Have you ever wondered why poking the bottom of chocolate to see what’s inside is common all around the world? It’s candy! Are we so picky we can’t just eat it? It turns out while all candy looks great on the outside, it’s not all great on the inside. Sometimes, no matter how good it looks on the outside, we simply don’t want what comes with it. This is a metaphor. Continue Reading
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The Day I Learned I Was an Entrepreneur
Every day that your heart beats, you have the opportunity to change tomorrow. What will you do with it?
The American lie is that we can be anything we want to be. We can’t. I’m colorblind. Consequently, I will never be a pilot no matter how desperately I chase that dream. A good friend once told me that the earth had better be burning into the sun before I touch anything administrative. It does not matter how badly I want to be Chief Operating Officer, it’s not a good idea.
Fitting Square Dreams into a Round Box
The Bible tells us that God formed us in our mother’s womb. He developed our inward parts, designing us with gifts and talents. Our maker is intentional about our design. He has a desired outcome.
A fool’s journey is spending life trying to fit square dreams into God’s round box. We are all designed with a purpose. My purpose is to activate Kingdom-minded entrepreneurial leaders that are ready to step into theirs. It sounds so precise, so figured out, so easy to identify. However, discovering that has been an arduous journey.
The life of an entrepreneur is not an easy life. It requires great sacrifice, many hard days and a continued perseverance to see beyond what is in order to create what could be.
For me, the day I realized I was an entrepreneur was the day I first acknowledged my failure.Read More »
Permission to Launch
Our lives are comprised of turning points: those pivotal times that reset our direction, our perspective, build our character and change the lives of others. Each turning point adds legacy and value to our lives. Each one creates a resonance that will echo beyond our last breath. Our lessons and our impact are what we pass onto future generations. They are things that bring a smile to the face of God.
Are you living by your design?
I had the opportunity to meet with a man in his mid-50’s. I’ll call him “Steve.” Steve was very a successful entrepreneur. He had built a storied career as a property developer. When we initiated his LifePlan, Steve’s hope in the process was to figure out his core ministry. Hitting mid-life, he felt that his second half should have more Kingdom impact than his first half. In fact, his greatest life complaint at this point was that he felt greedy, as his core ambition was to generate more money. For him, no matter how hard he tried to serve God with his life, his every effort circled back around to making more money, which he did, over and over again.
Lean-in to the turning point.
During one key exchange in our two days together, he had hit a sullen, tear-filled moment, frustrated that his whole life had been built around making money. Given the confidentiality of the process, I finally asked him, “Steve, how much do you tithe?”
His response would immediately convict anyone. “Between tithes, offering and everything else, about 60-70%. Why?” As I sheepishly pondered his answer, I began to smile and giggled a bit. He asked, “What’s so funny?”Read More »