I asked some of our Riders (the superhero name for the amazing people that make OkadaBooks so super) the big question – What Fuels Your Hustling Spirit? Although it may seem easy to answer looking at it on the surface, because almost everyone has a hustle, right? The responses I got made me further reflect on just how much may be going on in the background of people’s lives, away from the glitz and glam of social media. Inspiring, true-life experiences of amazing people talking about how they keep defying the odds and pushing forward with their hustle(s) to strike a better balance to life.
Some of these entries will be exciting, others will be a tad gloomy, but I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did putting them together.
What Fuels Your Hustling Spirit even when things are tough? Find out if it’s the same as these guys’ and tell me in the comments.
Blessing Nkechinyere Nwaorgu – Teacher and Writer. IG @assuredblessingwrites
My hustling spirit is fueled by the determination to succeed. As a Teacher, the pandemic caused the closure of schools and this has affected my income. I refused to see the negative part of this and began using the extra time to write again. I also had to commence neighborhood lessons to help kids remain academically sound for a token.
Mopelola Adeniyi – Content Producer (IG @Mopelolascribes)
I will say passion. I am passionate about writing, creating unseen realities in letters and words. Weaving words together to make a story. One of the things that turn me on is beautiful, well-crafted words. It gets me all excited and alive. For me, writing is no hustle, it is living, it is passion, it is everything. I thank the creator for wiring me to write.
Dada Babatunde – Influencer
A positive Mindset has always been my strength. I’ve always believed all things will work out for me even if it’s difficult to judge based on reality. I’ve always refused to look down on myself, accept defeat, or succumb to failure. I believe I have the change key within me so I keep on pressing forward; although tough, I believe in always moving forward.
Ayomide Ruth Oluwagbenga – Writer, MSc. Student (IG @ayomide_ruth)
Having started putting in for writing contests since 2012, and taking small steps and big leaps to hone my skills over the years, it hasn’t been easy facing the disappointment of one’s work not being featured, recognized, or awarded as expected. But then, I have got to keep pushing. Every ‘thumb down’ has brought me more vigor to do better and I believe I’m already winning big.
Deborah Osibamowo – Writer, Media Personality (IG @iam_mzz_debbie)
The need to become. I understand that becoming is a process, a journey, and not a destination, so I keep at it with diligence and perseverance. And I recently added patience to the ingredients because truly, patience is key.
Annie – Writer (IG @theofficialoghennie)
It started from observing local kids around. I hated that you could see a lack of clothes, food, education, and basic amenities right through their faces. I honestly don’t want to have my kids ever know what that feels like. I was not born to suffer. LOL. 😂😂
Jennifer Okpowe – Writer (IG @JenniferOkpowe)
The major petrol that fuels my hustling spirit is the passion to make an impact. I want to be able to help that boy out there struggling with hurdles he can’t share with anyone, I want that girl to read any of my work (books) and draw strength from there.
Yadirichi Oyibo – Writer (IG @therealyadirichi)
Making money from writing hasn’t been easy. I wrote a book, started blogging, and even did a little microblogging on social media. I found out the hustle is real, but as they say, “las, las we go dey alright!” so I keep on pushing for what I love doing.
Aaron Fikayomi – Writer
Knowing well that I might end up as a living mannequin due to a health challenge, I decided to put my experience into writing despite being a school dropout. I do not see this as a reason not to live my best life. Trust God and impact the lives of others. Nothing should limit us from becoming our best selves.
What Fuels Your Hustling Spirit even when things are tough? Tell me in the comments.