Did curiosity kill the cat? No, it enabled the cat to go places where you never thought it could go. With curiosity, new doors open, leading to us try new things. This is why we must keep moving forward after every bit of adversity we face in life. This mindset has led me down different routes such as film production, entrepreneurial ventures, and much more. But, there has always been one constant in my pursuit of curiosity: writing. Putting pen to paper keeps me curious, and now it has led me to my next frontier which is to be a great copywriter. Legendary explorers would have never found different continents without being curious about what was out there at the time if they were never curious. Then they came back home and advertised their discoveries, striking people’s interests in the new world. This is how I approach things with my curiosity. Without it, there would be no growth in the world. We’d still be living in caves, huddled over a fire, and drawing on walls. I want to grow as a writer, and become legendary like those historical explorers. The only way I can do that is to develop my curiosity.
Anyone can be technical, or creative. But, not many can be both. I believe if you can be technical, and creative then you can be unstoppable. If you’re technical, you need to follow the guidelines. If you’re creative you can go above and beyond anything by drawing outside the lines of a coloring book. Once put together, you can go places that were not ever imaginable; like when the US went to the moon. Building rocket ships and space suits start with the creative imagination, and then the technical aspects of it all takes place to put it all together. Creativity and technicality are like a yin and yang, which is the fundamental basis for providing new solutions. The moment when I decided to be a writer, I knew that I had to learn both. I am proud to say that I am one of very few who pursues utilizing both skill sets. Most important, creativity helps you find solutions and technicality enables you to execute. This is advertising, an industry where it requires both in order to find solutions.
Rocky Balboa once said, “It’s not how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” Being a writer takes audacity. We only have 26 letters to illustrate a big picture. We don’t have any colors, pallets or software to create art; just pen and paper. I’ve told myself after my struggles as an adult that I needed to write myself out of the adversity. This is why I don’t believe in writer’s block. The bravery it takes to put something on paper is insurmountable. There is the fear of no one reading your writing, hating it, or someone thinking that you are incompetent. I’m not afraid of any of that. I just write, and I have written in so many mediums that I call myself a kung fu writer.
If you want to know what courage is, then read the books I wrote. Writing about mental health, and becoming an advocate for this issue in today’s society takes courage because you are trying to change a stigma. I took a huge chance when I wrote these books, putting pieces of my soul out in the world. Writing is my lifeline, it’s my happy place. For me to be there I need to be writing, and writing takes courage. It is all I ever think about, and it is the only thing that I want to do.
“The Zos Knows”
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