Turning Rejections to Opportunities
Sean: Hey guys, welcome back to the Leadership Stack podcast. Today, we have Mr. Frederick . He is from all the way from, guests where? Uganda, and actually the first, yes we have on the show from Uganda. And he has founded creativity, The Creativity School, and Kyomya publishing. And he has authored, would you believe it, 13 self-help books at the age of 25 years old, you can check out his books.
We’re going to leave the links in the show notes. But as of today, I just want to say Frederick, welcome to the show.
Fredrick: Thank you. Thank you so much for having me.
Sean: So Fredrick, this is the most interesting question that we usually touch base on during the beginning of the show. And that is. What is your startup journey?
I mean, you started out this thing called the creativity school and you started your own publishing company. How did that happen? Where did you get the idea? Where did you get the inspiration funding, whatever it is that moved you from point A to point B? We want to know the story behind it.
Fredrick: Well, I would say it was really born out of struggle.
Well firstly, my publishing when I wrote my first book, I tried to find an agent. I was rejected 44 times. So I couldn’t find an agent. I was getting rejected, left, right, and center. So that’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands and self-publish. And so that was the beginning of Kyomya publishing and decided to really just take control and publish my own work.
And as far as, you know, becoming an entrepreneur about July last year, I had just finished a work situation and it wasn’t satisfactory to me. So I didn’t really, you know, my prospects weren’t really looking so good, you know, finding another job and it was really difficult. So I just decided to start what I was doing and just go for it.
So that is the background to what I’m doing now.
Sean: Tell us about the creativity school. How did you get the idea of starting that out? I understand that you got rejected by publishers and there are a certain number of people I know in my network who. Pretty much went through the same struggle. I mean, if you’re an author for the first time, you don’t have a name for yourself.
No one knows you. No one knows your stuff. It is a struggle. I understand Kyomya publishing was born out of that struggle. But how about The Creativity School? What’s the story behind that?
Fredrick: Well, The Creativity School, it was less of like a lightning bolt kind of moment. It was really just kind of, it took a while to kind of take shape.
When I first started, it looked very different from what it looks like now actually, I really just wanted to create a platform where learning was more exploratory and learning was more interactive. So it wasn’t just like me giving instruction to whoever is on the platform. I really wanted the platform to be an exploration of different topics, you know, self-mastery, money, things like that. So that’s really the idea behind the creativity school. And that’s the reason I created the creativity school is to explore all these different topics.
Sean: I’ve seen some of your books, how to master yourself, how to plan effectively, how to be a creative thinker.
How do you get the ideas of – you see, I’m an author myself. I wrote two books. It was difficult for me to give birth. Those are literally, it’s like giving birth, right? When you write a book there, the process is so long in writing, editing, rewriting it, having it re edited, doing the final editing, the layout, the book, cover, getting some blurbs and getting a foreword in.
And it is a long process. And one of the things that I struggled with during the beginning was thinking about what is it really that I want to write? And it’s not because I lack. Something that I want to write. It’s just that I have so much things that I want to write about. But it can not be about everything.
One book cannot be about everything. It has to have a certain niche, and I could see that yours was kind of segmented into very niche parts, how to master yourself, a simple guide of self mastery, how to plan effectively. How did you come upon the segmentations on the topics that these books are going to be talking about?
Fredrick: Well, all of my work is really based on things that I’ve experienced. For example, how to plan effectively. In my career, I’ve had to plan what I was doing before, when I went into it, because I had limited resources. So that really helps me not to waste time, not waste money, because we’re going to things that are planned, you ended up really burning a lot of cash and wasting a lot of time.
And so, you know, that’s one aspect for creative thinking, you know, being a creative thinker really helped me come up with all my books, then the creative school. So that’s why I’m such an advocate for creative thinking. All of these books are being written on topics that I have experienced and things that I’ve learned from my own life.
Sean: So let’s talk about what you mentioned. I like that creative thinking, a lot of people hear the word, creative thinking and there, you know, what comes into the mind is just thinking. So what is different between thinking and creative thinking? Maybe define that first, before we go a deeper dive into it.
Fredrick: So the thinking is just, I would define thinking as just having, you know, random thought, like, what am I going to have for lunch today? How am I going to get from point A to point B? That would just be thinking. Creative thinking would be “Okay. I have one egg once a month. Oh, one piece of lettuce. How can I put those ingredients together to make myself a really nice meal?”
So that would be another example would be a calf to get from point A to B, but I only have $4 and 66 cents. So, how am I going to take those $4 and 66 cents to get me from point A to B, am I going to use a bus? Am I going to use the train? I’m not going to walk, you know, part of the way and then get on the bus, get off the bus. And then why you know the rest of the journey. So that is the difference between thinking and creative thinking.
Sean: That sounded to me, like it was a real life scenario for you because it’s a very specific amount, $4 and 66 cents.
Fredrick: Well yes.
It was. Huh?
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