In the first part of this article, I shared Five Biblical pillars successful businesses stand on to grow and rise to astronomical heights. The law of harvest, putting people first, having a clear vision, starting with the end in mind, and Allowing your dreams to soar, having a vision. This are Bible pillars that have stood the test of time.
In this article I will share five more Biblical pillars that shrewd business men and women incorporate in their businesses and soar. Cher Wang, a committed Christian, founder of HTC Corporation, a Taiwanese Smartphone maker is quoted saying;
“the bible is the best book for management practice”
In proverbs 4:7 the Bible advises, “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore, get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.”
Acquired understanding can be equated to passive energy. Passive energy is activated by work, hard work. Proverbs 14:23 states; “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”
Quoting the late Sam Walton founder of Walmart, a devout Christian;
“Two things about Sam Walton distinguish him from
almost everyone else I know. First, he gets up every
day bound and determined to improve something. Second,
he is less afraid of being wrong than anyone I’ve ever known.
And once he sees he’s wrong, he just shakes it off and heads
in another direction.” Sam Walton
Do you get up every day determined to improve something, try something new, make an improvement to your business? Read on and learn five more pillars of business success:
Build for the future
Visionary leaders build businesses that will outlive them. Building a business that will live on long after you are gone starts with a vision, a vision for the future.
Where do you see your business 50, 100 years from now? God instructed Abraham to look and see, “For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever. “Genesis 13:15. When you ‘see’ you put up structures that will steer the business through turbulence.
Building for the future also requires that you lay the right foundation, you lay a foundation that guarantees your services and products will remain relevant in successive generations. This should be built on an honest, caring and a transformational workplace culture.
Many businesses die on the demise of their founders. That should not happen to your business, your labor should be enjoyed by your descendants. The Bible says, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. Proverbs 13:22 NKJV
Bring your family along
Pursuing business success is hard work, it’s easy to leave everyone behind, burn the candle on both ends, and reason out, how you will come back for the family once you have succeeded.
The sad reality is that the family won’t wait for you. To avoid being alone at the apex of your success carry the family along. Do not sacrifice your family for business success. Create a healthy work family balance.
What does it mean to have a healthy family work balance?
God the creator of the first family - Adam and Eve, ordained a family work balance that guarantees every person who obeys his instructions has enough time for their family.
In Exodus 34:21 He says, “Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; in plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.”
Assemble an unbeatable team
Nobody has ever built a successful business alone. It is important to Identify the right people who will carry the business’ burden and birth your vision to reality.
Henry Ford, American Industrial automaker, knew something every businessman should emulate. He surrounded himself with an army of informed people who helped grow his business.
During an inquiry, when pressed to answer an intellectual question he responded by saying that he had a row of buttons in his office that summoned members of his team;
“ Now would you be so good as to explain why, just to answer your questions, I should have a brain stuffed with general culture, when I am surrounded by employees who can supply any information I might want to know?" Henry Ford asked.
Surrounding yourself with an inspired team that is committed to success, is what great leaders do. Create a team with diverse talents and skills, inspire them to back your vision, lead them and your business to greatness.
Diversify your talents and opportunities
Successful entrepreneurs at one point in growing their business careers had to wear many hats. Management hat, Production hat, Accounting hat, etc. As an Entrepreneur, you must diversify your talents and embrace every opportunity.
Most business people tried their hand at doing different things before succeeding. When you explore opportunities, you open yourself to gaining valuable experience that will give you an edge over the competition.
King Solomon the greatest businessman recorded in the Bible admonishes in Ecclesiastes 11:16, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good. ‘Ecclesiastes 11:1,6
Build a legacy not monument
You have a choice, to build a legacy or a monument, Merriam Webster dictionary defines legacy as, “something that is or may be inherited.” in contrast, it defines a monument as “a shaped stone laid over or erected near a grave and usually bearing an inscription to identify and preserve the memory of the deceased.”
The only true wealth that endures through generations, is the impact you make on people’s lives. Let me ask a question. Do you remember the name of the richest person who lived 50 years ago? I bet you don’t. But I bet you remember the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr! Why?
The Bible says of those who build monuments after themselves, “Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves. Psalms 49:11.
You should build a business that has a positive impact on the lives of people in your community, your nation and in the world.
Do you want to see your business grow beyond your vision? Do you want to build a business that will live on long after you are gone?
The Bible is God’s infallible truth. When you incorporate its truth in your business, when you partner with God you build a legacy that will glorify His name through generations.