Book Review: The Spiritual Steps on a Road to Success

Book Review: The Spiritual Steps on a Road to Success

Spiritual Steps on the Road to Success by Linda Seger is a great book to read for entrepreneurs starting or growing a business. Being an entrepreneur is the toughest job a person can have but also the most rewarding; however, the journey can be very lonely. Speaking from personal experience, our characters are constantly tested by having to make tough decisions, sometimes between paying employees or your mortgage, deciding what to do with clients who are not paying, and many more. As Christians we still want to please God in our daily lives, even in our businesses, but how do we do that? There are many books about business but none out there are very helpful or confirming if not aligned with God’s word. Seger’s book is a living testimony of her life, revealing how God can make a way out of no way.

About the Author

Here is a brief biography of the author from her website, www.lindaseger.com, and also read our interview with her. Dr. Linda Seger created and defined the job of script consultant when she began her business in 1981, based on a method for analyzing scripts she developed for her dissertation project. Since then, she has consulted on over 2000 scripts, including over 40 produced feature films and about 35 produced television projects. Her clients have included TriStar Pictures, Ray Bradbury, William Kelley, Linda Lavin, Suzanne de Passe, Tony Bill, as well as production companies and writers from six continents. Read more…

About the Book

Introduction

Part One: Beginning the Journey
Chapter One: Who Am I? Where Am I Called?
Chapter Two: The Leap of Faith
Chapter Three: Willing to be Blessed
Chapter Four: Becoming Important
Part Two: Traveling the Rocky Road
Chapter Five: Meeting the Seven Deadly Sins
Chapter Six: Connecting Not Competing For Success
Chapter Seven: Developing a Sense of Smell
Chapter Eight: Where Do You Feel the Rhythm?
Part Three: Nearing and Arriving at the Goal
Chapter Nine: Save Time for Tragedy, Save Room for Miracles
Chapter Ten: Becoming Unimportant

This book has a God-centered perspective in the style of Oprah TV where Seger interviews various people about topics and their lives. I think it is a great idea because you get more than one perspective on a topic. She interviews other entrepreneurs, movie stars etc., all around the world with similar faith to share their experiences and best practices within their work.

What I like about this book

What I like about this book is that Dr. Seger was very transparent. She exposed how poor she was and outlined all the struggles she had to go through in order to start her business. For example, clients she had completed work for backed out when it came time to pay and told her not to cash the check. Dr. Seger spent so much time trying to collect money from them but realized that she had to forgive the clients and move on, which has to be a tough pill to swallow. This is an example of how God can move because the anger spirit was starting to take over and was taking her out of her character, so she had to let it go. This conveys the purpose of a book like this because no other publication would convey how to handle a similar situation.

What I dislike about this book

I don’t have much to say in terms of not liking the book. The book is focused on a niche topic but it would be nice to have it converted on a Kindle.

Final Word

This is a great book because Dr. Seger opens up and allows you to see her trials in life and in business, which are a lot of things an aspiring entrepreneur can identify with. Though she doesn’t stop there; she incorporates biblical principles along with her best practices from other entrepreneurs that can help us make more informed decisions in our lives. For example, she asked God in the beginning of her career when she was struggling that if she read her Bible everyday if he would bless her business and that He did.

Also, don’t forget to read our interview with Dr. Seger.

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Uniting Christian Entrepreneurs Globally

Uniting Christian Entrepreneurs Globally

TheProsperMagazine.com will be converting to an online social network for Christian Entrepreneurs. We realized that visitors wanted more opportunities to engage with one another, share more content and meet new Christian Entrepreneurs globally.

Introducing TheProsperNetwork.com which is an online service to meet Christian Entrepreneurs globally, socialize, share tips, ideas, ask questions and get “real time” feedback.

Mission:
To provide members the opportunity to grow their business through social interaction with individuals who share their values and beliefs. This organization serves as a vehicle to bring Believers together to advance the Kingdom of God and their individual enterprise for the Lord Jesus Christ. Our goals are accomplished through collective business knowledge of other members, programs, articles and events designed to showcase the products and services of our members and supporters.

Vision:
To glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in our conduct, character, and commitment to our business, family and community.

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After you registered, here is How it Works:

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Discuss your business, introduce yourself, ask questions and find answers.

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Attend business networking and educational events, or host your own.

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Share your expertise, raise your profile and build your reputation by publishing articles.

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Learn biblical principles that help you make more informed decisions that is aligned with God’s word.

