For many people going to work on Mondays is sort of like the opening line of the Charles Dickens novel, A Tale of Two Cities. "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times," as in it's great when it's pay day, but other than that there is little pleasure in getting up and going to work Monday morning. The main reason this is a reality for so many people is the fact that they have settled for this kind of work lifestyle.
This only has to stay a reality for you if you choose for it to stay a reality. God intended so much more for you and I, but sometimes we can get stuck in the muck of our routines that prevents us from realizing better opportunities.
In order to get to the place where you love your labor, I believe there are at least three necessities that must be incorporated into your work: It must be purposeful, pleasurable, and profitable. Here are a few quick questions to ask yourself to see how close you are to having these three areas covered in your work life:
1) Purposeful - How do you define your identity apart from your work? What qualities or characteristics do you possess that make you uniquely you?
2) Pleasurable - What did you love to do as a child that you stopped doing as an adult? What type of work gets you excited? What do you do that brings a sense of enjoyment even if there's no payment attached to it?
3) Profitable - How much are you worth in the marketplace and how can you validate that? What natural talents, skills, or hobbies do you have that you could get paid for?
If you don't believe loving your labor can be a reality for you, then go back to doing whatever you were doing. However, if you're ready for a change, check out the resources I have available to assist in your transition. As a matter of fact I have a FREE course to help you navigate the path of starting your own business.
Stop settling for loveless labor. You can do the work you've always dreamed about. You just have to embrace a new normal.
Success in business can come from anywhere and through anyone, but it seems extra special when the story is about a teenager who has defied the odds. Thirteen-year-old Moziah Bridges, CEO of Mo's Bows, has defied the odds that many adult entrepreneurs have succumb to. His company, which handcrafts his personally designed bow ties, has 5 employees and produced $200,000 in sales. Moziah says the motivation behind his passion is:
One thing I really appreciate about him is that he has a big heart to give back to others. He made a special bow tie called the "Go Mo! Scholarship Bow Tie" with 100% of the proceeds going to help underprivileged kids from his hometown of Memphis go to summer camp. He did this because he feels like it’s good business to help the community. He is definitely creating his impact.
This is the type of young person we envision inspiring and supporting through our Kinsman Youth Entrepreneurship Programs. Hopefully we'll have the chance to mentor the next Moziah Bridges.
Read more about Moziah at: http://atlantablackstar.com/2015/07/10/13-year-old-ceo-200000-sales/
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The 7 Gifts of Business
"A man's gift makes room for him And brings him before great men." ~ Proverbs 18:16
I am always on the hunt for new insights and revelation that God gives in relation to business and entrepreneurship. A few years ago Laurie Beth Jones wrote a powerful book entitled, Jesus, Entrepreneur: Using Ancient Wisdom and Life Your Dreams. But it wasn't until recently that I had the opportunity to read through this book and I ran across some powerful nuggets.
One of things that she writes about is the importance of Christians to share their gifts and talents in business, because their spiritual values bring something special and unique to the marketplace.
She also discusses the seven gifts that business brings to the world, including:
GIFT ONE: Dignity
Christians in business should all be interested in bringing God's presence into the marketplace through your daily transactions and conversation. He wants to use you right where you spend most of your time everyday to demonstrate His love and grace to the people in your circle of influence. Don't miss the awesome opportunity to impact lives through the work that you do. You and your business are a gift to the world!
Learn more about Laurie Beth Jones and Jesus, Entrepreneur at www.lauriebethjones.com
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The Coming Wealth Transfer
Many Christians often talk about the massive transfer of wealth that is mentioned in Proverbs 13:22 and other places in the Bible. However, I don't hear too many people describe how this transfer will take place.
Os Hillman, founder of Marketplace Leaders, provided a wonderful devotional today discussing what the Bible calls a transfer of wealth from the wicked to the righteous. He lists at least four types of transfers that will take place:
According to Os:
"The transfer of wealth is designed to accelerate God's activity on the earth, not to simply make believers wealthy. Pray that God uses your work life call to accelerate His Kingdom on earth. And pray that God raises up good stewards of wealth."
Click here to read the full article: http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/marketplace/marketplace-meditations-10-or-24-547396.html
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