Freedom From the Work Life Balancing Act

The honest truth is that there really is no work/life balance.  Try as you may, the scale always tips one way or another.  The solution is not to try harder, but to change your mindset.
As I interviewed over 50 small business owners on my Small Business Revival podcast, I asked them how they balance life and work.  The overall response was “It’s a struggle.”
I understand, it is a struggle for me too… especially as I have ventured back into the world of construction.
It is time to think differently.  Rather than trying to “balance” it is time to integrate.
It is time to integrate what is really important to us into a life that is satisfying and we can be proud of.  For most of us, the important areas of our life can be summarized by work, family, community, and self.
Rather than trying to balance these competing demands… seek out activities, work, projects, recreation, initiatives or rest that results in a “4-way” win.  In other words look for ways to do one thing that results in a win for all areas of your life.
Here is an example.  Volunteer with your family to work on a Habitat for Humanity Home…. You will meet new people (networking) which can benefit your work, you spend time with your family, you give back to your community, and you get some exercise which benefits your self.
The more integrated “4-way” wins you can incorporate into your life the more fulfilling life will be.
If you can’t achieve a “4-way” win, then go for a “2-way” win like taking a mid-day walk.  This improves your productivity at work in the afternoon and improves your physical health.
Now get out there and make it happen. Say no to one more activity in the balancing act and do something different.  I know you can do it.

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Suffering for God's Mission

The greater our mission, the greater the opposition and suffering we must face. Sometimes we even feel like we are suffering for God…  Have you ever felt that way?

Don’t get discouraged. Do great things!

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Know Your God

 
… But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.  Daniel 11:32
We all want to do great things and make our lives count!  But, what is the foundation of our lives?  It is knowing God.  The “great exploits” overflow from relationship with God.  Not the other way around.  You learn to know your God by living in relationship with Him through the good times… and more importantly… the difficult times.

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42: Secrets of the New Rich w/ Kevin J Donaldson

EP. 42Today’s Guest is Kevin J. Donaldson of Real Wealth Solutions (Mastermind Group) and author of “10 Secrets of the New Rich.”
“My name is Kevin Donaldson. I’m an entrepreneur, author, and business coach. I build businesses, and I build people, for a living.
There’s no question that life is tough. And when challenges come your way, there’s always an excuse to quit. I’ve been there myself–I had a rough home life, I was a poor student, and my marriage only lasted four years. And to top it all off, my first business venture plunged me into $1.2 million in debt.
But despite the challenges I faced, I was determined to succeed. And after decades of hard work and learning, I’m proud to say that I’ve broken through adversity and now enjoy a successful career. I’m a successful Internet marketer, e-book and article writer, and network marketing business coach.
And now, my goal in life is to teach as many people as I can how to turn their challenges into their own stepping stones to success. Add me to your circles and let me share with you the wisdom I’ve gleaned from decades of adversity.”

Biblical Entrepreneurship

“To acquire wisdom is to love yourself;
people who cherish understanding will prosper.”

~ Proverbs 19:8

Key Takeaways

  • You need to know how to get along with people. You need to know how to communicate with others.
  • “We have to move from trading time for money to leveraging our time and using our money to work for us.”
  • Set up systems so that you can make money even when you are asleep.
  • You need to know who YOU are. Protect what goes into your mind and clean out the old things that don’t serve you.
  • Mindset is everything.
  • Get out and be around like minded people.
  • Take an action today. You always want to leave the scene of inspiration with a plan to take action.
  • “Always put people over profits.”
  • “In life you really get what you want but you will always get what your committed to.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “You need to know how to get along with people. You need to know how to communicate with others. @KevinJDonaldson”]
  • [Tweet “Set up systems so that you can make money even when you are asleep. @KevinJDonaldson”]
  • [Tweet “You need to know who YOU are. Protect what goes into your mind and clean out the old things that don’t serve you. @KevinJDonaldson”]
  • [Tweet “Mindset is everything. @KevinJDonaldson”]
  • [Tweet “You always want to leave the scene of inspiration with a plan to take action. @KevinJDonaldson”]
  • [Tweet “”In life you really get what you want but you will always get what your committed to.” @KevinJDonaldson”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR42

41: It's Never to Late in Life to Start a Business w/ Bob Fraser

EP. 41Today’s Guest is Bob Fraser of BusinessGrowthCoach.org
“When I was a teenager I wanted to be a teacher, that was my passion.  I didn’t follow my passion until I was 38 years old. From the age of 16-38 I had over 25 different jobs, not one of them was I passionate about.
I returned to my passion at the age of 38 after an encounter with God. I went back to school and started a teaching career at the age of 43. I retired from classroom teaching 2012 and now I help others pursue their passion as a Life & Business Coach.
It’s never too late to follow your dream, whether it be going back to school or starting your own business.  
In my free time I like to fish from my kayak, I’m also a Kayak fishing guide where I live in Southwest Florida.  My wife and I also like to travel to different places.” – Bob

