Communication Continued

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Journal 3

During my last journal entry I spoke about the importance of communication and today I learned about the importance of communication! I work at a non-profit and was hired to renovate and reintegrate it into the community. I do it because this business makes sure that people who have had family members die from homicide or aggravated assault are given a place that they can feel a part of, and they receive therapy and resources to help them down the path of recovery.

This place is very old, and its founder is also obviously getting ready to retire. She created this place in the 80s by sharing her dream and having the people believe in what she was trying to do. They all helped in what way they could; the attorneys helped draft the paperwork, the community leaders helped spread the word, and they all formed the Board of Directors to run it.

Here we are years later and it has grown into a business that nobody imagined at the time, focusing on providing therapy. However I have been noticing that despite all the tools I provide to analyze what is happening as well as how to manage it and rebuild, it has been stuck. It is stuck in its ways and therefore it is not rebuilding.

I only deal with the Executive Director and the other employees are not in the office when I am there so I never see them. Today I had a meeting with all the employees including the ED and realized that despite the tools given, the underlying problem is communication. The employees are all having problems, and they do not feel like they are being listened to. The ED also knows that she has problems and feels that the employees are not listening!

Here we are in a place that has expressed its dreams as well as created a way to solve the dilemma that it sees in our community, but because of communication problems internally, it faces a very real problem of falling apart. In this example we learn that communication is a two-way street. As I said in the last blog speaking also means listening. If we do not hear the problems of others they will never be able to adapt and keep their dreams alive for others to benefit from.

My grandfather told me that psychologists, or anyone else, are very effective for their first five years. After those five years they think they know everything so they talk to instead of listening to their clients. I think today was a reminder so that I would think of those words. Do not get frustrated that others aren’t hearing you, listen to them because they probably want the same thing you do and are trying to solve the problem too. Communication is listening, learning, and only at certain times does it mean speaking your mind. Anything is possible with cooperation whereas nothing is possible without the people you meet and keep in your life.

The issue of growing dreams

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Today we will talk about the ways to grow from the thoughts and beliefs in our minds in order to step up the game into an organization. If anyone wants to comment please feel free.

In life everyone tries to communicate their dreams and desires so we can find the people that are like us, and want the same things that we do! We all have images in our head of want we want to make us comfortable, happy, and satisfied with the life and people that we surround ourselves with. When I look out the window of my Sacramento office I see what is, and when I imagine my world I see what it could be like.

In order to grow a business, it is actually a very simple process to create our dreams and weave it into our reality. These dreams manifest themselves purely from our thoughts and opinions, and some of us are able to find ways to turn that into a lifestyle for ourselves and others. There was a quote that I saw on some Facebook post that said, if you help a million people, you will become a millionaire.

The way this starts is by opening up dialogue with as many people around you as possible. This is done at stores, cafes, parties, anywhere that you spend time. By expressing your desires these people will give you info on how they believe and what they think is important. Listening and speaking go hand in hand; like breathing in and out. It is important to find a nice balance, and I definitely have a hard time with this because I would much rather sit and read than talk!

The internet is this huge exchange as well, but the added advantage is that there are analytical tools that allow us to analyze the data that comes to us through these exchanges. The internet is filled with social circles that focus on music, crafts, politics, whatever you could possibly be interested in. Business is simply the added practice of gathering information that would be useful to create and distribute what we dream could help everyone, and talking to as many people as possible about what you believe.

How do we find enough people that are interested in talking? Well, that question I have no answer to. Publishing content and talking to enough people will get interest and understanding, and then it is a matter of unifying your communication. We do not want to sound scatterbrained when we talk to anyone, and that is why business has a concept of “branding.” When you have a unified voice you are then able to see what large groups of people want in order to give them what you determine they need.

But there have been civilized societies for thousands and thousands of years! Everything has been done. But nothing has been done the way YOU think would make us all better, only you have your life experiences and modern thoughts. But there are many others like us. Some are successful businesses, some are awesome groups that know how to have fun, and some are individuals with such personal dreams that they need to build them through design, or whatever. Bringing like-minded people together in the business world is called Affiliations.

The network of colors, art, comfort, and fun needs to grow into a unified message that teaches us all that we don’t have to think of success as some crazy expensive car or handbag and getting wasted. We can wear plastic sunglasses that are bright orange and blue, and STILL create the next theory of relativity or run multi-million dollar organizations. We create the world with our friends in unity to give to everyone else. Let them decide if they need it or not.

Business Journal Entry 1

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Creation of CMP/Daydream

Journal 1

Well here we go. As a young entrepreneur who has devoted time to grow personal businesses since getting turntables at age 17, it seems to finally be time to record my experiences in business development. There is so much to learn that it is hard to keep it all straight in my mind.

I have been developing my passions into useable products for so long now that it all feels like the same grind which is an obvious blessing but also a curse. On the one hand everything you do is filled with passion and purpose, but on the other hand the day is composed of moving from one chore to another.

But recently, there has been some interesting developments in my thought process! I have realized that this whole time that I have felt frustration from not finding much music, television, images, events of interest is because there is not much for young artists. There are colorful clothes, but why aren’t there interesting stores? Why are museums filled old art, and their stores filled with cool but incredibly overpriced items? Ah ha! The businesses that are out there are designed for people that are old enough to not be energetically inspired; the money is easy to leave the hands of the old, and the young spend it on an attempt to be inspired through music, TV, alcohol, and clothes.

Today I look at H&M and realize that it is a store that was built by an older generation attempting to pry money away from the younger generation. It is watered-down, and like the other things that take our interest are geared to the mediocre. The youth are trying to be able to afford Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and other brands that we believe represent success, but what we are sacrificing is inspiration and individuality.

What we need is a “brand” that represents the colors and feelings that we see in our minds and adore as young children. I know that many want to spend time with the 1% because we are taught that money and success leads to happiness. What we are not told is that being CEO and living in the 1% is very lonely. When we achieve this success we spend time alone making decisions that impact others and that leave others resentful. Let’s make something that shows that we can have what we want and need, and still maintain the vivid life that we lead as children. Growing up does not have to be painful. CMP is about building an environment that encourages everyone to live and build what they dream, be it fine art, chairs, or mathematical equations.