Updated: Dec 29, 2020
Back in college, I learned there are two types of investors: risk averse and risk seeking. Risk-averse people are more conservative. Risk seekers…well, it’s pretty self-explanatory…they like to take risks.
I’m a risk seeker. I like to go “all in.” If I like a business opportunity, I go after it.
But it wasn’t always like this. And there are times that I’m not such a risk-taker. When I’m feeling defeated or fearful, I retreat and sink into a place of comfort.
We entrepreneurs all have a level of riskiness in us. By definition, entrepreneurship is to take risks. But many of us take the risk, and at the first sign of a storm, we sink back in fear and doubt.
How can we increase our threshold for risk so that we can launch into the unknown, survive through the storms of entrepreneurship, and thrive on the other side?
The bible says
“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:29-33 NIV)
Jesus was pleased that Peter had joined him on the water because Peter took a risk that required faith. Jesus’s words of affectionate encouragement to Peter served to increase Peter’s faith in the future.
The only way to walk on water (be a successful Godpreneur) is to begin by stepping out of the boat (launch your business), but don’t expect it to be an easy ride.
Peter didn’t get it right the first time, and neither will you.
Seeing where opportunities in the marketplace are won’t come naturally to you. You have to learn how to receive, understand, test, and respond to marketplace revelations, being taught by the Spirit and led into supernatural business ownership.
The way you launch and grow a God-First business is through taking small steps and gradually increasing in faith. Remember, Jesus says to be “faithful in the little things” to be entrusted with “greater things” (Matthew 25:21).
As we Godpreneurs go on the journey of launching the vision God has given us, our progress in business ownership will depend on the extent to which we allow him to deal with the barriers in our mindset with which we struggle.
Launching a healthy, life-long, Spirit-filled business that continues to bear fruit requires us Godpreneurs to cooperate with the renewal of our minds and the restoration of our hearts.
We can’t go on the journey of launching a God-First business without the inward journey of healing and transformation.
If we’re serious about launching a business, then we shouldn’t settle for an impaired experience of being his ministers in the marketplace. He wants us all to know the joy of launching a business opportunity with him, which once seemed impossible to us.
Imagine if we all didn’t let fear prevent us from cooperating. We will need the help of others. This is why Godpreneur Academy exists. We will almost certainly falter and sink into the water from time to time. But ultimately, it will all be worth it to be in business with Jesus.