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I would really like to have a successful online business.  By that, I mean having a business that provides enough income so that I can be employed solely in that enterprise.  How does one accomplish that? 

 

There are lots of resources available, and I could very likely receive hundreds of comments suggesting a particular online resource that’s guaranteed to make me very wealthy by tomorrow!

 

But what really stands in my way are other, more important, priorities.  I don’t want business to replace my devotions, my family, etc.  And it certainly can’t replace my job right now.  It’s not that I don’t have the resources, or the available product or talent.  It’s more of a time / priority issue.  How can I squeeze it in?

 

The truth is, whether or not I ever accomplish this dream is incidental to true life.  I am really more interested in accomplishing the right things each day.  So I focus daily on what matters most.   

 

Without working at a project, it won’t succeed.  But I have to be very selective about what I devote my time and energies to.

 

I would really love to make my business successful enough to support us, and truly believe it could.  I believe that even given a couple years of concentrated effort it might give us the time and money to do some of the things we’d really like to do.

 

But I’m not willing to sacrifice current relationships — Alma, our children, church, friends — to achieve it.

 

I continue to work at it a bit at a time, but concentrating first on relationships which are really much more important.

I’m constantly looking for business opportunities.  I think I must have been wired to have a business of my own.  I just wasn’t equipped with the personal finances to do it.  But I’m forever looking and thinking about what I could do.  Only a few things really strike a chord within me.

           

One is a company that prints customized family heritage books, and the other is a non-profit that records stories from people’s lives, saving their voices and stories for posterity.

           

Preservation of family history, preservation of legacy seems to ignite my business-idea passions.

           

Then, the reality comes in.  I have no plan, and I have no money. 

           

So, I pick myself up from my daydream, and go get ready for my J.O.B.

           

A job, coupled with a lack of finances, leads to dead-end dread.  You just do what you have to do to make it in this life.  And I have so much to do it feels like bricks on my chest.  I have to work two jobs right now, (one that is very time-intensive) take care of the family finances, spend adequate time with Alma….. and the list seems to run on to eternity.  Is this just the burden of life, Father; just a part of the curse?  Or do I create this way of life because of my lack of trust?

           

I think I have all the necessary tools to focus my attention on what is most important, but I lack a critical ingredient:  the discipline of laser focus.

August 2017
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