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Facebook: Facts You Didn’t Know

Facebook: Facts You Didn’t Know

Chances are good you have a Facebook profile. Chances are even better that, if you do have an account, you check it at least once a day. You might be a professional Farmviller or the President of 100 Facebook groups, but do you really know Facebook and what you’ve gotten yourself into?

Facebook: Facts You Didn't Know
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Free Giveaway:  How to Win $75 Credit for Google Adwords

Free Giveaway: How to Win $75 Credit for Google Adwords

Google the other day just sent me a coupon for a credit of $100 if I open an account with them by 1/31/10, however I was late getting to my mail, so I missed that expiration date. However, they will give me $75 if I open by 2/28/10.

Well, I actually already have a Google Adwords account, so I won’t qualify, but maybe you will.

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Interview with Linda Seger Script Consultant, Screenwriting Coach, Keynote Speaker

Interview with Linda Seger Script Consultant, Screenwriting Coach, Keynote Speaker

Dr. Linda Seger has a extreme passion for reading, writing and film production, you’ll see later in the interview. She is an entrepreneur who has travel the world and is a living example of a person enjoy life. Many individuals dream like hers, but are afraid to make risk to get it started and they forget how powerful our God is. He says it himself He’ll give the desires of our hearts. We just have to make the first step and trust him, Linda did…why not you?

Find out more about Dr. Seger and her new book at www.lindaseger.com or Spiritual Steps on the Road to Success.

1. How did you get started in as a script consultant and writing books? Why did you want to make a career out of a script consultant verses just being a writer?

Well, I do, of course write non-fiction books. have always been interested in reading, (fascinated with reading when I started reading around age 6, I expect… and started reading loads of books by the time I was 7). Then, I got interested in writing, and started writing poetry, short stories when I was 10, and even wrote a novel when I was 13 (My only novel…about 25 pages long.) I got interested in script writing as a result of working in theater… and from directing theater where I began to analyze scripts. Then, I taught theater in college, and as part of my Th.D. in Drama and Theology, I developed a method for analyzing scripts which then became my business as a script consultant. Script Consulting developed out of my love for drama and my love for great literature.

2. Almost 30 years in this industry from writing books, conducting seminars, speaking, consulting, running a business and traveling, is writing scripts still your number one passion? Or, has one the others taken precedent over script writing?

The script consulting is a great joy to me, because I work with creative people, and I exercise my own creativity by working with their scripts, thinking about ways to improve them and solve script problems. But it’s really the combination that I love-consulting, writing books, and doing seminars. I love writing the books, and sharing ideas. and the Seminars are a way for me to express myself publicly, to meet others, and to figure out how best to communicate these ideas. So, it’s the combination.

3. In 1981, what made you to decide to start you own business verses working for another company?

Well, no one wanted me!!! (smile!) the college where I was teaching had over-extended the Drama Department and suddenly about 6 of us were out of a job. I lived near Los Angeles so I decided, with my background in Drama, perhaps I could get into the film business. But I was over-educated, older than many starting out (I had already been a college professor) and my skill was in scripts, not necessarily in administration, or working in a corporation, or…and I didn’t know anyone, so I didn’t have any advantage of knowing someone in the business. I started doing story analysis, and found, fairly quickly, that all my previous work served me well. Then, one day, a writer who I met was having trouble with his script and I suggested I apply my Doctoral Dissertation which focused on a specific way to analyze scripts, to his script. He said to me, ” I’ve struggled with this for 5 years…and in one hour you told me what to do.” At that point, I realized I had something here, and also realized that the industry had many scripts out there that didn’t work. I was not a corporate type, but realized eventually that I was an entrepreneurial type. So, I was partly forced into it by circumstances, but when I started my business, I realized this was my great joy and that I was good at this.

4. How was your faith tested when you took the risk of starting your own business?

It was a huge leap of faith. I didn’t know if I was being stupid, or being called. I finally just took the leap, and as time went on, felt I was doing exactly what I was meant to do. I did have various tests…at certain points, my ego would get in charge, telling me that I was really ‘something’, or that I should try to work for a studio and maybe some big wig would thank me at the academy awards, but I felt God was telling me that much of my work would always be with new writers. Although I do work with very successful writers at times, and that’s a joy too, but many of my clients are new, and I feel that I’m nurturing their creativity and their self–expression.

5. What are you thoughts about Christians becoming Entrepreneurs? Do you feel it’s okay for Christians to aspire to be wealthy?

