November 6, 2012

Godly Government eBook Soft Launch!!

Hello my lovely Subscribers, Followers, Visitors, and Friends!

You are all most welcome to my blog site.  I’m going to pause my Platform mini-series to let you know some VERY EXCITING news—today is the release of my very first book: Godly Government!

Godly Government is an eBook which is broken down into three sections: 1) “Godly Government” which is a chapter from my forthcoming book The Final Hour (you’ll be hearing more about that book in the near future), 2) similar articles written by yours truly for the What Say Ye? Column of Shulamite Women Community Magazine (SWCM), as well as a 3) Prayer Guide Index for our president, nation, economy, etc.  I believe that this short, yet poignant eBook is a message to our nation (and other nations) about what how God would have His Church on the earth to vote, act, and respond to the current political situations we find ourselves in.

Godly Government is being “soft launched” today on the Shulamite Women website.  I want to take this moment to give a big shout out and thank you to the Publisher of Shulamite Women, founder of Divine Works Publishing House, as well as the head of Divine Graphix Inc.  Without her I truly could not—and would not—have completed this project!

You can purchase your very own copy of Godly Government at the Shulamite Women Online Store at Noon EST today (11.6.12) for just $10.00 with a **special rate of $5.00 for all government students/educators**!  Aren’t you excited??  I am!

Today is also the kick-off of Godly Government’s Blog Campaign wherein all of the participants will be tweeting, Facebooking, blogging, pinning, etc. their honest reviews of my eBook.  I’ve also created a Facebook Event Page for the launch as well.  Please be sure to “attend” and let all your Facebook friends know!

I hope you’ll tell all of your family, friends, acquaintances, pastors, etc. about this book project.  I certainly believe in it and think you will too!

Please be sure to “like” my new Facebook authoress page, subscribe to my new authoress blog, and follow me on Twitter if you don’t already.

I can’t wait to hear from all of you about your thoughts on Godly Government!

Most Warmly,

Desiree, xx

October 31, 2012

What Michael Hyatt’s New Book Platform Taught Me: Part III

Hello All,

Today we’re focusing on Part III of Michael Hyatt’s “social media networking and marketing bible” (or at least that’s what I call it!): Platform.  I’d you’d like to get caught up to speed, you can also read Part I and Part II.  No matter what your Platform is, Michael Hyatt’s wisdom will help YOU create and maintain it.

In this post, we’ll be focusing on the gems of wisdom that stood out to me most in Part III: “Build Your Home Base.”  We already made sure to “Start with Wow” in Part I and prepared to launch in Part II.  I found this section of the book to be particularly packed with information I needed to know or relearn starting with the types of marketing I engage in.

 

Focus Your Efforts Online

For someone who doesn’t have the funds they would like to have, this chapter is important.  I’ll even go as far to say that if you have the funds you’d like, it still won’t make the best impact and give you your money’s worth if you’re not spending on the right things and putting it in the right place(s).

Internet marketing is the next best thing to word-of-mouth marketing as it concerns reach and cost.  It costs you nothing to tweet.  It also costs you nothing (or a little bit) to maintain a professional page on Facebook.  Pinterest, personal blogs, etc. the list goes on.  These are all free outlets to use as “borrowed platforms” for your brand and products.

You can also start implementing cost-efficient advertising with the likes of Google Adwords, Facebook, and other similar options.

 

Create the Content Yourself

Unless I ask someone to guest on my blog, I will never have someone pushing out content for me as a rule.  The only exception to this would be if I hired an intern or other team member for one of my growing enterprises—yet they would still represent themselves on behalf of the my company—not as a ghost-blogger, tweeter, etc.

Michael Hyatt’s very keen on this point: if you’re not going to maintain your blog (or Twitter account) yourself, then don’t bother at all.  People will interpret a ghost-blogger, etc. inauthentic and it will ultimately hurt your brand.

 

Create a Better About Page

This is something I have to work on myself.  My About Pages read just like a bio that you would have in the back of your book, submitted alongside and press release, almost like a resume in prose.  Ouch.

Michael elaborates on the fact that an About Page should be written in first person (yes, this is against EVERYTHING your English teachers and professors taught you!).  It should also be written in a conversational tone which is much harder to do in second or third person.

Your About Page should be about what the reader wants to know as well as what you want them to know about you and your blog.  It should also invite them to subscribe to your blog.  This is a no-brainer, yet so overlooked in many About Pages.

He also gives other wonderful ideas, but I’ll let you buy the book to check out those.

You may also view Michael’s About Page for reference here.

 

Build a Speaking Page

Now I literally just finished Marshawn Evans//ME University’s Ready 2 Speak tele-event (conference call) and it was all about the importance of pushing aside fear and all of its tactics, preparing yourself, and embracing the voice and message which God has entrusted YOU to deliver to the world.  She also has a brand new boot camp, Speak 4 Pay, which you may register for here.  (Trust me, it’s worth every penny!)

