Misan Ogbe
Storytelling, Creative Self-Leadership and other Crazy Stuff

and the truth about writing our life’s story

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We love happy endings.

We want the child mistreated by her stepparent to eventually obtain the power to overcome the step-parent whether it be physical mental or financial.

The problem with fairytales is that the original fairytales didn’t have happy endings (check out “Grimms’ Fairy Tales” on google). Many of the fairytales we know today and love, had gruesome endings.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but bad endings are a true reflection of reality. Happy endings don’t just happen because you met prince charming or that your feet fit the slipper. …


How mass-market economics changed earth for the worse

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Monoculture

Bananas may soon go extinct.

Why?

Because corporations that wanted to sell tons of bananas around the world decided that the most economic variety ie the cavendish variety would be planted extensively to fuel a market they were creating.

The banana industry was built by converting thousands of hectares of arable land and forest into an unsustainable monoculture.

The cavendish banana became 99% of all banana exports. …


earth has no heroes

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The only guarantee is that there is no guarantee.

There is no perfect place, no perfect time, no perfect organisation nor person that will bring your dreams to life.

Pick yourself, do the work. It may be the only time you’d see sunlight

This week, I have found myself reminiscing quite a lot. I have grown even though I often fail to notice it. I have had quite a number of wins, even though I quickly forget. I have been reminiscing lately but I really vibe to Seth Godin when he says pick yourself. …


may a cure never be found for you.

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“heaven help us from fools and dreamers”

this quote is an excerpt of a letter written to botanist Hugh Wilson after he wrote an article of his dream to restore heavily gorse-infested farmland into native New-Zealandean forest. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VZSJKbzyMc

I have been a wierdo for the majority of my life. wheteher it was with the way I spoke, my hobbies, ideologies and even fashion sense I have always gravitated to things on the fringe. to things that don't often make sense to many.

Sometimes I hate it. Sometimes the self-doubt is crushing. other times the cheering crowd is deafening silence. less times than i’d love to admit, things don’t go as planned. this life is one that is hard to plan.

But slowly, I am seeing my importance. It may take a while but I will see my dreams come true. No matter how many people call me a fool. …


You would never know enough.

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When you get a new piece of equipment, especially one you have no prior experience with, one of the first things we may try to do is to read the manual. A similar thing happens when you try to start something new — we try to learn everything we can about that venture.

However, there is something to be said for our pursuit of knowledge. It can easily become a rabbit hole — a never-ending pursuit of information over action.

This year, I found myself taking a lot of online courses. Many of which I have failed to practise.

Be mindful. Movement is not the same as progress. Realize that there would never be enough knowledge to replace action and no matter how much you learn, you would never know enough.


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One of the most common advice given to people who want to start some form of activity or business etc is “just do it” or “just start now”.

The problem with “just start now” is that it doesn't give you the full picture of what starting entails.

There are issues like managing expectations, starting with what you have, not fussing over petty details, not trying to gather all the information you can and realizing that failure is not necessarily a bad thing.

Only after all these, does one find the courage to “Just Do It”.


For the days I am too afraid of change

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the album art for my upcoming spoken word project

I have been working on a project for a month now and… I am scared

I am scared you wouldn't like it

I am scared that something would go wrong on the day of launch

I am scared that my plans at asking people to support my work financially would be a dud.

I am scared.

If this was me trying a new style of writing, I wouldn't be so scared. …


How to turn your Weaknesses into Strengths.

“Every weakness contains within itself a strength.”
― Shusaku Endo

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Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.

I love the Japanese, they seem smart, plus — Anime!!!. How can you hate anime? However, I find their philosophies on life to be even more intriguing. I find it to more wholesome and often counter to standard western ideologies. For instance, what do you do when you break a bowl?

Do you just toss it away?

What if it is your most prized china? Would you try to fix it, hide its cracks, and make it look as unbroken as possible?

Do I hear you say yes? …


A Rookie’s guide to social change

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Photo Credit: Vurzie Kim

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.

-Baltasar Gracián

Just do it. Just start.

The year was 1999. I was 3. Kindergarten. Sitting in a slightly packed class. Baggy pink shirt, a fat blue tie and blue shorts. Multicoloured little wooden chairs and round tables. I remember listening to my teacher as she told an all too familiar story.

In a rat-infested house, the owner bought a cat. This definitely wasn’t a welcome change and so the rats held a meeting in order to strategize on how to get rid of the cat or at the very least, make their current situation less deadly. …


How to use Storytelling to sustain Movements

“Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author

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The time is 7:00 PM. The day is 22–10–20. Just two days before, the army was “photoshopped” into a string of Instagram live videos. It claims that it was framed for killing unarmed peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos state, Nigeria.

The state government on the other hand seems to agree that the army was present and shot at the protesters, but that there were no casualties. …

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