When I think of Ikechi – I see a generous man who constantly encourages each and every one of us to acknowledge and grab hold of our own special talent. Qualities that only you possess.
I always picture Ikechi standing on a stage saying – ‘Hey you over there, why aren’t you sharing your gift?’ When you don’t share your flare others miss out.
See, You Got Talent: Harness to Make a Difference. In this post you will see Ikechi participating in a public speaking gig delivering the message to drop the self-doubt and embrace your special qualities.
When you visit Ikechi’s blog you will be left with no doubt that he specialises in showing us ways to manage life’s difficulties. And he demonstrates post after post that you don’t need to negotiate your life with mediocracy because you were born to Be a Light To The World.
When you are not being yourself and utilising your unique talents you are depriving maybe one person, maybe a community or maybe even the world of something that they may need right at this minute.
So let me present you with an interview with Ikechi, for some positive mental medicine and a healthy dose of encouragement and drive.
Ikechi, there are so many niches to choose from over the internet – how and why did you start a blog about inspiration and motivation?
It started early in my life as a Teenager. I grew up in an environment where there was so much temptation to be among the crowd. People would make fun of you if they saw you were different. They would despise you if your perception didn’t follow the standards. There was no room for creativity and uniqueness. The school system wanted everyone to think alike and have the same dream. Parents had a roadmap for their kids and never wanted them to leave their safe zone and dare to be different.I never liked the status quo; I found it boring and wanted to do things in my life differently. Click To Tweet
I never liked the status quo; I found it boring and wanted to do things in my life differently. This I did do with so much criticism from every angle but I am glad I took the decision. However, I didn’t know that this would be my journey into blogging about inspiration till I found out about blogging.
I had noticed the term blogging being mentioned online and this sparked my interest. I always wanted to share my ideas to the world. I wanted people to understand that playing small was not cool and you did not need to be a celebrity or popular to make a difference. Since blogging could enable me achieve this goal, I learned everything about blogging but did not start till a year and thus was born Be a Light to the World which provides creative inspiration and motivation so that anyone can make a difference.
I really need you to take in the enormity of what Ikechi has just said. He went against the grain. He refused everything that he had been taught, disagreed with the way of life his loved ones and friends were living. Standing his ground because his internal belief system recognised there is something bigger than just following the rules that others had set for him. Please read:- Here is a Checklist Before You Consider Yourself Insignificant.
We can feel slightly ruffled when we have disappointed one person who is close to us. Could you imagine being constantly socially tormented, ridiculed and even bullied because thinking like everyone else was NOT an option? That is strength, character and a mighty sword to bear.
How were you able to cope under such conditions? Your parent’s determination to guide you in one direction, your friends following the path decided for them and yet you could not see that as a standard you could accept. How were you able to sustain the criticism from everyone? Where did your strength and self-belief come from? And what did you do on the days where you thought it was all too much?
Being different isn’t as easy as people would believe. I had somehow developed this dogged attitude to life that made me stick to my beliefs no matter the situation or criticism.I had somehow developed this dogged attitude to life that made me stick to my beliefs no matter the situation or criticism. Click To Tweet
I loved reading a lot, so I read a lot of biographies of people who made a difference and didn’t care about Society standards. These legends didn’t care about criticism but stayed on course. This boosted my inner drive to be different. So even though it was painful to be mocked by your peers, I was inspired to follow my dreams.
My parents eventually learned to understand me and I learned to sift out the noise of criticism and voices.
What advice do you give people who have the odds stacked against them? What tools do you use to bounce you into action? And what do you personally and professionally do when you feel flat?
While there is no one fit strategy, here are the things that I do believe have helped me to overcome any obstacle and will help others too.
- Mindset: Thoughts are so powerful and our perception about life does shape our actions and emotions. Thoughts can make or break you which is why the way you react to situation matters. The way you think about yourself does make a difference. I keep an eye on my thought level always.
- Clarity: I do believe that you need to be clear about what you want to be in life. This is not easy and requires that you do much self-awareness. However, the more your purpose is defined, the more it becomes easier to face so many challenges.
- Attitude: You can’t take away this factor. Attitude will always determine your altitude in life. You will always scale through any problem if your attitude is positive. I have been known to stick to my guns despite an unfavorable situation. I embrace mistakes and I love to learn from them.
I also read a lot on different interests and this has helped me to get so much dose of inspiration. I am reading books, blogs, listening to podcasts and watching videos. Talking about Clarity, I have developed a strong “Why” for my life and this has aided me when I felt demotivated. It is always there to swing me back to action. Even when I feel like I am empty, I always look at my strong “Why” and I am flowing with inspiration.
What a brilliant answer Ikechi has delivered. It is packed with depth, power and wisdom. If you read 5 Time Tested Principles You Should Use to Guide Your Life you begin to understand that a positive state of mind is so important when we are attempting to change or create something magnificent.
Ikechi your belief in who you are has been strong since your teenage years, yet you did not really know what path to take until later in your adult life. What kept you continually searching for an outlet to present your ideas?
It is strange but I believe that this behaviour was inborn. I do remember during my childhood that I loved to share my ideas. I was introduced to reading and I grew up to love finding out about things or you might say being curious. Each time I found something exciting or new, I would say to myself “Wow! just imagine if people knew about this” which is why I just got hooked on finding a way to share my ideas to the world.
From a very young age Ikechi felt something strong within him. For many years ideas and dreams were just that. It was only when he turned these visions into actions that he is able to assert his authority in his chosen area, by sharing his knowledge. And this certainly generates excitement.
Ikechi is walking his path. In my post Keep the Faith, Find Your Fire and Set the World Alight I talk about finding what drives you and embracing what you’re passionate about. Using those gifts to strive to for a better world, for a better you.
Were there other avenues that you tried before blogging? When you began blogging how did you know you really had found what it was you were looking for?
Before I discovered blogging, I had joined some article directories like HubPages, Ezinearticles, Sooperarticles, etc, where I wrote about different topics that appealed to me. However, there was something about these platforms that wasn’t flowing with me and I soon I found out what it was when I stumbled blogging.
I found out that I could build a community of like minds. I could share my ideas and if people loved them, they would respond to me. I could stick to a niche and make a difference with my blog, one post at a time. This was what I was looking for and found in blogging.
So Ikechi do you have any up and coming projects that you can let us in on?
I am working on an ebook which would be out by next year. It is going to enable everyone to follow their dreams and stops people from turning their dreams to a Joke. I want you to know that Be a Light to the World is a community for change and it’s about making a difference. Everyone can make a difference; the only thing standing in your way is when you think that you have to be a star, actor, and celebrity to do so. You can make a difference and if you don’t know how or you feel that you are not significant then check out my blog.
Ikechi has shared how he broke through major hurdles to get where he is today. It was not easy, he had it tough going against the expectations of everyone he knew and loved.
And yet here he is attempting to steer us all in the direction of delivering our best regardless of whether the odds are against us or whether you come from humble beginnings. His message is you can conquer all once you have conquered your mind.
Don’t let anyone stand in your way. It’s time people to take yourself on the path that embraces everything you have to offer life and what life has to offer you. Not because I believe so or because Ikechi says so – but because each and every post at Ikechi’s blog illustrates that life is about giving and in doing so you will receive in ways you could never have imagined.
I would like to thank Ikechi for sharing his time with me. It was very exciting learning how Ikechi refused to be quashed by the thoughts of others and how his hardship turned a determined boy into a wise man. And the last advisable post to read is 14 Things You Learn From People Who Drive You Crazy.
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