You started a business. It’s your passion. You want your business to flourish. In order for your business to succeed, you must make money, but you are torn. After all, making money – a lot of money – seems to go against what it means to be Christian. At least, that is the way most have been taught.
However, unless you can change that mindset you will not be able to pursue your passion – your business – because you won’t you won’t be able to make enough funds to keep it going.
We have dreams when we are growing up. Most of us have vivid visions of what we imagine our lives will look like and be when we grow up. Here’s the thing, most of us forget those dreams as the realities and responsibilities of living day-to-day shove the dreams down, to be buried and forgotten.
Even though these dreams may have been rooted in our passions, we are slowly taught to be practical or that we don’t have what it takes to achieve our dreams. The messages may have been subtle or they may have been loud and clear. Maybe the pragmatism is warranted, but you don’t need to abandon a dream altogether.
So I ask you, did you pursue your dream or did you betray it and leave it buried?
The Bible has so much to teach us about how to lead a successful personal and business life. It really is one of the most comprehensive sources of so much of how we should conduct ourselves. The Bible even addresses shyness or speaking out for what we want. It can apply to our business, as well.
So many of us are shy and fail to speak up for ourselves and we also have a difficult time speaking up for our business. With that kind of behavior, we miss many opportunities to allow our businesses to stand out, thrive, and succeed.
It is Women’s History Month and there are many examples of courage, ingenuity, faith, and more to be found if we pay attention to the contributions of women. We find in the Bible are tremendous examples of women’s accomplishments and contributions as well as incredible lessons that these ancient women’s stories can teach us. If applied to our business, the precepts us can help us become successful.
It seems we live in really great times and we live in awful times when we look at the opportunities and the challenges of our economy. When I think of the economy, I think of a line from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” The dichotomy makes it appropriate to ask, “Is now the time to activate the entrepreneur in you?”
In 2015, there were millions of Americans who were caught in the recession – downsized, laid off – whatever you want to call it – the result was that they lost their jobs and for many, the recovery is still going on. For them, it remained the worst of times. Others found different jobs; maybe not in their chosen carer field, but a job nonetheless. Still others chose to reinvent themselves; chose to follow a dream; chose to follow a different path. For them, it is the best of times.