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Does the thought of starting your own business excite you–or scare you silly? We each have a way of thinking about something new. And I want to challenge you to open up to a new possibility…
It doesn’t take much imagination to think of how starting your own business could improve your life in strictly material terms. Assuming you’re able to develop the business effectively, and turn it into a success in your industry, it could yield a significant boost in your annual income.
And yet, when most people consider starting their own business, they’re looking for something more than just the potential for earning money. Generally, they’re after a different approach to life, as a whole, that might ultimately be more fulfilling. Is that you?
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The question isn’t whether you “can” create your own business, but whether you “should.”
In many cases, the answer is yes – because starting your own business can improve your life in unexpected ways, as well as conventional ones.
Here are a few of the unconventional ways in which starting your own business may benefit you.
- By restoring your sense of hope
Hope is perhaps one of the most essential, and rare, resources that people possess. With hope, you can achieve a lot, and can withstand a lot, too.
When you lose hope, however, even getting out of bed in the morning can seem like an intolerable burden.
Scripture says, “My days are swifter that a weaver’s shuttle, And come to an end without hope.”Job 7:6 (NASB)
If your day job is fundamentally unfulfilling to you, and you don’t find much reason in your life to be optimistic, starting your own business can give you something to look forward to, something to pin some of your hopes on.
Starting your own business holds out the promise of potential, and that’s a very meaningful thing.
- By giving you the opportunity to spend more of your time working in line with your core values
When you start your own business, it is likely that you will structure that business in line with your core interests and values. At least, that certainly should be the case.
Humans need a sense of higher meaning and purpose in order to feel properly fulfilled in everyday life. Anything that you can do to restructure your life so as to increase the degree to which you’re living out your values is incredibly significant.
We have all heard the saying that without vision, man perishes. Powerful words! Let’s look at that Proverb here in The Message translation as it speaks to this point.
If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.Proverbs 29:18 (MSG)
If you don’t start your own business, consider starting a hobby or project that fulfills you and keeps you from stumbling in this way. Ask God, He will show you a step to take. Take it. Many times, that’s when the next step appears.
- By reminding you of your own potential
We’re often overly hard on ourselves in life, and end up succumbing to self-doubt.
This is a terrible tragedy, because in the final analysis, we are all imbued with a certain amount of God-given potential and potency, and to lose sight of that is a fast path towards nihilism, apathy, and despair.
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)
Running your own business – and dedicating your time and energy to it – can remind you of your own God-given potential, and can help restore a sense of pride that might have been lacking for some time.
Each small success along the path you have chosen, and find worthwhile, is an affirmation of your ability to live a good life, for God has a plan for you. According to Romans 4:17, God “calls things into existence that do not exist.”