Being an Entrepreneur and a Christian is a fitting combination, because God is very creative about calling us to unusual jobs. It takes a leap of faith to become an Entrepreneur… I don’t know how people do it without faith, unless they have rich relatives!

I believe prosperity is, or can be, a by-product of our work, but that we do have to keep in mind our spiritual principles and not be tempted to have pride, or to get greedy, or to buy into the world’s ideas of what we-re supposed to have (I.E., Money, Big Cars, Fame, Fortune, ETC.) I did struggle with what would happen if I began to do well… What would I do with all that money if I got it? Well, I’m not making millions, but I have certainly done better than I expected, and I began to think about how to be wise with money (saving for retirement, ETC.) but also there are so many people and places that need our help. I’m involved with a charity in the Philippines… (Wodeef- Women’s Economic Development and Earth Foundation) that helps women start businesses, helps educate the children, and has a farm which I bought for them which teaches sustainable agriculture and helps fund the city branch of the charity. I also think it’s important to develop a sense of sharing and to realize that we are blessed if we can help others. We are blessed because we have the money to help others, and we are blessed in the process of helping others.

I have tried to develop a stronger social consciousness about how people struggle in our world. I’ve spent a great deal of time trying to be more aware of those who are poor and oppressed. This has included studying what is called ‘Liberation Theology’, meaning Theology that deals specifically with Jesus’ words about ‘I’ve come.. to bring release to the captives, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.’ So I’ve tried to be more aware of the variety of struggles that people have.

After some years of thinking about the homeless, I made the decision to almost always give when I see a homeless person…and I also try to always look them in the eye and give them a blessing. I realize I’ve been blessed, and they are struggling. (And I don’t make judgments about their situation, or if their dishonest.) So, it’s important if we have much, to share.


6. One of my most favorite quotes is by Bessie Stanley who says it best about “Success”:

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children, who has filled his niche and accomplished his task, who has left the world better than he found it.

What is your definition of success? Do you feel you have reached it and if so, how do you know?

Success is being blessed, able to do the work we love, to make a living at it, to contribute goodness to the world, and to delight in life.

I have reached success in my professional life and my personal life. Perhaps I know I’m successful partly because I have surpassed my dreams, but also because people give me feed-back to let me know that I am doing work that is helpful to them, or they let me know that my books have helped them and touched them.

But success is not about coasting. One has to maintain it, and keep expanding. Blessing, as I mention in my spiritual steps book, is about expanding, flourishing, abundance, and goes out to others and comes back to ourselves. It’s circular.. and that means that one does keep expanding.

7. Speaking of Success, can you tell us about your most recent book “Spiritual Steps on the Road to Success”? What was it that inspired you to write this book?

Spiritual steps was inspired by an award given to me by Regents University in 2000- The Candlelight Award. It is given every year to a Christian who is a ‘Light to the Entertainment Industry.’ I asked what kind of a thank you speech they wanted at the ceremony, and they said up to 30 minutes. That made me think about how my career had been nudged, pushed, pulled, and guided by God. As I thought about various steps along my career, this book began to evolve.

I also began to think about how we often think of spiritual tests and spiritual challenges as being part of the failures and problems in our lives – unemployment, illness, bad marriages, kids on drugs, ETC. Yet, I found that there was a whole different set of spiritual tests about success, and had realized that there were few books about these challenges. And, as I looked at my career, I began to try to define what those challenges were.

And, 9 years later, that became this book.

8. What is the most important take away, you want the readers to receive after reading “Spiritual Steps on the Road Success”?

I’d love readers to reflect on their own route to success, and perhaps to find some gems that will help them remove any barriers to their success. Hopefully, the book will also help readers discern some of the subtle and unexpected challenges on the road to success- and how to handle those challenges being aware and guided by the presence of God.

9. What else is on the horizon for you? Any new business endeavors?

The Third Edition of my first book, Making a Good Script Great, will be published in February. I am writing a book on subtext, called Writing Subtext for the Screen: What Lies Beneath, which is due at the end of March. I have 2-3 books on spirituality that I’m trying to sell. As far as new business endeavors, I do want to do more speaking on spirituality. I’ve given several speeches recently on this subject, and would like to expand that part of my life. That also includes writing more books on the topic.