Key Takeaways

  • It is never to late to re-start and pursue your calling.
  • Retirement is a great time to start a business
  • When you have a story that you just “have to tell” it is time to write your book.
  • Getting the right help can move you toward your goals.
  • You can create a life that you don’t have to escape from and therefore you do not have to “Dread Mondays”

Tweetable Quotes

[Tweet “Today is the first day of the rest of your life, what are you going to do with it? @bobmfraser”]
[Tweet “If you really want to do something, I believe you can do it! @bobmfraser”]
[Tweet “What a shame if you don’t have time to go fishing. @bobmfraser”]
[Tweet “If you do what you love you will never have to work another day in your life. @bobmfraser”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR41

37: Town Hall – 4 Easy, Low Cost Ways to Start a Business

EP.37Biblical Entrepreneurship

 “As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded.” ~ Proverbs 27:18 

Key Takeaways

Why everyone should have a part-time business?
Small Businesses make a massive impact on the community around us.
Trend toward freelancers / independent contractors is increasing.
If you see your employer as someone who exists to serve you, you will see your value to your employer decline. Employers allow to pay for results, not time.
“The number of contingent employees will increase worldwide or independent contraactors in the US alone contingent workers will exceed 40% of the work force by 2020…traditional full time, full benefit jobs will be harder to find… small businesses will develop their own collaborative network of contingent workers, minimizing fixed labor costs and expanding the available talent pool…Self employment, personal and micro business numbers will increase as a result of this…government will misclassify workers creating a major issue for companies of all sizes and work classification and work style will emerge as a target of intense political debate.”

Skills you will need:

  1. Understand how to manage your finances and your resources.
  2. How to take care of clients.
  3. How to find new business.
  4. How to manage your own time, energy, and yourself.

4 Easy Ways to Start a Part-Time Business

  1. Freelance service work
  2. Teach a class (Online or Offline)
  3. Join a Direct Sales Organization
  4. Make Handcrafted Items

Starting a business does not have to be a massive undertaking when you start out.

“Working for one company and expecting that that is going to be your total career is putting all your eggs in one basket.”

Take the plunge. Start something today, even if it’s small.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “If you see your employer as someone who exists to serve you, you will see your value to your employer decline.”]
  • [Tweet “Starting a business does not have to be a massive undertaking when you start out.”]
  • [Tweet “Take the plunge. Start something today, even if it’s small.”]
  • [Tweet “”Working for one company and expecting that that is going to be your total career is putting all your eggs in one basket.””]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR37

God is an Entrepreneur!

God is an EntrpreneurYou are probably thinking, “Brian, are you serious?”

What does God care about business?  How could you say that “God is an Entrepreneur?”  Well, not only did I say it, but I believe it without a shadow of a doubt.
Hang with me…
I know this may be a stretch for some, but I think you will see where I am coming from and how this affects your life.  First, we have to understand what Entrepreneurship is…

What is Entrepreneurship?


Entrepreneur Definitions

Dictionary.coma person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk. 
Miriam-Webstera person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money.
Wiki-pedia – Entrepreneurship is the process of starting a business or other organization. The entrepreneur develops a business model, acquires the human and other required resources, and is fully responsible for its success or failure. Entrepreneurship operates within an entrepreneurship ecosystem.
In recent years, “entrepreneurship” has been extended from its origins in business to include social and political activity. Entrepreneurship within an existing firm or large organization has been referred to as intrapreneurship and may include corporate ventures where large entities spin off subsidiary organizations. 
Entrepreneurs are leaders willing to take risk and exercise initiative, taking advantage of market opportunities by planning, organizing, and employing resources, often by innovating new or improving existing products. More recently, the term entrepreneurship has been extended to include a specific mindset resulting in entrepreneurial initiatives, e.g. in the form of social entrepreneurship, political entrepreneurship, or knowledge entrepreneurship.


