Excerpt from “Step 3: Understand your personality”

Drums of Success: 10 Steps to Turning Your Creative Potential into Success
by Assumpta Happy Umwagarwa

Excerpt from “Step 3: Understand your personality”:

You have made a step towards discovering your creative
potential and you started with your mental abilities.
However, you know they told you that there are certain
things you cannot do because of how you behave. They think
that you are too shy to express your ideas. They think that
you are too careless to follow through your work. They think
that you are too conventional to explore new opportunities.
They think that you are short-tempered and not emotionally
stable. They think you are this or that, and they tell you that
because of how you are, you will not achieve success in life.
What they intend to describe is your personality and how it
affects the way you think, feel and act.

The word personality is among those often used by different
people in different contexts, and it seems like many understand
what it means. But on the other hand, it has been a
debatable concept by different psychologists. When we refer
to somebody’s personality, we normally refer to how he reacts
to different situations in a similar way or similar ways. We can
tell whether or not the person likes to try new things. We can
tell whether or not the person is organized and efficient. We
can tell whether or not the person likes to socialize or to call
attention to him or herself. We can tell whether or not a person
is compassionate and cooperative. We can tell whether or
not the person is able to control his emotions such as anger
and anxiety. There are different theories on personality, but
the one that has gained widespread acceptance among many
psychologists is the Big Five Personality Traits. This is about
five broad domains or dimensions of personality.

Excerpt from “Step 2: Discover your mental Capabilities”

Drums of Success: 10 Steps to Turning Your Creative Potential into Success
by Assumpta Happy Umwagarwa

Excerpt from “Step 2: Discover your mental Capabilities”:

My purpose here is to delete and undo some of the conclusions
you may have drawn about yourself. I would
like to let you know that you have what it takes to be creative
and successful. I understand that you may have not dared to
turn your creative potential into creative ideas and objects
because you were made to believe that you are not intelligent
enough to do so. This may have happened when you were a
child and your parents and/or your caregivers told you that
you are good for nothing. This may have resulted from the
fact that you were not among those that were labeled to be
intelligent because of their academic achievement. This may
have been a result of the fact that you did not excel at what
they wanted you to excel at, and they failed to value what you
exceled at. My purpose is to get you understand your level of
intelligence and the mental abilities that are associated with
your intelligence. I will not give you an intelligence test. I will
simply take a journey into your life and remind you when you
experienced your intelligence at work.

Excerpt from “Step 1: Assess your situation”

Drums of Success: 10 Steps to Turning Your Creative Potential into Success
by Assumpta Happy Umwagarwa

Excerpt from “Step 1: Assess your situation”:

Alot of people have creative potential that has never been
turned into new and creative ideas and objects, and ultimately
into success. For some people it may be because they
feel like there are rules and dynamics of this world that have
just made it difficult for them to come up with creative ideas
and objects. They think they do not know the world’s systems
and structures to navigate through to start playing on the
drums of their success. For others it is because they don’t
trust the world. They feel like the world is unfair. Why
should they bother pursuing their passion and success in this
world that is full of wicked people. They believe people are
unfair and untrustworthy and this has created some sense of
unworthiness, even in them. For another group of people,
from their life experiences, they concluded that they always
have to adhere to what other people define as normal. They
wonder whether or not it’s allowed to just be oneself. They
think that creative people are always labeled to be weird and
abnormal, and they do not want to be also labeled as such.
Another group of people are simply those who never want to
try new things with the fear of making mistakes. They want
to be sure that it will never go wrong, and they wait for that
assurance before they even try. And they find themselves
repeating what was always done, tested and approved.

Excerpt from “Setting the stage”

Drums of Success: 10 Steps to Turning Your Creative Potential into Success
by Assumpta Happy Umwagarwa

Excerpt from “Setting the stage”:

Seated on the floor, as I was scratching my head and trying to
kill some head lice that had been giving me a hard time during
the three months I’d spent hiding in an orphanage, I
reflected on my life. I felt like there was no hope of becoming
who I had always dreamed of becoming. My father had
already been killed, and I did not know the whereabouts of my
two elder brothers. Two little voices were giving me contradicting
messages; one was telling me it was the end of my
dreams and another one was telling me that it was going to be
okay. I looked at my mother and my siblings; everyone was
worried until that particular day when we heard that the storm
was over. Was the storm really over? I guess so. It was over,
but the cold days had just started. How was our mother going
to survive with her diabetes? Who would cater to her special
needs? How about us? Our father, who was the only provider
for the family, had been shot in both legs and buried alive.
That’s how they had decided to kill him. Our elder brothers
were gone and murdered. She had an idea! Her flowers could
save us. No. We could also dance and get some money out of
it. She knew she was going to make it. She owed that to her
husband, and she was definitely not going to fail. We had survived
the worst of atrocities that the world had ever known
and there was no way we would fail to live. We had been given
a chance by the creator to live again and live better.

