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.
Run your race!
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.
The most common comment I hear from wannabepreneurs, those entrepreneurs that are “stuck” in their thinking, is, “I need money/capital to start my business!” It reminds me of this video.
When someone says they are looking for something, two things come to mind:
God gave you a brain, He’s given you all the tools and resources that are required of you and those around you, so He expects you to use your with others and their brains in collaboration with Him to be productive (think Bereans in Acts 17:10-11 “when they examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.”).
James 1:5 says, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” The word “ask” is present, imperative, meaning we’re COMMANDED to CONTINUALLY ask God for wisdom!
Pro 3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it.
A few months ago, I heard Stephanie Riggs speak at our Writers on the Rock Highland Ranch group. She spoke about how our Christian life as writers can influence the world for the better with God’s help and direction.
Celebrities can be inundated by people wanting their endorsements and testimonials for a company’s products and service. Naive entrepreneurs or authors think that ANY endorsement or testimonial should be for their having, not realizing that celebrity testimonials REQUIRE there be a good fit between both the celebrity and the product or service.
Not one to PUSH my book like a carnival barker, I mostly kept quiet throughout the evening. As we were walking out after our meeting, she asked me if she take a look at my book. With most requests, I have had some people use their “status” to ask for my book and I never hear back. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. My usual thought is, “There goes another $5.50 from my inventory for a starving author!” as I contemplate any request. Plus, trying a product is one thing, reading a 250 page book takes time, in fact many weeks or even months to read books by authors.
I handed my book and a few of my cards to her and a short prayer, “Lord, you know my situation, I’m taking a step of faith here!” Well, Stephanie came through.
You know, we all get up on the morning, take a shower or bath, and then head to the bedroom to decide what we’re to wear for the day.
Whether the clothes we put are a suit, Dockers or jeans and a corporate button down or T-shirt, we get dressed for the day ahead of us. Preparing to do business how God has outlined us to do it.
We follow this same path as everyone else, but being a Christian, “putting on” something takes on a different perspective because we worry less about the clothes we wear. That’s for the outside of us. We are more concerned about something else.
As a business person and as a Christian, this is the question: what do you put on for the day on the inside?
Have you heard how farmers are now seeing how God has created His system in nature and applying it to growing food? Agroforestry agriculture, or forrest farming or gardening, is following the forrest’s way of producing a bountiful harvest.
The basic idea is to follow the process and system that God has designed and be able to produce food and products for sale that is both sustainable and profitable.
The idea is to mix compatible plants, spacing small plants to large trees so that both complement each other and sustain each other during the life cycle of harvesting and planting.
Matt 7:7 (Amplified Bible) Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.
The question is the start of the answer
Most Christian parents ask their children when they come home from school, “What did you learn today?” Jewish parents, on the other hand, ask their children, “Did you ask a good question today?”
As Christians, we’re not to act like Christian drones as part of a “Christian collective” like the Star Trek enemy The Borg, a fictional alien race that appears as recurring antagonists in the Star Trek series. We’re to ask questions and actively engage our brains to learn, to grow, and then do what is right based on who we are and who we work with.
Stationed at Hill AFB, UT I attended the Bible Church of Salt Lake where Pastor Charles E. Clarke did expository preaching. He used Greek, Hebrew, history, and biblical categories to expound biblical truths, for instance taking three years to go word by word through the book of Ephesians. He showed the depth of what could be learned and the richness and confidence that came with the knowledge that was gained.
For instance, in Matt 7:7 the Greek verbs ask, seek, and knock are all in the present tense, active voice, and in the imperative mood. The greek imperative mood says we’re commanded to continually “keep on asking/seeking/knocking.” But what are questions and answers?