Overcoming Obstacles to Launching Your Idea – Step 11: Launching with Faith

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.