“The most valuable thing we can offer each other is the framework to think for ourselves.” – Nancy Kline
Do you ever wonder how people who come up with great ideas come up with them and achieve enormous amounts of success from them. What if I told you that you, as you are have the capacity to become one of them, would that motivate you take that leap of faith and bring your ideas to life?
At any given moment we have 10 000 thoughts conscious and subconscious running through our minds, that alone speaks to the power and capacity of the human mind. What if I told you that thinking and bringing ideas to life could be a whole lot easier if we create a thinking environment for ourselves and the people around us.
A thinking environment is an environment that encourages you to think for yourself. Which from a young age is discouraged. Thinking for yourself means that you have to pay attention to your thoughts and map through your mind.Bringing good ideas to life requires you create a road map of how you’re going to bring them to life and why you want to do so.
A thinking environment allows you to easily tap into your stream of thought, ask the incisive questions that increase the functionality of the idea and ultimately develop the quality of the idea and implement it.
No man is an island entire of himself, the phrase could never be more relevant when it comes to ideas and bringing them to life. The core of thinking and creating relies on the environment. A thinking environment insists that you consider the following ten aspects to ensure that the fullest potential is reached when you are in a space of thinking and creating.
2. Incisive Questions
All these components combined come together to connect two things which are the essence of the human being, the mind and the heart. When they work in unison they have the power to create, influence and achieve beyond measure. They alone are the forces which drive change and innovation in the world.
Whichever field you work in, bear in mind the following as you proceed to pioneer or create; “Everything we do depends on the quality of thinking we do first”. This serves as a reminder that the key to building something great or achieving something lies in the effort that was placed into it. So go forth and create but always know why you create that which you create.
Emmanuel Sir Bonoko is the founder of the EBonoko Foundation and Ebonoko Holdings. The EBonoko Foundation is a social enterprise that focuses on young people, using information as a powerful tool to inspire and empower, they donate books and create career expos to empower and inform the youth. EBonoko Holdings is a company that hosts business events, offers PR communication and Brand Management services. Emmanuel has had tremendous success in his journey, he is the model of a true hard worker. His achievements include being named the Lead SA Hero of the month on Radio 702, he is one of Mail and Guardian’s Influential Young People in SA. He was named one of the Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneurs to look out for and one of the 100 Visionary Leaders in the world by US publication Real Leaders. He is also currently a nominee for the SA Man of the year awards in Entrepreneurship.
“What inspired me to do what I do is striving to be the change that I want to see in society, we mainly complain about our background and the obstacles we face, but I thought that it was about time that we take the initiative and take the steps to develop our communities. I felt that my part was to do something significant in the community. Pain has propelled me to be the man that I am today, I was tired of the circumstances that I had to face, so I became the change I wanted to see. I would advise young people to believe that all things are possible, everyone is born with a great purpose within themselves. Have the courage to begin, if you have the courage to begin you will succeed. Remain teachable and humble at all times.”
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Graphic Design is the at and skill of combining text and pictures in advertisements, magazines, or books. Graphic design is an art form that allows an artist to fuse and create while incorporating different art forms. Here are a few tips to sharpen your design skills:
1) “Keep it simple – don’t hassle yourself with complex styles and palettes. Some of the best designs are simple.” – Ceekreative
2) “Be clever with your colors- colors create visual harmony. By choosing a warm, cool or monochromatic color combinations you will create a tonal foundation for your design.” – Ceekreative
3) “Creativity and originality – Becoming an original thinker isn’t easy. Learn techniques, go against the grain, broaden your skill-set and create your own design methods.” – Ceekreative
Graphic Design allows you to broaden your creativity and challenge it, while also opening you up for plenty of opportunities in all industries. If you’re an aspiring graphic designer always open yourself up to new possibilities, go forth and create.
With the mannequin challenge currently taking surface all over the internet it calls us to take a moment to freeze and be still and observe. Stillness forces us to take a look at the world around us and realize whats going on, reflect and create solutions to the challenges we may be facing.
A mannequin is described as the perfect model for the human being, the right shape size height or color. The ideal representation of the human form, except that it is lifeless. But the mannequin is a puppet, it is styled and changed according to how the next person wants it to be. We need to ask ourselves why we aspire to be the way we want to be, is it because we are told that that is the way we should aspire to be or does it ring true to who we really are?
This makes us question who you really are in this world, are you a mannequin? Beautiful, ideal and lifeless or do you allow yourself to appreciate yourself fully outside of societal norms and expectations.