Believe in the Dignity and Morality of Business

“Take out a dollar bill and look at it.  Now pat yourself on your back because you are looking at a certificate of performance. If you did not rob or steal from anyone to obtain that dollar, if you neither defrauded anyone nor persuaded your government to seize it from a fellow citizen and give it to you, then you could only have obtained that dollar in one other way—you must have pleased someone else.”

-Walter Williams

The sun on dramatic sky over sea. Natural background. Forces of nature concept.

The setting is an elementary school classroom.  The teacher asks the children what they want to be when they grow up.  The first to answer, a little girl named Suzie, says ‘I want to be a nurse.’ – the class nods and smiles as if to approve her choice.  ‘What a nice little girl,’ the teacher thinks.  The second to answer, a little boy named Tommy, jumps up and shouts as if he can not hold it in any longer, “I want to be a fireman!” – the class thinks “good for him”.  And then there is the third child to answer.  Little Billy, feeling a sort of lumming pressure of an anticipated pending response timidly proclaims, “I want to be a businessman.”  The class is taken back, aghast.  What evil is this child conjuring?

Ok, perhaps, just maybe… I went a little too far.  Yet still the point I am trying to make, through the subtle art of exaggeration, is that I have come to believe and perhaps most will admit, that more would question little Billy’s morals than little Suzie’s or Tommy’s.  Why is that?

In Thou Shall Prosper, Rabbi Daniel Lapin draws from accumulated Jewish learnings to lay out his Ten Commandments for Making Money.  Rabbi Lapin believes the first and most important commandment is to believe in the dignity and morality of business.  His point: if you believe business is evil, you will have a hard time acquiring money.

Thinking about the classroom scene above and how subtlly the immorality of money and business is woven into our world – I wonder if it is worth considering why more of our youngsters do not aspire to go into business?  How come business is not viewed as a means to serve others?  To earn certificates of performance?  How come each dollar is not viewed as a testament of our ability to please others and make their lives better?

A takeaway from Thou Shall Prosper by Rabbi Daniel Lapin

 

What are your thoughts on the dignity and morality of business?

As always good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned on the subject would be the coolest.

 

Mission Statements – part 1

“Without a really good mission statement you have the potential to get to the top of the ladder
only to find it is leaning against the wrong building.”

-Dan Miller

 

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Another quote that comes to mind here is “Begin with the end in mind” from Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Mr. Miller’s quote above paints a great picture of climbing a ladder.  So many of us are hard workers.  Many of us are even very intentional about our focus, goal setting and the like.  But if we skip this step of stopping to develop our mission in life, to what end are we working, focusing and toiling away?  It would be a shame to finally get to the top, after all that hard work, and realize we weren’t happy with where we were.

 
A takeaway from Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey.

 

As always comments re: good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned would be the coolest but anything is cool.  

Vision

“Dreams become a reality only when you pull them gently from the clouds and convert them to visions.”  

-Dave Ramsey

 

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Vision is key to sustaining motivation for yourself and those around you.  In The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni lays out a set of six questions that he feels will help organizations create clarity.  The first of the six questions is ‘Why do we exist?” Lencioni suggests the answer to this question should be something just short of “to make the world a better place.”  A vision is something that will likely never change for and organization.  It should inspire and fulfil.  It should be something people can get passionate about.  Our vision at Mavidea is to “Have fun serving others.”  How cool is that?  Our vision at internrocket is to “Help people do what they were designed to do.”  That just gets me fired up everytime I see it.

 A takeaway from Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey.

What is your organization’s vision?  Have you heard of any inspiring visions worth sharing?  How about resources for developing visions? Also, as always comments re: good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned would be the coolest but anything is cool.

Dreamers

“Dreaming is a sign you have hope.  Dreaming is a sign you still think you can win.  Dreaming keeps you young.”

-Dave Ramsey

 

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Dreaming is important.  I once learned a lesson to harness my dreaming potential into something entrepreneurial.  The tactic started with a simple human hack.  Here’s the hack:

When you get frustrated or even simply inconvenienced, train yourself to take a note.

Often these inconveniences turn into companies.  The idea is, if you are inconvenienced, frustrated, or even in pain – someone else might be feeling the same thing.  Maybe a lot of people are and you can help them!  This is a simple way  you can find an opportunity to serve lots of people.  Pretty cool for something that started out as a pain in the rear huh?

If you know you are destined to be an entrepreneur but are looking for your big idea, try asking your friends and family to keep a similar log and send you their notes from time to time.  Did you ever think listening to someone complain could be a gold mine? It can.

 A takeaway from Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey.

Anyone have any examples of companies that started this way?  How about inconveniences of your own that might make a company?  

Passion

“The most untutored person with passion is more persuasive than the most eloquent without.”

-La Rochefoucauld

 

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Passion is a great washer of imperfection.  Passion instills trust and trust is so awesome in relationships.  As a lead entrepreneur do not be afraid to show your passion.  If you do not have passion, perhaps you are after the wrong thing or more likely you are just not looking at what you are doing in the right light.  How is what you are doing making peoples lives better?  Get intentional about that.  Focus on it.  Get passionate about that and watch the floodgates of favor open for you.

 

 A takeaway from Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey.

 

What are you passionate about?  Comments re: good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned would be the coolest but anything is cool.