Saba Tekle — Publisher, Mentor, Award-winning Author and Huff Post Contributor

sabaWhat is your creative mission?

To contribute to humanity; help people heal, find their passion and purpose. To give people a voice and to empower them.

What do you love about what you do?

I love that I can be a part of someone’s legacy. I love that I get to be a part of something that changes and transforms lives and adds value. That is what books do, especially self-help and spirituality books and those are the books I publish.

What have you learned from your successes/ failures?

Everything. I have learned different things in both. Of course with success you learn what works and with failures you learn what doesn’t. But sometimes you gain more from failures, it teaches you the most and makes you not only better at what you do but it humbles you so in turn makes you a better person.

How do you keep pushing ahead after a difficult challenge?

I have taken all my pains and turn them into my passion. So passion is what keeps me pushing through. But what drives me the most is my love for people. So I remind myself of the good work that can benefits others, I remind myself that my focus is being of service so challenges aren’t as difficult when you believe you are doing something that is bigger that “you”. But I’ve learned some things are meant to be pushed through. But sometimes it means you going in the wrong direction so I have also learned to course correct.

Have you ever encountered resistance from family, friends, or the world in general? How did you overcome those kinds of blocks?

I am big on personal development. So my mindset was built to believe I was going to succeed. That mindset alone kept me from listening to anyone. I also learned what to share and with whom. What that means is to only share with someone who is going to support my dreams, understand my dreams and fuel them. So I overcame by applying wisdom of the greats like Les Brown and Bob Proctor (to name a few).

How has your art and creativity healed you?

It has healed by keeping me at peace. There is nothing that feels worse than potential not being released or a vision that you don’t make come to life. So when I express or take steps to create I feel at “home” and peaceful.

What are your NFA Bullet points? What steps would you recommend for anyone who wants to kick some ass and get their creative dreams off the ground?

-Read everyday

-Practice Gratitude

-Keep a journal

-Create goals and read them everyday

-Start small

-Stop trying to go from 0 – 100

-Enjoy the process of becoming

-Never be afraid of failing or make mistakes

-Everyone fails, everyone makes mistakes EVERYONE!

-Stop talking about what your going to do and just do it!

-Stop asking for permission – PERMISSION was granted as soon as the idea’s to create came to you!

-Champion yourself

– NO MATTER WHAT BELIEVE in yourself. Why not me? Should be your go to whenever your thinking negatively.

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About the Author:

Jeff Leisawitz burns with a mission—to inspire writers, artists, musicians and random creative types to amp up their creativity, heal their hearts and shine in the world. Author. Award winning musician/ producer. Internationally distributed filmmaker. College prof. Photographer. Speaker. Consultant. Not F*ing Around—The No Bullsh*t Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground is Jeff’s first book.

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