Posts Tagged ‘Columbia’

You have heard me say before that I love business. I lose my days and nights dreaming up almost as many publishing ideas as I do writing plot-lines. I spend just as much time editing those business concepts as I do my novels. Weekly, I find myself locked in as many random conversations with my family about business as about writing. In college, I ate up  my business classes (minus the accounting classes, but–come on–those are just never going to be fun!). In five years of real-world publishing/Presidential experience and a practical internship from birth at my parent’s law firm, I have learned a lot about what I don’t know.

So despite the fact that I have broken even in an industry where, on average, ‘self-publishers’ sell around sixty copies in their lifetimes, I am well ware that I still have a lot to learn. I have yet to grow into my full business-self. And that is what this year between college and ‘whatever’ was specifically designed for. Although I have epic talents as a multitasker, almost as quickly as I started publishing I realized that college would have to be finished before I could wholeheartedly apply myself to business. So, while still in high school, I applied myself to my college, graduating a-year-and-a-half before my time. Since my completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in February, I have put myself into rigorous examination of who I am, where I am strong, where I am weak, and where I and my company are going. I have learned a lot.

For example, I now know that I am a brilliant innovator-visionary. Few are better at dreaming up ideas and getting them rolling. The problem is that–so far–I have not been much of an innovator-leader. The reason probably rests with the fact that I have not had the energy to ask people to follow along. Or the time-resources to guide them. But, if my financial and ministry goals are to be met, that has to change. So I’m taking myself back to school. Not to Husson or Nyack or Columbia (like in the past), but to the library and the Internet and dialogue with professionals and everything in-between. After a lengthy editing session for Mark Of Orion, I grabbed my newest finds at the library and headed to my happy place (Starbucks). Though I probably should be practicing for my solo-concert at a fundraising picnic this Saturday, instead I find myself pouring over Great By Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen. And I’m charged by what I am reading. So be prepared, blog-readers, for some business-oriented posts. I am sorry in advance.

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I did little work-related today, as expected. But there were unexpected pleasures. My three siblings and I got to go out just the four of us for the first time in over five years. When we were younger, Thursdays were ‘homeschooler hot-lunch days’. We would go to Tacobell-Kentucky Fried Chicken with out mom. So today we went back in time and enjoyed old-fashioned life at Tacobell and wonderous fellowship over chicken and tacos.

After Captain America (which was a great movie!!!) I went out for some much-needed alone time. As I sit at the Lighthouse Christian Cafe, my brain keeps coming back to the band that is playing. Their music is pretty good, but they have absolutely no stage presence. Things that I would consider in-public basics seem lost on this talented bunch.

There was a definitive point in my life when I realized the power of speech was within my grasp. Before this, I had never minded getting up on stage but I was helplessly ungifted. It was not until I gave a speech on Terri Schiavo at a library public speaking class that I grasped not only that words had a power greater than any sword but I had the power to wield them mightily. My fifth-grade speech made people cry. It moved the audience beyond what I could have imagined.

Since that day I have grown as a dynamic speaker. I have continued to learn and perfect the craft, desperate to get my points across. My passion cannot stand being bottled up or misunderstood. My love of words is not contained on paper. It takes true flight when you meet me in person. This is why I am so excited about the book tour. I LOVE getting to share with students and watch their minds come alive. With my recent enrollment at Nyack College’s online program, I am very pleased to know that I will be able to pursue the tour while still progressing in college. When I had to come home from Columbia I wondered if my life would ever find its track again. I am grateful to God that it has!

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