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EntrepreneurToEmployeeYou Can Quit Your Job Sooner Than You Think!

As my good friend Scott recently posted, You should be doing the work you love. I agree with him so much I recently wrote a book on how to do just that. I don’t believe God puts passions in our gut and dreams in our heart just to frustrate us! However leaving your job for your dream is no picnic. One of the biggest hurdles to jump over, probably the scariest, is the BIG I – Income. Today I want to offer you some insight on how to go for your dreams faster by simply tweaking what “Full-Time {Insert Your Dream}” means to you. 

I’m going to explain what I mean with a story starring James. James is stuck in a cushy job but longs to become a full-time carpenter. It will take quite a few pieces of furniture a year to make up for his oil & gas salary, so James may need to change his perception of what it means to be a full-time carpenter in today’s marketplace. Thanks to advances in e-commerce, he can now easily create and sell carpentry-related content as an added revenue stream. He could sell an e-book of how-to tips. He could host a monthly paid webinar that shows other would-be carpenters the dos and don’ts of custom carpentry. He could have a monthly subscription service that provides a newsletter to subscribers with how-tos, before and afters, and interviews with other master carpenters. Even though his target furniture client is not the group of carpenters, having a large following establishes credibility in his field.

I know what you’re thinking — “But if I teach others my craft, then won’t I lose customers?” You may lose a few, but most intend to learn a craft and never do, and those will end up buying from a seasoned veteran instead. You will have earned their trust by showing them exactly how you do what you do. This technique could work in so many applications; an illustrator who offers online illustration classes, a former teacher or daycare worker who sells monthly curriculum via a subscription fee, a designer or photographer who sells tutorials or templates. The list goes on!

Study successful people in all industries and see if there are any strategies you could apply in your industry. Think through what knowledge or services you could offer as online products. How much better to add revenue in ways that are at least related to your dream, rather than just earning funds through a part-time gig you hate?!

Have you found interesting passion-filled ways to supplement your income?


Kelsey Humphreys is an emerging authority on the subjects of branding, marketing, entrepreneurship and personal development. After starting her career as a graphic designer, her passion for those subjects led her to become an Associate Creative Director and eventually land an international client of her own. She was then able to quit her dream job for her dream; starting her own business. She now speaks, coaches, consults, and writes to empower solopreneurs. Her first book, Go Solo, How to Quit the Job You Hate and Start a Small Business You Love! is available on Amazon. Follow her on twitter @kelseyhumphreys

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Welcome To Nigeria!

It’s pretty amazing that I’m even able to type this blogpost as I’m working on a few hours of sleep in the last couple days. Airplanes and timezones from across the globe just don’t go together. Me and a new friend named Ayo from Atlanta arrived in Lagos yesterday and flew to Benin City today. Ayo is originally from Lagos, so he has showed me a little lay of the land.

We are both here to speak at a Spiritual Leadership Summit “The Reposition” that’s put on by Pastor Benson Akhigbe. His ministry Firm Foundation is truly committed to being a life development church. Firm foundation is a young vibrant ministry with a vision to raise men and women who cure desert places in every stage and segment of life. Their mission is making men and women know the person and power of the Holy Spirit by a definite experience, building Godly families and raising leaders with public and private success.

This event is a big deal as this ministry is committed to “Securing The Future” of this community and nation. I’m honored to be here speaking on “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Social Media.” The hospitality has been over the top splendid. The image above is my hotel room that I just checked into a little bit ago. Speaking of secure the future, this hotel is secured with security officers with AK-47’s.

I’ve heard lots of things about Nigeria, some are true and many are not so true. What I do know is there are lots of bright, passionate, servant hearted individuals committed to making a difference in the name of Jesus. Secondly, I know that Nigeria is full of opportunity.

Cool sidebar note: One of young men that just picked me up at the airport @JoeyeParker just recently started a blog and said he was inspired by my blog and the blog and Platform Book by my friend @MichaelHyatt. Michael is viewed as someone who freely gives away tools for success from people all around the world. What a small world it is.

