Saturday, April 29, 2017

Before you Walk Away


So you think it is time?  Time to “Just Do It”, Time to “Just Jump”!  Time for full-time ENTREPRENEURSHIP! 

Recently, I read an impassioned writing by a young woman giving her thoughts regarding “4 Reasons To Quit Your Job To Be An Entrepreneur”. 


Oh, how I wish I could sit down with her over coffee, my treat of course, to discuss her four points:    


1. Recognition and R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Yes, you want respect. You want to feel validated in a way thus far robbed by the corporate world or regular day-to-day job you live in.”  

Well, my dear, the first person that needs to recognize, respect and acknowledge your accomplishments is YOU!  If you are needing validation now, you will find yourself chasing it for a long time.  Focus on walking out your destiny, then the recognition will come.  There is no greater respect than self-respect! 


2. Control

“Most entrepreneurs finally take the plunge when they become sick and tired of not controlling their own destiny."

Control or do you mean “decision making”? 


In entrepreneurship, yes the decisions are all yours!  Right, wrong, or indifferent the buck stops with you.  But, if it is actually ‘control’ you believe you have, think again. The new master and overseer of Control is called “Time”.


3. Freedom

"Wouldn't it be nice to work from the beaches of Costa Rica or the slopes of Aspen? Owing your own business – you can do pretty much whatever you want; whenever you want! "

Wow!  This does sound great!  But, back to Time…You must master Time, or Time will master you.   Yes, you have the freedom to work from the beaches of Costa Rica, but most likely your computer is with you to conference call back to the U.S.  

With Freedom comes responsibility!  Responsibility is called Time-Management!

4. Financial Rewards

"Goodness – lest we forget the money and financial opportunities. Do you realize there is no better way to create wealth for yourself then by being an entrepreneur?"

Now THIS is true! Before you Jump, do your due diligence: 


Research - Identify your competitors; what makes you unique in this field?

Personal Expenses - Along with rent, utilities, food, clothing, etc., be sure to factor in the costs of health and life insurance provided by your current employer.


Business expenses - Along with your personal expenses, you will need money for the business.


Identify Potential Partners - Who is your Tribe? Don’t try to go it alone.  You need people--the right people.


Consider Your Strengths and Weaknesses – Honest assessment.  If you have trouble identifying them, ask somebody.  


Consider your work habits - Do you enjoy working on your own? Do you get lonely without others?  


Entrepreneurship does offer a number of benefits.  Yet, with greater freedom, financial rewards, control and respect comes greater responsibility!   


Remember, what you walked away from may not be where you left it if you need to go back.




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

You Are the Gift!

Hey there.

Have you ever found yourself in this place? 

Wondering…Questioning ….Yearning for the time and opportunity when your unique gifting (talent) will be utilized in a capacity that not only impacts the lives of others, but also leaves an enduring imprint in the earth?   

Yet, generally it is not your gifting that is being used. It's you.


Now, before you clam up and shut down, let me explain.

Many have yet to recognize the difference between the gift that you ARE and the gift that you HAVE.

The gift that you ARE works non-stop.  Its availability is predicated upon your intentional willingness to simply be available.  God has set within you an eternal "switch" (for a lack of a better word), that can be triggered at any given moment, and in any given circumstance.   

The gifting (talent) that you HAVE works a little different. Its availability and use oftentimes comes through training, reading, studying, mentoring and life experiences.  Yet, even with all of these listed preparations, it still may not be put to use. 

Don’t fret, your gifts will truly make room for you, in time. Most likely you are in the waiting period, also known as PROCESS, for gift development.  I am a witness that process generally creates great frustration, because it appears that what you have is not needed in your current place.

“So, what is the purpose of this gift that I have if it is never being used? "

Glad you asked?

To profit withal wherever and whenever God needs it.

When it seems God has shut you down in the arenas in which you just know your gift (talent) would be most useful, remember the gift was given to you by God, and He knows when and where IT will be used…so you won’t be. 

The dichotomy is that at the same time that God halts the gift you have, he will create arenas that place the gift you ARE on full display. 

“In this God? Now God? Going through what I am going through now?” 

Yes, because that gift you are is in a beautiful container with a bright bow on it, and it must be dismantled!  All will gather with anticipation as the gift is revealed.    

Warning!  The container holding the gift may be unintentionally damaged during the opening, especially in young hands. Yet, no one considers the discarded container afterwards because it was not the focus. It completed its purpose, which was to contain the gift until it is unveiled.

So, don't retreat. Don't complain. Most of all, don’t count yourself out! Just continue to perfect your giftings (talents) through process, and the gift that you Are in obedience.

~ His timing is something no man can hinder or stop.