“He who has a slack hand becomes poor; but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”
Proverbs 10: 4
Over the next few weeks, we are going to be talking about King Solomon and his business principles.
The real reason is because I have been geeking out on them and can’t believe that we don’t teach them every year.
So, guess what?
Now you get to learn them from me.
If you’re not interested in business.
Just kidding. If you’re not interested in business, these are still great principles to put into place in your life for everything you do. From managing your finances to deciding where to work, what you do, and how you do it.
Maybe you are saying Dan I’m retired, or I’m a stay-at-home mom or dad.
That is awesome, you can still use these principles in your everyday life.
Let’s start out with a few simple FACTS about Solomon
First off, he was known for his Wisdom.
In 1 Kings he sacrificed to God, and God later appeared to him in a dream, asking what Solomon wanted from him. Solomon had the chance to ask for anything, money, power, land, or riches.
Instead of any of those things he asked for WISDOM.
Pleased, God personally answered Solomon’s prayer. Promising him great wisdom because he did not ask for self-serving rewards like long life or the death of his enemies.
Perhaps the best-known story of his wisdom is the Judgment of Solomon (1 Kings 3: 16-28); two women each lay claim to being the mother of the same child.
Solomon easily resolved the dispute by commanding the child to be cut in half and shared between the two.
One woman promptly renounced her claim, proving that she would rather give the child up than see it killed. Solomon declared the woman who showed compassion to be the true mother, entitled to the whole child.
Solomon was traditionally considered the author of several biblical books, including not only the collections of Proverbs, but also of Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon and the later apocryphal book the Wisdom of Solomon (not found in the bible)
Anyways that’s enough about his credentials. Let’s dive deep into his teachings!
Are you stoked? Because I am!!!
There are 10 basic principles that he lived by.
The first one is: Be Diligent And Work Hard.
He who has a slack hand becomes poor; but the hand of the diligent makes rich (Proverbs 10: 4).
Nothing can substitute for work ethic.
Many people see a business owner after they have achieved success and think that advancement in business or life is easy.
Those in it know that creating and running a successful business requires harder work than any other way to earn a living.
Not to mention the amount of fear that you deal with if you are responsible for supporting a family.
What if this doesn’t work out? What if I fail? What if.
It is no place for those without a superior commitment to work. As Solomon wrote in Proverbs 20:4, The lazy man will not plow because of winter; he will beg during harvest and have nothing.
Hard work is not everything though.
Too many people think that all you have to do is work HARDER to truly be successful.
The truth is that you don’t have to work HARD, you need to work SMART.
This takes some getting used to.
Personally, I was brought up in a hardworking house.
Dad was out the door before any of us kids were up, and there were some nights (not very many) that he got back to the house well after dark.
Then he would go up and milk cows and do other chores before he really came home and got to enjoy the family.
While I appreciate the fact that Dad worked hard, and mom worked even harder making sure that us kids didn’t kill each other before he got home. Lol
It doesn’t mean that it is the only way to make a living or provide for your family.
As a business owner I know all about that. Working way too many hours and never knowing when to quit.
It seems that when we submerge ourselves into a subject it no longer feels like work.
Take Nathen, our son for example.
Nathen Loves TV. That might not sound good, and you might be judging us as parents.
I don’t really care what you think because you don’t know the whole situation.
Nathen is a great kid and there was a time where he really wanted to be a ventriloquist. Naturally he immersed himself into that while he learned more about it.
He watched countless videos on how to do it.
Then he practiced, and practiced, and practiced more. Improving his technique constantly.
My point is that when Nathen gets interested in something he spends TONS of time learning about, doing it, and then performing it.
He eventually figured out that he didn’t love ventriloquism but did discover that he LOVES making people laugh.
My point with this whole story is that when we start something new, we get excited, work hard and learn TONS about the subject.
It’s a good thing, at least that’s what Solomon said.
Today I want to encourage you to take action on your work ethic.
Think back to a project that you started, did you finish that project? (If you’re me, probably not. Lol I have a tendency to start a project, get it to its working stage then allow it to work instead of perfecting it.)
Awesome, if not why? If so, what caused you to keep going until it was finished?
What did you learn from that project? Was there anything that you could do differently to make it easier?
What will you do next time you start a project to ensure that you finish it, or at least get it to its working stage?
God today we come to you with open hearts and bodies filled with JOY. Lord, we are so thankful that you give us everything that we need to be truly successful in life. We are grateful that your book, the bible, is so full of wisdom that we can grow and grow and grow. We are grateful that you have given us so many mentors to look up to and to study.
God, you blessed us with people in our lives that help to make it better every day. You blessed us with a play book on advice on how to live. You blessed us with great food, great friends, amazing mentors, and a beautiful world to live in. For all that we say thank you. Lord, we pray that you help us to live by Solomon’s teachings and to study and mimic his success.
Help us to not ask for worldly items, like money, food, clothes, cars, houses, land. I think you get the picture. But instead help remind us to ask for wisdom. But just any wisdom. No God we pray that you give us Godly wisdom. Wisdom not of this world. Wisdom that reaches far beyond what we are capable of now, wisdom that helps us to make your message clear to the world.
Wisdom that when people hear us speak and see our work, they can see you alive in it. God, thank you.
We ask all these things in your precious son’s name.
A Little More
Recently Jenna invested in herself and took a course in stock market trading.
How cool, right!
A mom, a person who wanted to be able to give back to her kids by teaching them how to invest, smartly.
I have always known that Jenna is crazy smart, especially when it comes to numbers.
She struggled past some things as she got started. Mostly self doubt.
Hey, I know exactly what that feels like. I’m there every day!
But she never stopped. She allowed her work ethic to shine through those hard times.
Then about 2 weeks into the course she said, I’d like to start investing some real money.
I was stoked. This is what she had wanted and God had put in her heart a while ago. We just weren’t able to make it a reality until now.
We transferred from funds into a couple of different places that she learned about and she started buying stocks.
Not everyone she bought at first was great, but over the next few months, she started growing her portfolio. Then before long she was growing and growing our portfolio.
I’m not telling you this simply to brag about my amazing wife.
I’m telling you this so you can know that the first action you need to take when it comes to starting something new is to learn more about it.
Wisdom is what makes everything possible.
The first step of doing anything is to learn more about it so you can make wise and informed decisions.
When we started the business, I started listening to podcasts, and reading books about business We watched those around us who were in business, learning from their every move.
Then we had to take action on what we learned.
The last key to both of these stories is that we gave glory to God for everything that we earned. We gave him glory for the drive to work harder and smarter than we ever have before in our lives.
He IS the reason for success, and when things don’t work out the way we think they should. Like when Jenna bought a stock that crashed the next day, or when she bought one at its high point.
She didn’t give up.
When business got harder we didn’t throw in the towel. NO WAY!
We learned from our mistakes and moved forward with God’s plan for us.
Will you pray with us?
Mankind throughout the world throughout our current situation
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For all military personal serving our country and their families
Those in Leadership positions throughout the world