The Power of Making Connections in Unlikely Places

Life is about connections. Even more so if you are an entrepreneur. My entire entrepreneurial career has been blessed by unexpected and unlikely connections.

But, to know where you are going, you have to have a clear vision of how to get there. Sometimes, you can navigate this path to success alone, but I wouldn’t advise it!

“It takes a village” applies to more than raising kids.

The thing that has helped me the most is defining my message and knowing exactly what my dream is. This helps me communicate about what my dream is at all times. It is infused into who I am. It is a part of me and lives with me everywhere I go.

Connections with like-minded people will help to make your dreams a reality.

As a result, my Make A Way Media team is now made up of many people I have met along the way during my journey. And I met most of these wonderful people in unlikely and unexpected ways!

A mom I met through my son’s football team and an intern I hired to work with me at a completely different company more than a year ago.

A fellow entrepreneur and diverse book lover, I met through Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

Another team member is one of my daughter’s friends and the real estate agent who helped me find a property in another state.

My brilliant, talented illustrator, Charlene Mosely, is someone I found on Twitter!

These connections resulted in creating a team that will help propel Make A Way Media and DeedeeCummings.com to the greatness that I have always envisioned.

Throughout my publishing journey, the people who came into my life just when I needed their help are a testament to the power and blessing of meeting the right people at the right time.

Spend time living with your dream.

Revisit your strategy for success or business plan in your mind as often as possible.

Take notes about it.

Figure out what it is and what it is not.

Make it become a part of your life somehow every single day.

Nurture your dream, but don’t do it in a bubble.

Spend time making connections with people.

Real connections.

Talk with people who are supportive about it so you can get constructive feedback.

Being supportive does not mean that they do not have ideas and suggestions. Just listen to them. Reply thank you. You may not agree with their suggestions, but you do not want to be closed off. You never know where these ideas will take you.

I absolutely love the way our team has come together and we are diverse in more ways than I can count. You never know where you will meet your next collaborator or team member!

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The Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess series is inspired by real-life budding Broadway Star, Kayla Pecchioni: a young Black woman who has always lived her life by believing in herself while letting nothing get in the way of her dreams.  You can read the interview with this beautiful, triple-threat entertainer here.

“The world is filled with gifts sent directly to you. Staying open to finding them is the key.” ~Deedee Cummings

About The Author

As a therapist, attorney, CEO of Make A Way Media, and author of fifteen children’s books, Deedee Cummings has a passion for ensuring equality, inclusion, and social justice for the next generation. Since her first book published in 2014, Cummings has been on a mission to help young dreamers and doers “see themselves” in the pages of the books they read. 

 

Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field, and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care.

 

By the end of 2021, this #OWNVOICES author will have fifteen diverse children’s books to her credit, including the Rapid Release of her Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess five-book series. All fifteen of Cummings’ diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life. 

 

Cummings is also the founder and creator of the Louisville Book Festival, a literacy-based celebration in Louisville, KY, celebrated on October 23rd and 24th, 2021.

The Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess Series

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess Series Book One is HERE!

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: is a heartwarming story about family, role models, dreams, and discovering a determination for growth. This five-part diverse picture book series shines the spotlight on a little brown girl who loves musical theatre and never lets anything get in the way of her dreams. It seems that everyone else has an idea for who she should be, but in the end, she discovers that she is the one who gets to decide.

Grab your copy of Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess (Book One) in the Make A Way Media Bookstore or on Amazon in paperback form or for Kindle.

GO HERE to order your copy of Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams (Book Two in the Kayla: Modern-Day Princess series).  

Available on Amazon and Kindle.

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Tough as Tulle will be available July 1, 2021! Order your copy HERE.

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: These Shoes Are Made For Dancing will be available on August 1, 2021!

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: These Shoes Are Made For Dancing

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: A Little Magic will be available on September 1, 2021!  

 


About Deedee Cummings

As a therapist, attorney, author, and CEO of Make A Way Media, Deedee Cummings has a passion for making the world a better place. All 15 of Cummings’ diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life. Colorful and vibrant, her children’s books are not only fun for kids and adults to read, they also work to teach coping skills, reinforce the universal message of love, encourage mindfulness, and facilitate inclusion for all. Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care. As a result, her catalogs of published books for kids are filled with positive, hopeful messages. Using therapeutic techniques in her stories to teach coping skills, Cummings also strives to lessen the stigma that some people feel when it comes to receiving mental health assistance.
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