From Slavery to Celebrity!


MY THINKING CORNER aims to share positive thoughts to encourage, inspire and motivate us on our journey in life and towards personal achievement and success.

Every Tuesday, Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha hosts a weekly challenge to share snippets of positive thoughts.  If you’d like to join in, please check out this link for further details.

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My Thinking Corner

(NB: Lady Cee aims to participate in this blog challenge on alternate Tuesdays)

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Last year during one of my devotional readings, I came across the name of George Washington Carver. I vaguely recognised the name but didn’t really know who he was. In fact, to be honest, I had confused him with George Washington, first president of the USA!

Now from my devotional reading, I learned that Carver had become famous for growing peanuts and discovering hundreds of ways to use them, that he’d been invited to Washington DC to appear before a congressional committee and share the secret of his success. Now this is what he told them:

“God created the peanut. So I just asked Him to tell me what could be done with it, and He showed me!”

Isn’t that amazing?

And so today, whilst wondering what I should share today, I decided to look up this man to see who he was. I was so surprised to learn that he’d been born a slave. If you are interested in learning more about this fascinating man then click here:



And so today’s theme is: POTENTIAL.

Carver developed both his potential as a human being with the lowest start in life imaginable, as well as the potential of the peanut.

He definitely enters my personal hall of fame for successful dream achievers and to me, he is an excellent and most eminent example of a purpose-driven believer. As such, I’m proud and honoured to share the following thoughts mined from this highly creative genius.

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It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank, that counts. These mean nothing. It is simply service that measures success.


Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.


No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.


There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation – veneer isn’t worth anything.


When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.


Where there is no vision, there is no hope.

George Washington Carver

Thoughts are free from toll – William Camden


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My thinking corner….

Hello all,

I’m so pleased to be bringing a new feature to this site, one which I believe is in keeping with this blog’s ethos and which I hope will be a further source of inspiration, or motivation.

This is a weekly challenge (every Tuesday) hosted by Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha (please check out her blog). The idea is to share snippets of positive thoughts to encourage others. Why not take a leaf out of Jacqueline’s book and spend just 5-10 mins detoxifying your mind by filling it with precious nuggets of positive thoughts. If you’d like to join in don’t hesitate to visit Jacqueline’s Thinking Corner (see side bar section under Inspiration-Motivation) at:

And now without further ado, here are my three thoughts for this week, which wing their way towards you direct from my thinking corner on a secluded beach!

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  • Your creativity is a gift. Don’t let it become your enemy. Harness it. It is better to complete one worthwhile goal than to begin ten others.  (Dream Seeds – Mike Murdock)
  • Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbour he is making for, no wind is the right wind. (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
  • The past should not be a place where we live, but something from which we learn. (The Power of a Praying Wife – Stormie Omartian)

Thoughts are free from toll – William Camden


Pursue Creativity






  • the ability to make new things or think of new ideas
  • the quality of being creative
  • the ability to create

Merriam Webster Dictionary


 In my post Unlock Your Potential, I said:

as human beings, made in the likeness of our creative Father, [we] share the same incredible potential to find creative solutions in whatever context we may find ourselves. We have the same ability to make valuable contributions to the world in which we live”.


As purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers, are we nurturing a spirit of creativity in our lives?

I have selected the following inspirational quotes in a bid to both influence our thoughts about and, encourage us toward creativity, whilst we pursue our dreams… whilst we journey towards our destiny.


  • Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. Edward de Bono


  • Creativity is bound up in our ability to find new ways around old problems. Martin Seligman


  • There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period. Brene Brown


  •  An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. Edwin Land


  • Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. Steve Jobs


  • I spent a lot of years trying to outrun or outsmart vulnerability by making things certain and definite, black and white, good and bad. My inability to lean into the discomfort of vulnerability limited the fullness of those important experiences that are wrought with uncertainty: Love, belonging, trust, joy, and creativity to name a few. Brene Brown


  • When we are angry or depressed in our creativity, we have misplaced our power. We have allowed someone else to determine our worth, and then we are angry at being undervalued. Julia Margaret Cameron


  • There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. Sophia Loren


  • Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting. Edward de Bono


  • A lot of people forget how important it is to be creative. We get caught up in getting ahead and in day-to-day minutiae. But creativity is a fundamental mode of expression, as is being tenacious and standing by your own convictions and passions, even if it’s not the ‘popular’ choice. Tabatha Coffey



Did any of the above quotes resonate with you?

