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This book is dedicated to
every believer opposed to settling for status-quo—B.O.S.S. May your
move be a production of purpose and promise. May you forever maximize
your BOSS potential as you strive to thrive!
To my mother, Joy, thank
you for being an example of poise and perseverance. To my spiritual
parents, Apostle Travis, and Pastor Stephanie Jennings, thank you for
prophesying and pushing me to produce this book. Without you three
standing as my influential support system, and without your prayers,
this book would just be a dream of mine—not my reality.
for the Entrepreneur
“For we are God's
handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God
prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
You are on your journey to
becoming and embracing the ‘boss’ that God has fated you to be.
Understand and believe that prior to your father meeting your
mother—before you were conceived and formed in your mother’s
womb, God created and purposed you to produce something in the earth.
Your production was strategically planned. God ever-so-carefully
handcrafted you and placed within you every skill you would need to
produce the businesses, the organizations, and the innovations that
He destined you to establish on Earth.
All this may seem exciting,
intriguing, and even a little inspiring; however, make a mental note
that while you have been created on purpose with a purpose, God’s
ways are not our finite human ways, nor are His thoughts as miniscule
as our thoughts. God’s actions may not align with our expectations.
His delivery may rarely coincide with our will. This statement I know
to be true in my personal life.
Journal Entry #1
“She has a pretty easy
life. She was probably raised with a silver spoon in her mouth.”
Most would think that upon assessing my age, college degree,
profession in education, and status as a successful entrepreneur.
Yeah right though—silver
is not my reality. Never
has it been the golden ticket put to my mouth. Quite simply, life
provoked me to take over the world–and so, in stride, with a cute
pair of heels, I do!
Through the most unlikely
vessels, God gave me the gift of life. My biological parents were
perverted and confused drug abusers at the time that I was conceived.
As unfortunate as it is, and like so many others, I was a child born
and rejected. At three-weeks-old I was given up for adoption. There
is no sad story here though. I know God’s ways are different from
mine and so are His thoughts. The mere fact that my thoughts are
penned for publication legitimizes God’s purpose for my life and
His intentionality for yours.
From one ‘boss’ to
another, embark on life’s journey. Be intentional in embracing and
maximizing your ‘boss’ potential. As you do this, rejoice in
knowing that you have been strategically created with a purpose, on
purpose, which is to produce.
“Blessed is the one
who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that
person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to
those who love him.” (James 1:12)
Knowledge is power, but it
is the application of knowledge that is key to being a successful
‘boss’. Knowing that you have purpose alone is not enough to
produce anything. You will need power to persevere through this
journey. Life will throw you some curveballs and you will experience
highs and lows. Yes, inevitably, you will have good days, and you
will most definitely have bad days. However, this must not prevent
you from producing what you were purposed for.
Is it always easy? Heck no!
Will you always “feel” like it? Uhm, of, course not! You have to
push pass those emotions, rest in assurance, and stand firm on what
you know the end result will be—regardless of the lemons life
throws at you. The God you serve is big! He is the God who just so
happens to know how to make lemonade. This is a cup I’ve become
quite acquainted with drinking.
Journal Entry #2
God sweetened my
“lemon-like” entry into this world, by blessing me with the best
adoptive parents a child could ever pray for. Through their lives, I
gained an understanding of what perseverance really looks like. I
grew up watching my dad battle against diabetes. His bout with the
disease led to the amputation of one of his legs and a few of his
toes, yet he persevered daily. Every day he pushed through and chose
not to allow his physical inabilities to affect his inner abilities
to be an active father to me and a loving husband to my mom.
In true form, my mother
gracefully stood by his side without mumbling or complaining. She
would go to work each day, come home to take care of the house and my
dad, and stood poised beside my him—honoring him as the king of our
castle. You see, my power to overcome life's obstacles was not
inspired by friends, or even celebrities. My power to persevere was
evoked from the tremendous perseverance that my parents lived out
right before my eyes. They did it despite the unexpectedly hard
situations that were thrown at them.
Most that hear this story
view it as sad or disheartening; but for me, it stands as a pivotal
reflection of great faith, character, and strength. I am the
woman that I am today because of their power to persevere.
From one ‘boss’ to
another, let today be a day of reflection and rejoicing. Be glad in
the fact that the situation you are currently experiencing, others
have also been in, and have quit—or even died in it. You however,
keep pushing to gain the win! Those of you fellow bosses that are
still in the stage of persevering—you too can rejoice! The fact
that you are still present shows that you still have victory in view.
Your win is right around the corner.
“My grace is
sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
(2 Corinthians 12:9)
Boss, you are progressing
on your journey! I am certain that the walk thus far has been quite
interesting. If you’re having a similar experience to what I had
when I first started, then I am sure you are admiring the amazingness
of God. Today may very well be an ordinary day with nothing
significant taking place. However, it is today that your sense of
awareness will transcend to another level.
Within the last couple of
days, you have come to find that there is purpose for you in life.
This level of understanding is provoking you to live life outside of
the emotions of fear, give up, or even laziness. The dots in your
life are connecting. The pinnacle of revelation in this day should be
you seeing how God has consistently assisted you every time life has
taken you in another direction—knowingly or unknowingly. This is
the grace of God.