While in Miami, FL at my spiritual father’s conference, his good friend, Dr. Renny McLean spoke these words: have faith in your voice.

Now, if you’re reading my blog, tempted to purchase Platform, or have some other type of business, book, ministry, or invention, you must prepare yourself to speak that which God has given you to the world.

Proverbs 18:16 tells us that a man (or woman’s) gift makes room for them and brings them before great men.

This is the essence of Platform and preparing yourself to speak to these “great men” will not only expand your Platform, it will expand your wallet!  It will also place you in a position of authority that others will position themselves to learn and glean from.

Isn’t that the point of everything we’re doing?  Preacher or curator, author or inventor, it is our job to do our part to get the word out and God will do the rest through divine appointments, connections, and more.  Building a Speaking Page will encourage those who didn’t consider your speaking abilities to explore them and invite you.  Others will be happy to find if because they were expecting this “product” from you all along.  Do you really want to disappoint them?

As my new eBook Godly Government releases (more info to come soon!) on Election Day 2012, it is my opportunity to start building, not only a writing, but speaking Platform for myself.  Creating a Speaking Page on my blogs will help push me mentally, emotionally, and logically in that direction.

Please see Michael’s Speaking Page here.

Tune in next week for more wisdom from Platform and until then, PLEASE be sure to visit Michael Hyatt’s site and buy your very own copy of Platform!

 

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October 24, 2012

What Michael Hyatt’s New Book Platform Taught Me: Part II

This week we’re discussing Michael Hyatt’s new book Platform and some pointers that stood out to me as a soon-to-be-published author, blogger, columnist, and entrepreneur.  I know that if his book helped me, it will help you as well and I want to shout it from the rooftops that Platform is what I consider the “social media networking and marketing bible!”  If you don’t have your own copy, PLEASE get it today!

Today we’re discussing Part II of Platform which is entitled “Prepare to Launch.”  We already discussed “Part I: Start with Wow” and will now focus on getting that “wow” ready for the world to see.

 

Create an Elevator What?!  An Elevator Pitch. 

Before picking up Platform, I had never heard the term “elevator pitch.”  An elevator pitch is a “short summary of your product offering, including your target market (the people most likely to become your customers) and your value proposition (what you have to offer those customers).”  This consists of 4 integral components—which I will not list here (buy the book!), but I will show you what mine looks like and you can glean from there.

1) I have written a new book called The Final Hour: [Understanding the Mandates and Position of the Church].  2) It is written for anyone in church and government leadership as well as anyone with a call to ministry on any level.  3) I teach my readers three things: the mandates and mantels upon the Church, the strongmen and strongholds against the Church, and the glory of God in the last hour of the Church.  4) I thoroughly breakdown how each point operates as well as how it applies to each and every one of us. 

Elevator pitches are meant to be memorized—organically, not robotically—so when you do find yourself on an “elevator,” escalator, plane, etc., you’ll be able to “pitch” your product.  It’s brilliant really.

 

More Chinese: “Online Media Kit.”

This section of Michael’s book “Chapter 16: Develop an Online Media Kit,” he discusses several components, that—I don’t know about you—but I need to implement and update.  Some particular pointers that stood out to me are:

  • Navigation in the Table of Contents:

I thought this pointer was nifty as well.  To my knowledge, I am not currently able to employ this on my blogsite, but once I get a stationary website, this is definitely something I’ll consider adding.  Just like in a book, a Table of Contents helps one to “navigate” where they want to go, whether it’s reading in order or going straight to that section that stands out to them.  It is the same on a website accept instead of telling you where to navigate, it does the navigating for you!

You can see Michael’s Table of Contents on his Speaking Page.

  • Interviewer Resources:

I thought this was so nifty because sometimes interviewers may not exactly know what makes you, your product/ministry/organization/company/etc. special in the world.  So this is where you help them out by steering them in the right direction.  It comes to mind that this could help to steer away individuals who may not want relevant interviews done with you (i.e. “messy” interviewers—people who want dirt on you, people who are in irrelevant fields to yours and your interests, etc.).

  • “Wall of Fame”:

Some of you may refer to this as your testimonials, reviews, etc., but the concept is the same.  Dedicate a place on your website to the “raving reviews” of your clients, customers, patrons, etc.  It works just like it does when you’re shopping online.  The likelihood that you buy into a brand or product that has great reviews is much better than the same that has either no reviews or, worse, bad reviews!  Employ these reviews to serve as references for you and your brand.  Can’t go wrong with word-of-mouth-marketing!

Welp, I hope this helps you.  Next week, we’ll go onto Platform: Part III.  And please, please, please buy your very own copy of Platform!

