“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.” – The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
Finally, after numerous allusions on this site, I get to introduce you to a project I’ve been personally involved in since returning home to Ghana. As you know, our dear continent (Africa) has undergone many challenges over the years, some of which seem to get worse by the minute. In the midst of all of that however, there has always been the resilience and sheer force of the African spirit that refuses to buckle under all the pressure.
Many times I’ve listened to friends, colleagues, coworkers, family, acquaintainces and even strangers talk about how they would rather NOT be doing what they are doing (I believe the term used is ‘day job’) and would rather be pursuing something else entirely (their passion/dream). Why DON’T they? Family pressure, financial contraints, fear, unpreparedness, insecurity, time, age, lack of motivation, doubt; the list is endless.
I do a lot of reading (big surprise!) and usually like to read up on successful people, and more especially, changemakers.I’ve also interviewed a bunch of people who are leaders in their respective fields. There seems to be a common thread among highly successful and fulfilled people: They take a risk/chance on themselves and follow their passion and/or dream.
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”
– Maya Angelou
I honestly believe that in pursuing one’s passion or interest, everything else will come, and I like to think that my own experience is testament to this fact. A virtual nobody from Tamale, Ghana, I’ve simply been doing what I enjoy (writing), and already I’ve been blessed with numerous doors and countless opportunities beyond my wildest imagination. Sure, I might still be categorized as an impoverished (not poor) student, but Alhamdulilahi, I do not lack. In addition to all the experiences I’ve been graced with, the simple fact remains: I get to do what I love.
So, I have a couple of questions for YOU: Have you ever imagined your future? Overcome a challenge? Birthed a dream? Well, you’re not alone.
Now, more than ever, our generation (yes, you and I) have the opportunity to birth possibilities that were “impossible” before. How? With hard work, determination and a renewed sense of purpose, passion and possibility.
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Here’s a campaign I feel honored to be a part of. It’s about you and I. Our dreams and our possibilities. Roadblocks and triumphs. And above all: passion and determination. Real People have dreams, and every dream has a holder. Hold The Future.
Jemila Abdulai is the creative director, editor and founder of the award-winning website Circumspecte.com. A media and international development professional and economist by training, she combines her business, communications and project management expertise with her strong passion for Africa. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys travel, global cuisine, movies, and good design.