Following The Example Of Jesus – The Perfect Entrepreneur

Joseph training would be trainers at CVSI Training Center

With the rising trend of entrepreneurship in all sectors, there is the need to look critically at the way we go about it so that the high rate of failure will be done away with. Many business ideas fail to see the light of the day and more that 80 to 90 per cent of new enterprises fail within the first year or two. How many of the enterprises established in the last decade still exist or is relevant in the present day settings?  It is therefore of vital importance that we look at various surviving enterprises so that we can learn and follow the success stories of them. We need successful entrepreneurs who are capable of bringing in innovative ideas on board capable of changing our world for the better and brining in good dividends to them for their survival. Of notable mention is the social enterprise or the church expounded by the Lord Jesus which has survived over the years and has grown into a powerful movement globally.

We would need to consider the issue in five ways:

  1. Business Model

Many budding enterprises failed because they did not have an innovative business model and no wonder, they could not survive the strong winds of the entrepreneurial atmosphere. Jesus built his model using a simple but powerful scenario his team or disciples were conversant with. He said: “…Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”(Matt. 4:19 KJV). This innovative model turned simple fishermen into a powerful team capable of turning the tide in a predominantly unbelieving world. When entrepreneurs fail to understand their business model well and cannot make their team to follow same, then a recipe for failure along the line is created.   It is evident that a clear cut business model with all the accompanying strategies and plans are very much needed for the establishment and survival of enterprises.   On top of it all, it should be innovative for it to have relevance and acceptance.

  1. Mentorship Program

Lack of proper mentorship has been the bane of many enterprises in Africa and no wonder many of them fail after a few years. Most of them which survived did not continue after the death of their founding fathers or entrepreneurs. Many of such businesses use to depend on the ingenuity of their founding entrepreneurs and with no proper team or staff trained to carry out the ideals of the enterprise, a greater number of them could not continue after a while. Jesus trained his disciples extensively for more than three years that when he was not around, Peter and John  demonstrated a remarkable knowledge of the scriptures and its relevance to the ordinary man that the members of the Jewish Sanhedrin, composed of learned men, were astonished at their mastery of the scriptures and their boldness. The only answer was: “…they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” (John 4:13 KJV). Mentorship enables the dream of the entrepreneur to be carried far than he even intended.  It teaches the mentees effectively, emboldening them to carry out of the ideals of the enterprise they are with.

  1. Monitoring and Evaluation

The question an entrepreneur needs to ask himself is whether the business model and mentorship program he expounded are working well. The only way out is to monitor and evaluate the progress of the enterprise from time to time. After sending out the disciples in twos, Jesus evaluated their progress and periodically monitored them. The Twelve Apostles were thus molded in a powerful team capable of carrying out the mission of the Lord after his demise. His outreaches were properly executed and even miracles of loaves and fishes in the five thousand and seven thousand scenarios were properly accounted for and administered.

  1. Motivation

Jesus motivated his disciples to excel and do wonders even to the same extent or more than he was doing. “…He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he also do; and greater works than these shall he do;” (John 14:12 KJV). The seventy returned rejoicing that they were also capable of effectively carrying out the work at the same level that Jesus did. Whilst Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, he took time to explain the meanings behind his teachings to them, enabling them to understand exactly what he said. When we see our team as a competition, our enterprise is bound to fail.  Microsoft Corporation is one example of an organization that has a well-motivated staff that is spearheading the advancement of the organization even in the absence of Bill Gates the founder at the helm of affairs.

  1. Replication/Multiplication

Bill Gates went on successfully with Microsoft Windows to other sectors. In the computer software sector, the corporation has captured many grounds, amassing a great fortune, expanding steadily and continuing in many remarkable ways despite the stiff competition from other brands. What can we say of Apple with her landmark iPhone, iPod and iPad series among others. An entrepreneur needs to replicate his success and modify his products with further innovative models to stay relevant. Jesus taught his disciples this lesson of multiplication very well. He said: “…Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” (John 12:24 KJV). Our willingness to dissemination our knowledge properly to our mentees and staff, building them up with strong encouragement and information will bring out a strong team ready to take the world by storm. No wonder after the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, 120 disciples he left behind who were empowered by the knowledge and experience with their Master, were able to move to all corners of the known world with a powerful message. It is said that Jesus wrote no book yet because of his strong entrepreneurial abilities, many books has been written of him more than any other.

The call to entrepreneurship is a noble call that must be responded to with caution and diligence so as to succeed and turn the world upside down for the better. We need people who are selfless to be mentored well and with the right training and expertise, will equally move out with innovative ideas to make the world a better place whilst sowing more seeds of powerful mentees to carry on the flame.

 

 

 

 

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10 Important Life Skills You Need to Succeed As An Entrepreneur. I Wonder Why They Don’t Teach These in School! (Part 2)

Does a university degree guarantee success in the world of entrepreneurship? Apparently not.

In Part One of this series, I shared the first five of ten most important life skills you must have to succeed as an entrepreneur, especially if you’re doing, or want to start, a business in Africa.

The skills we looked at were: negotiation, money, the failure mindset, decision-making and positive thinking.

Surprisingly, while all of these skills are critical to survival in the world of business, they are not contained in school curricula.

Why aren’t schools teaching these important life skills?

The truth is, our schools teach, equip and condition us to become model employees. That’s why even the best trained MBAs focus on getting the next best high-paying job, and not the next disruptive business ideas.

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Source: 10 Important Life Skills You Need to Succeed As An Entrepreneur. I Wonder Why They Don’t Teach These in School! (Part 2)

10 Important Life Skills You Need to Succeed As An Entrepreneur. I Wonder Why They Don’t Teach These in School! (Part 1)

You need these ten life skills if you want to succeed as an entrepreneur in the real world. Unfortunately, they’re not taught in school! Learn and Apply!

If an academic qualification is all it takes to succeed in life, then more people would be rich, happy and successful in the world today. You and I know this is not the case. Success in the real world requires much more than the things we were taught in school.

The purpose of education is to provide enlightenment and equip us with the knowledge and skills we need to make a living and succeed in the real world. This is why most parents would sacrifice anything to give their children the best education so they can have a fighting chance in the real world.

The evidence around us suggests that MBAs and PhDs are not ultimate guarantees to success. In fact, most of the world’s founders, entrepreneurs and CEOs are less known for their academic success. A few interesting examples that come to mind are Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Aliko Dangote and a mouthful more.

In this article, I’d like to share ten of the most important life skills that most successful people around the world have learned. And they didn’t learn these in school. Since these skills are critical to success in life, how come they aren’t taught as part of a compulsory curriculum in our schools?

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Source: 10 Important Life Skills You Need to Succeed As An Entrepreneur. I Wonder Why They Don’t Teach These in School! (Part 1)

The Twilight

 The Twilight

Dark shadows crossed the evening sky                                                                                              Laying bare the thoughts the idle pry                                                                                                        Expectations cast forlorn hopes on anguished hearts                                                                      Barely audible sighs expressed disappointed arts                                                                                  To portray the sorrows in painted garbs                                                                                                The dawn is long in coming                                                                                                                        Yet changes are ongoing                                                                                                                                A new day replenished with love dawns                                                                                                With wings of joy untold                                                                                                                    Weeping will endure the night of old                                                                                                    With bliss the order of the new day                                                                                                      When the bitterness of the past will be forgotten                                                                                  And new thoughts embraced afresh.

by Joseph Brenyah                                                                                                                                    May 16, 2012

 

The Diary of a Social Entrepreneur – Joseph Brenyah

After a twenty five year stint in the field of social entrepreneurship and service to humanity, the time has come for me to relive the past moments, share the present challenges and chart a course for a sure future in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.

Being in charge of a thriving social enterprise – Moringa Oleifera Farms and Industries Limited and a national non-governmental/civil society organization – Christian Volunteer Service International and affiliations with numerous co-operative societies, women groups, community based/development organizations, non-governmental organisations, farmer based organisations and social enterprises set up under my direction or those of my associated establishments, I stand on a good stead to guide, especially the youth in this field which holds much in stock for them in this dwindling world of employment.

Efforts shall be made to get the best of information to my teeming readers and followers through motivational messages and quotes, daily or weekly sermons or articles, poems, technological discourses about nutrition, healthy lifestyles, modernized/mechanized agriculture, climate change and inspirational insights for people to think innovatively. At times retweets and shared messages shall be made available where need be.

Look out for more and you would be happy you did.