Communication is the clear transference of information and ideas between two things, be it people, computers, or even animals. For me, it was personified in two places in my house growing up— my fireplace and my kitchen table.
My name is Evan Brown, and this is my Crystal Stair.
As a kid, my family would sit around the fireplace and have Fireside chats—periods of time where we would shut the TV off and talk to one another. These conversations would expand to our kitchen table where I learned the true power of communication. It was almost like a State of the Union of sorts, or a State of the Family; a pulse check for us. We gathered in this judgment-free zone and reflected on how we felt, spoke about our day, and explained what we liked and disliked. I could talk about my being upset with another family member and why. We learned the power of clarity and the vulnerability in being wrong and being in the wrong. To a kid, that level of free expression works wonders past what the eye can see.
My first safe space was my room. I describe it as where all the magic happened: Good Magic, Bad Magic, and Black Magic; if you could think of it, it happened in this room! My first million-dollar concept, my first speech in front of a stadium, even me playing the drums as a part of a Michael Jackson tour. This place served as the cradle where I first started dreaming of all the endless turnouts of my future; in short, my greatest ideas were born there.
This safe space helped with the creation of my firm, Vision Birthers, primarily based to provide individuals and small businesses a starting point and direction towards their future goals. I believe that we fail our small business by not guiding them through the entire process from conceptualization to actualization. Our motto “creating strategies and solutions for the maximum impact” derives from my firm belief that people can do any and everything they put their minds to, they just don’t know where to start or what to do when they get stuck!
When your philosophy is not money, but effectiveness, you don’t have a choice but to make money. Helping people is my passion, it’s pure, and I desire to see people at their best and am willing to go to the ends of the earth to see what someone thought could never be, become their reality.
God has thrown a few curveballs in my short 28 years of life and one of those was initially tough to comprehend. I was installed as an Executive Pastor 3 years ago at one of the fastest growing churches in the country. Mind blowing right! However, it made perfect sense. I have always loved God and people from childhood. Love is truly at the center of all that I do, even when it’s not easy, love consistently wins! It’s extremely challenging for me to not see the good in a person and to genuinely push them to be their absolute best with no motive and I believe that is a major component of the Commission given to us, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself”
Life is all in what you make it, I chose to chase my dreams and to do what I loved rather than doing what I was told was “safe” & “sensible” and it was by far the BEST decision I could have EVER made. So before you commit yourself to the dreams others may have for you, ask yourself, at age 65, will I feel fulfilled?