10. What is your favorite scripture? Why did you choose that one?

Of Course, there are many favorite scriptures that pull at me at different phases of my life, but probably my favorite is Proverbs 8:22-31. In this scripture, the writer is describing how wisdom was with God at the creation. Wisdom, over the years, has become an increasingly important concept for me. I think it takes wisdom to be in business and try to have Christian standards in the way one does business. But, this scripture is also about creativity. Wisdom, who is a creator, delights God. She plays in his presence. She is a master craftsman. And she loves being with us human beings. The scripture reminds me to always take joy in my work. To be delighted with creativity and to love playing with other creative people and playing, and being, with God!

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Top 10 Ways to Donate to Haiti Earthquake Relief

Top 10 Ways to Donate to Haiti Earthquake Relief

Mobile Donations

A list of all short codes to text to donate on your phone bill in the United States:

1. Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross for Haiti efforts. This effort is run by Mobile Accord.

2. Text YELE to 501501 to donate $5 to the Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation. 501501 is run by Give On the Go.

3. Text HAITI to 25383 to donate $5 to International Rescue Committee.

4. Text RELIEF to 30644 to get automatically connected to Catholic Relief Services and donate money with your credit card.

5. Text HAITI to 85944 to donate $5 to the Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International.

Online Donations

A list of websites to submit you donations online securely.

6. Donate Via Google Checkout

7.Donate Via Causes of Facebook

8.The Salvation Army is sending 285,120 boxed meals of rice, soy, and vitamins to Haiti. Donate to the Salvation Army by clicking here.

9. Help Support the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. President Bush emphasizes the need of a long-term commitment to Haiti’s recovery.

10. Hope for Haiti has held the vision from the very beginning that the people of Haiti are the ones who take control of their future and we are here to lend a needed hand along the difficult path. Donate Here.

The bible says God is honored when we give to the poor for it is like we are lending to the Lord himself, Proverbs 19:17 & Proverbs 14:31.

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Product Review: ShoeBoxed.com Organize Receipts

Product Review: ShoeBoxed.com Organize Receipts

Shoeboxed.com founded by Duke graduated and entrepreneur Taylor Mingo has been an answer to the prayers of so many business owners and entrepreneurs. Receipt management has been the death of a lot of business owners, especially around tax season. Offices are clutter with receipts along with other paper documents.
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Since the launch of Shoeboxed.com, business owners can now see the floors of their offices. Shoeboxed.com became a blessing to many Entrepreneurs. by allowing them to scan in receipts and business cards or have ShoeBoxed.com to do it, save you the trouble. Receipts are stored by store name, date, total and can be sent to Quicken, PDF, Excel, Freshbooks (which is how I discovered shoeboxed.com) and more. Business cards can be imported from Outlook, Gmail, Linkedin, Salesforce, etc. Statistics on spending are automatic generated and you can store receipts to the account via email.

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I used Shoedboxed.com for almost 12 months now and it has made my life a lot easier. Especially in my start up stage, tracking expenses and storing important documents. This software made it a lot easier by allowing me to scan important documents online such as contracts and other sensitive information in addition to my receipts from various purchases. I love the feature which allows you to add side notes to each receipt such as how you paid for the item (i.e. credit card, check). I haven’t really used it for storing my business cards, I’m not saying it is not a useful feature, it just does not work for me at this time.

The purpose of these blog is post to promote various business web apps that normally major companies only have access to. Now, I’m presenting this particular web app to help your organization and yourself get in order.

Prosper Media Group, LLC., is Digital Marketing Firm that uses technology to help businesses communicate better with their customers and employees just like the major companies. If you would like to know what software is how there than can help your business save time, money and grow in sales send me an email, Click my name: Pedro Moore or fill out our contact form.

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Designing Your Vision?

Designing Your Vision?

Ben Kouba owner of leaf9, a media designer that designs websites, business cards, logos, and anything that our little hearts desire.

The reason for this post is to help my good friend and brother in Christ grow his business. Which is one of the main purpose of this magazine, to help Christian Entrepreneurs grow their companies. He has been a huge blessing to me in launching TheProsperMagazine.com. Furthermore, he did an awesome job designing this site (wouldn’t you agree??), unlike other web developers he also gave great advice when it came to business decisions and a few marketing tips. Many web developers are simply just that, nothing more, nothing less. And, when a entrepreneur is starting a company, we sometimes need that additional feedback.

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I fully endorse and personally recommend Ben to anyone in need of business cards, logos, new website or a website reconstruction etc. Oh, and here is the awesome part, he does all this at a great price. Prior to meeting him, a company quoted me double from what he charged me. So I saved BIG!

