One of the best honors one can be afforded is the opportunity to write a book, but even more is the opportunity to review a raw, naked manuscript and contribute to the revieing and editing of a book.
My greatest pleasure and joy is to see people around me share their thoughts through blogging and writing. I believe everyone should write, not necessarily to write for everyone to read, but to write for yourself.
“Here I wrote this, what do you think?” has to be one of the scariest things to do, yet one of the best ways to structure your thoughts and to grow intellectually.
When a young man at the age of 20 approached me to help him write, review, and edit his book, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.
I met Bongani about three years ago when I was facilitating an entrepreneurship program at a Schools Entrepreneurship Camp in Kasane, the northern part of Botswana. He struck me as one of the most bright students in the group. Having aced his matric and now studying in Moscow, Russia, in his first year last year, he wanted to write a book.
I had the pleasure of reviewing and contributing to the book and also wrote a foreword to the book.
At the age of 20, he published his first book, I’m so looking forward to more books to come.
Personal Message to Bongani Bakai:
Bongani, I was impressed with your performance at the Schools Camp, but now I’m more proud of you writing this book.
Initially I was a bit weary and I never thought you will see this project to the end, but you took me by surprise and you persisted with writing until the end while at the same studying full time in a foreign country.
I remember your dedication, discipline, tenacity to this book when we started this journey.
I remember your emails late at night when you were submitting chapter after chapter after chapter to me for review.
I remember the days when you had to go back and forth changing, updating, writing and re-writing each chapter.
I remember the days we had to come up with the book name, we must have went through 30 names or so until we settled for one.
Working with you on this book made me realise one wish that was granted to me in my short life, the gift of friendship with a young writer.
My foreword to the book
“No need of a story,” Beckett wrote in “Texts for Nothing,” “a story is not compulsory, just a life.” But in storytelling you can’t have one without the other. Life and stories go together. It is compulsory, though it goes without saying now, that everyone has a story and will probably want to tell it (and should be free to); that there is every need for a story, that the one thing everyone does have inside them is a story, and that they might even suffer from not telling it.
In I’M POSSIBLE, you get stuck with the story, and the story becomes compulsory. In an age of storytelling in which life stories, lives recovered in words, have become our inspirational literature, there is always the risk of fixing and healing ourselves.
Great stories succeed because they are able to capture the imagination of large or important audiences.
A great story is true. Not necessarily because it is factual, but because it is consistent and authentic.
Great stories make a promise. They promise fun, safety or a shortcut. The promise needs to be bold and audacious. It is either exceptional or it is not worth reading.
Great stories are subtle. Those with subtle beauty don’t scream for attention, but instead are happy with who they are without having to manipulate others through using their physical beauty to feel that way. Talented writers understand that allowing people to draw their own conclusions is far more effective than announcing the punch line.
Great stories don’t always need more than 200 pages book. Either you are ready to listen or you aren’t.
Great stories don’t appeal to logic, but they often appeal to our senses. Pheromones are not a myth. People decide if they like someone after just a sniff.
Most of all, great stories agree with our worldview. The best stories don’t teach people anything new. Instead, the best stories agree with what the audience already believes and makes the members of the audience feel smart and secure when reminded how right they were in the first place.
Stories make it easier to understand the world. Stories are the only way we know to spread an idea. Writers didn’t invent storytelling. They just perfected it.
I can’t do this. I’m not good enough. I will never be a success. There lies keep us from living, working and dreaming. It doesn’t have to be this way.
In I’M POSSIBLE, Bongani shares a story that reminds us that people who come from worse than most people have the ability to change the course of humanity.
I’M POSSIBLE is great story of overcoming impossibilities.
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