 

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October 16, 2012

What Michael Hyatt’s New Book Platform Taught Me: Part I

Some of you may or may not know that I follow Michael Hyatt, former CEO and current Chairman of Thomas Nelson, on his blog. (I highly recommend that you subscribe to it as well.) But what you may not know is that he is the author of the new, highly acclaimed book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. I’ve read this phenomenal book and consider it the “social media networking and marketing bible.” Yep. It’s just that wonderful.

Platform is divided into five sections and thanks to my pc crashing, I was able to read it—and take mad notes, doing several bits of “upgrading homework”—in 6 days. Basically, I took a section a day and let it all sink in. I recommend you do the same or if you busier than I was while reading it—which most of you are—you can read one or two of the bite-sized chapters a day. Each chapter is the length of a blog post which makes for great, quick reading.

I’ll be devoting my next five posts to Platform and what I gleaned most from it. I hope it helps you and encourages you in your own endeavors.

• The Ins and Outs of the WOW Factor.

Chapters 2: “Bake in the Wow” and 3: “Exceed Market Expectations” focus greatly on the “wow experience” and overall, outdoing yourself in the process of presenting your “compelling product” (see Chapter 1: “Create a Compelling Product”) to the world. The “wow factor” should be a given, yet for many it is not.

In Chapter 2, Michael illustrates a meeting with his team wherein he asked them all to think of a wow factor in their own lives—the birth of a child, an adrenaline rush, travelling abroad, etc.—and to brainstorm a list of what each experience had in common. The purpose of the list was to create a list of wow factor pointers that could be translated to the marketing and presentation of your product whether it be a new book or innovative creation. Whatever you offer—even if it’s yourself (your personal brand)—you should always have a wow factor.

• Hold Out for the Wow.

As the former CEO of Thomas Nelson with years upon years of experience in publishing, Michael Hyatt is no stranger to various mindsets and events that cause one to come up with a non-wow-factor-product. Time constraints, family emergencies, unforeseen circumstances/factors, etc. Michael is no stranger to any of them. Yet at the end of the day he recognizes that whatever excuse we have, it’s not good enough to present a product that simply isn’t ready. Don’t move on to the next project. Don’t comfort yourself with excuses. Work until you reach perfection. Nothing else is acceptable.

How many of us are guilty of the same thing? How many of us turn in projects that are half-heartedly done and hope our clients won’t notice? How many of us try to pretend that the clients are the ones with an issue because they aren’t happy with the completion of their project? You could have looked over it one more time. You could have scheduled more time to complete the project. You could have…so why didn’t you? There is never an excuse for presenting something less than excellent. (See Chapters 4: “Beware of Obstacles” and 5: “Don’t Settle for Less than Great.”)

• What’s in a Name? EVERYTHING.

Shakespeare posed this question before anyone else.

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” (Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet”)

Well whether or not a rose named a “skunk thistle” would smell as sweet, most of us wouldn’t bother to find out. Why? Because we are innately prejudiced as human beings. If something sounds nice, we presume that it is nice. Similarly, if something sounds bad or tacky or cheap, then we presume that it is. Hence the importance of a name.

Whether it’s a book, business, or Bar-B-Que recipe, it must sound enticing to the people you want it to entice. If the name of my new book (#thefinalhour, *crossing fingers* soon to be published) doesn’t cause my target demographic/audience to run out and buy it and tell their friends about it, then the name is a failure. “Give your product a memorable name.” (See Chapter 6.) Otherwise, no one will bother to find out what it is.

Platform is AMAZING. I’ve recommended it several times over to friends and social media followers. I hope you all will run out and buy it today either in stores or online. What do you all think about Platform: Part I? Are these pointers you can agree with and relate to? Let me know!

Buy Platform.

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September 26, 2012

Believing the Promise

“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45)

I came across this verse the other day in my daily Chronological Study Bible (NKJV) reading and although I’d read it many times before, it stood out to me as never before.  I wanted to weep because of the powerful impact the verse had on me.  The Word of God literally transformed from a logos (written word) to a rhema (living word) before my very eyes!  This, for me, was a seal of God’s approval on my current life situation as well as an encouragement to keep believing and trusting in His Word.  The next verse in my mind and words out of my mouth were, “Lord, I believe!  Help my unbelief!”  Have you ever been there before?

Professional Matters

In March of this year, I felt the need to visit my spiritual father.  I needed to hear a word from him that would speak into and transform my situation.  Real talk: being a twenty-something running your own business and building your own literary platforms is NOT easy.  Yet I knew that that was what God had called me to do.  Spiritually, I was sure, yet realistically I looked crazy.  (You don’t have to be a Christian to feel this way, only a visionary.)