Please don’t hesitate to send him an email and tell him Pedro sent you. Also, help promote this site on popular social media sites such as digg.com, facebook, twitter etc.

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Is Marketing In the Bible?

Is Marketing In the Bible?

This article really intrigued me. I discovered it on Church Marketing Sucks‘ website. A site that I follow to keep me up to date on marketing strategies for churches for my freelance company. Send me an email if your church or business needs help with marketing Pedro.

For all of the wisdom in the book of Proverbs, the word “marketing” is not found. Furthermore, a key word search through 18 different Bible translations returns just one finding with the word “marketing.” In The Message version, 2 Corinthians 10:4 says, “The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture.” While I am not going to insert or extract a certain theology from this one verse (not to mention one translation), it does make for some interesting arguments, especially given its context.

The bigger picture here is the word “marketing” and how it relates to today, given its non-existence in word-form (at least how we understand it now) centuries ago.

Ray L. Edwards does an interesting job attempting to argue 5 adcopy principles pulled right from the pages of the Bible. David T. Pope does an even better job at convincing people why churches should not be marketing themselves.

Arguments on both sides of the coin exist everywhere. Obviously, the issue of marketing the church is a hot one.

Perhaps for a moment you could take off your hat on either side of the conversation and face the reality that people need to be reached. There are people right now in your community that don’t know God. There are children without fathers, families without hope. How are you reaching them? How do they know your church exists, and what it exists for?

If you’re against creating a brochure or postcard, how about just walking the streets, talking to people? How about doing an event in the park? How about actually going to the people instead of waiting for them to come to you? The Bible has plenty to say about that.

And if you do decide to create some marketing materials, please don’t create stuff that sucks.

Originally Posted: Is Marketing in the Bible? By Brad Abare. Please leave your thoughts.

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Scriptures on Lending

Scriptures on Lending

Matthew 5:42
Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

Deuteronomy 15:8
But you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.

Psalm 15:5
He does not put out his money at interest, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.

Luke 6:35
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.

Proverbs 3:27-28
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it,” when you have it with you.

Exodus 22:25
If you lend money to My people, to the poor among you, you are not to act as a creditor to him; you shall not charge him interest.

Leviticus 25:35-37
Now in case a countryman of yours becomes poor and his means with regard to you falter, then you are to sustain him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you. Do not take usurious interest from him, but revere your God, that your countryman may live with you. You shall not give him your silver at interest, nor your food for gain.

Psalm 37:26
All day long he is gracious and lends, and his descendants are a blessing.

Deuteronomy 23:19-20
You shall not charge interest to your countrymen: interest on money, food, or anything that may be loaned at interest. You may charge interest to a foreigner, but to your countrymen you shall not charge interest, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all that you undertake in the land which you are about to enter to possess.

Proverbs 28:8
He who increases his wealth by interest and usury gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.

Deuteronomy 24:10
When you make your neighbor a loan of any sort, you shall not enter his house to take his pledge.

Psalm 37:26
All day long he is gracious and lends, and his descendants are a blessing.

Nehemiah 5: 1-13
Now there was a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers. For there were those who said, “We, our sons and our daughters are many; therefore let us get grain that we may eat and live.” There were others who said, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our houses that we might get grain because of the famine.” Also there were those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our fields and our vineyards. Now our flesh is like the flesh of our brothers, our children like their children. Yet behold, we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters are forced into bondage already, and we are helpless because our fields and vineyards belong to others.” Then I was very angry when I had heard their outcry and these words. I consulted with myself and contended with the nobles and the rulers and said to them, You are exacting usury, each from his brother!” Therefore, I held a great assembly against them. I said to them, “We according to our ability have redeemed our Jewish brothers who were sold to the nations; now would you even sell your brothers that they may be sold to us?” Then they were silent and could not find a word to say. Again I said, “The thing which you are doing is not good; should you not walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the nations, our enemies? And likewise I, my brothers and my servants are lending them money and grain. Please, let us leave off this usury. Please, give back to them this very day their fields, their vineyards, their olive groves and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money and of the grain, the new wine and the oil that you are exacting from them.” Then they said, “We will give it back and will require nothing from them; we will do exactly as you say.” So I called the priests and took an oath from them that they would do according to this promise. I also shook out the front of my garment and said, “Thus may God shake out every man from his house and from his possessions who does not fulfill this promise; even thus may he be shaken out and emptied.” And all the assembly said, “Amen!” And they praised the LORD. Then the people did according to this promise.

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