Entrepreneurial Journal

12. 10. 2015

Journal Entry #12

This semester is coming to a close. I really enjoyed all of the work we had to do in this class and felt like I learned a lot. Next week I’ll go more into detail on what I learned! I just wanted to share some of my thoughts on being a life long learner. I feel as though it is always important to be learning because through learning is how we grow physically, spiritually, and emotionally. We will also earn more than if we had stopped learning right out of high school. I feel like when I know a lot I’m more confident, charismatic, and I am more interesting. I have something to give back to the conversations that are being said. Lastly I’m more independent. I am already an independent person at heart. I don’t like having to depend on people for money or a job. I like to do my own thing, challenge myself, learn, and grow.

 

12. 01. 2015

Journal Entry #11

  • Based on what you read in the first two pages (pages 3 and 4), why are virtue and integrity so vital to an economy?

Everything comes down to personal integrity. Like paying your debts, being honest with one another. Don’t cheat your neighbors, don’t use false measuring in money or hours, and always keep your financial commitments. We you don’t pay ones debt, it’s a form of stealing. Anyone who makes too many commitments or promises at once should be careful because if you can’t follow through with those then that’s a form of lying and cheating. Trust is really fragile. After broken, it’s hard to come back out of it.

  • According to Charles Handy, what is the “real justification” for the existence of businesses?

Justifying a business is like saying you have the money to run that business.

  • What are two solutions proposed by Handy that you agree with? Why?
  1. Charles Handy said that we should measure success in terms of outcome. We should also try and make a way to afford giving to others.

2. Charles also said, “More corporate democracy and better corporate behavior will go a long way to improve the current business culture in the eyes of the public, but unless these changes are accompanied by a new vision of the purpose of business, they will be seen as mere palliatives.” I think he made a great point that in the corporate world, behaviors are based off of successes and the better the behavior the more successful one can be.

 

11. 28. 2015

Journal Entry #10

It was interesting to discuss the different scenarios this week. Reading and writing my response to the scenarios made me really think about whats important and what I would do at that time if this situation ever came up. One thing I want to share that I’ve learned from my fiancé is:

If I was ever put in the situation of either almost losing my job if I didn’t attend a meeting, or missing my child’s first ballet performance, I’d pray about it. Then I’d talk to my husband about the options and figure out what is best. A billionaire once told my fiancé that the four goals in life are:
1. Faith
2. Family
3. Finance
4. Fitness
And family comes before finance. The Lord will help you find a way if you are doing the right things that you need to be doing. You should not worry.
On a side note, after reading “Attitude On Money” these are the questions that I have answered:
1. What is your attitude towards money?
I think that you can use money for good, and that’s what I try to use it for. But with money you can help yourself in budgeting, investing, and saving.
2. How can the view of money affect the way you live?
It says that our minds create different filters that make us see what we want to see instead of what is really is. Money is neither good or bad. But using money that we don’t have can bind us in a forever debt. Money can do terrible things if it gets in the wrong hands. But money can do good if it gets in the right hands, like Brother Huntsman who shares his time, money, and energy to helping out the less fortunate.
3. What rules are recommended for prospering?
  • Seek the Lord and have hope in him
  • Keep the commandments – this includes temporal
  • Think about money and how you become self reliant
  • Take chances to learn about money and savings
  • Learn the laws of which wealth is a blessing
  • Do not send away the naked, hungry, sick, or afflicted

11. 20. 2015

Journal Entry #9

I have been really excited for this project on interviewing an entrepreneur. I decided to interview Bianca McDown Reber. Bianca recently graduated from BYU Idaho with a double major in Business and Communications. Bianca and her husband got married this last may and she knew that she would have to follow her husband through medical school, which meant switching from different employees. This was something she did not want. So she decided to start a business that she could do all around the world. Bianca launched her own business in December called Voxx Voice. Voxx voice in Latin means, “voice”. Voxx voice is committed to helping every one have a voice in the world. They provide businesses and organizations with strategies and services that are focused on helping reach their goals through many purposes. Bianca’s purpose is to change the world one organization at a time. The company focuses on Director Marking Specialist, Social Media Managing, Content Consulting, Event Planning, and more services. You can basically find everything in one company.

