Photo Credit - Sherridean Skeete, Barbados who is also a current student of the ELEVATE Entrepreneurs Program. She is such a vitality element in the universe: "You Are Always There" by Sherridean
My first speaking engagement at church revealed some interesting things about myself and the audience. I was young, impulsive, hungry for knowledge, and understanding. My Sunday school teacher and I were always at headlock and I had enough of hearing repeat the same old religious notions. I wanted something I could sink my teeth into and own. She got tired of me one Sunday and told me if I don't like what she is teaching then I could teach. I saw the Pastor in the back of the room smiling. My Pastor had always been my first teacher and coach. She hardly needed to whip me; a stern look would end the conversation. Anyway, Sunday came and I spoke like a champion. I recall my friend Steve singing, he could sing like a brick house. The session was short but inspiring. One of the senior members of the congregation came over and whispered to me. She said, "Young man, continue to speak and never stop." I was pleasantly surprised because I needed that one moment in time where someone would reassure me I was on the right path. At that moment, I learned that by sharing my inner self through teaching and speaking, I answered the call for the ones who were silent but unwilling to say "I am tired of the same old conversation. I will always remember this senior person because she believed in me for over a lifetime. She recently passed away at the ripe old age of 112. It's amazing how I moved my voice from the inner circle of my spirited mind to the outer sanctum of civilization. There is something to be said for being born mute.
I have been always been an avid learner. Well, except for that time when the headmaster at Primary School took a strap to my rear end. Anyway, My first teaching position was in my head. I learned from my internal character that I had a power value and if things didn't add up I needed to take action. In retrospect, I took it upon myself to create reciprocity between my learning mind and teaching model. Today, I am a natural teacher and continue to learn, share, grow, and become even more authentic in my life than anticipated.
I came to terms that teaching and learning required reciprocity from the student. When you teach it is important to immediately understand what the student heard and translated. The nodding of the head is significant but does not truly answer the confirming question of if they truly interpreted what you anticipated they were being taught. I have always been told that I am different and that came from strangers. Today, I stand before you to digitally let you know that your mindset matters. Owning content learned and challenging the knowledge before you through experience is the starting point for all success in the changing course of time.
Today I am an experiential educator that uses faith-based methods of the mind to speak life into the people I serve as a leader. When I say faith-based I mean the belief system that is part of your natural gifting as a procreator in the universe. No religious affiliation intended.
To learn more about me visit aubryspeaks.net. I am Virtually Yours during Covid19 for speaking engagements and experiential learning in preparation for you to win inside chaotic circumstances. I teach a workshop based on experiential learning and several of the program participants have succeeded in their endeavors.
"Manage the waves of your imagination to support positive change."
When people hear I am a faith-based entrepreneur their mind immediately point to religion. My faith has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with my attitude of attendance on the earth and the value of my birth as part of the cosmos.
Growing up in Barbados I never really knew a lot about the history of the island. They taught us History and Geography along with many other great classes but I don't recall much of the focus on the indigenous people. After years of pursuit I recognize that the island and its people contributed much more globally than one would imagine. Faith, the invisible substantial controller, pointed me in many directions that have uncovered specifically who many of those people are and why it matters now and in the future.
My first interaction with the world required me to believe that one day I would understand the presence and meaning of my life on earth. When I was old enough to speak I began feeling the difference of my existence. My mind would wonder beyond everything and I kept going until my questions were partially answered. Over the years I have been criticized as being unrealistic in my thinking. Covid-19 revealed that many of my thoughts were indeed real. Now, those who thought I was unrealistic are calling to say, 'Man, you were right.'
Faith for me means that I know my Creator sees all the wonderful things I represent and the tremendous mind that does not just say I agree with you. I test the limits of every conversation. I drill down on psychology, philosophy and its meaning and purpose into actualization, because that is where faith showcases its support for my belief in self and management of the equity of others.
My goal has always been to sustain my knowledge with credible intel that will withstand the test of time. I never ask a question I don't want answered and never criticize unless I have a problem-solving strategy in mind.
In closing, honor your faith; it will indeed be the most resilient asset in your entrepreneur knapsack.
I want to share a personal experience with you that may help someone here. The recent storm in Georgia caused a huge tree in the front yard to split the tree trunk near the porch.
I was awake for this experience because the wind was howling and everything was shaking. I was in crisis management mode as it relates to my evacuation plan. I could hear the tree splitting at its core and I was very concerned.
At that moment I heard a voice say, 'Aubry, don't worry, I got this.' Then I heard a very strong wind rush by as the tree was tearing away. The next thing I heard was a plop and the tree had fallen. The next morning I saw the tree on the lawn and knew that God had decided to continue what he has always done; watch my back.
Remember your role in the storms of life. Do good, love well, and continue to replenish your inheritance of bringing joy to God beyond all things. My work speaks for itself for forty plus years. Live well, continue to elevate. God controls the wind and all storms.
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