Updated: Oct 7, 2022
As a true entrepreneur, I love starting new businesses. This means that I'll dedicate a certain amount of time to starting and growing a new venture, then I'll hand it off to someone to manage, so I'm FREE to start a new company.
At one of my companies, I challenged myself to stay for only one year. I told everyone on the team that I had 365 days left of work and that everything that needed my personal touch needed to be created and handed off within that year.
This mindset of "numbering my days" working in the business helped me tremendously in creating systems and processes, hiring the right talent, and creating the financial mechanisms to support the company on my departure. Knowing that I would be leaving also helped my team think differently about their own positions and the value they would need to be when I'm gone.
If we want to be true entrepreneurs, create jobs for others, and be free to innovate and grow our businesses, we have to take on the attitude of "my days are numbered working inside the business" so that we gain the wisdom and knowledge needed to make this happen. If we don't number the days we're working in our businesses, then we stay stuck in the day-to-day grind of the business, never freeing ourselves for true entrepreneurship.
The Bible says
"So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom." (Psalm 90:12)
Moses, the author of Psalm 90, asks God for wisdom to account for our time. It's important to value the moments and days He has given us. By valuing and dedicating today and every day to the Lord, we gain the wisdom to live sensibly and with a purpose, one day at a time.
As a Godpreneur, you should seek divine wisdom for the best way to manage your business throughout each day, considering that your days are numbered. If you considered every business venture launched as something valuable God has temporarily entrusted to you, you would faithfully dispense your moments in ways that honor Him.
Each business day is important, and the time you have working in your business must be well spent. Maybe, right now, you're the chef in your kitchen, and God has an opportunity to expand your business, but you're busy cooking. By "numbering your days" as the chef, you are changing your mindset to begin praying for and training a new chef to replace you so God can use you in new ways. This is the power of "numbering your days."
All of us entrepreneurs have a time determined by God with our businesses. We can do something to operate them BETTER - hiring employees and implementing new software, for example, that frees us up to innovate and serve our clients better.
We must always remember how precious our time in our business is and seek our Creator to operate wisely.
Today, I leave the invitation for you to find ways to number your days.
Prayer for Today
Lord God, You are Almighty and have the world in Your hands. We know that You have given us entrepreneurs the precious gift of owning a business, leading others, and solving problems in the marketplace - and that each day is important. We want to use the time that You give us in the best way, in Your way. Teach us to number our days so we may get a heart of wisdom. In the name of Jesus, amen.