Excerpt from “Preface”

Drums of Success: 10 Steps to Turning Your Creative Potential into Success
by Assumpta Happy Umwagarwa

Excerpt from “Preface”:

The purpose of Drums of Success is to provide you
with ten simple steps to turning your creative potential into
success. This book, in addition to being useful to anyone who
wants to understand the dynamics of creativity and its association
to our everyday life; targets those who would like to discover
their creative potential, put it to work to produce
creative ideas and objects, and turn them into successful
careers and businesses.

As part of my work as a Human Resources Strategist
for many years, I have advised organizations on how to foster
creativity in their employees and, on the other hand, I have
also provided guidance and counseling to individuals on their
career success. I have realized that although there is a lot that
should be done by schools and other institutions in terms of
fostering creativity, there is also some need to look at other
reasons why people with creative potential may not be
putting it to work in their everyday lives, and advise them
how to do so.

Special Quotes from the Book – Part 7

Drums of Success: 10 Steps to Turning Your Creative Potential into Success
by Assumpta Happy Umwagarwa

Special Quotes from the Book – Part 7:

When I will grow older, I will love to hear my daughters answering one of the common questions: “Who inspired you?” and then they shall say, “Our mother was a great source of inspiration for us.” – A. Happy Umwagarwa

It’s one thing to be recognized for having pursued excellence and changes some things from being good to being great and excellent. It’s another thing to inspire other people to take the same course of action. To inspire another person, he/she should see you as a role model and a lot of parameters are taken into account. – A. Happy Umwagarwa

The person who inspires others does not only focus on his ability to create new things in an excellent way; he makes sure that whatever he does, even in other areas of his/her life, inspire people to change. – A. Happy Umwagarwa

Special Quotes from the Book – Part 6

Drums of Success: 10 Steps to Turning Your Creative Potential into Success
by Assumpta Happy Umwagarwa

Special Quotes from the Book – Part 6:

A lot of people come up with great ideas but never pay attention to the process of mapping out their creative production. This may lead to failure irrespective of the fact that the person was able to generate ideas. – A. Happy Umwagarwa

Ideas cannot be touched, heard, seen, smelled or tasted. For ideas to be touched they have to be translated into a palpable object. For ideas to be heard they have to be translated into audible objects, e.g. spoken words. For ideas to be seen they have to be translated into seeable objects, e.g. written words. For ideas to be smelled they have to be translated into scented objects. For ideas to be tasted they have to be translated into flavorsome objects. – A. Happy Umwagarwa

Celebrating successes is about recognizing that you have achieved one short-term goal, then another one, and another one and so on. It’s about applauding the steps you make towards accomplishing your life purpose. – A. Happy Umwagarwa

Those who are able to put a signature of excellence on the future are normally those who thought big and questioned how we did things, and in their minds they think that the fact that something is good does not necessarily mean it’s excellent. – A. Happy Umwagarwa

Special Quotes from the Book – Part 5

Drums of Success: 10 Steps to Turning Your Creative Potential into Success
by Assumpta Happy Umwagarwa

Special Quotes from the Book – Part 5:

Networking is about thinking beyond yourself as an individual and seeing yourself as part of a bigger group that shares the same interests, passions and values, and making sure that you take advantage of what you have in common with these people to help each other be the best you can become. – A. Happy Umwagarwa

A lot of young people are ambitious, and this is good. But the ambition should actually push them to moving instead of jumping. They should think big, but start small! – A. Happy Umwagarwa

Idea generation is the first step of the creative production process and the most important. Other people can be able to produce, but the difference between those that just produce and those that produce creatively is the novelty, quality and usefulness of their ideas. – A. Happy Umwagarwa

Creative people are able to engage in divergent thinking and just enjoy the music of how ideas flow in their minds. Creative people enjoy engaging in the mental process of evaluating ideas, identifying linkages, compare and combine. Creative people generate and evaluate ideas. – A. Happy Umwagarwa

Special Quotes from the Book – Part 4

Drums of Success: 10 Steps to Turning Your Creative Potential into Success
by Assumpta Happy Umwagarwa

Special Quotes from the Book – Part 4:

