A lot of people in the workplace today say they hate their jobs And want to start a business, but the number is far few for those who are truly ready to make that jump from employment to entrepreneurship. And I believe that jump is an even a little bit harder when one is considering the path of a faith based business. Although many people romanticize about entrepreneurship, everyone was not cut out to be an entrepreneur.
Nevertheless, there are many people who recognize that mission driven entrepreneurship is the path to their career and purpose fulfillment. Fortunately, I believe there are at least eight clues to help people navigate the process of making a decision when they begin to sense that it might be time to make transition into business ownership.
Click here to read the full article, "8 Clues It May Be Time to Quit Your Job and Start a Mission Driven Business"...
"... Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (Message)
It’s often easy to assess our level of physical health. There’s plenty of tests we can take to provide us with information that will give us a good picture of our overall wellness. Likewise, we can analyze our bank accounts, cash flow, and debt levels to determine if we are financially fit.
However, when it comes to our professional pursuits, it’s a little harder to determine if our business aspirations are healthy. Here’s a quick “F.I.T.ness“ test that may reveal if the opportunities you are pursuing from a career or entrepreneur standpoint are worth your time and investment:
F – Future focus: Does you business align with your life purpose? Is it getting you closer to accomplishing your short and long-term goals? Does this business allow your vision to grow?
I – Intense interests: Will your business fully integrate and leverage your passions? Are you able to impact the people and communities that you care about?
T – Top talents: Is your business going to leverage what you do the best? Are these pursuits going to help you strengthen your strengths and become the best in your industry at what you do?
Sometimes it’s easy to chase opportunities that seem great, because they have worked out for other people. However, that doesn’t automatically mean those paths are the right F.I.T. for you. Just because something is right for someone else, doesn’t make it right for you. Your optimal entrepreneurial path will F.I.T. you specifically.
Everything that looks good isn’t good for you. Make sure that every business venture into which you invest your time, talents, and treasures is purpose-driven, passion-pointed, and profitable!
How do you know a business opportunity is a good fit for you? Leave your comments below...
Have you have ever felt like, "God I know you sent me out here to start this business (or ministry), but now it seems like everything is against me… Why can’t you just make me successful?... Where is the prosperity your Word promised me?" I know I have. I'm sure Moses felt the same way too.
Sometimes it appears that God-designed dams seem to block the flow of our blessings. Could it be that He keeps us from succeeding in the very thing that He called us to do? Would He cause your business to fail if He gave you the idea to start it? What’s that all about?!
I'll tell you in my Kingdom Business column in the latest edition of Brotha Magazine.
Also, as with each article we have posted an accompanying video. Click the image below to enjoy this powerful teaching...
Are you ready to LOSE? Most people say they're ready to win, but very few say they're ready to lose. Mainly because to intentionally pursue losing is counter to our hyper-competitive culture of winning. We're so used to trying to win at everything we do, it's a foreign concept to embrace giving up or letting go.
In our society pursuing purpose is often associated with pleasantries and pop psychology, not solitude and sacrifice. This view of purpose isn't very sexy. It's not popular to focus on giving up what I want in exchange for pursuing what God wants. However, this is exactly what Jesus is talking about in Matthew 10:39, "Whoever finds his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." He was promoting losing oneself thousands of years before Eminem penned his popular anthem Lose Yourself.
In the context of what Jesus is talking about, losing our lives for his sake means embracing death so that we might live. Death to what, you ask? Great question. Death to your will. Death to selfishness. Death to carnal desires. Death to your comfort zone. Death to being controlled by other's opinions. Death to low self-esteem. Death to procrastination. Death to small dreams.
When we embrace this kind of death by exchanging our ideas, plans, and desires for His, we are resurrected into a life that is beyond anything we could imagine (1 Corinthians 2:9). A life beyond your dreams is waiting on the other side of your death to your dreams.
You have to DIE to your PURPOSE before you can fully LIVE out your PURPOSE.
So are you ready to lose? I hope so!
I delve a little deeper into this concept in the video below, filmed a couple years ago in front of "The Awakening" statue at National Harbor, Maryland. Enjoy and leave your comments below!
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