Disclaimer: pardon any incoherency found in this post. Sleep deprivation is the cause. 🙂

11 Ways To Come Up With Great Blogging Ideas Before Lunch

I blog 5 – 6 times each week and it’s just a consistent part of my daily regimen.  People often ask me, “How do I come up with so many blogging ideas and so much blogging material?”  The answer to that question is simple. Blogging Ideas Are Everywhere!

It’s truly that simple. There tons of blogging ideas everywhere, we simply have to look for them. As a matter of fact, below are 11 Ways To Come Up With Great Blogging Ideas Before Lunch. These are my personal ways, yours may be just a little different.

  • My morning 3-B Time: Bible, Books & Blogs
  • Conversations I have with my wife and boys over breakfast
  • Clips & thoughts from the morning news channels
  • Thoughts inspired from commercials
  • Conversations with clients
  • Things I see while driving to my lunch meeting
  • Conversations during my lunch meeting
  • Observations and business practices at the restaurant
  • Front page newspaper articles
  • People watching
  • Social media interactions, quotes & observations that I’ve had prior to my lunch appt.

The bottom line is Fresh New Blogging Ideas are everywhere.  There is actually some research that indicates that individuals whom blog daily are smarter. This is attributed to the fact that on a daily basis they are forcing themselves to think about and interact with the world around them in a different context.

I simply keep a running note of thoughts in my iPhone yellow notes.  I can easily jump on a flight and knock out a couple of weeks of blogposts or I can simply get up each morning and knock out a post from something that’s fresh on my mind.

The key is to think and to think often.

How do you get fresh new blogging ideas?  Share your thoughts on The #1 Place To Get Fresh New Blogging Ideas.

Then God Showed Up…

Day Four, Day 4, Fourth Day, The Day After Three… Compassion Bloggers Tanzania

If you are wondering why I’m using all of these different variations of Day 4, it’s for no other reason than I’ve started most of my posts with something like “Day 2 in Tanzania.” I actually like change; change is good, so change often.

Now back to the Day after the 3rd day in Tanzania. We kicked off the day a little early because we had a lot to do prior to catching an early afternoon flight from Mwanza to Arusha. We started off by visiting the African Church Ilemela (AICT) TZ 955.

The AICT Project has been around about 4 years and has 279, and only 9 of which are currently not being sponsored. This center has a library/computer lab that was just recently completed. It was really cool to see and know that this computer lab existed. The Project staff were extremely proud of it and was in the process of building some bookshelves in this new library/computer lab.

We got to hang out with Famous Amos today. Not the cookie guy but 7-year-old Amos who is a student at the AICT Project. Those little Famous Amos Cookies would be good right about now. Speaking of right now, at this moment I’m in a bus with the compassion bloggers in route from the Kilimanjaro airport to the Compassion Local Country Office.

Our journey to Amos’ house consisted of climbing the longest, winding, rocky, hilly, mountain-like trail up to his home. It was like an intense stair climber, elliptical workout. About halfway up the hill, we paused to catch our breath take some pictures of the amazing view.

Once we arrived at the top of the hill, we were welcomed into Amos’ home by his mother Leonia. She was very friendly, gracious and really happy to see us. She stated that we were the first visitors ever to her home from outside of their community. There were 3 other children at the home and the father worked as a day laborer in the community.

As we were talking and hearing Leonia tell her story about a rough season in their lives we witnessed one of those “Then God Showed Up” moments. The phrase “Then God Showed Up” seems to always be preceded by some troubles or a bleak situation… “Then God Showed Up.” I understand the context behind the phrase; however it’s one of those phrases that in my opinion reduces the Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth to a merely situational God. I like to remember the “3GO’s of God”:

  • God’s Omniscience– God knows everything.
  • God’s Omnipresence- God is everywhere.
  • God’s Omnipotence- God is almighty, all-powerful and can do anything.

Then God Showed Up! Not so much, “God was already there!”

God knows everything, God is everywhere and God can do anything, we have to acknowledge that fact. Some situations it may appear too difficult to acknowledge the “3-GO’s.” The harsh reality is no situation is too difficult or too great to recognize that God was already there.