A lot of creative work is inspired not only by the desire to seek new experiences like we have seen before, but also the drive to change how things operate and make the world a better place. – A. Happy Umwagarwa

A lot of people fail to meet their goals not because the goals were not smart, but because they were not balanced. – A. Happy Umwagarwa

I have realized that the most successful musicians, artists, engineers, architects, computer scientists, physicians, managers, politicians, and all other people in any professions, are those who defined their unique personal message as the first element of their strategy. – A. Happy Umwagarwa

Having a unique personal message is for everyone. Whatever profession you are in; there is that message you communicate when people interact with you. When you do not decide this, you may either communicate different conflicting messages or get mistaken for who you may not be, and not who you want to be. – A. Happy Umwagarwa

Drums of Success: The ten steps to Success are now revealed!

My message is simple! Many people have creative potential that has not been translated into creative ideas and objects and eventually turned into success in their own lives!

These people are grouped into three categories:

  • The first group is of those who do not even know they have what it takes to be creative. They think it’s an attribute for only those who are known to be genius, extraordinary, or sometimes weird.
  •  The second group is of those who believe that they are creative but all they do is to find somebody to blame for the fact that they failed to translate this potential into tangible creative objects. They never find a minute to enter the creativity workshop and embark on creative production.
  • The third group is of those who have discovered their creative potential, occasionally translated it into creative ideas and objects, but lost the fight with different creativity killers, and later decided to give up and compliant to the status quo.

How excited to have the book ‘Drums of Success’ published! This book, in addition to being useful to anyone who wants to understand the dynamics of creativity and its association  to our everyday life; targets those who would like to discover their creative potential, put it to work to produce creative ideas and objects, and turn them into successful careers and businesses.

I may not be able to cover all 224 pages of Drums of Success with all its inspiring anecdotes and life examples as well as the different tools given to you that you may use in your journey to success. However, I feel like revealing to you the steps that you shall make in turning your creative potential into success.

Part I: Creative Potential

Step #1: Assess your situation:

What makes you view the world the way you do? When, how and why did you lose trust in the world and its people? How did you develop the idea that you are not allowed to be yourself? How and when did you develop the idea that you are not allowed to make mistakes. Go back to the past and mentally undo the negative marks you have drawn on your brain as a result of some of your unpleasant experiences. Start fresh and be ready to rediscover yourself.

Step #2: Discover your mental abilities:

In the quest to re-discovering yourself, you will understand that you have more abilities than you put at work. You will learn that you do not need to fit in people’s definitions of intelligence that are usually not very right. You will understand your level of intelligence and how it is translated into different mental abilities.

Step #3: Understand your personality:

It’s all about how you think, feel and act. Your personality traits are in part genetic and in the other part they have been environmentally affected. By understanding your personality traits you shall be able to emphasize those that push you towards creativity and control the behaviours that may be as a result of the personality traits you want to keep tolerable.

Step #4: Define your motivation factors:

Understand your interests and the beauty of doing what you are interested in. Understand that strong desire you feel to do what you do or want to do. Understand the needs you try to satisfy when you do what you do. This understanding shall lead you to making decisions to change your situation; put your abilities at work and adopt behaviours that shall lead to success.

Part II: Creativity Workshop

Step #5: Formulate your life purpose and set your goals.

After understanding yourself and making sure that you are going to change your situation, now it’s time for you to make decisions about what it is you want to accomplish in life, your ultimate, long-term and short-term goals.

Step #6: Draw your strategies:

Now that you understand what you want to achieve, it’s time to put in place the stones you will step on to get to what you want to accomplish in life and the goals you want to achieve.

Step #7: Embark on creative production:

It will all be real and actual when you will start to tap into your creative potential to generate ideas, to engage in a creative process to produce creative objects, and finally supply the world with products of your creativity.

 Part III: Success and Sustainability

Step #8: Fight with creativity killers:

When you will start getting out of the box, there are so many people that shall pull you back in. You should know how to handle these people in such a way that you benefit from the relationships you have with them without jeopardizing your decision and ability to get out of the box and turn your creative potential into success.

Step #9: Celebrate your successes

Congratulations! You are on the journey! Keep moving! Learn to celebrate your successes. Celebrate achievement of goals related to your self-realization, social connectedness and social responsibility. Celebrate your progress!

Step #10: Put your signature on the future:

It may be the signature of excellence, the signature of inspiration or signature of purpose.

Would you like to start the journey today! Grab your copy of the book ‘Drums of Success’? You may buy it directly from this website. It’s also available on Ingram, Amazon & Barnes and Noble.

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