The OWN Ambassadors were first introduced to DeVon Franklin when he appeared as a guest on Super Soul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey in June 2012. In this interview, DeVon spoke about his life, faith, and book Produced by Faith and how the constant presence of God imbued every moment, memory, and vision for his life.
Produced by Faith is a must-read for anyone embarking on their career, in the midst of their career, or in the process of making a career transition. The book’s power lies in its prolific insights couched in compassion and a core commitment to faith as the central genesis of one’s career progression. In Produced by Faith, DeVon Franklin expertly uses the analytic framework of the development and production stages in a film’s creation as lenses through to study our search for life’s purpose.
The book is a beautiful combination of deeply spiritual introspection and practical career strategy, which makes DeVon’s powerful assertion about the role faith plays in our careers all the more revolutionary. He does not deal with the concepts of ambition, success, and drive in isolation from a faith-based life, instead focusing on how orienting our careers to service automatically infuses our daily work with a spiritual component. Through this book, I began to clearly understand for the first time how work is indeed a form of worship and how our careers provide us all with the opportunity to use our skills, talents, and abilities to rise into the highest expression of ourselves.
Produced by Faith came into my life at a particularly relevant moment. Around the time of the Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday interviewContinue Reading
I’ve lost my writing voice. I’m sure that many writers have been down this road. There are no words…literally. I have so much to do…so much to write. It’s not that I have nothing to say. It’s that sometimes I have too much to say. And with too many words, I tune out. Today, I’m tuning back in.
Eight years ago, I left the loudness of Silicon Valley and traded it in for the quiet that I now call home. New home, six miles from award winning beaches, a safe gated community…. When people would come to visit, they would tell me that I lived in paradise. I looked around and couldn’t always see it. Now, I can. What’s changed? I guess I have…and my perspective.
When I was in my late 20’s and early 30’s, I was chasing life. After surviving a broken heart that felt like it broke my life, I threw myself into 60 hour work weeks and then, fell into the arms of friends and fun. I wished for an exciting job with travel and the world responded as I lived out of a suitcase for few years, mapping out my travels as desired with a pre-packed suitcase that never really got put away. I don’t remember many moments stopping to relax unless it involved a trip to the spa or a last minute weekend getaway.
Then…something changed. Truth be told, 9/11 happened and I found myself shaken awake. Late in the evening on 9/9, my mother’s brother died. Not her favorite brother. Actually, the mean brother…but that’s not my story to tell. She called to tell me the news and on 9/10, we started making travel arrangements. We lived in California…on the West edge. Everyone else lived in the middle. So we made our flight arrangements…the first flight out on 9/11. At the last minute, we changed our plans and flew in on the red-eye…getting in somewhere between sunset and sunrise. I had only been asleep a couple of hours when I was awaken with the news. Life had changed.
So…I jumped off the life habitrail and began a new journey. It took a few years to stop chasing the adrenalin that had ruled my life for so long. Even with the move to Quietville, I was still unsettled…still chasing life. But somewhere in between all the non-noise around me I think I took a deep breath and the world settled. I settled. Life settled. And sometime over the last three years …I found that paradise that others saw on the outside of my world by getting quiet on the inside.
Yes, sometimes there are too many words. Sometimes living in quiet means that you refine what “noisy” is. Sometimes, there are too many words for this writer. But even when that comes, I am thankful. I may tune out for a bit but when I tune back in…the words spill out and overflow into my life…
It is time to wipe out the following phrase from your life…“I’m so sorry I totally forgot!” But before I begin I advise you to bookmark this article because you may forget everything I am about to tell you. There is no shame in having memory issues but you need to pay attention to the whisper. Whether you are tired or stressed, no one wants to forget. I have some great news. You can improve your memory.
Here are 10 tips to recalling it all.
- Teach what you learn. When you teach people what you learn, you store the information in a different way within your brain. Plus it always feels good to share!
- Stretch. The brain is responsible for 15% of the body’s blood flow so be sure to get up and stretch (exercise is even better). This will allow the arteries to open up.
- Keep your eyes on nature. Scientists found that people who walked around an arboretum recalled 20% better than those who walked the busy streets. But wait, you don’t have to hold your important meetings in the park. You don’t even have to leave the office. Find a photograph or screen saver of nature that you are can display in your space. Make a habit of taking a little time each day enjoying it.
- Get enough sleep. Research shows that adults need 7-8 hours a day consistently in order for our memory to store properly. This happens during the deepest stages of sleep. So if you aren’t making it to a deep sleep, then it isn’t happening!
- Laugh it up. When you laugh, your brain is working! From hearing the joke to figuring it out, you are activating both learning and creativity. So, instead of grabbing a medical book the next time you are at Barnes & Noble, pick up a joke book!
- Get shifty eyes. Forget where you left your keys? Try moving your eyes back and forth to engage both sides of the brain’s hemispheres. By triggering them to work together, you may just recall where you left your keys. It’s worth a shot!
- Stop stressing. Over time, chronic stress can destroy brain cells and damage the area of your brain used to retrieve and form memories. Stress is truly your worst enemy!
- Eat brain foods. Doctors have mentioned that cashews, avocados, beets, green leafy vegetables, blueberries, red grapes, blackberries, plums, red cabbage and fish oil can help to boost your memory. So write those down and take them to your local market.
- Challenge yourself. Take on a new language, sport or attempt that insanely hard crossword. The trick is to find something new that you haven’t already mastered. If you’re learning and it doesn’t come easy, then you are on the right track. Just make sure it is something you enjoy!
- Get social. Conversation stimulates the brain so make a point of talking to people whenever you can. Social networking, volunteering, going to church, joining a local art class…it really doesn’t matter where you go as long as you enjoy the conversation.
Of course if none of this works, I suggest sticking with your Post-it notes. But you never know unless you try. So, the next time you have a hard time recalling something, don’t stress out about it….because it really doesn’t help. Instead listen to the whisper and give a few of these tricks a try before you forget!