In November of 2011, a friend-of-a-friend offered me a very lucrative position in his company that suited the terms I was looking for job-wise (I was trying to set aside my business to look for a regular, temporary 9 to 5).  Indeed it seems that he actually set up the position with me in mind.  Yet, immediately after hanging up the phone with him, I had this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that I knew meant I wasn’t supposed to take the job.  Logically, everything about the job made sense—the ability to work remotely, the money, the employer, etc.—yet I knew spiritually, I wasn’t supposed to take it.  I had no reason, no facts to back up my decision; only a feeling.

When it came time to start explaining why I wasn’t taking the job—never easy when loved ones are involved—I was at a loss.  I was able to explain to my friend whose friend had suggested the position in the first place and he—after thorough questioning—left the matter to my judgment.  However, my beloved mentor did not respond so well.

Months later, after I thought an understanding had been reached, he informed that he believed I had “missed it.”  With all the love of a concerned father and friend, his words were not intended to harm or hurt, but they did.  Yet I knew what I believed and despite the looks of my situation, I stuck to my guns.  Fast forward to visiting my spiritual father.

I got EXACTLY what I needed from God!  He gave my pastor the words I needed that would seal my actions and push me further in the right direction:

“I (God) didn’t call you to work for man; I called you to work for Me.  I have called you to have your own business….I am going to give you ideas—every one is a business; write them down.”

It confirmed to me, not only my decision to pass up the job offer, but also the future of my company and the expansions, ideas, and inventions thereof!  What an awesome word!

When God gives you a word, it will always be better, smarter, and wiser, than any piece of advice or direction your advisors, colleagues, and loved ones can give.  Even if the world disagrees with you (which it often will), you must remain true to God’s Word!

 

Personal Matters

Professional matters are not the only areas in which God can give you promises.  More often than not, it has to do with some area of your personal life: relationships, family, friends, ministry, etc.  I will not bore you with the details of my personal promises, but I will say this: just as all of Herod’s army was released to murder every single male-child aged two and under in attempt to kill Jesus, Satan too will release every distraction and destruction possible against you to discourage you from believing in and thus, receiving the fruit of your promise.

Just think about this: when the Virgin Mary was being prophesied to by her cousin Elizabeth in Luke 1:45, she was living in a time when young women were stoned to death for sex outside of marriage—which is what most people would assume the teen had participated in, Mary’s divine conception did not appear to be a blessing or realistic.  The only other logical alternative to Mary willfully fornicating would have been that she was raped, and with imaginations running rampant, people probably would have assumed little Mary was raped by a Roman soldier.  Basically, unless she moved somewhere people didn’t know her, Mary’s reputation was totally shot.  This is exactly what the enemy would love to do to your reputation.

Satan would love to cause you to doubt in the Word of the Lord for your life, but if you give in, you’ll be guilty of doubt which is the opposite of faith without which it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  Dwelling in doubt will cause you to speak words that cancel out God’s promises and you don’t want that.  Instead of giving into Satan’s deception of doubt, take your cue from me (and the man in the Bible) and cry out, “Lord, I believe!  Help my unbelief!”  That way, you admit your faith and ask God to increase it at the same time!  God will ALWAYS cause His word to come to past.  And when it does, you will indeed experience the “fulfillment of those things which were told” to you!

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September 13, 2012

Need Inspiration?? Walk Away

Some people may consider this a horrible trait of mine, but in this season where I am not married and have no children, I often stay up ‘til the wee smas of the morning after a long day in my home office and read.  If I log off a couple hours earlier than usual, then I’ll head downstairs for some grub and, yes, a little movie/TV R&R—and then I head back upstairs to read.  It’s my little escape that keeps my mind off my company, blogs, columns, and social media outlets.  It’s these escapes that provide me with a bit of inspiration for the next day or for a new idea.  How do you get inspired?

DA Weddings Inspiration

On Monday I made a run to my local county library and left with 7 DVDs and 3 books.  Needless to say, my R&R will be particularly exciting over the next span of weeks and months! But this time it wasn’t the Lady of Avalon from Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon series, Farmer Giles of Ham by Tolkien, or The King’s Speech that inspired me, but Barbara Streisand in Hello Dolly!, that fabulous period musical directed by the late, great Gene Kelly.

I have ALWAYS been in love with (Barbara and) the golden gilded gown she dons for her appearance at the HarmoniaGardens in turn-of-the-century New York City.  It was this gown that inspired today’s wedding blog post.  My inspiration comes from ALL OVER so I just try to keep my eyes open and record my thoughts before I forget them.  You too can do this.

DA Luxury Inspiration

I may not indulge in too many little luxuries or spending sprees these days, but one of the luxuries I’ve maintained since my college years was my magazine subscriptions: usually Harper’s Bazaar, but also currently Marie Claire (my first subscription to them), Marie Claire @Work (if you ladies haven’t checked this new publication out, you should!), TOWN & COUNTRY, Elle Decor (Elle soon to come as well), and Latina that somehow wound up in my mailbox, but pleases me just the same.

