Surround yourself with positive people. Keep away from the ENERGY VAMPIRES who suck the energy out of you. No references needed. Just Google Negative People Instagram or Pinterest. You will have heard these mantras often enough.
The problem is you can be stuck in a fog of negativity without realising it. The fog is just there. Try aging, for starters. Nearly every conversation begins with a litany of health woes. So much so, I try to instigate a friend’s idea. We call it Renata’s Rule: ’10 minutes on health issues then move on.’
It has been a great joy to me to connect up with Taku Mbudzi. Taku emanates a radiant field of positive energy. Funny, enthusiastic, inspiring. Taku is a skilled writer, broadcaster (She has appeared on The Project with Charlie Pickering), podcaster (See below) and public speaker. More importantly, to meet Taku is equivalent to popping a ‘positive vibe pill’ if such a thing existed. Taku is young, energetic and funny, and I’m sure many students would benefit from being exposed to Taku’s positive force field. You can find out more about Taku here.
I have been delighted to be involved with Taku’s podcasts talking about ways to tackle professional writing. In the first podcast we looked at writing newspaper articles. The second podcast involved getting a book published.
Being interviewed by Taku reminded me of one of my own vital traits. My younger self was undaunted by the challenge of becoming a professional writer, simply because I was so optimistic. Rejections – I could wallpaper my house with rejection slips – just bounced off me. Timing and luck played their part. But I just kept at it until I found my niche.