Now let’s get back to Amos’ mother Leonia’s story. She explained how they were having rough times and she decided to start a business with the help of some funding from some ladies in the church. Her business consisted of selling fish and it was started with the equivalent of maybe $20 in the U.S. She would get fish from the people at the lake and then sell them at market.

Once Leonia’s modest business got up and rolling she trusted a local guy in the community to go and sell her fish; unfortunately one day the guy never returned. At this time in her life, her situation appeared bleak and then something happened… many would say “Then God Showed Up!” Leonia says it this way, “I lost my business, my income and I knew God was there and would take care of me.” That’s exactly what God did, the next week she found out that Amos had received a Compassion Sponsor. (insert applause, ahh’s, halleluja’s and amens)

The support that Leonia received for Amos via the Compassion Sponsor was just enough to compensate for her lost business. God continues to bless their family and she now has a little business of selling little buckets of coal in which people use for cooking. I love Leonia’s spirit and I love the fact that she doesn’t embrace the mentality of “Then God Showed Up!” but rather acknowledges that He was already there.

God continues to use Compassion Sponsors to impact the lives of families and children in Tanzania. My question for you is this will you allow God to use you and a modest investment of $38 a month or roughly 5 quarters per day to change the life of a child and their family?

Get out a jar and start putting one quarter in it each day and make a commitment to sponsor a child. I am simply asking you to sponsor a child from Tanzania. LaKendria and I are looking forward to sitting down with our son’s and sponsoring a Tanzanian child as soon as we get home. We have been Skyping with them daily and they are looking forward to us getting home and sharing the details of our experience.

The Tanzanian Office of Compassion has been around since 1999 and to date there have been 60,869 kids sponsored from Tanzania and there are 4,550 4,449 left to be sponsored.  The cool thing about sponsorship is the fact that it doesn’t just change the sponsored kid’s life, it changes the sponsors life. I love how Shaun Groves talks about the beauty of sponsorship when he says this:

“Sponsors learn how to live more simply, so others can simply live.” ~Shaun Groves

If you sponsor a child, let me know… I’d love to give you a shout-out, pray for you and celebrate in advance with you. Blessings…  Remember you don’t have to wait until God shows up to make a move, He’s Already There!

See pics. from today’s visit below.

compassion child in window

Compassion Child looking through the window.

Amos sponsor letter

Amos sponsor letter tightly kept even with a little water damage.

View from the halfway point up the hill to Amos' house

View from the halfway point up the hill to Amos' house

Amos hanging at the door of his home.

Amos hanging at the door of his home.

Amos Mother sharing her testimony and accounts of God's goodness.

Nike Is Universal... (This made me chuckle)

Me hanging out with the kids...

Zack, LaKendria, Maggie, Shaun and Thomas walking down the hill from Amos' house.

Share your thoughts on “Then God Showed Up,” the fact that you can sponsor a child for 5 quarters a day and any other thoughts on the above pics.

The Life Of Moses and More Muslims Coming To Know Jesus

It’s day 3 of the #Compassion #Tanzania bloggers trip. Today we visited the Evangelistic Assemblies Of God Tanzania (EAGT) Project in the community of Lumula/Mwanza Tanzania. Just like every project, we were greeted with a warm welcome and the kids were especially cheerful, happy, joyful, energetic, singing and really helped us to kick the day off with big smiles on our faces. I was personally moved by the spirit and the power in the atmosphere of this project… Clearly felt God’s presence.

Today we took part in what is called, “The Day In The Life” of a Compassion Child. We visited the house of Moses and although we didn’t see a burning bush on the way to his house we did see the misery of the people in Moses’ community. I didn’t hear him say it; however I believe he was thinking “Let My People Go!” 🙂 Moses is a 10-year-old young man in the EAGT project. Moses lives with his father, mother and 3 siblings.

