One of the best enlightened serial entrepreneurs (and USAF Veteran to boot) that are around today that has changed my views of being an entrepreneur is Steve Blank. He has a great blog post below that I’m going to translate into the Christian view from the Bible.
What attracts me to his comments and others is that I’m always on the lookout for wisdom in the real world. When I find something, I go back to my Bible and see how the wisdom relates to what the Bible has to say about the subject. The more good wisdom I correlate in the Bible, the more it solidifies what I need to learn and engrain in what I do daily.
His comments were about the differences how the “fear of failure” is viewed between both startups and corporations. While the words may be the same, how it is defined in the context of a startup or corporation changes the behaviors of those doing the work. It is the behaviors that make the difference.
There is a familiar saying within the Christian community, and that is “God is not going to give you more than you can handle.” This comment is a paraphrase from the Bible and is said to people who are going through difficult times, but there are two things about this comment. First, it’s in the negative regarding life, i.e. you’re going through some pain and God is allowing to happen to you and you’re suppose to endure it.
Second, it comes from this verse:
When it comes to becoming a startup entrepreneur, especially a Christian startup entrepreneur, there are a number of factors that affect one’s decisions. But recent research has shown that those that believe in God have a greater and more successful chance of starting a business over those that may not.
Why does a belief in God cause more people to become startup entrepreneurs? What are the motivations? In an unscientific examination, let’s take a look at why individuals would take this non-traditional route in life.
It’s almost time. March 12, 2015!!
But in the mean time, here is the advanced praise for the book:
I’m not sure how some in the Church have found a way to equate business and profitability to something sinful, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. God is creative, and He has given us the ability to create so that we may prosper. After all, it takes resources to responsibly care for yourself and your family, let alone feed the hungry and clothe the naked. In this book, Kevin Cullis shares what the Bible really says about doing business, making money and making it all work for God’s glory. Joel Comm, New York Times Best-Selling Author
Here’s not only an excerpt from my new book, but an expansion of the thought I wrote about.
As with any book, you have “limitations” that occur, namely what the market will bear and/or what does the market want. In most cases you do not follow your “business plan” into the marketplace, but you follow Business Model Generation and put your product into the market and get feedback and see if it sells.
I was reading my Bible one day while writing my newest book, How Would Jesus Do Business? and was struck by a thought, or as I call it, a “God ping.” You know, those moments when something strikes your brain and catches you off guard a bit. It felt like watching a drop of water fall onto a heated and oiled iron skillet. Once it hit, it got all “excited” and went everywhere on the skillet. Well, this “God ping” was one of them. I was reading the below verses, but it was these verses that kicked off the water jumping and spattering:
I was at the inaugural Writers on the Rock for the 2015 Christian writers conference this past Saturday and it was BIG HIT!! There was the initial hope a year ago of having about 50-60 people interested in learning more about Christian writing.
174 showed up!! God is good, and people are hungry for more!
It was very well put together by a few that worked very hard to make it happen. I’m thankful for everyone that helped, especially a BIG SHOUTOUT to David Rupert.
But having said that, I have to say that my attendance was well worth the time. I was able to connect with a number of Christian writers as well as see what the Christian writers landscape was about. Like John the Baptist, I have never connected with Christian writers before, so you could say I have been in the desert eating locusts and honey. Now I’m not equating myself with any Biblical character, just giving a biblical description of where I am coming from.