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.
There are a very small number of online articles about entrepreneurs that trust in God in their business. Recently Inc.com’s article “Science Says Entrepreneurs Should Believe in God.” It broadens out the idea from this article “Thinking of God leads to increased risk taking – study” and provides a basis to start the conversation about Christian startup entrepreneurs. It is along the lines of a previous article “Best Reason to Start a Business? God Asked,” which is a guest blog from a startup entrepreneur.
So let’s take a look at what this process looks like.
Every Godly entrepreneur starts with finding God. Whether you’re a young person starting out in life or an older person getting closer to death’s door, it all starts with finding God and Jesus Christ and bringing Him into your life. There is no way of getting around Him. But once you have connected with Christ and become a Christian, your life changes, and that includes starting a business.
John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
Belief: Finding His will and your calling
Finding Jesus is paramount, because He will take you as you are, and wherever you are, and over time proceed to mold you into what and where He wants to take you. For instance, if you have a great singing voice (like teenager sining sensations Jonathan and Charlotte from Britain’s Got Talent), once you become a Christian that natural talent that He gave you does NOT go away, it remains. What happens is you are no longer following your selfish desires, but are following His calling you with your talents toward His direction. It is no longer Team Me, but Team Christ that is change, the redirection of your efforts from stubbornness about yourself to tenacity for Christ and His Will.
Author Thomas J. Stanley of “The Millionaire Mind” says that 81% of people who own their business do so because they get to use ALL of the talents and skills, just like in the parable of the talents (Matt 25:14-30). The two slaves that “immediately…traded with them” and put ALL of their money and God-given talents their master gave them to work! It’s a matter of having a belief in how God designed you for prosperity.
Your calling is based on two significant factors: your God-given talents and who you are when you were born and what you have grown into and the spiritual gift He gives you at your spiritual birth.
The “Next Step” is where does God want you in the marketplace.
Finding His support
In this article “Entrepreneurs opt to do business by the good book” you find a number of businesses that have God leading them in their business, it is that connection with God first, yourself second, and your customer third, as yourself, that ensures that God will support your
“the [Science Says Entrepreneurs Should Believe in God] study discovered that, due to their faith in God’s protection, believers were MORE likely to take risks that could result in high rewards either emotionally or financially” and “were LESS likely to take self-destructive risks, like taking drugs.”
But at the core of a believer’s life there is one thing that stands out:
But for all of those who proclaim themselves believers, God is just as much a part of their business as balance ledgers and financial reports. (USA TODAY)
Here’s another 10,000′ overview of how a Christian Startup looks like from God’s perspective: Startup: God’s will, your work, God’s growth, God rewards
Because as a Christian you have both eternal security and an eternal calling, you’re more than likely to be successful. Your work won’t be without problems, but you have a much greater chance of success following God’s lead.