Tear up the Score Card

Photo Credit - Munir Hamdan

Photo Credit – Munir Hamdan


Are you a highly competitive business owner and entrepreneur like myself?  Our competitive nature is what gives us an edge in business.  It motivates us to work hard, set goals, and strive for something more.
But that drive, which is one of our greatest strengths, can also be very destructive.
Here’s the problem.  Competition requires us to keep score.  This is very helpful for analyzing and managing our businesses…. But, when when we keep score on ourselves and our relationships, we have this dirty little tendency to only keep the negative score!
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Have you experienced this in your own life?  You get discouraged because the list, in your head, of your own failures is a mile long.  Or, maybe it goes this way, you start to get frustrated and angry with a friend for family member because of your list of disappointments.
A few months ago, I found myself at this place… I received a challenge that I am going to give to you. 
Joe White, spoke at the Ignite Men’s conference and told us that God’s grace was like “tearing up the scorecard” in the game of golf.
[Tweet “”God’s grace is like tearing up the scorecard” – Joe White @Kanakuk”]
Do you need that kind of grace today?  Do you need to “tear up the scorecard” that you have been keeping on yourself and others?  Jesus died on the cross to cover our sins, mistakes and failures.  Why to we insist on keeping a negative score?
We don’t have to go forward living under the weight of the scorecard.  TEAR IT UP TODAY!
Live in the freedom that Jesus bought you on the Cross and have a great day!

  • Brian

38: Building a Business as a Married Team w/ LaShonda Delivuk

EP. 38Today’s guest is LaShonda Delivuk of Life Focus Pictures.
“Life Focus Pictures specializes in television commercials, educational DVDs (in both English & Spanish), and web videos for YouTube & website homepages.
From the very beginning, the mission of Life Focus was to provide its clients with exceptional customer service while producing video content with a high-end cinematic aesthetic.  Our goal is to bring national-quality material to businesses both small and large.  In 2013, Life Focus Pictures received a nomination for the 2013 Emerging Small Business Award through the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce as well as a nomination for a Small Business Award through the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Since 2011, LFP has served over 70 businesses nationwide producing video content for all needs ranging from broadcast commercials to vision videos for non-profits.
Life Focus Pictures strives to not only produce quality work but have a positive impact on the community in which they live. They are active members of the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club & the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce (CHAT Team & Minority/Women Owned Task Force). They volunteer their time helping non-profits and also speak to young entrepreneurs, middle & high school students.”

Biblical Entrepreneurship

“When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing. But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it.” ~ Hebrews 6:7-8

Key Takeaways

  • It’s a great ideas to have a Financial Adviser when first starting off.
  • When you are forced to make something work, you tend to become more creative.
  • Don’t make assumptions about your community. Get to know your community and how it works. 
  • Make sure that you are constantly giving back to your community; thanking them for supporting you.
  • Sometimes we have a scarcity mindset instead of an abundance mindset.
  • Different is scary, but different can be a good thing.
  • Never get too attached to your own ideas.
  • John 15:5

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Don’t make assumptions about your community. Get to know your community and how it works. “]
  • [Tweet “When you are forced to make something work, you tend to become more creative.”]
  • [Tweet “Make sure that you are constantly giving back to your community; thanking them for supporting you.”]
  • [Tweet “Sometimes we have a scarcity mindset instead of an abundance mindset.”]
  • [Tweet “Different is scary, but different can be a good thing.”]
  • [Tweet “Never get too attached to your own ideas.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR38

33: Turning a Life of Adventure into a Business w/ Rye Taylor

EP. 33Today’s Guest is Rye Taylor of the Take Action radio network, Podcast Essentials, and Daring and Rye.

Biblical Entrpreneurship

If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is still living in darkness. ~ 1 John 2:9

Key Takeaways

  • “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”

  • Life is an adventure worth living.
  • A life of distinction is always different. 
  • Business doesn’t have to be boring or separate from family.
  • It is possible to turn your dream into an income.
  • Pod-casting is a major influence in marketing.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.””]
  • [Tweet “A life of distinction is always different. @ryetaylor”]
  • [Tweet “Business doesn’t have to be boring or separate from family. @ryetaylor”]
  • [Tweet “Life is an adventure worth living. @ryetaylor”]
  • [Tweet “It is possible to turn your dream into an income.”]
  • [Tweet “Pod-casting is a major influence in marketing. @ryetaylor”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR33

31: Town Hall – 4 Strategies for Entrepreneurs to Improve their Health

EP. 31In this Friday’s Town Hall Show, Victoria and I talk about the importance of our physical health in building our businesses and fulfilling the call of God on our life.