In recent travels Voxx Voice partnered with Gems and went to South Sudan. They started over 20 different charities and organizations that will be implemented this next year. In one experience,

“Getting all the video footage back from World Mental Health Day. I got to present the Check to Dr. Atong along Side Ellen Ratner to the Juba Hospital and Psychiatric Unit. I think at this exact moment I said,” We love South Sudan and want to Support the health of the country. “Side Note, it was so hot that it felt like a Sauna.– For anyone interested in non-profit work, make sure you work with an organization that doesn’t just give the country money, but that actually goes in and does the dirty work themselves. The saying give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for life, goes right along with NGO’s. To create change, you need to teach and actually implement the projects. It’s more fun that way anyways! ‪#‎charity‪#‎africa

After hearing about Bianca’s experiences we talked about some of the things that she would change about her career. Bianca said that she would of not started a business right before marriage. Seeing that weddings take up a lot of time and effort, launching a business right before then was a little crazy. She also mentioned that when the company was launched, nothing was ready. Which could be a bad and/or good thing. By things not being ready, she really had to dive into the company and helping it grow. Another part that Bianca would of considered was to look into legal issues. Bianca had to change the company name 3 different times.

Although there were some things Bianca would of wanted to do different there were many great things that happened. Voxx Voice grows weekly. The networking has been tremendous. They have made many connections. Voxx Voice services are provided in every continent but Antarctica and Australia. Bianca was also able to start a nonprofit in Africa. The expectations have changed. The main goal has changed since starting it.

Over all the success has been great for Bianca and Voxx Voice. We really enjoyed talking about the business world and entrepreneurship.

 

11. 05. 2015

Journal Entry #8

I’m excited to be able to interview an Entrepreneur in the next week. I thought it would be interesting to study a little bit about Entrepreneurs and “Surprising Facts”. On a website called inc. I gathered some information I thought it would be neat to share.

To be an entrepreneur you have to get out of your comfort zone daily.

You have to kiss up to a lot of people you don’t even like. I thought his fact was interesting. I was raised to be aggressive and say what I think and feel. I may need to re-evaluate myself and be more willing to “kiss up”.

The first try in launching my product or service will fail. I can’t be afraid of failure. Even though it’s not the best and it can really beat you up, you have to keep going.

Finding a client to work for is going to be a lot harder than I’ve ever imagined. I will be getting a lot of “no’s” rather than “yes’s”.

I am at constant risk at losing it all. This one scares me. So I think what I would try to do is find alternatives. Surround myself with good and inspiring/uplifting people.

I always have to ask for what I want. There are the asker’s and the assumers. I want to be an asker. If I don’t ask, I’ll never know.

Success is going to take a lot longer than a year.

After reading all of these facts, I wonder why I’m pursuing an entrepreneur degree. There will be more failures than success. But in all reality, I would not be happy working at 9 to 5 job in an office Monday through Friday. I would rather do what I love than get paid to do something I dread/hate. But I think it’s safe to say that I will need to have a back up plan if I have 100/1 failures.

For more information on Facts about Entrepreneurs visit:

http://www.inc.com/peter-economy/23-surprising-facts-about-being-an-entrepreneur.html


10. 31. 2015

Journal Entry #7

Here are ten things I’ve learned from the book “The Art of Master

  1. Number one key to success is understanding who you truly are and who you want to be in life. Understanding who you truly are can help you determine what is most important to you in life and what career best suites you.
  2. Embrace criticism and failure. Don’t be afraid to fall or fail. When we fail we are able to grow and become better. Practice makes perfect.
  3. Be humble, be open to opposition, be willing to learn from others, and take as many notes as possible.
  4. Speak through your work. Find out the type of work you want to do and make it your own. Stand out and be yourself.
  5. Love learning, reading, studying, talking with others, with professionals. Love the process.
  6. Take time for yourself. Take a break from your studies, your work. Go outside, get some fresh air, enjoy the sunshine or the rain. Don’t let life pass you by.
  7. Understand and be able to put yourself in others shoes. This way you can see a situation from their perspective.
  8. Be open to ideas. Be willing you learn from others, and have them help you make your ideas a little bit better.
  9. Have self discipline. With discipline you can do anything. Your possibilities are endless.
  10. Be curious. Be like a child. Be imaginative.