Based on these definitions, here is my summary definition.  Entrepreneurship is innovation with risk and initiative… this could also be described as the act of “creating.”
[Tweet “Entrepreneurship is Creating and Creating is Entrepreneurship”]
Our God is “the creator,” and something in His nature expresses itself in the creative endeavor. Therefore, He is an Entrepreneur.  Creation was the greatest Entrepreneurial endeavor of all time.  The Earth was “formless and void” and out of that emptiness God took initiative to create the world, with the risk of giving us the freedom, to choose whether we follow Him or not.
In that creative process we were made in His image.  Therefore, there is a part of us that is “born to create.”
[Tweet “We were born to be creative!”]
However, This original creation was corrupted by “the fall”  The result of the curse is “toil of the ground.” rather than the abundance of life.
We often think that our struggle of “working to make a living” doing work that we don’t really enjoy is “just the way it is.”  Let me point something out… It may be “just the way it is,”  but it is not the way it was intended to be!
We were not created to struggle with the toil of the ground.  We were created to enjoy the abundance of life and fulfill our God given destiny.  Work is not a “bad” thing.  It existed before “the fall.”  It was sin that corrupted work and made it a struggle. (The above references Genesis 1-3)
Jesus came to break the curse of sin and give us new life (Romans 5:17-18).  Therefore, in him we are free to find fulfillment in our life’s work and become the creative individuals that we were designed to be.  If we believe that the good news of Jesus Christ transforms everything, then we have to believe that it can transform our work.
Now, you may not be a person of faith like me and you may not completely agree with everything I just said, but think about it for a minute…
How do you feel when you are creating something?  A DIY project, a business, a new friendship, a song, a letter, an organization, a piece of art, an event, a party, a meal…. some of our most fulfilling experiences in life are creative in nature.

What can we learn about Entrepreneurship from God’s actions in creation?

  • There was an order and plan to the process.
  • Attention was paid to beauty, and aesthetic along with form and function.
  • The Creation would increase over time
  • The Creation had a purpose
  • There was satisfaction in the work

As we allow the power of the Holy Spirit to transform us to become more like Christ, and as we engage with the word of God to transform the way we live, we can experience freedom from the curse of sin in our work.
I hope that I have challenged you today to believe that your work can be so much more then just something you must do to earn a living.  I believe that you can do work that is creative, makes you come alive and fulfills your destiny.  When you do that kind of work, you become a person of value and a person of value will be compensated!
– Brian
PS.  I teach Biblical Entrepreneurship through the life of Solomon.  Learn more here.
 

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26: Building a Full-Time Network Marketing Business w/ Amy Davenport

EP. 26Today’s Guest is Amy Davenport, an independent distributor built off of 31 Gifts.
“Amy Davenport began  her career with Thirty-One Gifts in March of 2010.  She was honored by Thirty-One Gifts with 2 of the top five categories for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 fiscal year. She was recognized for being in the top 25 dream building (recruiting) for 2011, as well as top in consistency of sales for 2012. As a result of her success, Amy was a member of the 2012 Leadership Council.
 Since joining the company in 2010, Amy has built a team of over 185 consultants nationwide. She enjoys coaching and mentoring the women on her team  to reach their goals and change their lives. She has also earned the Leadership Incentive Trip two years running, and enjoyed taking her husband, Tony, to an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico twice!
Amy is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in History and holds a Masters in Education from George Mason University as well. She worked as middle and high school teacher for 6 years before moving into grant management for 3 years. Thirty-One has allowed Amy to work from home since 2011.  She resides in Waynesboro, VA with her husband Tony, son, Anthony, and  identical twin daughters, Brooke and Brittany.”

Key Takeaways

  • Share your story with others. Your story can inspire and influence others.
  • Building relationships and customer service are extremely important.
  • Everyone has the ability to build a relationship with a client.
  • You have to identify the WHY. You must know why you are pursuing something to motivate you.
  • It is okay to take a break from your work.
  • Proverbs 31:16-18

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Share your story with others.”]
  • [Tweet “Everyone has the ability to build a relationship with a client.”]
  • [Tweet “You have to identify the WHY. You must know why you are pursuing something to motivate you.”]
  • [Tweet “It is okay to take a break from your work.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR26

Why I am No longer a Local Church Pastor

Ha8637804873_1d267ee5c3_kve you ever tried to put yourself into a box that doesn’t fit?