We spent the morning completing the exact chores that Moses and his family do on a daily basis. These chores included going to town to buy soap and water, washing dishes, preparing the meal and Moses tending his small garden and his cuckoos. Cukoo means chicken in Swahili. Moses is an awesome kid with some great talents; everything from playing soccer, running, to keeping the family tradition of his father and learning to become a seamstress. Moses and his 19-year-old brother Lousobya both sewed and were very mannerable and giving young men.

My wife and I were truly blessed by our time with Moses and his family. When I asked his mother what were her dreams for Moses, her response was simple and yet powerful, “I want Moses to be what God intends for him to be.” Isn’t that the dream for all of us, for us to put all of our chips on the table, work hard, leave it on the field, not make excuses and reach our God potential. Moses’ Compassion Sponsor is helping Moses reach his God potential. As a result of compassion, Moses has a relationship with the Lord and loves singing, playing, reading his Bible and memorizing Bible verses.

Once we left Moses’ home, we went back to the EAGT Project. I had the opportunity to spend some time with Pastor Daniel Kulola, who is the Pastor for the EAGT Project. Pastor Kulola is a gifted leader and has responsibility for over 600 churches in his region. Of the many things that stood out to me today, there is one thing in particular that I wanted to share with you. I wanted to share the impact that Pastor Kulola’s leadership partnered with the Compassion Project has had on their community and the Kingdom Of God.

Pastor Kulola can say it better than I can, so watch this short 3 min. video below and afterwards read my closing comments and pictures of the day at the bottom.

This scripture below sums up what Pastor Kulola said in the video, many people from the community are coming to church and coming to know Jesus first because they hear the stories, see the acts of love and compassion, see people being the hands and feet of Christ for those that they don’t know. Secondly, they see and experience the Good News for themselves and come to know Jesus.

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world. John 4:39-42

My friends, there is power in your testimony, power in your story and power in living out your faith. Muslims are coming to know Jesus because of what they see in the lives of their children and the generosity of strangers. As a matter of fact one of Moses’ compassion teachers Jackobo converted from Islam to Christianity and his story is helping to reach others.

Being a Compassion Sponsor isn’t simply about feeding, educating and making a difference in the lives of the sponsored child… being a sponsor is a compass that’s helping to change people’s life-direction for an eternity. If you want to sponsor one of the kids from the EAGT Project that we visited today Click Here. If you would like to sponsor a child from anywhere in Tanzania Click here.

Share your thoughts on Pastor Kulola’s comments in the video above. What do you think about their amazing growth in less than 2 years?

My prayer for my children, your children, the children of this region, my family and the family of everyone reading this post is, “That you may reach your God Potential!”

Pics. of the day!

Lakendria & Kelli Going To Get Water

Moses paying to get some water

Moses paying to get some soap.

Moses and I washing dishes (learned you can use a little dirt to create a scouring pad)

 

Moses breaking out the sewing machine (showing a little foot-pedal and hand coordination skills)

 

Moses and his soccer team getting ready for a little competition. (He's got skills & shirts vs skins is universal)

Moses, His Brother & Mother

Me and Pastor Kulola having a conversation (not sure what I was saying, but it appears to be animated)

Pic that LaKendria had taken of the Chalkboard in one of the classrooms prior to our departure.

Share any thoughts from the video or post in general. Do you have any questions or comments for me? Thinking about sponsoring a child from Tanzania? Don’t just think about it, do it for the price of a cup of coffee a day you can change a kids life. Click Here, to sponsor a child right now!

Where There Is No Vision The People Perish – Tanzania (Day 2)

Today we kicked off Day 2 of our #Compassion #Tanzania trip bright and early with a little breakfast prior to heading to the AICT African Island Church Tanzania. For the sake of wordiness and consistency, I’ll simply refer to this project as AITC. This was an amazing experience, amazing project, amazing kids and the potential for this project is off the charts. AICT is a relatively new project serving over 250 kids. Of the 250+ kids in the project only 53 of those kids are still in need of a sponsor.

You can actually sponsor a kid specifically from the AICT project by clicking this link… (see pics below) Last time I checked there were 16 kids available on the Compassion site from this particular project and plenty of other kids in need of a sponsor from Tanzania. LaKendria and I are excited about sponsoring a child from Tanzania.

