Tyler Perry, the successful American actor, writer, producer and director, at one time listed as the highest paid man in entertainment grossing, $130 Million between May 2010 and May 2011, was quoted asking, “You know what the question is that a lot of people ask me all the time?”
It is a question whose answer will be the basis of this article. Tyler Perry recounts what people ask and his answer; “How did you make it? How did you make it?” Well, I’d say there’s only one answer for that, and I say this in press all the time but people, they will cut it out of articles or they don’t want it printed or they don’t want it said, but the truth be told, it was nothing but the grace of God. Nothing but the grace of God”
Successful entrepreneurs do not succeed by accident; they are committed to success. They seek knowledge, timely and relevant knowledge. The bible was inspired by the greatest Entrepreneur of all time, God. He established principles that have stood the test of time.
Over millennia both believers and non-believers have used business advice found in the bible and succeeded immensely. Here a few of those principles.
- Be an excellent worker
Imagine for a moment that you are working for the greatest mind on earth, that your employer is not just an inventor but the creator of everything that you see. Imagine that he has put the same capacity to create and reproduce beautiful things in you, and that he has equipped you with all the skills and talents that you need, will you be an excellent worker?
The Japanese have a saying, “whatever you do, do it with dignity and excellence.” You and me know that the Japanese are excellent at what they do. The bible says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Colossians 3:23 NKJV
Working to express the gifts deposited in you by God is the most rewarding experience any human being can ever have. What’s your work ethics?
- Be a trusted steward
The story of the talents found in the book of Matthew 25: 14-29 is a well-known biblical illustration of stewardship. Merriam Webster dictionary defines steward as “one employed in a large household or estate to manage domestic concerns (such as the supervision of servants, collection of rents, and keeping of accounts)”
A steward makes decisions that he knows will please his master, he works knowing that he shall be called to account someday. How do you handle your finances? do you hoard and expect to grow more? do you use your finances to have an impact on your family, your community, your nation and the world?
It's no secret that the richest people on earth are the greatest philanthropist. Warren Buffet the second richest man at one time, lives a frugal life, yet he is committed to giving away 90% of his wealth. Visit the giving pledge website and get inspired at how the rich are giving and yet they get richer.
“One person gives freely,
yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly,
but comes to poverty.”
Proverbs 11:24 NIV
- Know your priorities
God created the universe, he placed the stars in the sky, He knows each one of them by name, He has ordained the number of days for everyone. Knowing God as your father is the beginning of your entrepreneurial success.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 NKJV.
The next priority should be your health, your sense of wellbeing. Taking good care of your body, watching what you eat and exercising. “No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” I Corinthians 9:27 NKJV
Your family should be the next most important priority after God and yourself, “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” I Timothy 5:8 NKJV. Everything else should then follow.
- Know your purpose
You are not a product of an accident despite the circumstances of how you were conceived. God put unique gifts and talents in you that only you can unleash and help solve a myriad of problems.
Do you know your life’s purpose? The worst thing that can happen to anyone is to live a purposeless life.
Here is a question, why do you want to succeed as an entrepreneur? is it because you want to express your unique talents? Is it because you want to solve a problem? Your purpose will direct your passion, what are you passionate about? What gets you excited when you wake up in the morning? Work on it.
Find your purpose and package it for the world, focus on solving a problem with your gifts and talents, express your unique personality in what you do.
- Uphold your integrity
Cutting corners and taking short cuts will abort your purpose sooner than later. The late Zig Ziglar had this to say about integrity, “With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.”
God cares that we do everything with integrity, David in honoring God with his wealth said this, “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.” 1 Chronicles 29:17
Bringing it together
These five principles are the basic cornerstones of succeeding as an entrepreneur when you embrace, and make them your lifestyle, when you uphold them as a mantle, your business will shoot to new heights, you will succeed beyond your wildest dreams.
Keep reading to discover more biblical principles that will guarantee your business success.