When it comes to watching nature, you get a good look at what God has set up in terms of systems and processes which can be applied to any Christian startup entrepreneur.
Since Jesus talked about being “fruitful” with your efforts, he was talking about agriculture. He turned water into high quality wine (John 2:1-11), He talked about harvesting crops (Luke 10:2), the variations of a bountiful crop (Matthew 13:8), and the Torah/Old Testament talked about gleaning the fields (Leviticus 19:9-10).
But in order to have bountiful crops, you need certain elements in place: seed, good soil, water, and sunshine just for starters. Planting a seed and adding water first creates roots, then shoots, and finally fruits. But before we get to the fruit, there is one step that is absolutely essential to being fruitful.
One of the more interesting aspects of startups with budding entrepreneurs, young and old, is their view of marketing, and in most cases, their lack of understanding about marketing. Especially when first starting out with their endeavor.
Too often the younger adults think that they have to get their message out to others and “sell, sell, sell” to their customers. Whatever their motivation or drive, “selling” to your customer before you’ve enticed, courted, attracted, or persuaded them into liking your product, it is like walking up to the opposite sex and asking them to marry you before you ask them on a date.
But, startup entrepreneurs need to be taught, trained, and mentored into how to market, create a message, and most of all, give AND receive testimonials from others.
Guest posted by Jan Verhoeff
When you’re building your niche, do you have a specific identity, or just a general group to whom you’re marketing?
Tuna swim in schools in the ocean, huge groups of fish that find their way into the fishermen’s nets. The meat is dark, soft, and often flavorless, because Tuna aren’t selective eaters. Often, more selective fishermen waste the tuna that are older, less attractive to the canning companies. Tuna unfit for human consumption is used for cat food.
Albacore, a fish relative of tuna, are more selective and their meat is light, firm, and tasty. It can be eaten in a variety of ways, and offers a finer texture for better preparation. Albacore is almost never used for cat food, except maybe the byproducts of the tasty morsels, selectively chosen for human consumption.
Almost half of American households serve tuna daily, according to a 2008 article from the Environmental Defense Fund. With an array of tuna in pouches and cans on grocery shelves, it can be hard to determine which is the best type for you. Albacore and chunk light tuna are both good sources of protein with very little fat, but nutritional differences and potential mercury concerns may influence your decision as to the one you purchase. read more…
Anyone can catch a tuna, but only the finest, most experienced fishermen can catch Albacore.
There is a familiar saying among some churches. “Some believers are so heavenly bound that they’re no earthly good.”
It’s one thing to want to do God’s will, but to be so caught up in doing “heavenly” or “spiritual” things that you lose site of your earthly purpose, and what’s around you, you’ve missed your calling.
When you’re born, you were born with certain inalienable talents and skills. Yes, you were born with them. No one can ever take them away from you because God created you, and no one else has the same sets of talents and skills and personality. Over time growing up you’ve tested yourself at each step of the way to see what you can perform and how well. You’ve learned to crawl, walk, then run physically, so it is with your talents and skills.
But what happens when you became a Christian?