Vision when you Lose it All

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In the last 9 years of owning a business, I’ve probably lost it all and gained it back about 5 times. It’s been a hell of a roller coaster ride. I remember at one point I had an office on South Beach, 8 employees, and I was on top of the world with a fast growing marketing agency. We had the backing of some major money, everything was awesome.

And almost overnight, it collapsed in my face.

And then I rebuilt. New employees, new direction, but a smarter me. A couple of years later I was rocking and rolling again. This time I had several businesses, and I was managing to make all of them happen. Momentum was great!

And almost overnight, it collapsed in my face.

As Entrepreneurs, we live in this roller coaster of highs and lows. And if you’re like me, the lows are DREADFUL times. And if you’re like me, you’ve had times when you lose great employees, huge contracts, valuable clients, strong partnerships, and big bank accounts.

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For me, its almost a pattern, but the most recent case has been very different. The low doesn’t have the devastating effect that it used to have on me.

I’ve learned something amazing that I want to share with you entrepreneurs that will minimize the blow of the low.

One of the things I’ve learned about God comes from the story of Job in the bible. Here is an entrepreneur that owns 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 5000 oxen, 500 donkeys, and a large number of servants. He had 10 children. Even in today’s economy, Job would be considered a pretty big farmer….imagine back then. I’m not an economist, but if I did some math, he’d probably be a BILLIONAIRE, or close to it.

But in one night…it was all stripped away. His animals, his servants…even his children.

You and I have probably not experienced what Job went through. Granted, his experience was probably the most recent extreme of examples of having it all taken away. But God’s lesson is still valuable for us.

The same night of losing it all, Job kneeled down and prayed’

“Naked I came from my mothers womb, naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

What I’ve learned is to lessen the blow of the low, our hearts needs to be set on God daily, our minds need to be focused on the vision that God has for our business life, and our immediate reaction to blow of the low needs to be to turn to God and praise Him.

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