Note: I RARELY purchase magazines off the rack unless it’s the occasional Martha Stewart Weddings or BRIDE’S Magazine from the airport convenience store.  With the great single and dual magazine subscription deals which are only a tiny fraction of the cost of actually purchasing the subscription off the rack as well as the plethora of magazine apps, there’s no need to pay full price unless you just feel like wasting money.  But back to the topic at hand….

Flipping through the magazines gives me the inspiration I need for things like my new blog DA Luxury or for products I would personally like to produce in the future.  Whether it’s a new jeweler like Efva Attling from Stockholm, Sweden (Harper’s Bazaar, September 2012), Aerin Lauder’s new venture (TOWN & COUNTRY September 2012), or new home and office décor from Restoration Hardware’s Big Style, Small Spaces.  Many of these individuals/products/pieces will be featured in my blog or added to my personal or corporate vision board for the future.

God Idea Inspiration

Sometimes reading or hearing about what someone else has done is very encouraging and a source of motivation for you.  If Kim Kardashian can make it with nothing but a pretty face and a hustle, can’t I who actually has talent?  If a college [drop-out] can create Microsoft or Facebook, can’t I create something equally or more useful and desirable?  What is awesome and sucks about all those particular products out there; can’t I take the best and worst of both worlds and create something much better?  The list goes on.  You never know what you see, hear, or do that may lead you to you next “God idea.”

Maybe you’re like RHONJ’s Teresa Giudice and know that you don’t want your new cocktail to be “diety” like Bethenny Frankel’s Skinny Girl cocktail supposedly is.  (Think this to yourself—do not trash talk your competition out loud, and certainly not on a national/international level!)  Maybe you want to combine the Martha Stewart of Generation Y.  Maybe you’re a man who wants to break the “gay male event planner” stereotype.  Do it!  If it is truly your passion and you have God’s seal of approval—regardless of what anyone says or thinks—you will succeed in His perfect timing.

Keep your eyes open to unlikely inspiration.  It doesn’t have to be deep, hidden, or mystical.  It can be as plain as watching your favourite commercial on TV or walking your dog in the park.  Whatever it is, pray that God would bring you God ideas—and that you actually see them.  If you are sincere in your petition, God will answer you!  Take heart: the worse the economy, the more God will want to bless His children financially!

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September 4, 2012

Guest Post: What Gabby Douglas Showed ME about Elevating Your Influence

Stewarding your gift means putting yourself in a position to be heard. And if there’s anyone who can model that for us, it’s Gabby Douglas. Now, face it, you probably didn’t know who she was two months ago. I know I didn’t…

But by now we all have heard her story: She trusted her calling, she put in the work, she prepared and prepared, she prayed and she showed up in London in the absolute fullness of her gift. When the time came to perform, she sent the blessings up to God and they fell back down upon her.

At 4’11 and the age of 16, Gabby has stood on the global stage and put herself in a position to be heard. She’s taken her “royal” position as a minister to the world.

And here’s what I believe this spirited and courageous young firecracker  can teach us visionary leaders and dreamers about the marketplace…

Hire a Good Coach. “I’ve got to get a coach I can believe in, and who believes in me,” Gabby told her mom two years ago. She left home and went to live with a family she’d never met in Iowa, because her new coach had a gym there. She made her decision—and that was that. She was lonely. She was homesick. And she stuck it out for her dream, with a coach who believed in her. Have you made the decision to invest in a coach who believes in your dream?

Be Consistent. Gabby recognized her own gift (her mother reports she could do perfect cartwheels at the age of 3) and said YES to her dream. God chose her and she owned it. You know how I like to say, Many are called, but few choose to answer that call? Well, she did, again and again and again. Former Olympian Kerri Strug wrote, “Gabby held her lead by staying dedicated to what she could control—her own skills and routines.” Where do you need to be more consistent, show more effort, be more dedicated?

Live in Faith. When you walk in pursuit of your purpose, you will be protected. Gabby moved 3,000 miles from home at age 14—and found a loving “second family” who took awesome care of her. Her mom emailed a scripture every day before practice. In an interview, Gabby said, “I wanted to perform for sharing God’s glory. When you’re scared of [learning a new] skill you just have to rely on God. He hasn’t given us a spirit of fear but a spirit of peace, love and sound mind. If I keep falling… I meditate. We have to put on the full armor of God so we are ready and prepared.” When fear knocks at your door, how do you strengthen your faith?

The promise is waiting for you. Thanks for showing us how it works, Gabby.

