How are you? I really ‘Do’ hope that the world is treating you well and that you reciprocate that to the people around you.
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I have been getting a number of questions on what brought about the existence of this blog, and the name I chose for it… well, I hope the following explanation helps you understand the purpose of this platform. This in turn will help you understand the pieces handpicked to be published on DO.
~Delightfully simply means happy to be. Unorthodox means something that is not traditional. Contrary to what is accepted. For a long while growing up, I realized I was not like other kids. I was an extreme introvert, so I hated being in public gatherings. My friends only existed because they were a daily part of my life. My father had a good career, so he put up his family in a gated community where the environment was very controlled. The parents took turns in dropping off and picking us up at school. We were about five kids that all went to the same school. So, I rode with the same kids every day to school, just in different turns depending on which parent’s turn it was to take us. When at home, I preferred to play with my colour pencils and plasticine indoors than go out to play with other children. Not that I thought I was too good for them, I just felt I enjoyed being by myself. I could be my true self when I was home. My mom would sometimes make me tag along with my sister, who was a social butterfly . She was probably worried I was not normal. Ha-ha! God rest her beautiful soul in peace. I still miss her as if we were together just yesterday.
Years after, now being a teenager, I tried to fit in with social circles. It almost left me depressed because I was unhappy most of the time. Eventually, I decided to accept who I was, still am, to allow myself to breath and start living. My friend list drastically reduced so I had more time to myself. All the time spent going out was replaced with reading and researching, which later translated into writing. I love to read by the way. All my books and diaries were my most prized possession! I had wanted to start this blog for such a long while. But I allowed myself all these excuses on why to keep postponing.
Delightfully Unorthodox is who I am. But the name being too long and complicated meant I was setting myself up for failure. When choosing a business name, pick something that has meaning but is easy to be remembered. Shortened into ‘DO’, means one day I woke up and finally just did it! Most people may ask why not what should have been obvious, ‘DU’. Well we use DO more. Plus, the act of doing has more meaning to me. It also an encouragement to others to start on what they have always wanted to do.
In summary, the name for this blog was not just picked to sound sophisticated, it has deep meaning to the person behind it. And hopefully one day, it also will to the world. ~
It is said that the Bible offers everything that affects life and its surroundings. One of them being business and money. I am sure you have heard the term ‘Money is the root to all evil‘. Well I think, that lack of money is the root to all evil. Look at the Jews. They are very successful in almost all industries. It is as if they have the ‘Midas Touch’. In case you are not yet familiar with the story, I invite you research on it. It is what every business person and entrepreneur dreams to have.
A lot of the principles practiced by the Jews are however from the Bible. This can only mean the most famous book written clearly has insight on the dos and don’ts to lead a successful life. Which is why ‘Rabbi Daniel Lapin‘ wrote the book, ‘Business Secrets from the Bible‘. This a summary of some of the offerings from the book, so in case you are interested in reading the full version, you should invest in a copy.
This list is a combination of the book and some of the few things I have identified in the Bible, that can be used in business. I invite you to discover while you read below.
Pay close attention to each point for its significance is inevitable.
God did not set us up for failure, He wants his people to prosper. Our interdependence is a part of God’s great plan to ensure humans stay in need of each other. In life, very few things matter. But we often try gambling in multiple fields, which is why you will never truly master anything. A jack of all trades but a master at none. You were born with a gift within you. You will not find it in school. Not in a relationship. Not even in your job. Your gift has always been within you. It is your purpose for existence. You are yet to experience true happiness until you start to live a life fulfilling your purpose because only then, will you become valuable to the world. David from the Bible was a musician, Solomon was wise, and Jesus was a teacher. All great beings, but in their own fields that was their gift. If you look at all great people that lived, they are identified with a gift in which they prospered in the most. Find that which you were born to fulfil and focus on becoming a master at it.
Money in Hebrew means to count. Now, whenever someone mentions counting, we almost automatically relate it to counting money. In business, you must be able to account for your resources. The top of the list being money and time. You needn’t to become a CPA, but rather, you need to be able to understand financial statements and interpret what they mean for your business. Only then, are you able to measure your accomplishments. If you don’t then the days pass and nothing gets accomplished. Bank reconciliations, P&Ls, AR & AP, Trial Balance are all some of the languages used to interpret the financial position of your business. On time, keep a calendar record or diary documenting how much time you put into every minute of a normal business day. Become strict on time allocated on everything, even for browsing and responding to texts. At the end of a week, you will start to see the things that need more time invested in and the ones that should be done away with altogether.
If you want to be successful in any aspect of your life, you must be accountable
Now that we have covered accounting for our resources, we must also cover failures. In business, you will encounter failures. Many, if I’m being honest. But failure should not be perceived as a being weak. It means you tried something new that you never have before. Nowhere in Bible does failure translate to sin. Forgive yourself but do not forget. Keeping a journal of your failures will help you revisit the lessons to be learnt from them. This way, you do not keep making the same mistakes. In the Bible, Cain and Abel were the first sons of Adam and Eve. Cain killed his brother Abel and received punishment from God of isolation. He would have to keep wandering and the things he would try to plant would not grow. Finally, he bore a son, Enoch, which in Hebrew means dedicated. This was him telling the Lord that he was now educated and understood what he had done wrong. He later on built a city which would bring thousands of people together. In this story, Cain understood his mistake. He recorded it permanently by naming his son that which would be a lesson learnt from his failure.
Interestingly the Bible does not talk of retirement from service. All of God’s servants only stopped their work when they died. Today, you will sign a contract saying you must retire at a certain age. That you are basically now tired and should proceed to waste away, waiting until when you rest permanently. Celebrating you sixtieth birthday does not make you a person of no value. Find that which you cannot be fired from. Retired from. That which you cannot be replaced. Because only then, are you able to serve until when you choose to put away your work tools. Not when someone else decides that you ought to. In case you haven’t caught up with what I am referring to yet, I mean your gift.
If you find yourself overwhelmed with managing your schedule, then you may need professional assistance. Jesus recruited the twelve disciples to promote his work of spreading the gospel. It was not because he was incompetent, not at all. But he was wise in realising that to reach bigger masses more effectively, he would pass on his message to the disciples to then preach to those who accepted his teaching. Matthew 10:16 Jesus instructs to his disciples “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Trying to micro manage every aspect of your business is setting yourself up for failure. It will also prove ineffective in managing your time. So, appoint professional service and train them to carry out the activities that will promote your business even wen you not present.
2 Kings 4 – Prophet Elisha was one day approached by a poor widow who came crying to him, seeking his help in settling a debt. He asked her what she had in her house. On the first attempt, she came back and said she had nothing of value in her home. But Elisha insisted that she bring anything she could find in her house. So, she brought back a small jar with some oil. Prophet Elisha then said, “Go around and ask all your neighbours for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” The woman did as instructed and was able to sell the oil to pay off the debt. What was left, she used to live off. In your life, you may be overlooking the simple things you perceive as lacking value. But no one has nothing. So go back and look into your place of dwelling for something. Anything. Then manage and grow it. It could be that sport which you are good at. Or driving a car. Maybe even braiding hair. Whatever it could be, you have something.
Remember what I said about your gift, it has always been within you. Where your gift lies, that is where your gold is.
Thank you for reading this far, I sincerely hope that this was insightful and practical to empower you. If you have points that you feel should have made the list, pop them down below on the comment section and keep the conversation going.
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