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Book Review: The Spiritual Steps on a Road to Success

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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

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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.

Begin today, by creating your FREE account.

After you registered, here is How it Works:

Join the Conversation

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

Be Part of a Community

Build your business one relationship at a time, both online and face-to-face.

Attend Events (coming soon)

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

Get Published

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

Seek Counsel

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

Invite your friends to join

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The Identity Crisis Plagues Entrepreneur Community

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The Identity Crisis Plagues Entrepreneur Community


In the 1998 movie, The Truman Show, Jim Carry played a character who had no idea who he really was. He had no idea that his life was being recorded since his birth of entertainment purposes. He awoke from his identity crisis when someone told him who he truly was. This is similar to the identity crisis that the entrepreneur community is experiencing today.

Much of the problem is that entrepreneurs do not know who they are. Many of them lost their way, getting caught up with business activities, or they simply never knew their way in the first place. Typically when you ask entrepreneurs who they are or what they do (i.e how do you make an income?), they say that they are a owner of a business. As an example, they own a jewelry shop or they sell cars. But that is not what they really do or what really makes them money.

Business Owners are NOT Entrepreneurs

The entrepreneurs who fully understand who they are understand that they are not simply a business owner. Rather, when asked, the entrepreneur who understands who they are would respond that they make money. Sounds simple doesn’t it? But many people who say that they are entrepreneurs, aren’t really entrepreneurs; they are business owners or business managers. The fundamental purpose of the entrepreneur is to make money. Now, how that money is made will differ, but an entrepreneur is a person who makes money…not literally, but their actions result in a positive influx of cash.

An entrepreneur with this mindset has two identities. These identities are what establish them to be the “money makers”.

Marketing Should be Fun

The first and most important of the two identities is that above all else, an entrepreneur is a marketer. You may make and sell widgets, services, or information resources but if you don’t have customers, clients, or patients then you are dead in the water. You will have a lot of great products and services but no one to sell them to. I know that this is difficult for many entrepreneurs because they hate the concept of selling. They think of the used car salesman that sold them their first lemon and shiver with anger. But the reality of it all is that as you become an entrepreneur, you inherit the fact that you are also, or should also be, a marketer, an advertiser, and a salesperson. The beauty of it all is that you are an entrepreneur, so the concepts that you have regarding marketers, you don’t have to follow. You should follow effective marketing strategies but you don’t have to be that salesman that sold you your first clunker. Marketing should be fun. It should be an expression of who you are. If it is not, then you will always struggle with it.

“But Ralph, I just don’t like selling. I feel like I am forcing my product or service on potential clients.” So this brings me to my next identity. The business owner who has a skewed outlook on their offerings because they feel that when they market or sell their widget, they are forcing it on their potential clients. They are suffering from a major identity crisis. They see themselves and their offerings as a commodity instead of a necessity. Commodities come and go but necessities are constant. There is no better example of this than during a recession. The first things that cash-strapped people cut are the “nice-to-haves”. As an entrepreneur, if you identify your products and/or services as a necessity then your offerings won’t be the first to be chopped during the family budget meeting.

In order to identify your offerings as a necessity you have to first identify yourself (to yourself and your customers) as a problem solver.

Regardless of the industry, century, or location, the highest paid people are the ones who solve problems. Think about it. When you call a plumber, electrician, business consultant, graphic designer, or marketing guru, you are calling them to solve a problem. The highest paid ones solve problems well and provide a permanent solution to your current problem. As a business owner, regardless of your business, you should be a solution provider. If you sell jewelry you solve the problem for the husband who is looking for a romantic gift for his wife’s birthday. If you sell household cleaning products then you provide the solution of being more efficient and effective, saving your clients time (which, if I might add, is of immeasurable value).

Characteristics of an astute Entrepreneur

So, no need to visit your local psychiatrist to deal with identity crisis epidemic. You are an entrepreneur. You are a problem solver. You are a marketer. Identify yourself with the characteristics of an astute entrepreneur and you will see an increase in your business.

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Scriptures for Entrepreneurs


Leviticus 19:13
You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of a hired man are not to remain with you all night until morning.

Deuteronomy 25:13-15
You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a large and a small. You shall not have in your house
differing measures, a large and a small. You shall have a full and just weight; you shall have a full and just measure, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.

Job 31:13-14
“If I have despised the claim of my male or female slaves when they filed a complaint against me, what then could I do when God arises? And when He calls me to account, what will I answer Him?”

Psalm 112:5
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice.

Proverbs 10:4
Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Proverbs 11:1
A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is His delight.

Proverbs 13:4
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the soul of the diligent is made fat.

Proverbs 13:11
Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, but the one who gathers by labor increases it.

Proverbs 16:8
Better is a little with righteousness than great income with injustice.

Proverbs 22:16
He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

Jeremiah 22:13
Woe to him who builds his house without righteousness and his upper rooms without justice, who uses his neighbor’s services without pay and does not give him his wages.

