I like to share the stories of other people who inspire me, even if the topics aren’t strictly related to writing and editing. What are your favourite non-writing topics? Let me know here or connect with me on Twitter.
One of my favourite Medium writers, Ayodeji Awosika, released 5 Signs You’re MUCH Closer to Your Goals, Dreams, and Vision than You Think (story for members). I won’t spoil it, but I love his explanations around goals, strategies and vision.
If you don’t know Ayo’s work, he’s the down-to-earth version of your favourite personal development gurus. I say down-to-earth because his suggestions are always attainable to me (he doesn’t advocate jumping out of bed and into a cold shower at 4am, for example). If you need a boost of clarity and inspiration, give this article a read and a clap (or fifty, because that’s how I show my appreciation).
If, like me, you prefer reading away from your screen, Ayo has released two books.
Jordan Makelle, the leader of Creative Revolt, released a no holds barred look at taking care of yourself when working for yourself. Those who know me are probably aware of my own past struggles with burn-out (Or not. We all know the stigma attached to these topics), so hearing people talk about a similar topic so openly is incredibly powerful. I applaud Jordan for being so frank and open about something that is so often quietly swept under the rug. It’s a longish video, so do save it to your watch later list so you can watch it without distraction.
Here are just some of the reasons why a group like Ladies Get Paid started up in the first place:
- 28 percent of top business people are women
- Self-employment is on the rise, yes, even among the ladies
- Mentorship is seen as a crucial stepping stone for career success, but only 54% of women have access to one
- Studies show that men are wary of mentoring women, meaning that women have to find a way to bridge that gap themselves
- Paying women fairly contributes to the global economy, much like the workers at Henry Ford’s factory in 1914
I’ve lived for most of my life in South Africa, the most unequal society in the world, so when I see groups that are actively helping others help themselves, I’m inspired. Despite the negativity of this news, I still hope that more people will be able to see the benefits of groups that provide a familiar and open space for similar people to teach, learn, and grow with each other.
After all, a candle loses nothing by lighting another.
What have you been reading this week?