Tag Archives: Dreams

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?

Images: jessicavacco, thecubiclechick, wce.wwu

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Blogging While Brown Was a Dream Come True

14 Jul
Kim Coles, Me & Rene Syler

Kim Coles, Me & Rene Syler at BWA Awards

Blogging While Brown (BWB) was a dream come true for me on so many levels.

First, my Live Blogging 101 presentation was a success.  The only snafu was the slow internet connection at one point which didn’t impact my presentation.  That was my first presentation at a conference as well as the beginning of my speaking career (I can do it without fainting in front of crowds! Woo hoo!). I don’t mind teaching live blogging, but dang it, I need better topics.

Second, I started interviewing bloggers. That was one of the things I really wanted to do for my business blog. Although these were general overviews on blogging, many lessons were learned.

Third, I got to connect with other presenters and professionals in various fields. AND they were all cool.

Fourth, I’m one step closer to my goals based on the conversations I had with these cool peeps. I realized while I was there that I was really encouraging people to get their books written. I have really got to push my book writing coaching services.

Fifth, The Write Design Company got more exposure because it was nominated for The Best Business Blog  for the Black Weblog Awards.

And finally, I got to meet Kim Coles and Rene Syler. Two very down-to-earth ladies.

What are some things that will help make your dreams come true?

A Note for Dreamers from Solopreneur Solutions

19 Aug

Dreams

“You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.”

~Richard Bach~

What is it you really want that you may have never considered pursuing? If you have the desire, you absolutely can have the dream materialize in your life. You must believe that you can, and then create a plan, and be willing to change that plan if at first you don’t succeed. What step can you take today?

Why You Shouldn’t Share Your Dreams with Others

1 Aug

Dreams

I had lunch with someone close to me recently, and I was sharing dreams that had grown from ideas I have and projects I’m working on.  I’m so excited!  As much as I would like to have all of them going right now, it’s not even smart to try to do anything more right now.

So, I thanked “them” for lunch and received this as part of the response.

“I can’t see you have long term successes until you focus on one thing. Right now you are holding bubbles.”

I was disappointed when I read this, but I reminded myself that that is why I shouldn’t share my dreams with others. Anyone who knows me know that writing and blogging are my first loves.  They also know that both are being done through The Write Design Company and Shorty: Your Chicago South Side Resource.  However, what they don’t know is that Shorty will help me grow The Write Design Company and while that’s happening Shorty will also grow.

Also, I realized that the person I was sharing with really doesn’t understand the full extent of what I do.  They have an idea, but they didn’t totally get it.  Such is life.

I just wanted to share this story as a reminder as to why you shouldn’t share your dreams with others.  Of course, that doesn’t apply to everyone.  Just be mindful of those you do decide to share them with.

I wish you all the best as you work to attain the desires that God placed on your heart.  And stay away from haters and naysayers.