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A successful entrepreneur serves others, often at great risk, difficulty, and cost. Profits are a sign that the entrepreneur has successfully served others, but the profits only come after the endeavor. Along the way the entrepreneur may risk income, financial safety for himself and his family, his retirement, his home, and possibly the same of friends and family.
I'm glad you found the post fascinating, but I wonder how many Americans actually share my views. I know many take offense when people say that America is no longer a Christian nation, but at the very least it seems to be Christian in name only. The American attitude towards business, productivity, and the accumulation of wealth is much different than the rest of the world. As a nation, we seem to value these higher than health, family, and spiritual well-being.
The Kingdom of God operates on different principles than the kingdoms of the world around us. The Kingdom of God operates in the principle of purposeful, willing servitude toward other people. The subversive Kingdom is the idea that God’s Kingdom does not come in and dominate people, or culture, or any of those seven pillars of society. Rather, the Kingdom of God subversively springs up here and there within those different realms.
There’s a comic strip that I shared a while back called “How to Over-Spiritualize Everything” that makes the same point you make in your comments. We can, I can, have a tendency to make things sound more spiritual than they really are; however, we are also guilty of not realizing the spiritual significance in things that surround us because we consider it too mundane for God to care about.
Grace & Heart is a direct sales company that markets themselves as “a community of friends founded on passion and purpose.” They sell faith-inspired sterling silver and genuine stone jewelry through their consultants, which are called “Bravehearts.” The jewelry pieces range from $29 to $200, so there is something for everyone and for every occasion. All jewelry is handcrafted in the United States.
Companies like Sears, Amazon, eBay, Esprit Clothing Company, Cabela’s, and hundreds more pay you money to market their products for them online. Every sale you make for them, they compensate you… usually with commissions ranging from 10% to 25%. Those are companies you can represent as an affiliate, through your affiliate marketing campaigns and running a Christian home business.
The fact is, most marketers do things from the proven, tried and true methods that have been working for years. Those methods work today, they’ll work tomorrow, and they will continue to work for years to come, even as they continue to be tweaked over time. In truth, no matter what it is an Internet marketer is selling or promoting, they are all using the same marketing approaches! If something does “break the mold”, you will be sure to learn about it in our members area to boot.
Many entrepreneurs desire to become financially independent in order to care for their families, give to the needy, and fund missionary ventures. They have an idea, locate the funds to begin, and take on the responsibility for managing their own companies. When the motivation is honorable, and the business is honorable, God delights to bless it (Psalm 37:23). When an entrepreneur’s motive is selfish or sin-based, the business will not enjoy God’s blessing and may become a hindrance to God’s best plan for the owner’s life. As with all decisions, Christian must seek wisdom from the Lord before taking that first step in establishing a business (James 1:5). Part of wisdom is planning ahead (see Luke 14:28–29). When wisdom says it is a good idea, when all costs have been counted and the priorities are straight, entrepreneurship can be a benefit to the entrepreneur and to the world.
Business Ethics: Adding a Christian Worldview, edited by Phil, had been printed by McGraw-Hill for The King’s College 2007 Business Ethics course. In 2005 Phil led the preparation of Faith and Development in Africa for the AFREG conference held in Nigeria in 2006. Phil co-authored Fairness Opinions: A Users Guide, published by McGraw-Hill in 2005. He also wrote the foreword to The Art of M&A Due Diligence – Navigating Critical Steps and Uncovering Crucial Data, published 2000.
Answer: An entrepreneur is someone who creates and runs a new business for profit by selling products or services. An entrepreneur is usually a self-motivated person who is willing to work hard and do whatever is necessary to get the business off the ground. Entrepreneurs must be willing to face some lean times in the beginning if it takes a while for the business to become profitable. Entrepreneurship requires initiative, motivation, sacrifice, and patience—all traits that the Bible encourages (Galatians 5:22; 1 Peter 1:5–7).
In addition to his management roles, Phil had over 20 years’ experience advising companies on their company’s value, effect on value of different operating and financial strategies, such as sell, take public and/or joint venture options. Advice included due diligence, tax strategies, accounting issues, business strategies, corporate structure, and capitalization arrangements. He had consulted on corporate spinoffs, restructuring, and shareholder value implementation strategies. Phil has spoken and written on the economics of regional power planning, Global CapitalTrends-Effects of the U.S. Business Environment, Tax Strategies in M&A Transactions, Financing Leverage Buyouts, Capital for Financial Institutions,and Global Financial Instruments. Phil spoke at BusinessWeek’s 2003 CFO CIO Forum on the Implications of 2003 Tax legislation.
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As an advocate for the next generation, Phil had a passion for mentoring and teaching all ages. He was the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business at The King’s College, New York City, teaching Financial Accounting, Business Law, International Business,and Business Ethics. He was also Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University teaching Business Valuation for the Masters in Accounting and Finance programs.
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