 

About the Author

Marshawn Evans is a Global Mentor and Catalyst for Women looking to Launch Their Dreams and Live Their Purpose. She equips others to AMPLIFY their lives, their leadership and their legacy by teaching the principles of influence, branding, and divine purpose. Her weekly eZine goes out to thousands of subscribers. Are you ready to unleash your brilliance and align with your REAL destiny? Sign up for a FREE subscription at http://marshawnevans.com.

 

See Also: “The Gift of Elevation

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August 29, 2012

What Obama’s America 2016 Taught Me about Entrepreneurialism

My father and I went to see Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie based off of his book: Obama’s America 2016 and I admit, it chilled me to the bone.  Uniquely researched, precisely prophetic, and overall an excellent film, I recommend it to each and every one of you.  And although 2016 was a political documentary, there are some points in it that I believe every entrepreneur and writer can learn from and employ in their own career practices.

History Matters

The absentee father, the activist mother, the questionable “Founding Fathers”…these are those who formulate the history of President Obama.  Good, bad, or ugly (in nature, not appearance), these individuals made our president who he is.

His mother, despite the temporary existence of an Indonesian stepfather, praised Barack Obama Sr. to their son despite his bigamy, despite his absence, despite his true character, she created a laudable figure for the young fatherless boy to cling to and cling he does, even to this day.

His maternal grandfather introduced “Barry” Obama to the first of many unsavoury characters who would come to form what D’Souza “affectionately” refers to as the president’s “Founding Fathers”.  People, events, and ideas shaped the history of the great nation that we are today and it is the same for the man comfortably seated in the Oval Office.

What is your history?  Whose influence makes you who you are today?  What kind of blood runs through your veins?  Were you conditioned to be hardworking and trustworthy or are you wishy-washy and self-centered?  Do you appreciate the morals and values you’ve been taught or do you hide certain belief systems when it’s not socially convenient?  What you are taught; what flows through your veins is exactly what your empire will be built upon.

Your Values=Your Motivation

D’Souza relied heavily on President Obama’s book: Dreams from My Father for the documentation of his own book.  He points out intelligently that the book is entitled Dreams from my Father, not “Dreams of my Father” indicating that the president’s book—and, in fact, his entire life and career—is based off of his father’s dreams; not the American Dream; not a personal dream, but a paternal dream.  There is nothing wrong with this in and of itself; however, the substance of the dream(s) is what makes it good or bad.  It is the motivation behind every speech and decision made from the Oval Office that drives Barack Hussein Obama Jr. to be who he wants to be and to make America into what he thinks it should be.

So the important question is what are your values?  Whose values drive you, your business, or your literature?  Hopefully, you are not basing your goals off of someone else’s unrealised dream or something with no true substance.  Are your values godly?  Do they concern excellence, honesty, servant-leadership and other important qualities or are they more superficial or godless in nature?  You decide.  But whatever you decide will permeate through whatever you build.

Honesty Counts

At one point of the film, Dinesh speak about President Obama’s pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and the aftermath following the distance made between the two of them following the Reverend’s “God damn America” comments.

President Obama: “You know what your problem is?”

Reverend Wright: “What’s my problem?”

President Obama: “You have to tell the truth.”

Reverend Wright: “That’s a pretty good problem to have.”

Agree or disagree with Rev. Wright (and just for the record, I disagree strongly), he is true to what he believes and maintains that honesty with everyone he encounters.  President Obama—and many politicians—change as the scenery dictates.  Obama doesn’t just adjust to suit his surroundings, he transforms and there is distinct difference between the two.

When Rev. Wright became an embarrassment to the soon-to-be-president, he “put him away” as an archaic man or king would put away a shameful or barren wife.  It didn’t matter that the president actually agrees with his pastor; he would rather present a carefully fabricated façade to present that is more wholesome and American in nature to secure his presidency.  And guess what?  It worked.  Yet now, he’s got numerous groups of people—many of which voted him into office—that are displeased with his unfulfilled promises and beginning to see him for who he really is.

Honesty is important.  Honesty does matter.  People still get mad when their trust is broken or disproven.  Is this how your clients feel about you?  Do you overpromise and under-deliver?  Do you promise them one thing and give them another?  Do you have hidden fees and rates that snag your customers and leave them angry and upset?  Or do you give your clients what they expect?  Your personal and corporate level of honesty matters to your clients and if you or your employees develop a reputation of under-delivering and dishonesty, then your best and free marketing—word of mouth—will advertise an undesirable—although earned—presentation of your business.  Is that what you really want?

Cultivate honesty; it’ll take you further and farther than you could ever imagine.

Things Are Not What They Appear

A carefully crafted image; an award-winning piece of fiction.  This is the increasingly clear picture that we are drawing from our president.  Important sealed records, “authentic” birth certificates, denials of close associations…  D’Souza’s film answers a lot of questions that the American people have or should have about our president (his family, friends, upbringing, worldview, etc.).  In truth, the man we elected was an enigma—a beautiful enigma—but an enigma just the same.  We didn’t really know anything about him or what made him who he is.  We only knew what we were allowed to know.

