Recently a colleague and I took a group of young people from St. Barnabas Church in Mitcham (where I volunteer as a Youth Worker) to an event at St. Barnabas Church in Clapham Common entitled “Youth Explosion”.
This event was put on by the Association of Black Clergy and Lay supporters. It was a wonderful event and all credit to the organisers, in particular, Reverend Jenny Thomas of the Parish Church of Ascension in Pollards Hill, Mitcham and her team.
The young people had a very productive and enjoyable day, exploring the arts, and talking about emotions – what they are and how to deal with them. The day was rounded off by a disco in the evening.
The highlight of the day for me though, was meeting Luke Williams – Educator, Creative writer, Actor and Motivational Speaker. I am sure you will come across Luke yourself at some point, so I won’t spoil it for you by revealing too much here. Suffice it to say, that Luke has got the “CIM” factor a term which I use in my business circles.
So how did Luke inspire me?
Luke was facilitating the workshop on the Arts. In less than an hour, he was able to get a group of young people (albeit, enthusiastic and bright) to:
- choose a theme around (Black History month);
- Write a poem based on the theme
- Create an accompanying musical beat for the poem
- Choreograph some movements for the poem
- Draw an abstract piece to represent the theme
His ability to motivate and influence the group in such a short space of time really impressed me.
Luke also gave the keynote speech at the event. His presentation was pitched at just the right level and had both the adults and the young people in the group captivated. He was very open and honest about the path to his success and I for one could really identify with a lot of what he said.
His key message was based around our need as individuals to identify our strengths, and pursue our ambitions relentlessly in order to fulfil our goals. In a nutshell, Luke’s key tips for success are as follows:
Having identified what you want to do or be, pursue your dreams relentlessly. Don’t be put off by the “toxic others” – those people around you whose sole purpose is to discourage you.
Always be prepared, for in so doing, you will always be ready for the challenge or opportunity that presents itself.
Whether social media (that is, Facebook, linked in etc.,) or face to face, you must find the right people at the right time and keep telling them what you do and how good you are at what you do.
Be passionate about your dreams. Enjoy what you do. Let your passion drive you to your goal.
Hunger for Success
In the same way that you need air to live, so must you really, really want to achieve your dream(s). Let that hunger be your driving force!
Author: Cay Moore
Copyright Cay Moore 2010©