Malachi 3:5
Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me, says the LORD of hosts.

Luke 16:10
He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.

Ephesians 6:9
And masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.

Colossians 4:1
Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.

1 Timothy 5:18
For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.”

James 5:4
Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.

Are there any bible verses that I missed? If we did, add them in the comment section!

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From Homeless to Full House

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From Homeless to Full House


Marsha Carter is the successful founder of MyBizNext, LLC and Star Scholars, LLC. MyBizNext, LLC is a management consulting firm dedicated to helping business optimize resources, capitalize on opportunities and increase their productivity.

Marsha Carter’s story is not unique. Her story simply reminds us of the power of perseverance, determination, and endurance.

“I am a firm believer of faith. I believe what God has for me is for me. I do not compare; I admire. ” In August 2005, I left the Buccini Pollin Group as an Accountant.

I was afforded an opportunity to return back to school. Oblivious to the consequences, August 2005 I enrolled into the Master’s of Public Administration program at the University of Delaware. All expenses were to be paid by the college of Urban Affairs and Public Policy…

Challenge question: How do you maintain a grad school 3.0 required gpa, bills, and no real steady income.

Well obviously, MC didn’t totally have the answer. Over time the 3.5 gpa slightly dropped as stress continued to build over how to pay bills. In January 2006, MC with Latonya Maddrey decided to start MyBizNext, LLC. “Initially, it was just a way to generate extra income to support our true desire of founding an education institution.” Shortly after, Mrs. Maddrey headed back to Maryland and left the bleak responsibilities to MC; changing from a multi to a single member LLC.

“One night I had a dream—so real. I woke up in our home and everything was empty. There were people cleaning out our home. I walked down the hall to the bathroom and asked “did you know that someone was living here”. The lady stated, “did you not hear the news, you have to leave.” As I walked back into the room there was a mural on the corner of the room that read “HOPE, FAITH, BELIEVE.” I will never forget that. It was the turning point of my life. I decided to let everything go and in less than 3 months, my children and I were at a shelter – EVERYTHING truck, home, etc gone!

All that was left was my family and God. A formed a different kind of faith and relationship with God. For the first time, I began to understand – “I will supply all your needs.” I walked around one week with $20 in my pocket all week! My perception of homelessness changed. My gratitude changed. My relationship with my children strengthened. I began to admire my son and daughter as they too were so positive. There were days we filled the entire room with the peace of God and vibrations of Shirley Caesar (I can make it) rang in the air. My kids would touch me and each other and speak of just how good God was… Can you imagine?

Anyhow, I decided I wanted to find a job (enough to qualify for subsidize housing), so I could just focus on completing my studies and being there for my children. “I was giving up on this entrepreneurship thing.” In my mind, it left me broke and homeless. I searched high and low and could not find a job whereas 6 months prior to giving up I received at least 3 job offers.

Well that was not what God had for me. One of my most supportive mentors and clients, Joe Abelson, Chairman of Rodney Street Tennis & Tutoring Assoc hired me to write a proposal that would change my life. The catch – “the nonprofit did not have any additional funds. Not sure if they could pay right now.” It was almost like God appeared to me directly and we talked (well I more or less I attempted to rebel) to write this proposal for free. “But Father you know my situation, why would I do this for free. I need to get a job, I’m not allowed out of my room after 11:00pm in the lobby, and shouldn’t I just write the proposal for myself.” Oh yes, the excuses just kept coming. More importantly, the only place I could get a wireless connection was by sitting in the corner of the lobby AND it was due in less than 48 hours. Okay, another turning point. I wrote the proposal, it was awarded, and I was still paid $1,000. Does God know what He’s doing or what?

Let’s just say that as I continued to grow and meet more people, I started to realize more success. I remained an entrepreneur (never gave up). Star Scholars was started to help “eliminate the education gap.” Well I would say that after working very longggg hours and spending many countless hours of sacrifice (financially and with time), since then I have realized a great deal of independence. For many, this is minute. For me, this is major for all I asked from God was that I could do the following:

Live in a 4 bedroom home. I now live in a 6 bedroom home for over a year waiting for a new addition to my family – Faith Marciair (pronounced Mar-cee-air)

Make over $150,000. In cooperation with 2008 and already for 2009, I have nearly reached that goal.

Be home with my children. Although a great challenge, both are currently being homeschooled.

Be able to retire by 35. Although this may need to change to 40, I am very confident that through God’s grace; the businesses created today will enable this to occur.

To me it is not about the money. It is simply that God has provided me with all my needs first and desires second. I strongly believe that because of my faith in Him, He has shown me what He could do. I now can stand naked and tell others just how good He is EVEN in the midst of troubles. There may be gloomy days (I sometimes experience them today), but I know that I know if nothing else; somehow some way it will always work itself out for those who believe. Consequently, through all the trials and tribulations; I stand with God by my side, Edward (my husband), Sierra, Richard and soon to be Faith!

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