Welcome to BW Missions
No, not the Pussycat Dolls – sorry.
I’m talking about when people asked you as a kid, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer was never the traditional, but rather something of my own creation.
I wanted a way where all my ideas could be used under one roof and built upon and added to. Simply, my future was one that revolved around the expression of my dreams — what I now know as the innate, salient force that drove my entrepreneurial spirit.
I relentlessly pursued a path that I knew existed but had not yet found; a path that I had to forge myself in order to understand how to help others do the same.
As we head into 2021, after many years of rolling over every rock possible, those childhood dreams and questions of “What do I want to be?” have been answered.
My vision for the world — to craft pathways for others to belong — is carried out on my own terms, with an incredible team, set of clients, and limitless possibilities, beautifully all under one roof that is working to become more and more stable. Like real estate, with continued investment, a home goes up in value, as does a business. A strong foundation makes it possible, and consistency over the long term makes your dreams more valuable.
BW Missions is much more than an agency — it is my path laid down for you to examine and take from what you need to become who you were meant to be, and be fully supported along the way. BW Missions is here to help you belong purposefully and authentically, now more than ever.
I took the time to reflect on this newfound tunnel vision and collected my thoughts here.
Today’s Featured Mission
Chris Wilson is one of those people who I have met over the last few months and built a strong relationship with. There is none like him!
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Chris grew up under extremely difficult circumstances: poverty, drug addiction, and gun violence was the everyday norm in his community. At the age of 17, he was charged with a crime, convicted, and sentenced to natural life in prison. It was during times of isolation that he decided to not only turn his life around but to make a difference in the life of people who currently live in poverty-stricken communities, similar to his childhood surroundings.
Many years ago he was quoted saying “I committed my life to self-improvement and helping others. I sat in a dark cell and wrote up what I now call my Master Plan. A plan to build a business empire and help others”. While imprisoned, Chris earned his High School diploma, graduated from all vocational shops, earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Sociology, from Anne Arundel Community College, and taught himself to speak and write in several foreign languages. He became a mentor, started a career center, book club and after serving 16 years in prison, he has returned to society as a changed man.
His other business ventures include The House of DaVinci, a high-end furniture restoration and design company and Master Plan Productions, a social impact content development company.
In Case You Missed It
Body Language Optimization for Thought Leaders
Humans are social creatures. It’s in our DNA to socialize, form relationships, and be a part of a group.
As a thought leader, you know what you want to say and you want to share that message in hopes of making a wider impact. In doing so, your success is a direct result of how well you communicate your ideas, thoughts, opinions, and interests.If your audience misinterprets your messaging, you’ll either miss your target audience, or have no people to lead.
How do you make sure what you’re communicating is reflecting your intentions? According to Chris Ulrich, it’s not so much about choosing your words more carefully, but paying more attention to your body and what it is saying.
Read the full article here!
As we head into 2021, a great repeatable process is to take stock of the events of the last 12 months and come up with resolutions for the upcoming year. Businesses aren’t exempt from this exercise. Self-reflecting can be a humbling and powerful experience that helps us learn about ourselves, our company, and how we can improve going forward.
Looking back at the accomplishments, mishaps, shortfalls, and surprises over the last four quarters gives you a unique, large-scale snapshot of where your business is strong, has room for improvement and needs addressing. Taking the time to honestly reflect on how the year went gives you a sense of what direction your company is headed in, and if it’s the right direction.
Read the full article here!
In Search of Belonging and Human Connection
We are social creatures and we hold a longing for connection by being a part of a community. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the innate human need to belong. Having a strong sense of identity is essential to our self-esteem and self-worth. We crave experiences that give us a sense of purpose, yet we often sacrifice our interests in favor of a group we want to join… but why?
Read the full article here!
New Podcast Episodes
Chris Wilson: One Conviction Away from Creating A Master Plan
Chris Wilson grew up under extremely difficult circumstances: poverty, drug addiction, and gun violence was the everyday norm in his community. At the age of 17, he was charged with a crime, convicted, and sentenced to natural life in prison. It was during times of isolation that he decided to not only turn his life around but to make a difference in the life of people who currently live in poverty-stricken communities, similar to his childhood surroundings.
Part-Time Executive Assistant
Chase Damiano is looking for a committed visionary that is passionate about helping entrepreneurs create value and scale opportunities through supporting client delivery, leading internal operations, and owning the CEO email and calendar. If you strive to stir impact and make your mark on the world through your work, you’d be a great fit.
To learn more about this role click here!
If you’d like to apply for the position, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pro-bono work: My Density Matters
My Density Matters is looking for volunteers to help with a pro-bono initiative. The goal is to empower women to speak with their doctors about additional screening with the hopes of more women with breast cancer becoming survivors through early detection. The primary function your services provide will raise awareness through social media, and provide feedback in order to instill effective messaging.
To register as a volunteer, click here!
ATD Austin Lunch & Learn: Add Value to Your Learning Initiatives & Add Credibility to Your Team by Leveraging Marketing and Branding
Building your brand foundation and thoughtfully promoting your learning initiatives can add incredible value to your learning ventures – and enhance your team’s credibility too! Join Bryan Wish, CEO of BW Missions – marketing and branding experts – and get inspired to apply branding and product promotion best practices to your next learning initiatives.
January 20, from 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM ET, zoom link provided after registration!
To register, click here!
What do I want my path to look like when it’s all over, and why?
This is the question that’s been at the forefront of my thoughts and reflection recently — one that I now know the answer to.
This question is a heavy ask, and it’s nearly impossible to get right without putting in the thoughtful work and diligence it requires.
Your path is your own, and it will look different from everyone else’s, that you can be sure of.
So, when people ask you as an adult, “What do you do and who do you want to become?” make sure that the path you are steering down is one that is authentically your own. When you get really clear on what “authentically you” looks like, it becomes easier to understand the path you want to take in life and why you’re on it.
I recently explored my “end of life” and what I wanted it to represent in an article I wrote!