Biblical Entrepreneurship

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.”  ~ Philippians 1: 21-24

 Key Takeaways

 Why improve your health?
 “You can’t accomplish great things if your body can’t handle the strain”  Kary Oberbrunner
 A study by economists in Finland studying 5000 identical twins found that those that exercised regularly earned 14-17% more than their more sedentary counterparts.  They found that those that exercised were more persistant in the face of challenges.
“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”
– Tony Robbins
“Exercising is like funding your 401K, shorting the contribution only shorts yourself.”
– Michael Hyatt

4 Strategies for Entrepreneurs to Improve Their Health

  1. Capitalize on their competitive nature
  2. Have a plan
  3. Build a team
  4. Get a coach
So this is our plan…
Our competitive nature is fueled by entering a race.  We are going to be entering the Spartan Race here locally at Wintergreen
Our plan is to kick off our training with the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. This is a plan that includes, exercise, nutrition supplementation and healthy eating.
We are putting together a group of people to do this together.  If you would like to join us either locally or virtually you can message us through the form below.  We will kick things off with a grocery shopping trip.
Our coaches are Jeff and Christina Mininger who have been helping others through this journey for 6 years.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”Exercising is like funding your 401K, shorting the contribution only shorts yourself.” – Michael Hyatt”]
  • [Tweet “”You can’t accomplish great things if your body can’t handle the strain” Kary Oberbrunner”]
  • [Tweet “Our competitive nature is fueled by entering a race. “]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR31
To find our more about our 24 Day Challenge Group fill out the form below.

29: Your Best Just Got Better w/ Jason Womack

EP. 29Today’s Guest is Jason Womack, author of “Your Best Just Got Better” and founder of The Jason Womack Company.
“Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA sees the world differently. He doesn’t deny there are 24 hours in the day, but he defies low expectations for what can be accomplished in that time.
He won’t refute that life is busy, but he refuses to compromise when it comes to increasing productivity and maximizing time for the things that are most important. How does he do this? Jason is, above all, a teacher, but his teaching takes many forms: international speaker, productivity coach, and author of the business development book: Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More, (Wiley, 2012).
His clients are more succinct in describing him: “Jason is a force of energy.”
He provides practical methods to maximize tools, systems, and processes to achieve quality work/life balance. He has worked with leaders and executives for over 16 years in the business, military and higher education sectors. He thrives on working with people who know they have more to do in life. These are the kinds of people who are already motivated and want help in achieving all that they’ve set up as goals for themselves.
Jason focuses on creating ideas that matter. He strives to improve the way leaders think about implementing solutions. He focuses in on customizing each person’s productivity and create systems that are sustainable in everyday workflow.
Jason shows that working longer hours doesn’t have to be your only choice to increase your productivity and performance. He teaches practical solutions to everyday workflow that will free you up to focus on your bigger leadership goals and projects.
Jason is the founder of Get Momentum and The Womack Company. He lives with his wife Jodi and dog Zuma in Ojai, California and is an avid bike racer and triathlete.”

Biblical Entrepreneurship

Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” ~ James 4:13

Key Takeaways

  • Everyday Ask Yourself 3 Questions:
  1. What can I acknowledge about today?
  2. What did I personally complete?
  3. What am I grateful for?
  • When you work with a team, talk about, “I am at my best when…” and then try to help create that environment for each other.
  • Write one thank you card every day!
  • “If I’ll meet potential halfway potential will find me.”

    The harder I work the luckier I get. ~ Samuel Goldwyn

  • “I went somewhere and I did me.” 

    “Think about what you have to do and do something your thinking about.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Write one thank you card every day! @JasonWomack”]
  • [Tweet “If I’ll meet potential halfway, potential will find me. @JasonWomack”]
  • [Tweet “The harder I work the luckier I get. ~ Samuel Goldwyn @JasonWomack”]
  • [Tweet “I went somewhere and I did me. @JasonWomack”]
  • [Tweet “”Think about what you have to do and do something your thinking about.” @JasonWomack”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR29

27: How to Transition From Employee to Business Owner w/ Mark Henson

EP. 27Today’s guest is Mark Henson. He is an entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience creating unusual and rare customer service experiences. Mark is the founder of Sparkspace, the most inspirational team retreat center on the planet.
Mark is the visionary leader of sparkspace, creating workshops, videos, and writing with an unusually creative approach and always focused on practical application.
His blog, www.sparknewthinking.com is read by thousands of people each week. You can also find Mark’s writing and videos clips on his site at www.markbhenson.com

Key Takeaways

  • Create a life that is simple, not busy.
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is a good idea to take a break. It’s okay to put everything aside for awhile so that you can reevaluate your priorities.
  • Embrace and cherish the moments you have with your children; younger or older, because they will be gone soon. You want to spend as much time as you can with them.
  • Focus on what your really good at. Your unique ability. Embrace the things your good at and let go of the things your not.
  • Events are a great way to get your product/ service out. Bring the people through the door.
  • “Think big, act fast, delegate first.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Create a life that is simple, not busy. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is a good idea to take a break. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “Embrace and cherish the moments you have with your children; younger or older. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “”Think big, act fast, delegate first.” @markbhenson”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR27

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.
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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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16: Town Hall – What I Learned About Rebounding From Failure

Town HallIn today’s podcast I am going to share what I learned about myself… and the recovery process of overcoming failure.  I am going to dive into my own personal journey.  This is not easy for me, but I think it is important.  We don’t talk about failure, and therefore many people suffer in silence.
I believe that through sharing my story, others who are struggling can find hope.  Maybe that person is you.  Maybe that person is a friend or family member.  (If so share this with them)  I want you to know that you are not alone.
After my construction business failed in bankruptcy in 2009, I really struggled.  I was stuck in the failure and the past and unable to move forward.  I had to learn how to start over…  but I was a wreck.  Everything I had poured myself into, and all of my hopes and dreams were dashed.  My self confidence was shot, my “good name” ruined and I was depressed.
I wondered if anyone would ever need me and if I could ever make a positive contibution again.  I wondered if I could ever provide for my family.
These were dark days.  I tried to help small businesses then, but I wasn’t in any shape to be able to do that.

