How to be creative

How can you be creative?

I find that sometimes creativity comes from unexpected places…such as disappointment.

Today, I have built a successful Ankara Accessories company…but I did not set out to do this. I wanted to have a t-shirt line, that would have the Ankara fabric infused in them. I thought I was being creative. However those t-shirts did not sell quickly. In fact, it took me two years to sell off the first 100 t-shirts I made.

What took off instead were Ankara Accessories, which I made because one of my tailors disappointed me. One of my tailors messed up one of the t-shirt designs. The t-shirt looked too plain, and it was not well fitted. So I made an Ankara brooch and attached it to the t-shirt, so that the shirt could look nice.

The Ankara brooch that sparked this off

The Ankara brooch that sparked this off

I took my first collection to an exhibition, and I sold only 9 t-shirts. Most of the sales were even from my friends who visited the stand. Instead, people kept asking me if I could sell the Ankara brooch I had attached to my t-shirt. I said no because I knew that if I sold the brooch without the t-shirt, I would not be able to sell that t-shirt again.

The next time I went for that exhibition, I made a lot of brooches for sale, and to my utmost surprise…I sold out.

This is really how my line of Ankara Accessories was born, and many other beautiful and creative things in my business and life have come out of disappointments.

So if you are wondering, “how can I be creative? how can I come up with more designs?”

My answers is, Look at what you are struggling with and find an easier way to deal with it.

There is always a creative idea behind every disappointment.

I would like to hear from you, tell me of a time you have come up with a creative idea when you were struggling with something.

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Lots of Love


Comments section


  • Uzokwe Chioma

    Reply Reply March 19, 2014

    Its a really inspiring page. I was particularly happy getting in touch with ST colours but sad much I haven’t started anything yet. I could be really creative with my hands yet I don’t know what’s stopping me. Nice work Steph…

  • Alim

    Reply Reply March 19, 2014

    Hmmmm. Life. Most times things jus don’t work out has planned, probably because other things are predestined to happen.Gumption as it concerns ideas and creativity can get sparked by what we consider ill-luck or even from very mundane things. Nice post Steph.

  • naomi

    Reply Reply March 19, 2014

    Thanks so much steph,this is gonna help much

  • temychris

    Reply Reply March 19, 2014

    Tanks Steph, for d inspiration.

  • Stephanie

    Reply Reply March 24, 2014

    Thank you for your comments, you are welcome

  • betnex

    Reply Reply March 25, 2014

    tnx so much for the inspiration

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