If creativity is not something you have actively pursued in your life to date, have any of the above quotes inspired you to change that this year?

If creativity has been a feature of recent endeavours, were you happy with the result? Bearing my above quote in mind, how did it make a positive contribution to the lives of others?


I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post. Please share your comments in the box below.


Unlock Your Potential


Potential – the range of capabilities that someone or something has; powers or resources not yet developed or made use of (Chambers 21st Century Dictionary)

“Potential is like a seed.  It is buried ability and hidden power that needs to be cultivated.”  Myles Munroe, Understanding Your Potential

You may not believe it. You may not want to accept it as truth. Nevertheless I am going to say it – you have enormous potential! How can I say that? Because you are the handiwork of a master creator! We have seen and marvelled over the work of God’s hands, the ingenuity of his mind.  As people made in his image, that same capacity for creativity, that same potential for greatness lies within each man, woman and child.  However, the onus is upon us to discover, develop and nurture it.

Humour me for a moment and let’s travel back in time to the Garden of Eden.  When God created Adam, He gave him a specific task to fulfil (see Genesis 2:19-20).  Adam had no one else to consult, no one with whom he could confer and no one to emulate.  He simply had to get on with his assignment, drawing from inner resources to fulfil his responsibility. Can you appreciate the creativity and imagination required for Adam to name every beast and every bird? (I sometimes find it hard to come up with a suitable password!)

These two verses paint a scenario of significant achievement.  They demonstrate that we as human beings, made in the likeness of our creative Father, share the same incredible potential to find creative solutions in whatever context we may find ourselves. We have the same ability to make valuable contributions to the world in which we live. That is potential with a capital P!

In order to grasp the reality and scope of what lies within each one of us, I want you to consider potential as a seed – the seed of a fruit tree.  Now that seed contains the latent ability to develop into a tree and produce fruit and that fruit contains more seeds and therefore the potential for more trees…  more fruit…  I’m sure you’re getting the picture.

You and I are like that seed. Within each of us lies a fount of untapped ability and resources – the stuff of dreams! Yet, according to scientists, we use as little as 10% of our abilities. A shocking fact, when one realises that within most of us, as much as 90% of our capabilities lie dormant.

Regarding human potential, American philosopher and psychologist, William James, had this to say: “Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake. We are making use of only a small part of our physical and mental resources. Stating the thing broadly, the human individual thus lives far within his limits. He possesses power of various sorts which he habitually fails to use.”

So how do we remedy this habitual failing and unlock our potential? How can we tap into that fount of creativity?  Winston Churchill believed that “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential”.  It sounds simple and accessible doesn’t it? Not superhuman strength, or super-intelligence – just continuous effort. It would be easy to dismiss Churchill’s observation as being too simplistic.  I mean if that’s the case, why aren’t people generally more creative? Why don’t we experience an ever-flowing release of our potential?

Well, I believe the key lies in the phrase ‘continuous effort’. Not now-and again effort, once in a blue moon effort, only when I’m in the mood effort – but continuous effort! Does that mean becoming a workaholic, or being so driven your life becomes unbalanced? Absolutely not! It means you and I have to learn to adopt a mind-set that focuses on an end goal. It means arming ourselves with a determined will to find a way through obstacles and go all the way to the finishing line. It means being persistent despite difficulties or discouragement, for they will surely raise their ugly heads during the course of our pursuits. It means not expecting God (or anyone else) to present us with a silver platter of opportunities from which we can select our heart’s desires. It means not resting on our laurels.

In his book An Enemy Called Average, John L. Mason challenges believers to step away from the well-trodden path of mediocrity.  He says: “If you choose not to step out and make maximum use of the gifts and talents in your life, you will spend your days on this earth helping someone else reach his goals.  Most people let others control their destiny. Don’t allow anyone to take over the driver’s seat in your life.  Fulfil your own dreams and determine your own life’s course.”

If the above speaks to you where you are at right now, are you ready to accept Mason’s challenge? Are you prepared to discover and utilise your unique skills and abilities, your God-ordained purpose? Will you commit to developing your potential?