Or more than that… have you thought you fit in a box that you really don’t fit in? I certainly understand that experience.  That is my journey as a local church pastor.
I am telling the story to help and encourage some of you. Maybe you’re not a pastor, but maybe you’re in a box doesn’t quite seem to fit.
Let me start by saying, “I am not against being a local church pastor.”  I think we need more passionate individuals who will find their calling in serving the local church in this way.  This is about my journey of finding my calling.
God created each of us in a unique way.  Therefore, my path will not be your path…. but I want to encourage you to believe that God has a unique calling just for you.  However, even more than that, I pray you take action to start moving down your path.
When I was a teenager I started sensing a call to help others through Christian ministry. In my understanding, at that point in time, that meant being in some type of full-time ministry occupation. Both of my grandfathers had been pastors and that was the framework I had for ministry.
I had a deep desire to serve God and serve people.  I wanted my life to count for the Kingdom of God and I completely surrendered my life to Jesus Christ.
So I started forward on my journey to become a pastor…. I went to bible college, served in my church as a small group leader, began leading our youth ministry, etc.  Everything in my life was geared around becoming a pastor.
Then God started to redirect me, he put in my heart a desire to start a construction company.  It did not seem to fit with my plan.  I met with my pastor and he encouraged me with, “If that is what God is putting in your heart to do… then do it and don’t worry about where it fits into becoming a pastor.”  So I pursued starting a construction company and found a love for business that I didn’t know I had.  It was a great season of life.. and we had a lot of success.
After about 5 years of running that company, I started sensing that God wanted me to do more to minister and make a difference in peoples lives.  I processed that with Victoria, our pastors, and others. The door opened for me to pastor a new church plant.  It seemed to me, that everything was coming together for me to become what I had always wanted to be… a local church pastor.
So I started down that road… We had some initial success, and God was doing good things in the ministry and I thought I had “found my calling.”  I was bi-vocational which gave me the opportunity to still use my passion and skills for business.  I thought it was the perfect solution.
However, I was burning the candle at both ends and my passion for both business and ministry, made it hard for me to focus.  The result was that I and my family burned out.  The decision was made for us to take a break from pastoral ministry.  As I took the break and stepped back from things, I realized that I wasn’t confident that being a local pastor was the right fit for me.  
God has wired me with passions for both ministry and business.  Therefore, I started praying that God would bring those passions together for me into one focus.  The result of this journey is the founding of Small Business Revival.
I know that God has created me to fill a unique part of His plan that only I can fill.  I don’t have to be like anyone else, I don’t have to fit in a particular box… I just need to be myself.
[Tweet “God has created me to fill a unique part of His plan that only I can fill”]
I have no regrets of my time as a local church pastor, and maybe there will be a season in the future where I am a local church pastor again.   But, right now I am at peace being a “Pastor” to entrepreneurs and small business owners.  I love helping people realize their dreams, and I know that as they realize their dreams I am building the kingdom of God.
You see, just like the Kingdom of God needs pastors and evangelists, it also needs gospel patrons (This term comes from John Rinehart’s book of the same name) who will use their business abilities to fund and support the work of ministry with their time and money.  There are those with wealth, who need to become more generous, but I also believe that there are those who are generous who need to learn how to create more wealth.
It is toward this mission that I am directing my efforts.  Living out, and finding, your calling is a journey not a destination.  God directs our path and leads us into those places of greatest impact and fulfillment if we will follow Him.
[Tweet “Finding your calling is a journey not a destination”]
I am excited about what God has in store.  I am beyond ecstatic about beginning to teach the Bible in a way that empowers entrepreneurs to create amazing work… whether it is creating a business, music, works of art, a non-profit organization or a fundraising event.
I am amazed at the incredible work being done by Christian Entrepreneurs in all aspects of society.
Let me close by saying this… ministry is setting captives free through the good news of Jesus Christ.  Maybe you are captive to a career box made by yourself or those around you.  If so, I pray that this encourages you to go hard after Jesus and allow him to guide your path into all that you were created for…
But, it starts with turning loose of your grip on the box!

  • Brian

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13: 'Keep it Simple Stupid:' The One Key to Your Success

EP. 13Today’s post is the presentation that I had the opportunity to share at the ‘The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce UP 2015’ Conference. Charles Weathers wrote out some of his thoughts on this topic over on his blog at www.CharlesWeathers.com
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Key Takeaways

  • “The Sweet Spot is the the intersection between your authentic self and what the market really wants”
  • Finding your sweet spot results in many different benefits that will lift up you and your business. You gain energy, you are able to create the lifestyle that you want through your business, your amount of customers increases, and you are able to invest in the relationships that are most important to you.
  •  “There is no substitute for accurate knowledge. Know yourself, know your business, know your men.” ~ Lee Iacocca
  • In order to find your sweet spot you must thoroughly know and understand yourself by discovering aspects like your passions, skills & abilities, resources, lifestyle, and your legacy.
  • Not only must you know yourself, but you must also know your market. You must know who your market is, how to solve problems and create solutions, how to deliver your message, and how to connect with your followers.
  • “Keep going, even if your business ends, you wake up tomorrow to a world of incredible opportunity.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “The Sweet Spot is the the intersection between your authentic self and what the market wants”]
  • [Tweet “”There is no substitute for accurate knowledge. Know yourself, know your business, know your men.” ~ Lee Iacocca”]
  • [Tweet “”Keep going, even if your business ends, you wake up tomorrow to a world of opportunity.” “]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR13