, he received scathing reviews on his vocals when he began his music career.  Did that stop him?  Obviously it had not. He kept pursuing his dream.  Now, he’s a living legend. 

This 70-year-old, known to many as a storyteller, is perfect for this Imani’s “How to” Moment.   Of course, I can relate since I’ll always consider myself a storyteller.  Regardless when my book gets release in this winter, I’ll put author second on my literary resume.

Why? 

I’ll explain in a moment, but first let me clarify why I posted the quote.

I’m sure many of you who are reading this are striving toward a dream.  Whether you’re a writer, author, musician, actor, or just want to be a better person, it takes commitment and patience.  An overnight success is a rarity.  In reality, you’re going to have to put on your boxing gloves and fight your way to your dream—punching the garbage of negativity with a Tyson right hook. 

I’m not just referring to your naysayers or haters because really, those are the same individuals who envy you for even going for it.  I’m saying the biggest obstacle for anyone pursuing their aspirations is overcoming their self-doubts. 

Listening to our so-call haters is one thing, but we don’t need to subconsciously have their words embed into our psyche. If you and I do, we might as well stop pursuing whatever we’re trying to do.  If they can get to you that easy, what do you think a critic will do when they tear your work or performance in pieces?  

I’m sure your favorite vocal artist, actor, or author, went through several bouts of fighting through the bullshit to get to where they are now. 

My Imani’s “How to” Moment, be a duck and let folks negativity roll from your back.  I had to learn over the weekend that some people can’t or won’t understand what I’m doing is another job.  I may not see a profit, but it’s a committed routine same as clocking into a nine to five profession.  I work on my manuscript, write and edit for my blog, and promote myself all in the name of a dream.

Writing is something I love to do.  When write I feel like ecstasy.  I feel as though as the pen is my sword and with it, I can overcome anything.  That same freedom when I do write helps bring to life amazing stories.  Having the title, Author is a privilege, but telling a great story is truly a gift.  So hence, I’m a storyteller.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

In conclusion, other people’s negativity should be your motivator.  Don’t try to prove them wrong, just use your gifts to achieve greatness.  Who knows, your motivation could inspire them to conquer their own fears to achieve their dreams. They’ll thank you later.


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"You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves, they wanna tell you that you can't do it. You want something? Go get it. Period." — Pursuit of Happyness (Click here to see the video)


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