Looking back, These are the three things I did to get Unstuck.

  • I paid attention to what was going on inside of me emotionally
  • I shared with friends and family who were close to me
  • I started doing something productive.  (Almost by accident)

Doing something productive got me going in a forward motion… the worst thing was sitting at home, filling out applications, and collecting unemployment. For my own morale, I needed to contribute.
This past spring I had a similar experience… I had left my job to start my own business doing construction work, so that I could figure out my path.
Then I got hurt, and we lost our income for a month and a half and it was a slow road back.  During that time, I figured out that I wanted to help people and not continue in construction.  I tried to launch an organic farm ititiative, but was unsuccessful and I had to keep searching.   But this time, I got moving much faster, I went to work with a landscape company and built from there.
We all experience failure.  Don’t quit.  The sun comes up tomorrow.  Grow as a person.  Have courage and don’t give up on your dreams.
[Tweet “Don’t quit. The sun comes up tomorrow.” @brianmininger”]
[Tweet “Have courage and don’t give up on your dreams.” @brianmininger”]

[Tweet “To get un-stuck, you have to start moving.” @brianmininger”]
Resources

 
For complete show notes with click-able links www.BrianMininger/SBR16

You Don't Have to Leave Your Family to Go to Work!

How is that possible you ask?

For years, I did not think it was possible either.  I, just like most Americans, had been programmed to believe that the only way to earn a living was to get up everyday and “leave for work.”
Therefore, I did what I knew to do… I got a job and went to work.  Then I started my own business and functioned very much the same way. My work expanded to fit the “allotted work week” and my expenses expanded to meet what I could earn in that period of time.  The result, was a stretched thin life with no margin that resulted in me responding “busy” to anyone that asked “How are you doing?”
Family Business
I bet you have been there.  Most of us still are there.  However, this is a recent phenomenon.  For most of the history of the world people did not function this way.  They and their families worked together in “family businesses.”  Then, the industrial revolution needed people to work in the factories…  Schools were structured to prepare people for factory work and our routine changed.
In yesterday’s podcast, Tommy and I talked about Family Business, Homeschooling, and lifestyle.  As Tommy put it, “The Family is under attack!”  I believe it is possible to get off the rat-race and live differently.  Our family has committed to living simply, and working together to earn our living.  This lifestyle will provide us the margin to invest time and money in the things that really matter to us…. our relationships and making a difference in our community.
Making this a reality is not easy… even for us.  We recently made the hard decision for Victoria to put in her notice at Liberty University.  She is transitioning to join me in the business and build her own business The Simplified Office.   These decisions are hard, we prayed a lot, had peace about the decision, and have a plan… but there is still fear.
What if the business doesn’t grow?  What if the revenue doesn’t come in?  Were we crazy?   We have asked all these questions… but at the end of the day, we just know that it is worth it.
It is possible for you too.  Maybe your discouraged.  I pray that today you will see a spark of possibility that motivates you to move toward a better future.  It isn’t easy… but it is possible.  Others have done it before.
If you know someone else who needs this encouragement, please forward them this message and share the episode on social media.
Here’s to your Success!
Brian

What is Your Sweet Spot?

What is the Sweet Spot?

The sweet spot is the the place on the bat, that when impacting the ball, generates the greatest power. In business, this is the activity that creates the greatest fulfillment, impact and success for you.
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How Do You Find Your Sweet Spot?

The Sweet Spot is the the intersection between your authentic self and what the market really wants. When you discover your sweet spot and concentrate your efforts there, you can create a successful business that you enjoy.
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Here are some of the results…

  • You gain energy rather than spend energy on your work
  • Your business creates the lifestyle that you want
  • Customers become raving fans
  • You are able to invest time and energy 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 deeply know and understand the following things.  I have created a workbook that asks you questions to walk you through the process.  You can download it here.

Know Yourself

  • Passion
  • Skills & Abilities
  • Resources
  • Lifestyle
  • Legacy

Know Your Market

  • Who
  • Problem & Solution
  • Delivery
  • Connection

Find Your Sweetspot

  • What do people ask for your help with?
  • Google what you enjoy doing and look for those that have made a business out of it.
  • Look for the overlap between Yourself and Your Market

I know it is difficult. I led a business that failed in bankruptcy because I had my passion, but I did not have what the market wanted.
Keep going, even if your business ends, you wake up tomorrow to a world of incredible opportunity.
– Brian
 
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