Chanell J. Wilson


Chanell J. Wilson has been writing songs, poetry, and short stories since the age of 13. She has studied Theatre Arts, Screenwriting, Film Editing, and Recording Arts. She is the author of "Braidgirl:The Hair Braiding Instructional ebook, Identity?:A Hair Memoir, Poverty's Finest, and Weekends Only. She is also Co-Founder of the Indie Band The Joystone. Currently, she resides in Northern California.

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Beware of The Dream Thieves: Protect Your Dreams!
March 23, 2016

This is for the Dreamers: Beware of the Dream Thieves
As of lately, I have heard a few people refer to my entrepreneurial endeavors as a Pipe Dream. I learned a long time ago to Beware of the Dream Thieves. Dream Thieves come to steal and snatch the dream before it can even be conceived or conceptualized.

I am reminded of two things: Jay Z said once in an interview that he had a relative who would always say that he (Jay Z) would not be able to become a successful rapper/person. Jay Z said he translated that as the persons projection of themselves...meaning they could not see themselves as a successful rapper/person etc. Overall, he had to believe in his own ability and not what others thought or believed about his abilities.

The other thing is Pipe Dreams are only Pipe Dreams when the efforts stop at the Dream. The Dream is simply the conceptualized idea. After the Dream, work must be done. That's really the only way we can see the Dream come into full fruition. Now Entrepreneurship takes hard work and smart work but the pay off is amazing.

Pipe Dreams are only Pipe Dreams when the efforts stop at the Dream
Never let Dream Thieves steal or infiltrate your thoughts or steal your very dream.
Never let Dream Thieves tell you what you are able or capable of doing....

It is YOUR DREAM!Always stand firm in your convictions about yourself and make every effort to meet your heart's goal and desires because you only get one life- might as well be happy and pursue every possible endeavor instead of dreaming about the idea of it. Do the leg work, set your goals and timeframe, be mindful of who you share your information with and grind grind grind that grinder. (Yes I did steal the Mary Poppin's Song).

People to think about Walt Disney was turned down by several banks but he kept going and now his Dreams have surpassed him. The author of the Shack was turned down by several publishing companies. Now he has sold over 18 million copies through self-publishing and word of mouth.

I will end with a quote that I read today... "As many entrepreneurs say, fail fast, fail often and then go with what works....". Failing Forward in pursuit of the dream is an awesome lesson and tool! Eventually, you will figure out what works...

So what are you waiting for: Pursue YOUR DREAMS!!!!!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Gideon Series by Eric Jerome Dickey
4 books

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
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I'll Tear Your House Down
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,040. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Mystery & detective, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Rashida, a loner, has lived in a family imposed exile for nineteen-years. Shamed for getting pregnant and having a baby out of wedlock by a high-profile Public Figure; she has built a low-key life for herself and stayed out of the Leader's way while raising their son alone. With her son away at college; Rashida is now in a place where she can finally claim a hold over her life and live a little. H
Braid Girl!: The Hair Braiding Instructional Book
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,330. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - General
In this ebook, author and braider Chanell J. Wilson shows how to braid hair by unveiling proven braiding techniques. This book breaks down the basic patterns of singles, cornrows, crochet braids (interlocks), and micro braiding. The author has also included a section on maintenance and upkeep of each hairstyle.
Identity?: A Black Girl's Hair Memoir
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 19,200. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Cultural heritage
In this funny and 'real hair talk' memoir, Chanell J. Wilson revisits her black hair journey; in hopes of finding peace with her image in an American European Standard Society.

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