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Monday, October 7, 2019

Dear Hannah: Doing Too Much (The Podcast Series)

Dear Hannah,

Don't let anyone who has not done what you are doing ... tell you that you are "doing too much".

Do all you can, keep learning, then be prepared to do even more.

You may lose a few battles, but you will win the war.



Derrick Brown & KnowledgeBase Present ...
"Doing Too Much"

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I have reached life's proverbial "crossroads".

I have learned who I am ... what I want to do ... and how to do it.

For the record, I will facilitate hope, healing, and change through small-group discipleship and "standup storytelling".

This ministry will create and publish learning content that can be sold to generate revenue.

Here's what I have not figured out.

I need to buy some more time to market and finance this ministry ...
The computer is my ultimate weapon.

I have made even more money providing IT solutions to independent startup schools.

It makes a lot of sense to focus my consulting on providing these solutions to other smaller business clients in my neighborhood.

It makes even more sense to offer these services to small business people that I know.

Here's what I know now ...
I have bought and sold my favorite things (textbooks, calculators, athletic apparel, laptops, tablets, and cameras) on eBay since 1998.

Several years ago, I created an analytic algorithm to help me identify items that I could buy low and sell high.

It works.
Let's get this out of the way first.

It is correct and proper to say "the data show us".

It sounds awkward, though.

It is more useful (and less awkward) to say "the data shows".

See what I did there?

I had a dream.

I wanted to make movies like Spike Lee ... without appearing in them.

I wanted to make music like Quincy Jones ... produce albums with my name on them (but not using my voice).

I wanted to take pictures like Gordon Parks - for Web sites and CD / DVD slideshows, not magazines ... because I was not big on printing photos (too much ink).

I wanted to make a Black Yahoo! (powered by Black Google) to catalog the African Internet experience.

Believe it or not - I did each of these in my home ... powered by computers ...
The year after I graduated high school (1988), I returned home and went to an auction sponsored by my old school district.

They were auctioning old band instruments and instrument cases.

I walked in to see my old high school assistant principal asking for bids on a baritone saxophone.

No one was bidding.

He turned and saw me, knew that I had been on the marching band, and asked me if I would bid $1.

I said "yes" ...

I bought a house in 2009, and started to "grow up" (at the age of 40).

No more labs and warehouses in my apartment ... at least no permanent ones.

No space to store 60 desktop PCs.

Only a small office that I now wanted to look like an office (most of the time).

It had a double-door closet, and room for 2 small bookshelves and a big desk.

I knew I could make it work, though, if I made my main *computer* and closet into the new lab and the warehouse ...

I have now hit my stride as a content creator.

I am in my “renaissance”.

This renaissance has been fueled by the creative environment I built and now maintain.

In the last 3 years (2016-2018), I have now written, recorded, produced, and published ...

Writing is organized thought.

Speaking is organized noise.

They are inextricably linked.

Sometimes written words can say what the voice cannot ... depending on who is listening (or not).

Sometimes the voice can say what written words cannot ... depending on who is reading (or not).

So both are arrows in the quiver that I deliver as truthgiver ...

I hope I have focused on "doing too much" the way I intended.

In conclusion, I don't like to hear that phrase.

I do keep it in mind, though, to help stay on course.

I have not achieved my potential, but I have hit my stride.

Because half my story has never been told ...

About Derrick Brown (Standup Storyteller)

I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

I am a “standup storyteller.”

I fuse rap, spoken word (poetry), oration (traditional public speaking), singing, and teaching into messages of hope, healing, and change that I write, direct, and produce to help people who help people.

Everything must change - and stay changED.

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Change begins with me and the renewing of my mind ... then continues through efforts to effect small-group discipleship (equipping others to equip others) with audiences that respect and embrace mentoring, mediation, and problem solving as tools of change.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes classes in ministry, entrepreneurship, stewardship, literacy, numeracy, language, self-identity, self-expression, and analysis / synthesis.

My projects execute a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people who help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

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