Five Lessons God Taught Me About Entrepreneurship
For an entire year, I operated under the title, "business + empowerment coach". Then, I realized that I was actually the one being coached.
You see, my entire life I'd sought after a the title of "successful woman in business". Nothing would matter, I wouldn't matter, if that phrase wasn't associated with my name. I'd be a failure.
Months into my entrepreneurial endeavor I realized that I couldn't continue this journey alone. I began to question if the path I was on was even meant for me? So, I began to ask God what HE wanted me to do. My story is unique to my calling just as your story will be unique to yours. However, I believe the five lessons I learned apply to all of us!
FIVE LESSONS GOD TAUGHT ME
1. UNDERSTAND THE HE'S IN CHARGE. PERIOD. END OF STORY.
"Whatever you do, work at it will all your heart, as working for the LORD, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the LORD as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." Colossians 3:23-24
Is God calling you to a life of entrepreneurship or are you forcing it? Are you trying to be an entrepreneur because it's 'hip' or because He's instructing you to do so? Before you make a move, ask Him (if He hasn't already told you) to make it vividly clear to you how He wants you to proceed. You may run and operate the business here on Earth, but He's the real boss.
"Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat - for he grants sleep to those he Loves." Psalm 127:1-2
In other words, if you want your business to be a success- you're gonna have to let God take the lead. This one is pretty cut and dry. Without Him, we literally can't do anything
2. TAKE A BREAK
"Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness." Proverbs 23:4
We've already covered working hard. However, that doesn't mean never taking a break! I wouldn't be able to do half of the writing I do, or love on other women if it wasn't for my husband. I have to make him a priority because financial success isn't worth risking the relationship I have with him. If you're reading this and your entrepreneurial spirit is telling you it's okay to keep working until the wee hours of the morning then this is my encouragement to you: Listen to your loved ones or your spouse. If they're telling you to close the laptop, hang up and hang out, or come home early - listen to them. They're worth far more than money!
3. LEARN ALL YOU CAN, FROM EVERYONE YOU KNOW
"The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding." Proverbs 4:7
Knowledge is priceless. Don't waste your time clicking through Snapchat, Instagramming your dog, browsing cat videos on Facebook or pinning inspirational quotes on Pinterest. Instead, invest in spending time attending webinars, reading books, and meeting with leaders in your industry. Always be working towards learning something new and finding to apply your newfound knowledge to business and life.
To take this a step further, learn about the entrepreneurs of the Bible. Read the stories of Abraham and his wealth in livestock, silver, gold and his 300 trained men (Genesis 13)! Or, how Solomon "started from the bottom" (I Kings 3, 4:26) and became the first King to take advantage of his geographical location and began a water trade movement (1 Kings 5 + 9). Though we know little about her we can glean much from Lydia of Thyatira in Acts 16:14-15, 40. Go further and study the lives of Matthew, Paul and Luke and you’ll quickly find among others in scriptures these men operated their own independent businesses!
4. DO EVERYTHING WITH EXCELLENCE
"All hard work brings profit, but mere talk only leads to poverty". Proverbs 14:23
In other words, talk is cheap. I've met so many women who say they want their own business but aren't willing to do what it takes to get the business running. Starting a business is hard work and it will always require hard work in order to make it happen. All talk and no action will get you nowhere.
5. NEVER COMPROMISE YOUR BELIEFS FOR MORE ZEROS IN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT
"What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?" Mark 8:36
When I first began coaching, I was watering down what I believed in order to make what I was saying to my clients more palatable for them. I wasn't being true to who I was OR who God had called me to be. If you're a Christian who believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came and died for us all so that we can have eternal life with them - and you're not making Him number one in your business and life then I urge you to consider reorienting your business model to make God the CEO and watch how HE will re-chart your path.
HOW TO PRACTICALLY MAKE GOD YOUR BUSINESS PARTNER:
- Every morning, write out your questions for God. Example: What assignments do you have for me today, Lord?
- Throughout your day, be expectant that God will answer. And when He does, be ready to hear and receive His reply. These are his 'emails' or 'water cooler' conversations with you!
- Before going to bed, pull out your journal and write down any new ideas, thoughts, and inspirations received throughout the day. Ask God to reveal to you how HE wants you to proceed.
How have you invited God into your business? Or, do you plan to? Are you ready to say Him, "Lord, your will be done with this business"? Share your thoughts with us below!
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