Posts tagged ‘dreams’

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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May 2, 2012

Write the Vision

I was sitting at my computer tonight saying God, show me what to write.  And He simply said, “write the vision”.  Now some of you may not be familiar with this phrase but it comes from the Book of Habakkuk in the Bible.  It reads as follows:

“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry,” (Habakkuk 2:2-3).

Now, we know that when we hear wisdom—whether Biblical or otherwise—we should not just listen to it and say “that’s wonderful”, but actually apply it to our lives.  Therefore, the first instruction of this verse is to “write the vision”.

Writing the Vision

Some of you may be wondering what the vision is that I speak of.  In the literal translation, it is the word which the prophet was given.  However, since this is not a theological blog post it we’ll focus on the, metaphorical application that will benefit your life.

What is your purpose in this world?  What dreams has God given you?  What visions do you desire to achieve?  That is the vision I speak of.  That is what you are to write down.  Writing the vision, dreams, and goals of your life is not only an encouragement to you, but an act of faith.

The passage itself is entitled “The Just Live By Faith”.  As Christians, we know that it is impossible to please God without faith.  However, we also know that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20 & 26).  Therefore, this means that when we realize our vision for our life that the first action we should take is to write it down.

Writing it down encompasses creating personal as well as professional vision/mission statements, goal lists (daily, weekly, monthly, annual, etc.), business plans, and more.  Whatever literature and lists, etc. that you can create to help organize your vision and goals, create it.  They are the act of faith that will propel you forward emotionally and professionally.

In writing your vision and goals, remember that it is an act of faith; not perfect.  The chances are very high that what you plan will not happen exactly the way or time in which you planned it to happen, but this is not necessarily a bad thing.  I’ll give you an example.  I recently made a temporary move from Tulsa, OK to Charlotte, NC believing that I would follow a particular plan which entailed me focusing largely on Desired Assistance, my virtual writing and editing company.  However, mere weeks later, I was led to create DA Weddings blog and now, this one.  It was been a most wonderful turn of events!  Step out on faith to write your vision and God will perfect it to align with His purpose and timeline for you.

Run with It!

The next part of this verse states “…that he may run who reads it…”.   As we started to touch on in the last section, faith without works is dead.  In other words, you can’t just write the vision and forget about it.  Keep it before your eyes.  Meditate on it.  Speak it out loud.  Then do what you’ve planned.  Run with it!  If you can’t expect to lose weight without eating differently and working out or having the perfect wedding without planning or hiring a wedding planner, than you cannot expect to succeed in business without making an effort as well.

If your business—like many nowadays—thrives on referrals, then network in person and on line to make contacts.  Create the actual plans and literature for the next phase of your business.  Start writing that blog or book.  Whatever you vision is, act on it.  As Marshawn Evans would say, God’s anointing [ability to function in your specific gift] is attached to your appointing [what you are purposed/gifted to do].  When you discover what you are purposed to do, you will have the ability to “run” and do just that.

Wait for It…!

This is probably the most frustrating part of the vision process.  We can write and we can work, but ultimately, we always have to wait.  Tarrying is an old school term for waiting and in English, we typically define it as a passive act.  However, it is actually an authoritative act.  In short, we are empowered to do what we must until the God-given visions come to past.

We must be patient.  There is always a perfect timing for everything whether it’s the writing and release of that book, the promotion of yourself or your business, that million-dollar contract.  Whatever it is, do what you know to do—don’t be passive—and if it’s meant to happen, you can absolutely guarantee that it will happen at the perfect time.

I encourage all of you today: go, write the vision!  Be specific as possible and do it in good faith knowing that if it is for you and if you work at it and towards it, it will happen!

Note: If you have visions and dreams that God has given you for your life and or business, create a Promise Journal.  Make a list of everything He’s said chronologically if at all possible.  Add to it when He tells you something new and comment on it like you would in a text book or essay when you start to see things come to past.  It’s a source of encouragement to you and, I believe, it is an affirmation that you trust God, acknowledge that He is keeping His promises to you, and encourages Him to keep doing what He’s doing in your life. It’s a wonderful thing!

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