Let’s not underestimate the validity of common sense when it comes to evaluating an idea. Rich Schefren is an Internet Marketing business consultant who helps his clients understand the concept that building a business on the Internet is similar to building a brick-and-mortar business. Without a specific business plan, you will end up doing everything in your business. Then, according to Rich, your organization chart will look like this:
Section 1: The Power of the Idea
Ex 8: Evaluate Ideas (Cont.)
My wonderful wife also happens to be my business partner. I can honestly say that I would not have accomplished a fraction in my life that I have accomplished without her constant, daily input. Has it all been easy? Not at all! Sometimes I’ve insisted on going in the direction I think is right. It has almost always been a mistake. My wife’s intuition is more finely tuned than mine so I’m learning that when I share an idea with her, if she starts to say, “Are you sure...”, then I know to back off right away.
I believe that this is the way God intended us to live and work. Just like a dreamer needs a critic to help at the right moment, you need a team to run a great business. God intended us to operate as a body (I Corinthians 12).
A Common Mistake to Avoid
A wise person once said, “If you’re going to make a mistake, at least have the sense to make an original one”. To paraphrase, learn from other people’s mistakes and try not to make the same mistakes that others before you have made.
A mistake I have seen people make, and have made myself, is to think that there will be more money for me if I don’t include other people. While this may be true in some instances, it is faulty thinking. Solid entrepreneurial wisdom will ask, “Who can I bring into this venture that is an “A” player?” Or, “Who should join me on my team that will make the probability of success much more certain?”
The Bible says in Deuteronomy 32:30, “One will put a thousand to flight, and two will put ten thousand to flight.” If you were to apply this principle to business, you might say, “Alone, I will be able to accomplish x. With a good partner, we’ll be able to accomplish 10x – not 2x.” If you then applied that to revenue generation, then you would make half of 10x which is 5x. I know it doesn’t always work out that way, but the principle is solid.
Read 1 Corinthians 12. Keep in mind a business idea that you have. In 250 – 300 words, show the following:
1. What are the key lessons you can take from this Bible passage for your particular business idea?
2. How has your idea of team work in business changed after studying this lesson?
3. How has your idea of team work in business changed after readying this Bible passage?
4. What other Bible verses or stories apply to this lesson?