Marcie’s Inspiration: Keep Your Dreams to Yourself

29 Oct

Never Give Up

I was having a conversation with my friend who supports me in his own way. He does listen and provides feedback, but I am going to remove him from my list of people who I share my dreams with.

Dream Killer

I was telling him that I am going to provide writing training to corporations. He said, “Well, I haven’t seen many people in corporate America who couldn’t write.” Of course, you wouldn’t. First of all, employee correspondence tend to go through supervisors for approval. If their superiors lack writing skills, they have their superior to review it. Other than a poorly written e-mail every now and then, you may never know who really lack writing skills in the workplace.

Then he said, “I don’t think that’s a good market.” Really???

Note: This is a long post. You can skip the Literacy Facts and go down to Keep Your Dream.

Literacy Facts

Consider these facts from ProLiteracy:

Literacy

Literacy is the ability to read, write, compute, and use technology at a level that enables an individual to reach his or her full potential as a parent, employee, and community member.

  • There are 774 million adults around the world who are illiterate in their native languages.
  • Two-thirds of the world’s illiterate adults are women.
  • In the U.S., 30 million people over age 16 — 14 percent of the country’s adult population — don’t read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at the eighth grade level or fill out a job application.
  • The United States ranks fifth on adult literacy skills when compared to other industrialized nations.
  • Adult low literacy can be connected to almost every socio-economic issue in the United States:
    • More than 60 percent of all state and federal corrections inmates can barely read and write.
    • Low health literacy costs between $106 billion and $238 billion each year in the U.S. — 7 to 17 percent of all annual personal health care spending.
    • Low literacy’s effects cost the U.S. $225 billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.

There are many high educated and degreed people who can’t write a sentence let alone an entire paper. This is not an assumption; it is fact.

I attended a Chicago Public School Board meeting this week, and posted the following information on Shorty: Your Chicago South Side Resource.Students Reading

  • There are 283 schools on probation – 207 elementary schools and 76 high schools. That’s more than half of the high schools in the city.
  • 72 schools have been on probation for 5 years in a row and 16 have been on probation for 15 years in a row.
  • Over a 20- year period, there has been no improvement in African American and Hispanic reading. There has been an incremental improvement in math.
  • There is a widening gap in reading and math scores between white and black and Hispanic students.
  • Only 7.9% of Chicago’s 11th graders are college ready.

So, you do know that the 7.9% is out of 100% of the students who tend to stay in school???? And only 57.5% of these students graduate.

Keep Your Dream

The moral of this long blog post is this:

  1. You have to keep your dreams to yourself. Even your most well-intentioned people will not understand. Find a few people who are where you want to be and ask them to be mentors or sounding boards.
  2. If there is something you want to do, research it. Do not give up prior to checking it out. You may find that what you wan to do is not a viable idea for one particular group and is a grand idea for another.
  3. If you want to conduct any type of writing training, now is the the time to do it. We are working with low literacy rates along with text messaging and other anti-writing vices. And, there are world-wide opportunities.
  4. Remember, you are seeing with spiritual vision, not natural vision. If you can see your dream, then what other people say does not matter.

Sorry for being so winded in this message, but I am certain that someone else could use this message at this time. If this is you, keep your eyes on your prize and keep on moving.

What’s your dream killer story?

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12 Responses to “Marcie’s Inspiration: Keep Your Dreams to Yourself”

  1. clara54 October 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    Hi Marcie,

    I’m not too keen on taking other people friendly advice, unless it’s someone whose opinion I really trust. As for the rest, I intuitively make my own decisions. My dreams, ambitions and passions doesn’t depend upon anyone’s approval but my own. I have no regrets so far:) Just do “you” and live out your dreams. Whether you chose to share them with other people is entirely your choice.

    Keep- a- going!

    Clara

    • Marcie Hill October 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

      Thanks Clara. I think this was disappointing because it’s a friend. He’s a more of a worker than a dreamer, which is the perspective from which he’s coming. And, I realize that not everyone can really see your dreams even if they are right in front of them. Going forward, I will be mindful of what I share and with him whom.

  2. K.A.K. October 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Keep your dream alive but also be open to advice. I thought I was going to be a career writer but quickly learned that my grammer skills needed extensive surgery. I neglected to learn some of the elementary lessons in writing such as to never end a sentence with a preposition and to always make sure the subject agrees with the verb. So a good editor is a great investment even if one thinks he or she is a great writer. As for dream-killers, there is a verse in the Bible that says, “…don’t cast your perals before swine.” Not calling dream-killers swine but you know, just saying.

    • Marcie Hill October 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

      K.A.K, thank you for sharing your story about your desire to be a writer. Are you still working on your dream with the help of a good editor?

      I guess I’m really overly sensitive right now because I am so close seeing my dreams manifest, and I really, really, really need to stay focused and on point. Also, he’s speaking based on limited experience and not facts.

      • K.A.K. October 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

        Marcie: Thanks for the inquiry. Yes, I still write but not as a formal “journalist.” I do have a B.A. in the field and tend to devote most of my pen to inspirational writing at our local church. Since receiving my B.A. in journalism, I went back to school and decided I wanted to teach. So in 2009, I graduated with a B.S. in Special Education. As you stated, no matter what field one enters, good writing is paramount and yes, I do have good editors who are also good writers, to review my work. I know how sensitive and how passionate one can be when it comes to pursuing a dream. But as you know, not everyone can share in your dream because it’s belongs to you and your experience(s). So continue on in your faith and be blessed. Warm Regards.

      • Marcie Hill October 31, 2011 at 5:14 am #

        Thank you! And blessings on your endeavors.

  3. AG October 30, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    Very good post with sound advice! It’s good to share disappointments because they don’t make you feel as alone- and the best part is you’ve definitely learned from the experience. That’s invaluable!

    • Marcie Hill October 31, 2011 at 5:13 am #

      Thank you for this. At first, I felt like I was venting, but there are people who are so close to seeing their dreams come true. All it takes is one negative comment or action of someone close to them, and then they’d stop, not realizing how close to their “gold” they really were.

  4. Thomas November 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    BRAVO!!! I agree. Some in our circles, even those we love dearly, often can’t see what we see (or hinder us finding clarity with their negativity). If we listen to them long enough they suck the vision out of our heads.

    • Marcie Hill November 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

      I like that – “they suck the vision out of our heads.” I wish I would have thought of it first. 🙂

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