I don’t always discuss my faith in business settings but it is integral to who I am. I stick to giving people business advice, tips, social media help on my business website and in my consultations with clients, but I have been feeling strongly that I should share my faith and how it has anchored me in my business when things have not always looked great.
I hate when people come off on blogs and social media as “experts” or “business gurus” but don’t tell us how they got there. I always want to scream at them and say “OKAY! I GET IT! YOU’RE A MILLIONAIRE! NOW TELL US HOW YOU MADE IT!” Well I’m no millionaire by a long shot (at least not today, maybe tomorrow), but I am going to expound in this blog on intersecting faith and business so that when my secret millionaire story is told you will know how I made it.
My entire business experience has been a faith walk. From the outside it may appear that I have it together, that I planned to be an entrepreneur. It may seem I would rather work for myself and put blood, sweat and tears into something every day with no tangible assurance that it will actually work. The truth is that’s not the case. I found out I was an entrepreneur by trial, error and disobedience. I have always felt that I was supposed to be someone great. In my imagination as a kid I was always rich and famous. But most kids have those dreams. They’re just dreams, right? With the thought that my dreams were common, I put them in the freezer; they weren’t even on the back burner. At least on the back burner they’re still lukewarm. I listened to the “voices of reason” that come from parents, friends and society that tells you to go to college, get a degree, get a job and earn a living working at a job until you retire. I was never passionate about that. Working for someone else never really MOVED me. But I saw it as a means to an end. The only thing was, God had a different plan and even though I sought my own means, He had a different end. Over the years I’ve tried in many ways to secure employment and work for someone. Even when I did find jobs I was never satisfied. I always had a bigger vision.
If you are like me and you have tons of ideas or feel like there is so much more for you to do, you’re probably right. Allow me to encourage you not to settle for what seems safe or what makes sense. In my next post, I’ll share with you my frustrations and the constant battle that I am still in (pray for me) with facing “practicality” or launching out into the deep. I’ll share how things that seem safe can be illusions – tricks of the enemy of your soul to cause you to be complacent and lag in your pursuit of purpose. Stay tuned. I promise it’ll be a good one!