Each day I’m taking in so much information, emotions and stories. Todays emotions were filled with the joys of seeing these little kids have so much fun playing the basic children playground games, smiling for the camera, being mesmerized by my white hellosomebody (hello freedom) watch (see pic below), kids sharing their testimonies, kids singing, the vision the Project Director has for AICT and the list of joys go on and on like this run-on rambling sentence. The entire Compassion Bloggers team left with joyful memories.

On the flip-side of the joyful emotions you had the sadness that came with visiting the home of a poverty stricken family of this 3-year-old little girl Latecia. Latecia is in need of a Sponsor and her mother and brother are in need of hope. (see pic below) We were able to pray over the family, prayers to help them to find the hope that can only be found in Christ. This family has to walk 15 minutes one-way to get water and often times they are unable to afford it. Coming from the US where we have plenty and going to a place like Tanzania, where extreme poverty seems to be par for the course… no matter how you slice it, the emotion of sadness is triggered.

The great thing about seeing extreme poverty and being faced with the question of “What am I going to do about it?” Fortunately, for answsering that question as it relates to Tanzania, God is already doing some amazing work through Compassion International’s holistic ministry approach. With Compassion $38 a month can answer that question of “What am I going to do about it.” $38 a month basically provides:

  • Food and Clean Drinking Water
  • Medical Care and Advocacy
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Life-skills and Leadership Training
  • Understanding Of What It Means To Have a Lifelong relationship with Jesus.

In my opinion I feel that the key to the success of Compassion’s Projects in under-served communities around the globe is the fact that they are Christ centered and a have a clear vision to serve the spiritual, physical, social and educational needs of children in need around the world and right here in Tanzania. As a pastor, I have always embraced the fact that vision is critical to success:

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he. Proverbs 29:18

I loved hearing Samson’s vision for the Project. Samson is the Project Director (see pic below) and his vision is a laundry list of things that he wants to accomplish by 2022. Everything from every child being sponsored, new classroom space, additional office space and a plethora of other things that will allow them to serve more kids. He had a 10-year plan filled with hope, joy, success and a plan to realize their potential. He was excited about what could be and had an expectant heart for what will be.

I loved hearing this young man named James that is part of the AICT Project bring the word today… (see pic below)  He spoke a Biblical message about vision and God’s love for the children. Coinceidentally I mean God put his fingerprint on this trip as 10-year-old James spoke from Matthew 19:13-14, which is exactly the scripture God gave me to share in my post from yesterday. As he was preaching, Shaun Groves and I just looked at each other and smiled as this young man spoke a powerful vision message about God’s love for the children and what can be.
Compassion international is changing the life course for children in poverty around the globe. You, your family and friends can be a part of that life-change for a nominal commitment. Everyone will end up somewhere; however few will end up somewhere on purpose. Compassion international sponsors have already helped 1.2 million kids chart a new course through sponsorship. Many of you reading this post have helped to make that 1.2 million happen and others of you will be a part of making the next 1.2 million happen.

“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” ~Joel Barker

Compassion has action with vision… Be a Part Of The Vision Today.

Pics Below & Video Below: (The last image is a video walk-through of the Project)

Hanging with kids from the AITC Project

Kids mesmerized by my HelloSomebody - Hello Freedom Watch

Latecia, her mom Agnes & brother Michael

AITC Project Director Samson with "Big Vision"

10-Year-Old James Preaching

My favorite pic. that I took of Latecia

I am going to ask you that question again… You see the problem, you hear the vision, “What are you going to do about it?” Sponsor a child from Tanzania right here.

Share your thoughts on the importance of vision. 

Would you agree that Compassion’s success and holistic approach makes it an organization with Action & Vision?

Any questions, thoughts or observations? Thanks for reading!

