I love to read and at any given moment, if you were to ask me what book I am reading, I would likely respond “several”. Reading is fundamental to civilized societies and one of the best skills to improve the quality of life. For entrepreneurs reading industry specific corporate memoirs and start-up how-tos is one of the best ways to learn. Fiction also has an important role in providing creative insight to seemingly impossible situations. And let’s face it, entrepreneurs are dreamers who learn from the best and find ways to achieve the unachievable.
One such entrepreneur is Yahaya Baruwa of Toronto, Canada. The 27-year-old Nigerian-Canadian graduated from York University, a promise made to his father to pursue his education, while working on another dream which was to become an established writer.
“I decided that I wanted to write a novel as a challenge for myself; a way to touch, move and inspire one million everyday individuals with the courage to take steps towards their own dreams,” Says Baruwa.
Well, now that the novel has been written and thousands of copies have been sold, Baruwa has come to the Kickstarter community to achieve the next milestone—a Guinness World Record. His novel, Struggles of a Dreamer: The Battle between a Dream and a Tradition, will be the premise of the attempted world record, which is the world’s largest published novel.
The idea was originally a guerrilla marketing tactic for his novel. Baruwa shares his inspiration for the idea as his “deep desire to share my novel with readers in a truly original and maybe a little bit crazy way”.
The specifications for the Baruwa’s world record book are 8.5 feet high by 5.5 feet wide. When open, the book will reach 11 feet in width. The larger-than-life novel will include all 200 pages made from strong synthetic paper and bound with nylon stitching. The cover will be printed in color on an aluminum composite material.
Baruwa is an example of entrepreneurial go-getter-ness (what, you didn’t know that was a word). He wanted to become an author so he wrote a book. He wanted to break a Guinness World Record so he made a BIG book. If you want to be an entrepreneur you need to be like Baruwa (or Nike) and just do it. Being afraid of the unknown is why most people are not entrepreneurs.
“I titled the novel Struggles of a Dreamer—we all have dreams and we all endure some type of struggle as we pursue those dreams,” encourages Baruwa. I would like to echo this by saying what an inspiration Yahaya Baruwa is. He came from humble beginnings and is a dreamer but he has a vision to channel those dreams.
And the courage to follow your dreams will always provide the POP that you need to stand out in life—happy and fulfilled.
Struggle of a Dreamer’s Kickstarter Campaign Page
Struggles of a Dreamer’s Website