The kids were watching a Veggie Tales movie yesterday and I remembered - vaguely - seeing an interview done with the creator some time back. So I looked up the interview, out of curiosity, and found some things in the interview that resonated with me with regard to my business and the way I run things. It also resonates with how I live my life, and why we do things in our home the way we do.
These quotes come from the linked article if you want to read the whole thing.
... the question I ignored was, "How did God wire me?" Because He didn't necessarily call me to see how big an organization I could build.
Today when I talk to people, I spend a lot of time trying to get them to consider what is driving them. Why do you want to do what you say you want to do? Do you have peace in your life? Because if you're stressed, if you're worried, if you're anxious, something ain't right.
I only get my form when I stay in the current of God's will and allow Him to carry me where He wants me to be. ... I'm not supposed to be pursuing impact, I'm supposed to be pursuing God. And when I pursue God I will have exactly as much impact as He wants me to have.
... the way Paul and Barnabas did a ministry was to walk to a town, and if that town didn't want them they'd shake the dust off their sandals. They wouldn't sit there plotting for 10 years on how to take over the town, they'd just say, "OK, the Holy Spirit is taking us elsewhere."
That doesn't mean I just sit here waiting for God to hand me a Post-it note with tomorrow's agenda. But I brainstorm, I have ideas, I put them on the wall, and I pray about them. Then one of those ideas will start to percolate a bit, start to bubble, and then I chase the bubble to see if that's where God is moving me. But if suddenly God seems to be moving me in a different direction, I let go of that idea, because it's just an idea. If I keep calling it my dream, I'm holding on to it too tightly until it becomes something I can't let go of.
I have been involved in four different work-from-home businesses in the last ten years, and Young Living has been by far the most successful. I have risen up by 5 ranks, and hope to gain two more by the years' end - but along with that, I have really been contemplating how to be a good leader of my team, but also one who follows Godly principles. I have never believed that having a job is about the dollars, but about helping others, satisfaction, and making a move towards your purpose in life.
While Phil Vischer and I do not attend the same church, some of what he said is really helping me better form my ideas for not only how to lead in my business, but also in how to better handle the issues that come up in staying at home with the kids. As a guy who has started two rather successful companies, I think he's worth a look in both areas. I'll be checking out his Jellyfish Labs stuff soon!