Life is Business and Business is Life

I have recently been contemplating how different peoples’ models are of how the world works.  I hear how some feel that capitalism neither works nor benefits the world, and I hear how others worry about technology taking away jobs.  Lately I keep hearing stories about how “business is bad” and people doing business are just out to get you.  Is that really the case?

In a recent blog I talked about value creatdescribe the imageion, and explained that  in order for people to give you money, you must offer them something of value that makes them want to pull out the green.  When was the last time you went into a Starbucks to get a “Fourbucks” coffee, then yelled at them for being evil and taking your money?  The more likely scenario was that you willingly walked in and handed them your four bucks, then enjoyed every sip of your “Fourbucks” while you took a moment to get away from the hustle and bustle of the world.  It was worth it to you…right?

When businesses provide something we want¸ why do we consider them the bad guys?  Do you feel like service people that keep operations going, just to make a few bucks and pay their bills, think the business should be squashed?  If that were to happen, then the service they provide would dissipate and we wouldn’t benefit from it anymore.

describe the imageIf you’ve read any of my blogs, you know that I’m a huge advocate of freedom and the opportunities it provides.  But do we really value our freedom, or do we take it for granted?  Let’s say those “evil” oil companies disappeared.  How would you get to work, school, the hospital, the grocery store…anywhere for that matter?  How drastically would your life change?  What if your job was one that required people to come to you and they couldn’t anymore?  What would happen to your job?  I know that, personally, this loss of freedom would have a huge impact on my life.

I value the goods and services that entrepreneurs have gone out and risked their time, energy, debt and savings to bring to the market.  Their businesses benefit me and help me to increase my standard of living.  When they are successful at giving me something I want, they benefit, and when they don’t, they lose.  So why do we make them the enemy?  If I benefit from what they do, why should they not be able to enjoy their success and be rewarded by earning a profit?

The daily interactions that take place in our lives are a large part of what makes the world go ‘round.   By living and contributing to our lives, we are contributing to others’ lives.  By exchanging with their company, we are helping others earn a paycheck.

It is on this 4th of July weekend that I want to not only thank our four fathers and the creators of the Declaration of Independence, but also thank all of the entrepreneurs out there for the freedom they create in our lives every day!

HAPPY 4th of JULY ALL and a shout out to all those protecting our Freedom around the world!

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I have a story to tell. It’s filled with many successes, failures, discoveries, and some truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences. My hope is that someone out there who is mapping out their own entrepreneurial journey can learn a little something from my own experiences, and that those with Dyslexia, like me, can learn to use it for the gift that it is.

One thought on “Life is Business and Business is Life

  1. I found this video difficult to watch mlinay because the people were so confused and affluent. Giving more money to someone will not guarantee that they will live out what God has planned for them. I felt sorry for them and would have liked to suggest to them that they give me some of their money and let me show them what to do with it. Seriously, I did not hear any of them speak about doing something for others or their moral beliefs.Interestingly, one of the interviewees mentioned how they went to a Christian school and was beaten up. I guess in that case his introduction to Christ was not a positive one. Some of the things that make the rich nervous also make poor nervous. The rich children worried about how to hold on to their money and the poor worry about how to get it. The rich are worried about someone knocking on their door saying you did not do something right, so now I am disowning you. The poor worry about someone knocking on their door saying your time is up and now you have to get out or bill collectors hounding them. There will always be worries that can overcome us when we live in a hollow life such as what was viewed.True freedom is knowing that God is in control and no matter what we see, these things are all temporal and we have a job to do. Seek the kingdom! All the other things will be added if we do the first step.These are just my thoughts..

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