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Aww Shift

Aug 23, 2021

In today's episode, our guest is Anna Nyakana, an Award-Winning and Bestselling Author, Motivational Speaker, and Business Owner of NiyahZuri Books NiyahZuri Studios. She grew up in Connecticut and pursued writing and musical skills, but she ventured more beneficial for people's world. She started with children's books and is impacting not just kids but also adults.

[8:23] Why should we listen to you?

I'm a radical. I'm here to tell you that everything you may have thought is probably not true. The way that the world is formed against you. But I'm here to tell you that everything is working in your favor. So you're going to want to listen.

[5:36]How did you get to the point that you are impacting lives?

Understanding that I had a purpose and a destiny, and I was the only one who was standing in my way. Realizing that the only thing standing in between me reaching my fullest self was myself,

[13:28] Aww Shift Bad Moments 

In the neighborhood where I grew up, somebody told me that I only have three or four options in life: to become a young mother, sell drugs or join a gang, or end up in jail or dead. There weren't a lot of options in the neighborhood that I grew up in. We did not have any options to choose life. I got all the rejections from publishers and everyone when I wanted to create change and the impact that I wanted to impart. 

[16:58] Critical Moment

I was on Sirius XM radio and the Amazing Karen Hunter Show. That was so profound for me at that point in my career because she seldom had authors on her show, let alone someone who's an independent author that showed me that the work that I was doing so far, not only just in my state but now it's jumping state, nationally. People were paying attention, and it was making an impact.

[19:58] How do you infuse your work with adults? 

Making sure I'm constantly staying active, tapping into the tribe, giving daily doses of gems and fundamentals, and empowering. The Nizari movement is a daily dose of encouraging everyone to get out of their way, create that shift, be purposeful in their lives, and understand the value they are mattering in everything they're doing every day.


[25:23] What Mountains are you climbing now in your life? 

I've been creating a whole new set of understandings. When you reach that personal summit, you can now take a moment to look outwardly and see how far you've climbed. You look down at the value below that you're in maybe some months, or some years ago, you can see also who's underneath. I'm reaching a peak right now, personally, and I know once I get that peak, it's not going to be the end. For me, it's just the beginning.

[31:31] What promise did God make to the world when He created you?

I'm here to save the youth. But first, I need to learn how to save myself and teach others to do the same.


Key Quotes

[9:28-9:32] "the only thing standing in between me reaching my fullest self was myself"

[16:02- 16:03] "In a sea of no, I chose to give myself the Yes."


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