10. 24. 2015

Journal Entry #6

In each of my classes I’ve been able to work in sync with each other. This class I’ve learned so much about being an entrepreneur. My Business 250 I’ve had to make a working website for my business, selecting a domain, and paypal account. For my Vector Graphics class I’ve had to come up with difference logos and design a working website. And for my Business for the Professional Artist I have had to write down 100 clients I’d like to work with, write up my business plan, and contact 10 of those clients giving them my pitch and asking for work. All in all, I feel like I am getting somewhere with all of these classes pushing me to do better and helping me succeed with my career. If interested here is my website I am working on for my own business:

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I still have a long way to go with writing and designing but this Entrepreneurial class is helping me continue strong and keeping me motivated!! I enjoy all the videos and definitely the book of Mastery. Everything is so insightful.


Date 10. 16. 2015

Journal Entry #5

This week has been interesting to me! In the Board of Advisors assignment we were asked to name 7 people we would like to have on our personal board. One of those people that I chose was Bianca. Bianca has been very influential to me! She is also my best friend. I’ve been interning and helping her company with the Social Media Marketing side. Bianca just launched her own company in December after graduating from BYU Idaho with two Majors. Her company now is called Voxx Voice and offers over 16+ services. Currently she is in South Sudan with the Prime Minister, Jack Rice former CIA Agent, Fox news reporter and analyst, and Ellen Ratner: White House Representative. Her company raised over $10,000 and is implementing 20+ programs to help the hungry, the hospitals, kids education, sanitation, etc. She is inspiring to me! I’ve chosen to show a few of her photo’s and stories that she’s shared while over in Africa.

14 hrs ago:

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Bianca: Wherever there are kids, I am there. I believe to create lasting change for this country, we need to implement powerful education programs that give kids the hope they need for their future. We raised money and provided them with these uniforms. From that simple aspect, they felt more inclined to chase their education. “Knowledge is Power.” I met with the Minister of Education and have some great programs that we are working on for these kids! They are the future. #africa#education

October 15:

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Bianca: “Guess where Jack & I are at? On the back of a truck with 6 special operations cops in South Sudan. What are we doing? Driving around South Sudan picking up mentally sick homeless people and bringing them back to the hospital. I was supposed to go in the secure hummer, but I asked to join the cops. Extremely dangerous for me to be in the back in the city but I knew I had to. We did this for about 5 hours today. Brought them to the hospital, bathed them, gave them food and new clothes. One woman in particular that we found naked and extremely malnourished grabbed my arm tightly, looked me in the eyes and in English said,” I love you.” I said it back and saw that she meant it. If left on the streets she would have died. While driving around I thought of the story of the Good Samaritan. Let me pose a question to you, when is the last time you helped a friend? Maybe yesterday? Let me pose another, when was the last time you helped a stranger? That.. That is what will create change in the world. Take some time and help a stranger, you may save their life.

If you are wanting to keep updated with whats going on in her adventures with her company Voxx Voice follow: Voxx Voice Instagram and Voxx Voice Twitter


Date 10. 06. 2015

Journal Entry #4

I really enjoyed writing my personal consitution this week. I also really enjoyed reading out of the “Master: The keys to success and long-term fulfillment” book. I found it to be really insightful. Writing down my fears helped with figuring out how I will overcome them. I think we all fear failure but we may also fear success. It can be scary to see how successful you can be, but it’s worth the try. I look forward to learning more about myself in the upcoming weeks and working more towards my goal of being an Entrepreneur.


Date 10. 06. 2015

Personal Constitution

I wanted to share with you my personal constitution. It is personal so please be respectful 🙂

To me money doesn’t buy happiness. I do want to inspire and make a difference in the world but having a successful career to me is not about the money I make but the lives I can change for the better. After making a list of the different things I want to become I chose six of those. My first was that I want to make a difference. I don’t want to just exist. I want to stand out, and help others stand out as well.

My second goes along with my first in that I want to be inspiring. I want people to look at me and find inspiration and want to be better. I want people to know that they can build their dream job, and do what they love. I want to seek after helping those and looking for mentors in the type of jobs that I am interested in. I want to look for inspiration daily and start my own inspiration board or wall that I can consistently look at and be reminded of my goals. This will be a long term but exciting goal for me. I suggest anyone interested in being inspiring or finding inspiration to do this as well.