It must be understood that
you did not get to ‘boss’ status, and will never truly be ‘bossy’
on your own. When you are working the long hours to produce work for
your demanding clientele, while working a nine-to-five job for
someone else because you have to fund the business that you run; and
along with those things you are enrolled in school because you
understand that skills without credentials is like a car without an
engine–useless! The grace of God is that which keeps you from
passing out from exhaustion. It is His grace that continues to drive
you when you feel like your dream is more than you can handle.
Know that we never really
give life permission to knock us upside the head. Life tends to be a
rude and uninvited guest. It barges in unannounced and does what it
wants to do with no consideration of how it will make us feel. Trust
me! I know grace. It became a true companion during the biggest
transition of my life.
Journal Entry #3
My mind is filled with the
not so distant memory of April 26, 2000. My role model,
comforter, and the captain of my fan squad is gone. I called him
daddy. I can never forget when my mom woke me up with the look of
indefinite despair. She told me that my dad had gone to Heaven. I was
only nine years old, and somehow, in that moment I felt it was my
place to be strong. The emotion of uncertainty, I chose to mask in
fear. I knew not what the future held for my mom and me. Our lot had
been casted, and my dad had transitioned from labor to reward. It was
only fitting that we too moved on—right?
I mean life had just came
in and sat her rump in our living space. No questions. No heads up.
No compassion. It is surreal to me how my mom and I had to now
reacclimate to one another. We had to become familiar with each
other’s new ways due to the transition. We both had taken on new
roles too. My mom was no longer wife, but was widowed-single-mom. Me,
the “daddy’s girl,” was now a fatherless child—or so it
Though the obstacle of my
dad’s passing and everything that came with it was overwhelming, we
overcame. We conquered mountains together, and through it all we did
it with grace. God graced us to transition through the ordeal of
losing the head of our home. Just the same, as we were graced, you
too have you been given a measure of grace to triumph in any
transition you encounter.
From one ‘boss’ to
another, I encourage you to boss up today! Reflect on the tragedies,
trials, and tests that you’ve been through within the past few days
or even years. After doing so, celebrate! Rejoice in the fact that
circumstances that others could not get over or get through, you
“Therefore, my beloved
brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of
the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the
Oh, the push that is
coming, is about to be real. When an object is pushed, it is said to
be thrusted forward with forceful momentum coming from behind. As a
‘boss’, you are the object that will constantly be thrusted
forward with forceful momentum. Life, people, and at times, even you
yourself will demand you to push to greater levels of accomplishment
Think about it; when is the
last time you did something that you were afraid to do? What is it
that you dream of having, seeing, being, or doing that you talk
yourself out of? Now consider why it is that you do that. It is
necessary for you to defy complacency, self-doubt, and fear by taking
on new feats. Not to be a voice of cliché here, but seriously, the
only thing that beats a failure is a try.
The reason for this is
because even if you try and fail, you are far ahead of those who have
never tried. Isn’t that amazing! If the truth be told, you know of
a lot of people that have yet to try anything that they’ve thought
of. You don’t have to look for it, it’s very evident in their
lack of passion, productivity, and progression
Your ‘boss’ status
demands you to be great. As my pastor, Dr. Travis C. Jennings
eloquently stated, “greatness comes when you commit to challenging
yourself every day to be better than yesterday. As you challenge
yourself, keep in mind that you are your competition if no one else
is. Step out of your comfort zone. I dare you! Why? Because as my
pastor has said, “comfort is the trap door to poverty and
discomfort is the doorway to development.”
You’d be surprised how
much you can accomplish in life and how much of a ‘boss’ you
really are, once you grasp that there is more to life than mundane
everyday comfort zones. The only way to get more out of life is when
you are push to abound. Yes, I know pursuing new things tend to be a
bit frightening and mostly uncomfortable, but living stuck by a
severe case of the “what ifs” is not living at all. You are
empowered to succeed, and what you think is unattainable can be
done—allowing God to be your power source of course.
Journal Entry #4
Coming out of prayer one
morning, I was in awe of how God had just blown my mind! He
orchestrated my steps even the more. My memory took me back to my
fifth-grade days when I desired to try out for cheerleading.
The “chubby girl” is
what they called me in elementary school. Let’s just say that my
baby fat had overstayed its welcome. I was smart with a great
personality—if I do say so myself, but that did not matter to my
peers. They teased me about my weight constantly. Needless to say,
this made me insecure about my weight. I started to think poorly
about myself, just as girls that are in that situation commonly do.
Cheering was something I
knew that I could do. My weight, self-doubt, and the whispers of
others about my dream to be a cheerleader had to be pushed aside so
that I could even tryout for the squad—and I did. I pushed every
one of those emotions aside in an effort to abound towards my dream.
It was a successful attempt because I made the squad. I cheered all
the way up to my senior year.
I wish I could take all the
credit for conquering that goal, but I can’t. Within me I felt a
push to try. I felt a need to go for it. That was God letting me know
that it wasn’t impossible for the “chubby girl,” for lack of a
better term, to make the cheerleading squad. It was worth it too,
because I ended up becoming the captain of my squad in high school.