We had the good fortune of connecting with Kinyo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kinyo, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
Focus on One Thing…?? I feel that is among the most impractical advices that is offered. Nobody is able to do one thing. Every single occupation is a collection of dozens of activities. I think what is more important is creating the context for your specific preferred variety of operations. For many there are clear collections of operations. Modern life is adding new essential operations everyday. Using “Video Conferencing” Applications is not easy, but it’s important.
I think the correct advice would be organize your focus, and make sure it is sustainable. Sustainability extends across many areas. If you’re great at your job, but having life issues, it’s a problem. If you’re great at exactly half of each it’s a problem as well. So you have to look at everything you are committing to and design a system that allows you to “synergize” your operations.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My poetry is hard for me to explain. I think that I keep my self insulated from direct observation of my own art. I know that it is a communication of my values. I love beauty, I love God, I love knowledge and science. I’ve learned from pain, I’ve learned from mistakes, I’ve learned from discipline, I’ve learned from order.
I think these values are what other people Identify with. I also aim at an airy kind deepness that provides a calm clarity. These are just my thoughts though, I feel others will take the “absolute value” (math term) of the communication.
A poet is a poet as soon as he thinks of himself as a poet. The question is what happens after that. I’ve self-published 13 books, started several almost dozens of brands, and I’m currently operating a portfolio brands and properties. That may sound glamorous, while I’ve constructed tools to maintain freedom and distribution, but I what is built must become real. I don’t feel I’ve fully realized my career, but my dreams are fully engaged, and I’ll publish another book as soon as I can 🙂
I sold my first business when I was 18. That let me know that I could build and sell. Those have been my two main areas of education. There are no limits to what you can build, and you have to know what and when to sell. I’m a life long student in those to areas.
When I started Project Forward I think God was putting my on a life journey of building my passions into something that could help communities. Since then it’s become a platform for my dreams to become reality.
I want people to come check out my brand, because I think they might find something they like. I like cool ideas, futuristic distribution, and creative people. I’m also curious about other people’s ideas!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First tip is getting on the public transit. Public transportation is some of the coolest parts of traveling. Denver has a really cool system. I’m all about niche self discovery, lol. So I’d say hope on the train and find random stops to walk around on and buy food. Make sure to always be safe and use google to help find the types of food you like to eat. There’s so much do discover in a city of creative people.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents. My father came to America from Nigeria to study at UC Berkley, my Mother joined him later. My older brother came with her. 8 years later I was born. Growing up watching my parents, being nurtured by them, and learning from them is my single greatest advantage. Even before my first day of school, I think I had learned a system for interacting with the world. Investigating things that allow investigation, and managing obstacles that would come my way. I can’t say what exactly I gained from any single thing they did, but an impression was made. Both of my parents are entrepreneurs, and professionals, and consistent members in Christian communities. When I was young they were in a period of growth, I had three older siblings, and at a time they were both enrolled in continuing higher education. Knowledge, wisdom, and cleverness were accommodating habits to life, and yet the speed of our family culture left me with plenty of autonomy. While that didn’t translate to institutional academic success, it gave me space to lay foundation deeply grounded in my own process.
Other: Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/kinyohq/id1201008186 Project Forward: https://www.projectforward.tv/