With a successful career in making a difference I want to be kind. Being kind to me means smiling more often, even when I am feeling down, stressed, or upset. There is magic in a smile. The simple act of smiling triggers something in your brain that benefits your health and happiness. When you are able to smile more you feel less stressed. These endorphins relax your body, sending off positive vibes not only to yourself but those around you. Another way for me to be kind is through service. Service doesn’t need to be anything extravagant. A small service could be buying someone a drink, or holding the door open, offering your spouse or family member to do their grocery shopping, etc. Giving as well as smiling helps you to overcome stress and ignites the hormone called Oxytocin. This is the compassionate hormone. When I see those around me happier because they’re giving and being kinder, it makes me realize that I want that kind of happiness too.

Deciding what else was important to me I figured that I want to be a good mother. I look up to my mother a lot and all the hardships and trials she has been through but also all of the successes and rewards she has achieved. My mother has always been faithful to the church, and has always sought for guidance from our Heavenly Father. She is patience, kind, giving, and successful. People love her. Her friends love her and encourage her. I want people to love me the way they love her. Because she put the Gospel first I feel like she has been more successful than if she hadn’t. I want to choose to put God first into my life, and consistently look for his guidance in all things. I’ve become much closer to my mom over the years and want to seek guidance from her as well. The life she lives is simple and I’ve realized that it’s the simple things in life that make it so much better.

I want to live a simpler life. By living a simpler life I feel as though one can become closer to ones inner self – the essence of who you are. By ridding of all clutter, you can see the beauty, the flaws, the strengths of ones authentic self. There is no distractions, clutter, or junk to distract you. By living a simple life you can also feel clarity. You begin to see what is really important and what really matters in life. I have a short story about that. I had recently returned from a trip back home this last May and had packed about $2,000 worth of new items that I loved and idolized. The airlines I flew with had lost my luggage though, and six months later I still haven’t received a reimbursement for the materials that I lost. Right before I had checked my baggage the Spirit told me to take my journal and patriarchal blessing out of my bag. I’m so grateful that I had listened. This was a huge learning lesson for me that we can’t take materials to heaven with us. I had to live a simpler life and slowly build back what I had lost, but I have been smarter with money instead of just spending it on everything. I have become frugal. I’ve realized that there are far more precious things in life that mean more to me that materialistic item. I had been blessed to have the Spirit there to tell me to take my journal and patriarchal blessing out of my bag. Those are the things that are truly important to me. I felt gratitude in having a simpler life and I’ve felt healthier. I had rid of all my clutter. There is so much joy to be had when you live a simpler life. The important things in life bring us joy.

Overall the things I want to become are things like being kinder to everyone around me and to myself. Giving to those and not expecting anything back. Striving to make a difference in life, and helping others stand out as well. Living a simpler life and enjoying the simplicity, and being a good mother. I think all of these things go hand in hand with each other.

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Date 10. 1. 2015

Journey Entry #3

I wanted to focus more on my “Personal Code of Conducts”. The three that I shared in the recent assignment were dedication, productivity, and being reliable.

To me, ethics are something that you try to live by everyday. They don’t come easy and sometimes you’ll slip up, but it’s the “trying” part that matters. I picked three ethics that I’ve tried to show recently. My dedication in my school work, and business have grown exponentially from just last year. I learned dedication when I left school May 2014 to go live and work on a Luxury Dude Ranch in Colorado, while I figured out my passions. I had no idea I would have been pushed as hard as I did living and working out there. I was physically and mentally pushing myself everyday with 10-12 hours of work a day to hiking 12,000 ft elevations in a matter of hours. There were many days I’d wake up at 5am wishing I could just go back to bed and then hitting the pillow at 11pm at night after a long day of work, hoping I’d feel rested for the next day. Living out in Colorado last year helped me realize what dedication was to me. Dedication is doing something that you may want to or not want to do, and you need to because you’ve committed to it. That’s how I see life. There will be times in my life that I’ll find a task less exciting, but because I’ve dedicated my time and I’ve made a commitment to keep to my ethics, I’ll do the task.

