What Might “Unforced” Work Look Like For You?

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Lately I’ve come to believe that living life in what’s been called the “unforced rhythms of grace” is not an optional add-on for the fortunate, full-time minister or retired, but a necessity for ALL OF US …  That is, IF we want to experience what Jesus called  the abundant life – OR “life to the full.”    AND – This idea of “unforced” is not for those willing to be unsuccessful, unmotivated or irrelevant to modern life in business or technology or entrepreneurship.   It doesn’t mean we become passive or milquetoast or withdraw from activity.      Instead – UNFORCED means learning how to find AND do our own unforced work in a way that breathes life into us – and into others around us.   … Continue reading

6 Visual Reasons to Be in Business to Change the World

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I once thought that if you wanted to do work to change the world, you had to work or volunteer for something like the Peace Corps, a church, ministry or at least some kind of non-profit organization. And those DO change the world.  Many are TOTALLY worthwhile. However, there’s a new movement that can actually create more long-term results.  It’s called “Business.”  Have you heard of it? Yes, I once thought that “business was business.”  It wasn’t about doing “good.” Business “should make money,” but change lives? Leave a lasting legacy?  Transform destinies?  REALLY? That wasn’t the place of business.  Was it? I was re-reminded of my mistake once again a few days ago after seeing a post called “These 20 powerful photo’s of kid’s … Continue reading

More Unforced Days

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Today, a forced day… or an unforced day?  Which will it be? I’m learning to discern what trend is having sway… when I’m forcing things not meant to be and when I’m leaning into Gods “unforced rhythms of grace.” Forced feels old, stale, chest-tightening,  life-taking and relationship rocking. The words of forced include “really should,” “Hurry up,” “I’m trying,” “Will you hold on?” “Give me a break?” “Why me!?” Forced includes locked jaw, crossed eyes, agitated gut, sweating brow, shallow breath.  Not how it’s meant to be…. Forced includes tense relationship,  forgiveness withheld, holding back truth, managing image.   Not how it’s meant to be… Listening to our words… noticing our bodies… seeing our impact and recognizing that Jesus has made a new way of life … Continue reading

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?

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Good news. The commonly quoted stat that  90% of new businesses fail with 10 years may be too high. Actually it’s now reported that roughly 65% of business will fail in 10 years  US Statistics. The Bad News: The main reason they failed…. The entrepreneurs were the wrong people in the wrong place doing the wrong things. Statistic Brain measures it this way: Cause of Failure: Incompetence (46%) AND Unbalanced or Lack of Managerial Experience (30%)  Add that up and the main reason businesses fail (76%) is because the wrong entrepreneurs were at the helm.  Another 11% is because of lack of experience in those goods or services! But, despite these challenges MANY, MANY people want to be entrepreneurs Overall – 48% of Americans say … Continue reading

When Your Work’s Not Your Passion

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I recently heard an extremely gifted CEO share, “God’s given me this company and I’m really grateful … but this isn’t my passion.” I’ve been thinking about his comment and realizing just how many people are “in his boat.”  People with opportunity to make a living, credentials and even gifts – but like him, if honest, they would say, “This isn’t my passion.” So what then?  What if….. the work you do isn’t your passion? I realize if given the choice, the knowledge or the opportunity most, would be thrilled combine work and passion.  They would want to be BOTH extremely skilled and gifted in their work AND extremely passionate. And yes, passionate working people actually exist in the world and they’re often very happy … Continue reading

How Much Career Frustration is ENOUGH!?

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I’ve heard this same question again and again in different forms: How much career frustration should I take before saying, “Enough is enough!”” Some are a bit more outward. “I want to scream!” As the great philosopher Popeye put it, “That’s all I can stands… cause I canst stands no more!” Got Spinach? Here are some of the kinds of frustrations I hear. (Actually I often feel visceral sadness when hear really good people struggle this way…)  I feel like the only reason I’m still here is because of the paycheck I went to school for this and now I wonder what I was thinking They’ve pigeonholed me into a job and I can’t do anything about it. As a woman, I can’t be part … Continue reading

Is it OK to be a Cronut?

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When it comes to what you do with your life… how you earn a living… where you’re gifted, can you be OK if you don’t fit in with the norm?  You know.  Are you typical? Truth: Some among us  (maybe including you or someone you love) just won’t, can’t and never will fit the typical career and education mold. In a world that loves to bring clear definition and categories, some are NOT standard. Admittedly, I do it too.  I meet a college senior in the hot tub and ask him what he majors in and what he’s going to do when he graduates.  Easy for me, he fit “categories.”  Bio major.  Pre-med.  Plans to be a pediatric doctor.  Oh good, I know what those … Continue reading

“Beige” Horses Happen

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Framed against the scenic vista of the Rocky Mountains in the background, Sheryl was so proud to introduce us to her two prize horses. She just spent the afternoon training and grooming them and was finishing up her duties when I arrived with Mindy, Jon and Josh for a visit. Layla, a gorgeous white female trotted over on her own and came right up to introduce herself to us.  “Hey there beautiful?” I said as I gently patted her nose. Sheryl had just finished washing and grooming her and she looked ready to be in a show. Then, without warning and a big thud, Layla suddenly fell to the ground and began rolling back and forth, bathing herself in dirt and dust… filling herself with … Continue reading

Are You a Loving Entrepreneur?

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It’s hard not to see the juxtaposition of the words LOVING and ENTREPRENEUR and think, ”Yep that’s an oxymoron!” Entrepreneurs are those folks out to “make a buck!”  Right?  They give the Occupy Wall Street folks something to do.  (Are they still doing that?) Yet, just in the past days I have intersected a number  people wanting to change the world AND make a buck to keep doing it. “What do these people have in common?”  They’re “loving entrepreneurs!”  Loving + Entrepreneurs = Loving Entrepreneurs. Loving = They do what they do because they genuinely care about others. Entrepreneurs = They take on risk and need to make money to keep doing what they do. There’s 19-year-old Nehemiah who’s creating events that become catalysts to bring his generation to God in real ways.  He … Continue reading

Insider Information From a Successful CEO

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Frankly, many in the world of business believe you can’t follow God and “make it” in the world of business.  You have to choose.  One or the other. How many CEO’s, for example, make decisions based on Biblical faith – AND lead successful companies?  Can you lead such a company that grow profits dramatically and create corporate environments where people of all religious and cultural backgrounds thrive and achieve outstanding results?  Really? Can you name one? Well, I fortunately can name more than one and their tribe is growing rapidly.  As Mark Malnati, CEO of pizza franchise Lou Malnati’s, said: “Every company that’s going to thrive and be around for a long while is going to adopt Biblical principles.” What Joe Slawek, Ernst and Young’s … Continue reading