Creatives: Remaining Teachable

Who doesn’t love a good story?!

Here’s a short brief to work with. (See me already trying out something new with the challenge🥳)

There were three children who had to apprentice with a master. One was called Tidi (Lusoga for I don’t know, the other Inddidi (I know) and Ndayega (I will learn). They all learnt the same things with their master but they had different approaches that greatly influenced their progress.

Tidi was always in need of a compliment. The school setting was a great way to assess themselves but they rarely liked their finding. When they got the compliments, they had a hard time believing. And the rebukes were even worse, sending them into an everlasting depression.

Inddidi needed nothing. School was only necessary to fill up on some strange societal recommendations and they could not care for high praise. They were their biggest cheerleader. And rebuke? Who needs to listen to ancient people who have not gotten on with the times.

Then of course, there was Ndayega…

You stop growing the day you stop learning.

The path of the creative is littered with doubt (I know this is mostly true because I have my own and I read a number of posts yesterday that let me know I’m not alone in this). But just as large as the doubt can be, I feel like the chasm of over confidence can be even bigger. And there is a thin line between confidence and over confidence as Linda Kirunda from Sanyu will tell us (shameless plug right there for wonderful Ugandan entertainment).

But doubt and over-confidence are both damning factors, so to strike a balance you remain teachable.

This does not mean glossing over the faults or staying married to the highs. It is self reflection that shows you where you need to improve and what you need to do to get there. Because there are always new heights to reach. Always higher to strive for! And you don’t get that by running away from negative feedback and hating everyone who doesn’t see the genius in you.

I have had both moments; crippling self-doubt and blinding over-confidence.

And I had to get over myself to see what more I could do. Taking lessons; I think there are a number of classes out there on about anything (yay Internet). But if you are a trailblazer in your field, you can offer those lessons

And seeking out advice – genuinely seek out advice. Not just because networking is a great way to put yourself out there.

And reading on writing (which I assure you at first seemed insane because to write, you need to actively write but there is great information out there that needs you to search for it).

And stretching out a little bit from a comfort zone. And when I say a little bit I mean the littlest bit😅 but I’m still learning (see what I did there😏).

Because there are big dreams tied to this pursuit. That when someone thinks ‘writer’ my name is somewhere up there too.

So learn I shall!

It’s paying off. Now I know that most of the time my descriptions need plenty of work 😒 and creating a mystery is an uphill climb and sometimes the humour I’m going for is not delivered just write right.

You put in the work for what you want. That means learning – continually, intentionally and humbly. It is true for everything in life and absolutely true for the things you most enjoy doing.

There goes Day 2 of the Afrobloggers Challenge – we are slowly ticking these off. Go on and read some more thoughts on Creatives from the rest of the community.

17 thoughts on “Creatives: Remaining Teachable

  1. I agree with you, learning can sometimes be hard work , but worth it to see end product. I am gonna check out your favorite blog and your favorite writer. Always seeking knowledge from those who have more or different experiences. Blessings.

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    1. Yes please check him out. I reposted one of his on my blog ‘Letter to my 20 year old self’. But he also does series on things like marriage and fatherhood. He’s got a way with words for sure. Knows how to weave a wonderful story.
      Thank you for stopping by, Betty :). Always appreciate it.

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