Crafting a reputation or appearance is not a bad thing.  However, there is a thin line between “putting your best foot forward” and putting a false foot forward.  It’s like make-up: make-up is meant to be an enhancement, an accessory if you will, of what is already there; it is not meant to be a full-on mask to transform completely what is seen.

Be sure that the image you personally and corporately present is, in fact, who and what you are as a person and entity; not a completely other person/entity.

Hope Sells

President Obama was elected on hope.  “Hope” in “Change” and moving “Forward” are natural desires and inclinations.  We want change and we want to move forward.  These are natural desires and inclinations of any human being.  Hope will always sell.

Do you sell hope?  If so, what kind of hope are you selling?  The hope that you will look better, sound better, or be better after purchasing your products or reading your books?  Is it the hope that this product will boost your business your hone your ministerial skills?  Hope is important.  Without it, you don’t really have anything that’s worth selling.  Just make sure that your product is actually worth selling (or worth writing).  You don’t want to disappoint your client’s hope in your or your company.

Love him, hate him, Dinesh D’Souza’s 2016 film is a must-see and will teach you a lot about a lot.  History, values, honesty, hope (or the lack thereof), this is what makes you the person and brand that you are.

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August 22, 2012

The Gift of Elevation

This afternoon I was reading through my awesome NKJV Chronological Study Bible when this verse jumped out at me:

“Do you see a man who excels in his work?  He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men,” (Proverbs 22:29).

Now being that I’ve been walking in the Lord (pronounced “Lawd”) for the majority of my 26 years (since the age of 7), so I’ve read this verse several times, but it stood out to me particularly today.

It speaks of a man (or woman) who is greatly talented—maybe in one area, maybe in more—and because of that great gifting God has given him (or her) access to “stand before kings”.

Standing before Kings

When I look at the phrase standing before kings, I think of several things such as the people you “stand” before:

  • Royalty
  • Politicians & Judges
  • Corporate Moguls
  • Celebrities, Athletes & Entertainers, etc.

I also think about what the term “stand” implicates.

  • To Meet, Become Acquainted
  • To Network
  • To Speak & Preach
  • To Teach & Train
  • To Befriend
  • To Be Mentored

King Solomon had it down when he stated this verse.  He knew that the giftings God placed inside of us would be worthy of the great men and women He (God) would cause you to interact with on various levels.  He knew that the greatness of your gift would denote the greatness of the people in the you were literally made to stand before.  You WILL NOT [only] stand before unknown men.

We also know that when a thing is said once or twice, that it is established.  So I guess that it’s a good thing there’s another verse to back Proverbs 22:29 up.

“A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men,” (Proverbs 18:16).

Again, a person’s gift will literally create a time, place, and opportunity for you to stand before great men.

Real Life Examples

Marshawn Evans, ME University 

Marketplace Mentor, Reinvention Strategist, Author 

Site, Facebook Page, Twitter @marshawnevans 

I’m on a particularly exciting high right now due the free televent (conference call) Marshawn just hosted.  It was extremely inspiring!  Due to Marshawn’s mentoring from a distance, I was able to (finally) create a realistic Mission Statement for my life that helps to guide my decision and actions, started this blog, and wrote a book (353 pages and counting) that I am currently editing and looking for a publishing house to pick up.  All this and I haven’t even got the opportunity to buy her book SKIRTS in the Boardroom or attend one of her live events yet!

Officially, Marshawn Evans is a marketplace mentor and reinvention strategist who mainly deals with women, yet she is also a consultant who deals frequently with athletes, corporate giants and their businesses, and other high level individuals.  Marshawn has also finished as the third runner up in the Miss America pageant under the title as Miss District of Columbia (she won in the Talent & Interview segments) and starred in Donald Trump’s The Apprentice reality show.  Needless to say, Marshawn’s ability to take her wisdom, intelligence, and go-get-it spirit into a product that can be merchandised and also used to mentor other individuals on various levels has created a special niche in the world just for her.  If you’re not familiar with her, get familiar.  Her gifts will help you to realise your own.

Dr. Myles Munroe, Myles Munroe International

Kingdom Specialist, Government Consultant, Business Mentor, Author 

Site, Ministry Site, Facebook Profile & Page 

Dr. Myles Munroe is also another favourite of mine.   Defying the odds of his grade school teachers who told him he would never do anything, this determined man graduated from Oral Roberts University with not one, not two, but three Bachelors degrees at one time!  And that was just his undergrad studies!  I have sat under Dr. Munroe’s teachings theological and corporate teachings more times than I can count and read (and gotten autographed) more of his books than I can recall.  His influence during my formative college years into the present has produced in me a [Gospel of the] Kingdom mindset that is still continuing to form as I learn more and increase in wisdom.

