Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Return of the Entrepreneur

The Return of the Entrepreneur

What can we, the entrepreneurs, learn from the parable of the Prodigal Son: Luke 15:11-32?

1.      Grace is more powerful than love. Grace is about loving the unlovable. Grace is about forgiving those that deserve the least to be forgiven.
2.      We play different roles throughout our lives. As we live out our lives we go through all the three roles; the younger son, the older son, and the father. It is easier to judge others when we are not walking in their shoes.
3.      We find ourselves in our struggles. Failure is not final. It is through pain that we find ourselves. It is in our suffering we find our greatness and the ability to relate to those who suffer.
4.      Fleeting pleasures lead to the fall. Pride and arrogance come before the fall. It is after we humble ourselves asking for forgiveness that we grow into the next phase of life.
5.      Growing up and taking responsibility. At some point in our lives we must take full responsibility for our lives and start serving others. The lesson to the older son was about starting to think like the father.
6.      Greed leads to resentment. We only value what we truly earn. We can easily take for granted what is freely given to us. Comparing ourselves to others can easily lead to jealousy and envy.
7.      Trade rivalry for brotherhood. We must protect against anything that comes in between ourselves and our brotherly love. We often have to lose what we have to value what we once had.

Thank you for reading and reflecting on today’s nuggets. Share them with others.   
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy

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