This goes along well with productivity and being reliable. Someone who is reliable has trustworthy qualities. When a professor or job puts me in charge of a task, I will be reliable and productive in finishing that task on time and professionally. Part of being productive is taking care of yourself physically and mentally. I love what I’m studying, and I love my assignments and classes this semester. But in order to stay on top of things I need to be taking care of myself. For example, it’s important to always take a few breaks through out the day. Do things that you enjoy doing even if you enjoy working and going to school. Go outside, read a book, go on a run, etc. Time to yourself keeps you sane. I use my morning to focus on myself. For the first two hours I am awake I read, write in my journal, eat, relax, etc. It’s good to get on a schedule/routine. This helps with your dedication/discipline. Doing the little things really do count, and can make your work infamously better. I’ve realized this over the past few weeks! I’ve slipped up and left one or two assignments to the last minute, but now I try and finish all of my assignments before Friday so that I can have time to work on other things like my business. I’ve also immersed myself in so much work and homework that I’ve forgotten to take time to myself, and I feel overwhelmed and lost. It’s good to have a balance.

To end, here’s a quote I heard today that maybe some needed to hear as well:

“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.” – Thomas Kinkade.


Date: 9. 26. 2015

Journal Entry #2

“Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.” – Randy Pausch

Randy made a good point that It’s not about how to achieve your dreams but it’s about how to lead your life. If you are leading a good life, things will fall into place. “The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something, the brick walls are there to stop the people that don’t want it badly enough.” Randy led a good life it seemed like. People enjoyed hearing from him, he enjoyed life as it came, saw every experience as a learning experience. He stuck to his plans, put his mind to it, and was able to achieve some of his childhood dreams.

I do think dreaming is important. We all have a purpose in life, and it’s our responsibility to figure out what that is. We are thankfully given tools and guidance from others to help us figure out what we should do in life. Dreaming opens possibilities, a change to change the world, to make it a better place.

I want to make a difference in the world. I’ve wanted to since I was younger, and I thought it was so neat that there were people who went out to third world countries and did humanitarian work. I knew I wanted to do that one day and I did. Luckily my third semester I had a roommate named Catie and she was passionate about humanitarian work in Honduras. I decided that was what I was going to do when the 7 week break came around. In a month and a half I made enough money to travel to Honduras for two weeks to do humanitarian work with Catie! It was one of the best experiences of my life. I enjoyed working with the people, learning of their culture, and building, finishing, and opening a new school for the kids to study in. Dreams can be either hard or easy to reach. It’s how you go about reaching them, and how bad that you want to achieve them.

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Date: 9. 22. 2015

Authenticity and Bucket Lists

A bucket list can be personal but people love authenticity. This last week for one of the assignments in class we were asked to watch a video called “Live Like You Were Dying” and write down 50 things we want to do before we die. I thoroughly enjoyed this assignment and saw it as inspiring. I’ve decided to share some of the things I would like to do before I die, merely to either inspire, enlighten, or just purely entertain others.

In so specific order:
1. 3-5 day Backpacking trip in CO
2. Travel to Alaska
3. Graduate w/ Bachelors Degree
4. Get a certified bow hunting license
5. Go on 100 hikes in 1 year
6. Canoe Moraine Lake, WA
7. Complete a Spartan Race
8. Peak 5 14ners (elevation)
9. Meet Ree Drummond
10. Go to a George Strait Concert
11. Read 100 books in 1 year
12. Donate $10,000 to a cause
13. Hold a baby cub & Pet a tiger
14. Inspire another human being / Mentor someone
If you haven’t already, I would advise you to write down 50 things you would like to do before you die. It will help you discern what is most important to you.

Date: 9.19. 2015

Journal Entry #1

I’ve already learned so much and it has been the first week of classes! Along with this class and other classes I am diving into the real world of business and entrepreneurship! I have been studying “Social Media Marketing for Dummies” on the side as well as researching companies I would like to work for next year. I look forward to getting my portfolio up and running and connecting with jobs. I have been more than excited for this class and am looking forward to learning more about how to be a great entrepreneur. I think it’s wonderful that we are having to keep a journal throughout the semester about each of our experiences, and how we begin to see the world differently.

In my studies I learned that the only way we can really learn something is if we put our upmost effort into it and apply the lessons we’ve learned into our lives. On a side note, from other studies this week, I’ve learned that in order to catch a viewers attention you must display your brand at least 7 times for viewers to remember it. You must ask yourself, “Where are my customers living?”, “What social media do they use”, in order to reach different viewers. There are a lot of tips that go along with social media marketing and entrepreneurship. Things that you need to consistently studying up on in order to always catch the viewers attention.

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