Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Dreamless Entrepreneur by Nicole Nixon

The Dreamless Entrepreneur

As the CEO of my own data technology company, I wish I could say I was one of those people that had “big dreams” of what I wanted to become. Sadly, that was not me.

And I did not have “DREAMS” or so I thought!

I was raised by a single father of 3 girls which I’m the oldest. Although my dad was a minister, he
worked 3 jobs as well as a member of the US military. Needless to say, when my dad wasn’t working, my family was in church. It was rough growing up without having a mom in the house. As the “oldest” of 3 girls, I was always reminded of my responsibility to “set an example”. This was NOT what I wanted to hear. I was not happy. Dreams did not live here.

After graduating from high school, I entered college to obtain a degree in Business Administration.
Within a year, I became pregnant with my first child which suspended my college education. Two years
later, I welcomed my second child and was no longer focused on resuming my college education. As a
mother of two young children, my focus shifted from getting a degree to my new path in life; becoming
the best “mother” I could be.

With that in mind, I applied to Verizon Communications to start a new career, and was hired within 30
days. Even though I was not able to finish college, I decided to make Verizon my college. I volunteered
for EVERY project and worked many weekends to learn as much as I could. Aside from my normal job duties, I also performed multiple other jobs within the Verizon organization. My focus was to simply be the best professional and mother I could. Nevertheless, I still didn’t have a “dream” but something was pushing me to be "great"!

After Verizon, I was invited to join the management team at Time Warner Cable. It wasn’t until my time
at Time Warner Cable that I found a missing link in the telecommunications industry; Data Flow. I
pushed myself to study industry trends which led to my entrepreneurship journey. It was then I realized
that even when I thought I couldn’t dream, God dreamed for me until I could dream for myself! So just
when I thought I was a Dreamless Entrepreneur, my push for greatness allowed my dream to capture

For those who are still trying to find their passion, and find that winning “Dream”- Don’t Worry! Even if you think you cannot dream for yourself, keep living to your fullest potential, and your “inner” dreams.

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will become a reality!

PARENTS: DESTINY is calling… Will YOU Answer? by Dr. Deborah Tillman


Destiny is not something you wish or hope for. It is something you believe is meant to be. As I see it, we have three choices when Destiny Calls. First, we can choose NOT TO ANSWER. Motivational speaker, Les Brown said the richest place on earth is the graveyard because it is there that you will find hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared and the cures that were never discovered simply because someone was too afraid to fail so instead of running the risk of failing they didn’t try at all.

It is true that there is nothing to fear but fear itself. Fear holds us back from living the life God  intended for us to live. Life doesn’t happen when the alarm clock rings, life happens when we
wake up and realize that we still have a PURPOSE and that our past doesn’t dictate our future and our current situation doesn’t equal our permanent destination. We have to know that BEST
is our Birthright and that we were BORN TO WIN.

The second choice we have when Destiny calls is to put it on Call Waiting Destiny is calling US but we WAIT for someone else to answer the call. We expect someone else to fix what is broken, to mend what’s been wounded or to change what is not working. It is time to stop expecting others to come and save our children, families and communities. It is time to get out of our comfort zones and stop settling
for safe. Destiny does not call us to be comfortable. Destiny calls us to be committed to something greater than ourselves. My life and your life is suppose to make the lives of others better simply because WE WERE BORN.

Finally, when Destiny calls the last choice we have is to simply Answer the call. We have a legacy to leave to our children and our children’s children. The car we drove, the clothes we wore or the square footage of our homes will not determine that legacy. It will be determined by every life we touched, every tear we dried, every smile we shared, and every heart we held. You and I were born for such a time as this and encoded in our DNA is the millionaire mind of Madame CJ Walker,
The scientific hands of George Washington Carver
The strength of Sojourner Truth
The persistence of Mary McLeod Bethune
The voice of Marian Anderson
The passion of Barbara Jordan
The leadership of Dorothy Height
The character of Dr. Maya Angelou
Going with us are the values and principles of hard work, humility, self-reliance and respect for all people, kindness, empathy, faith and love knowing that in the end our DESTINY WAS WORTH FIGHTING FOR
Learn more at about Dr. Tillman via her at and follow her on Twitter @deborahltillman