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#Entrepreneurship 101 Your brand and Social Media

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It is an awesome feeling to work for yourself and have it be successful. I can tell you from first hand experience, there is no crazier employment ride then trying to get your own small business off the ground. I’ve started several of my own over the last ten years and I’ve been brought on board as a consultant for many people who are running successful small businesses as we speak.

The internet and social media especially are powerful tools when they are used responsibly. Think about it like a glass of wine. Having a single glass of wine with dinner versus drinking an entire bottle then getting behind the wheel of a car. See the difference? The internet has made it easy for people to network and even start a small business. In most cases even if all you have is an idea, there is a website that offers a template or basic store front for you to get started.

Almost everybody uses some sort of Social Media these days and for the entrepreneur, it is the most cost effective way to share their business with little to no marketing budget. In every area of life you will find people who are good at some things and other’s who aren’t. Not every person who makes music is going to develop a following or sell albums, not every person who applies to Harvard gets in, and not every entrepreneur is able to turn their business into an income sustaining entity.

The thing that drives me crazy as a person who truly loves to see others succeed is the utter lack of professionalism on social media when it comes to individuals trying to create a brand or run a business. It drives me crazy because there are far too many people with million dollar ideas or an outstanding product that only get so far and the reason they can’t get past a certain level is largely due to their own behavior and attitudes.

If you are starting a business or brand, it should have it’s own social media handles, especially if you’re one of those people who can’t resist the urge to blow off steam in your posts.  If you had money to invest, would you invest your money in a company or brand who’s owner was emotionally unstable all over social media? Think about it. Your personal life should have absolutely nothing to do with your business. If you are marketing your business to your personal social media followers and then when you’re in your feelings you’re using that exact same platform to blow off steam, how is anyone supposed to take you seriously as a business person? Some steam may be appropriate depending on the industry, but if you want yourself being taken seriously as a “CEO” or Business Owner? Then present yourself seriously.

What job have you ever had that you were allowed to walk around cursing in front of customers? What job have you ever had where it was okay to whine about your haters all day? You should care more about the integrity of your own business then you’ve had about one you didn’t own and just worked for. Sometimes YOU are the only obstacle standing in your way of greatness.

 

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Video Taping Yourself While Driving?

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Let this marinate for a second…. lots of people have been video taping themselves while driving a car lately. They have an insight they want to share or something they need to get off their chest. So, you want to impart your knowledge while you are video taping yourself driving and posting it obviously so we can all hear how smart you are while watching you do something completely stupid (and not to mention selfish) that actually may kill you or another person? Or how about It’s all fun & games until the worse case consequence impacts you directly or someone you love, then you’d be the first one ready to tear somebody’s head off & sue them for exactly what you just did.Don’t misunderstand the point of this, I’m not trying to hurt your feelings, I’m trying to get you to use a little wisdom with that knowledge. 

Pray for your City

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Pray for your City
God please bless the city of ______________ (fill in your city name) and make it a safe & prosperous place for families to live, grow, worship and serve you. Open the eyes of believers with love and compassion for the lost, raise up and unite strong local spiritual leaders to pray for one another and revival, give them guidance and understanding, help them fear you rather than man. Replace corrupt government leaders and law enforcement with strong, godly ones who will honor you and serve the people wisely, justly, and unselfishly. Shut down corrupt businesses and organizations that are destroying the city and bring in healthy businesses that will benefit the families and the city. Rebuke satanic influences and control over the city and overcome any strongholds of the enemy with the gospel, prayer, and the blood of Jesus. Replace corrupt laws and standards with godly ones. Strengthen and bless marriages, families, schools, teachers in the city. Pour out your spirit and bring revival to the church and a spiritual awakening in the city. Help us be found faithful when we stand before you, in the name of your son Jesus Christ we pray, amen. 
You may copy & paste this into your blogs & social media feeds.
(The Battle Plan for Prayer, Stephen & Alex Kendrick)
2nd Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Operation Revolution

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Don’t call yourself a “revolutionary” and never do anything revolutionary. If you want to damage corporate America? RESEARCH where you keep your money and spend it. Move your business to minority owned businesses, support independent music, & for God sakes if you live in an undesirable neighborhood help clean it up. Start being part of the solution instead of the problem. ‪#‎OperationRevolution‬

 http://www.mbda.gov/pressroom/us-business-fact-sheets/minority-owned-businesses-us

#NationalDayOfPrayer

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The word “prayer” in the original Hebrew text is the word “tefillah”. In English, “prayer” means to ask, but the Hebrew word for prayer “tefillah” means to self-evaluate. So when you see the prayer reference in the bible (i.e. Jesus in the garden before going to the cross) that time was used for comparing actions, behaviors, thoughts, & attitudes against God’s holiness. So if you want a more effective prayer life? Enter His presence with adoration / thanksgiving, examine yourself (confession), and then your supplications (requests).