Dr. Myles has the privilege of travelling the world translating his Kingdom principles into governmental trainings, corporate teachings, theological sermons, and phenomenal ministry products that world-renown individuals would pay any amount of money to receive in person.  Dr. Myles has stood before “great men”; he has literally been bestowed honours by the Queen of England; he has and is continuing to fulfill his purpose in the earth through the giftings God has placed within him.

Note that although your gift is meant and made to bring you before great men, that it does not mean you will never have a reason, need, or desire to stand before common men.  For if there was no one to provide you with a good and godly role model how could Marshawn and Dr. Myles have attained the heights they have?  Our common man, everyone who has a desire for more wisdom, more knowledge, and purpose will always need those who have mastered Proverbs 22:29 and 18:16 to teach them how to master it as well.  This example we get from the greatest and most gifted man to walk the earth, the Son of God: Jesus Christ.  His compassion moved Him always to minister to people whomever they were, wherever they were.  We should strive, even in all of our giftings to be just like Him.  God has given us each gifts and measures of gifts, therefore, we must be good stewards of that which God has given us and help to benefit, first the Church, then the world at large.  Without that goal in mind, our gifts would be entirely useless.

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August 15, 2012

What Inspires YOU??

I have always been inspired by the most outrageous and unconventional things.  I definitely DO NOT have a mind like anyone else.  My thinking process is random—and likely confusing, most often to my dad (sorry Daddy!)—because it comes off as “featherbrainedness”, randomness, improper thinking, when really, it’s just my brain making connections between things the most would not think of or pick up on.

Historical Inspiration

Example: Not long ago I was sitting watching Return to Cranford on Youtube and this thought-process overtook me.  Then my mind went to all the references of Beltane in The Mists of Avalon (the Arthurian Legend from the female point of view) by Marion Zimmer Bradley and it suddenly reminded me of the god of the Canaanites “Baal” also known as “Bel”.  Soon my research brought me to discover that it was, in fact, the Scottish god, “Belos”—derived from the Akkadian god “Bel”—who was the Baal of the Bible!  And now I’m dreaming of research projects and fellowships at Oxford of Cambridge!  (Hey, a gal can dream right?)

Wedding Inspiration

But my randomness and ability to be inspired also carries over greatly into my wedding obsession with DA Weddings.  You might think it odd, but one of my favourite furniture companies, Restoration Hardware, inspired a series of wedding inspirations I did.

The colours, the style, the design—all of it inspired various wedding themes.  I’m also inspired by songs, literary classics, outfits, and much more.

Your Inspiration

So here’s the big question: what inspires you YOU?  What brings you the inspiration when you write your own blogs, articles, and books?  What inspires your business decisions and inventions?  As some of you may remember in an earlier post on divine inspiration, I believe discussed the ability to sub-create (see Tolkien’s theory of Sub-Creation) which, summed up, is the ability for us to create in our own spheres of influence just like our Father God in Whose image and likeness we were created.  It is this same Father who gives us all good things, not just literal, but spiritual and mental too (James 1:17).  And not just that, but God also gives us the power to get wealth.

When people think about money, they usually think about just that—money and what they’d like to spend it on.  But it only makes logical sense to figure out where the money would come from and what will sustain all those exciting things you’d like to buy and, hopefully, invest in.

The power to get wealth is in the ideas, inventions, and enterprises that God is well able to give you so that you can fulfill your specific purpose in the world, fund the gospel as well as other charitable efforts, and yes, live comfortably.  God loves all of us; He actually likes His children.  It’s His good pleasure to give you all of the inspiration you need to employ your hands and fill your bank accounts.  He can bless you with:

  • Money Management Ideas (Stewardship)
  • Infant & Child-Raising Ideas
  • Educational Advancement Ideas
  • Governmental Policies & Community Ideas
  • Medical Discoveries & Advances
  • Artistic Creations
  • Inventions

These are just a few of the areas that God can give you ideas and inventions for.  Maybe you can already think of some other areas where God has inspired you, given you impressions, ideas to paten, clothing lines and accessories to create, and much more.  All you need do is ask God to lead you.

Set alone some time with Him each day, whenever you can, to just be quiet and listen to what He would say.  Have pen and paper, or iPhone, or whatever your note-taking preference is ready.  When you show God that you’re listening, He will speak.  He will show you things you never imagined and even if it doesn’t make sense to anyone else, it doesn’t matter.  After all, the inspirations are for you to put into motion—not others.  And in time, God will lift you up and your gift will make room for you and bring you before great men (Proverbs 18:16).

But until that time—and even after—be inspired!

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