We Are On Our Way To Tanzania

It’s 1:00 p.m. in Amsterdam 6:00 a.m. in #OKC. I’m headed to Tanzania with a group of Compassion bloggers. We have had some flight complications and therefore missed our connecting flight in Amsterdam. Long story short we will be at the Amsterdam airport all day, catch about 3 flights and then arrive in Tanzania. Not sure what day or time we will arrive, because my global clock is all weird. The great thing about this trip is the fact that I’m traveling w/ my beautiful bride… it really minimizes my perception of complications. We are together, it’s all good!

I am looking forward to connecting you guys with what’s happening in Tanzania and for those of you who will sponsor a child from Tanzania, I can give you a first hand account of what’s happening on the ground.

If you want to get started early and check out the Tanzanian kids in need of a sponsor… Click Here!

I’ll be at the Amsterdam Airport for most of the day… Check twitter for the latest happenings.

This May Be The Best Blogpost You Will Ever Write

Today I don’t really feel like writing a blogpost…  I don’t even feel like finding a randomly cool YouTube video to share.

That’s all that I have.

Have a nice day!

Top 10 Ways To Get Re-Tweeted On Twitter

This post will get straight to the point… If you want to get Re-Tweeted, Implement These Top 10 Ways To Get Re-Tweeted Below:

  • 1. SPACE – Leave 18-20 characters available in your tweet… allows enough room for your name @ sign and RT.  This is the most common reason people will not RT your post, individuals don’t want to take the time and energy to remove characters and shorten your post. TIME IS MONEY!
  • 2. CONTENT – Tweet content that provides value to a broad audience — quotes, humor, questions, compelling thoughts, breaking news, technology, social media breakthroughs, tips, links to great content etc.  CONTENT IS KING!
  • 3.  CONSISTENCY – Make sure your tweets are consistent.  Think of your tweets in a similar fashion that you look at newspaper or magazine subscription.   Your followers will learn to trust and grow to expect a particular type of content in a consistently delivered manner.  CONSISTENCY COUNTS!
  • 4. TACTFUL – Have a keen sense of what to tweet and what not to tweet in order to maintain good relationships with your twitter community.  Don’t consistently ask your Twitter Community to Re-Tweet your tweet…  If you feel that the tweet or content is valuable, it may make sense to ask selective followers to RT a tweet.  If you ask all of your followers to RT your content all of the time, your message will fall on deaf ears. HAVE SOME MANNERS!
  • 5. RECIPROCATE – Give and receive value to the Twitter community. Re-tweet other’s tweets if you find their information valuable and be sure that you provide them the RT credit they deserve.   Don’t be a Re-Tweetaholic or once again your message will fall on deaf ears. SHARE THE LOVE!
  • 6. BRAND – Develop a consistent Twitter brand, presence, notoriety, content etc. desirable of being Re-Tweeted.  Many people have put the time, energy and effort to earn the right for their content to be Re-Tweeted.  If you look at theTop 50 Re-tweeted Twitter Users Of All Time the one thing that’s consistent is that they all have their own unique brand. GET BRANDED!
  • 7. RECOGNITION – Get recognized or develop a relationship with the people on the Top 50 Re-Tweeted Twitter Users Of All Time. :)  Seriously you don’t have to develop a relationship with people on that list; however having your content re-tweeted by folks with a strong Twitter brand will help with future RT’s.  GET RECOGNIZED!
  • 8. LISTS – Believe it or not being on the right Twitter List can increase your ability to be re-tweeted.  People utilize their lists to keep the people they want to hear from front and center.  Lists can be as important on the Retweetometer as the number of followers.  Lists are a great measure of content value.  GET LISTED!
  • 9. REPEAT – Repeat #1.  This is by far the most important aspect of being re-tweeted and often times the most over-looked.  Leave at least 18 characters, if you can leave 36 that’s even better… you have potentially doubled your chances. SPACE IS KEY!
  • 10. BLOG ABOUT IT –  Write a simple blogpost about How To Get Re-Tweeted. 🙂  In all seriousness write about Twitter or Social Media – People in the world of Social Media love to share content about Social Media. TOPIC MATTERS!
  • Bonus: Your name is Rev Run aka @revrunwisdom

Share your thoughts on these Top 10 Ways To Get Re-Tweeted. Do you have any additional ways to add to the list?

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