Beyonce, Lemonade, Oshun, & TIDAL

 

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“OSHUN” also referred to as “Queen of the witches”.
I know, I know all these “conspiracy theories” because why on earth would Beyonce be using subliminal symbolism for millions of people to subconsciously accept in their spirit? Crazy right? (Please apply a generous amount of sarcasm when reading)

 

http://www.africaresource.com/…/oshun-the-african-goddess-…/

http://mic.com/articles/141799/this-beyonc-lemonade-meaning-theory-involving-the-african-goddess-oshun-is-mind-blowing#.NZwhxOGxT

http://santeriachurch.org/the-orishas/oshun/

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2nd Timothy 3:1-3 “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

Deuteronomy 18:10-13 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,  or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God.”

Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Micah 3:7 The seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced.
They will all cover their faces because there is no answer from God.”

1st Samuel 15:23 “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.”

Leviticus 19:26 ‘You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying.”

John 3:16 ” For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

1st John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Romans 10:9 “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” 

Leo’s Love @leoslovemd

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Greetings folks!
As my regular readers know, I always try to keep you informed about things going on to empower the community. Recently someone brought to my attention a newer non-profit organization which operates out of Maryland and its focus services are geared towards the Fatherhood Initiative which is in place in many states. If you are unfamiliar with the Fatherhood Initiative although the specifics vary from state to state and program to program, the basis of the initiative is to support the role of the father in the lives of children, because the role of the father is irreplaceable to a child’s emotional and spiritual development. I was able to speak with Nakia Johnson (Founder/ Executive Director) of Leo’s Love and hopefully after learning more about this organization, you will consider supporting its efforts and help bring awareness to agencies like this one in your community.

 

QTP: What is Leo’s Love? What kind of organization is it & what do they do? 

NJ: Leo’s Love is a nonprofit, 501(c) 3 seeking organization based in Bowie, Maryland. The organization has been around for almost two years.  We service individuals that suffer from fatherlessness through mentoring, counseling and community service projects.

QTP: How and when did Leo’s Love get started? 

NJ: Leo’s Love was started in June of 2014.  Leo’s Love was started because the founder and Executive Director is a direct product of a fatherless home and has experienced firsthand the debilitating emotional, mental and forged spiritual effects of being fatherless.

QTP: How does someone get services or help from Leo’s love? (Do they have to be referred by a State agency? What are the qualifying requirements? Are there income guidelines?) 

NJ: All individuals are welcome to participate starting at age 7.  Seven has a very personal meaning to me.  That’s the number of instances of my father that I have, it was the first time I spoke to him on the phone, it was also the age I was when I felt my first emotion — rejection.  We have not yet connected to state agencies, but that is a goal of ours by 2018.  Our individual participants and families mainly come from area schools and by referrals.  There has to be a need and a want to overcome the challenges that can set us back based on our past. There aren’t any income guidelines as this social issue can affect anyone regardless of your race, religion, or socioeconomically status.

QTP: What can we do to support Leo’s Love? Where would someone send a monetary donation? What kinds of things can people donate? Are you looking for volunteers?  What are the volunteer requirements? 

NJ: Leo’s Love is still very young and new, so it needs support as much as a newly established nonprofit would.  Getting information out about what we do and who we are is a great start for support.  In addition to supporting us by spreading the word of what we do, of course, monetary support is always appreciated and welcomed.  Monetary donations can be made via bit.ly/supportleoslove.

Leo’s Love, in the future, has plans to build three very specific initiatives that will definitely assist us with assisting the community, Leo’s Closet, Leo’s Library and Leo’s Pantry.

Leo’s Closet will be a place where gently used clothing items (including school uniforms) and shoes can be donated and made available to families in need.

Leo’s Library will be used for an in-house library that our participants will be able to use as an effort to increase literacy amongst themselves, their families and within their communities.

Leo’s Pantry will serve as an initiative to provide food to individuals and families that need help during and outside the holidays. As the leader of an organization, I understand the importance of volunteers and their commitment to service to the organization and the community.  We are always looking for individuals to assist us with our outreach efforts.  Leo’s Love has a volunteer packet that goes into great detail about what we expect from our volunteers, what they should expect from us and the requirements for becoming a volunteer.

QTP: Where can someone contact for more information? 

NJ: Leo’s Love has adapted to the ever-growing world of social media and can be followed on the following outlets:

Leo’s Love Website: http://www.leoslove.org
Facebook: facebook.com/leoslovemd
Instagram: leoslovemd
Twitter: leoslovemd
Periscope: periscope.tv/leoslovemd

For volunteer opportunities: please contact us at volunteer@leoslove.org

to complete the volunteer application visit: bit.ly/leoslovevolunteer

Submit your #Autism #Awareness Month story!

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April is Autism Awareness Month!

If you type “Autism” in the top of this blog’s search bar, you’ll find all sorts of helpful resources for parents with children that are autistic. For this month we are looking for your contributions on the subject! If you are a trainer, staff person or parent working or living with someone with Autism or hosting / know of a community event supporting awareness for this month, please submit your story or the information (please include photos, logos, or flyers you want included as well as your Twitter handle if available) and we will share it free of charge for the month of April! Email all submissions: queentheprophetblog@gmail.com