This month we focus on Monthly Author Focus – Dunstan Ayodele Stober
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What inspired you to write?
I love the creative art of arranging words to convey a message or story that inspires, entertains and educates. I think writing stimulates the senses. My self-taught grandmother showed me the power of books to transform our minds. And as a child, I dreamt of seeing my books in bookstores one day.
So, I was inspired to tell my story creatively to help audiences whom I would never be able to reach otherwise. My greatest inspiration is the chance that my words can help someone believe in themselves or help them be more than they thought or encourage them to know they are not alone.
I want to help others by being a recognised thought leader in personal growth and development and leadership.
What was your first book?
Joy Has Come Home: Six Life Lessons that Will Help You Succeed in Your Business and Career is my first baby.
What is your book about?
I outlined the six foundational principles that took me from obscure childhood washing cars and working on construction sites to being a finance leader in a top telecom while building diverse personal businesses.
My mother used critical points in my young life to drive home these timeless values that shaped my personality and work ethic – hard work, commitment, resilience, integrity, charity and an unshakable faith in God.
What genre do you write?
My first book is an abridged or adapted memoir. I will continue writing non-fiction on business, personal growth and development.
What do you like about writing in this genre?
I want my readers to connect to the realities of the world around them. I want to provide practical and easy-to-implement advice. I believe that growth stems from mastering the basics. And writing a memoir, then business and personal development books will resonate will readers’ real-life challenges and aspirations.
Who is your favourite author?
I read widely, but these authors are my favorite. John C. Maxwell, Sir Ken Robinson, Bishop T D Jakes, Brene Brown, Darren Hardy and James Clear.
What are you currently working on?
My next book is on leadership transitions. I am distilling my experience of making over eight geographical transitions, five major career promotions over 25+ years of working experience. I hope my experiences mixed with proven theories and principles, will help young and aspiring business leaders transition successfully into newer and more significant roles.
What are your plans for the next year in your writing career?
I plan to publish two books in the next 12 months, build my personal brand and establish a coaching practice.