Early on in my entrepreneurial ventures I had the same problem as most others. “What’s that?” you ask… Well, I was not fulfilled in the work I was doing anymore. I felt like I was going 90 mph, toward a dead end, with no brake pads! The money was great, but I felt a burning desire for something much greater!
I knew I wanted to influence males on a global scale. I had the passion and that was great. But like they say, PASSION WITH OUT INCOME IS JUST AN EXPENSIVE HOBBY! I had to find a way to sustain until I could support my family. So I tried what everyone talks about.
They told me to do what I enjoy part-time, until I could build up the business good enough to do it full time. It sounded good so I gave it a try for a full year! I worked as a school teacher and committed to my business a few days out of the week. My results were not very impressive at all. I sputtered along…
“If they can’t tell me at least three major mistakes they have made in life, I am reluctant to take advice from them.” It’s something I have lived by for a large portion of my adult life. Now that I am a successful entrepreneur, it resonates even more with me. I am 30 years old, so I often attract the questions of younger crowds that aspire to become small business owners. They want insight on what they should do to get where I am. Before I offer advice about what someone should do right, I am sure to be very transparent about what I have done wrong. I believe that sharing with them what not to do will add much more value than telling them what I think they should do. I think this concept can be applied in many areas of life.
Many of us that are faith-driven individuals may struggle sometimes with how to live out our spirituality in the workplace. If you are anything like us, you probably believe that the fact you have the job is because God blessed you with it; along with the gifts to fulfill your position exceedingly. However, isn’t it ironic that the same God which provided the job is hard to be found on the job? How easy is it to integrate God into the your decision making in the work place? These 5 C’s will guide you in making Godly decisions in an atmosphere that is not always open to His presence.
A young entrepreneur approached a corporate leader after a seminar and asked, “I’m not very smart but I’m hardworking. Will I ever succeed?” Without blinking an eye, the expert said, “You will definitely succeed! You have three of the most important traits for success: hardworking, knowing what you don’t know, and asking for help.”
We at The Academy of Kings completely agree with that answer. Intelligence seems to be quite over-rated as an ingredient for success. In fact, intelligence can mean trouble for the young, because it can often make one lazy, over-confident and proud. The most successful people in any field are those who ask for help because they know what they do not know. And they work hard.
Keep that in mind the next time you’re tempted to doubt if you’ll ever make it in a world where everybody seems to value degrees and titles above everything else.
Needless to say, we are an organization that supports entrepreneurship. However, we understand that there is a place in time where it is healthy for an individual to learn a craft under the security and leadership of those more advanced. With that being said, we want to present the Top Four reasons we believe that a Christian should be an employers first selection when searching for quality employees.
#1 Lying, Stealing, and Cheating means Death
According to CBS News, a typical organization can lose 5% of its annual revenue to employee fraud. When added to the Gross Domestic Product, the potential global fraud loss can be more than $2.9 trillion. Nearly one third of all employees commit some degree of employee theft. It is also estimated that a third of United States corporate bankruptcies are a direct result of employee theft. The Chamber of Commerce estimates 75% of employees steal from the workplace. Most of which do so repeatedly. The following statistics capture recent employee theft statistics.