Customer needs assistance on aisle 3.

In my ethereal thinking, I realize that most folk in the bible, including Jesus were entrepreneurs.  Each were, in their own way doing their own version of kingdom building.  That is how I see entrepreneurship, well, at least that is how I see my own.

Pretty much everyone in the bible had a sidekick.  Yes, some can do it alone and don’t, per se, “need” a sidekick but it’s nice when you know someone else has your back because they hear what you’re saying and can see what you see.

John the Baptist, has to be hands down, the best sidekick, EVER.  He was hyping Jesus up long before he knew who Jesus was – knew as in, oh yeah, that dude right there.  He was grinding for G-d without being asked or paid.  That type of ride-or-die is like a white elephant nowadays.

I was graced with a glimpse of a modern day John the Baptist, white elephant if you will.  I chuckled because “John” stated several times that “I don’t feel like I did anything” but great service, especially when done out of genuine love and belief in what it is your doing, never feels like “anything”.  We perform our best when, with everything that we are, we believe in what we are doing.  Now, that’s now to say that we shouldn’t always try to do our best but that takes a little more effort than most of us are willing to put in, at least it does for me.  The struggle is real when I’m engaged in something where my head and heart aren’t aligned.  It is then I must remind myself that whatever I’m doing, I’m doing it for the L-rd.  Yeah, that doesn’t always work, sorry, it just doesn’t.  Not going to lie.  I’m working on it though, seriously but man, we humans make it sooo difficult but again, the key word is human.  Often, it is hard to see the good, benefit, use of doing something that we aren’t really keen on doing.  Oh the lessons of sacrifice to be learned in moments such as those.

If you love me, you’ll serve me.  Well, I certainly felt the love yesterday because I was served and served well.  MMS – Modern day John the Baptist, the elusive white elephant trumpeting (crying out) in the wilderness about one he believes in…me.

Home Depot’s slogan is “You can do it. We can help”  I get it.  We all “can” do but man, is it nice when you can get a little help.  A little help goes a long ways and for me, my human help went over 200 miles and not once did they ask, Are we there yet?

 

 

Little Golden Book

Over the weekend I attended a networking event and I must say, it was a drive and time well spent, given that I had not attended such an event in quite a while, it was long overdue. I encountered a quote/tweet/FB post from that event that reminded me of a story. The message was this…Don’t beg for support. Marinate on that for a minute, if you will. Don’t beg for support. 4 little words, so powerful. Reminded me of a story…The Little Red Hen.

The Little Red Hen is the story of a hen on a farm who finds some wheat grains and asks for help to plant, mill, tend, harvest, bake and ultimately eat the wheat/bread. The cat, dog and duck all empathically decline to assist Little Red Hen… “Not I” they each replied when she asked “Who will help me?”. It is not until all the work has been done and the result is a nice hot loaf of fresh, organic wheat bread, that the cat, dog and duck go from negative to positive, with an “I will.” To their surprise, Little Red Hen gives them the business and eats all the bread herself. Moral of the story…those who show no willingness to contribute to a product do not deserve to enjoy the product. Now, that moral is stretching it a bit because we all aren’t really able to contribute to all the products we like, which is why we pay for them but the point is, Little Red Hen was begging for support and it wasn’t until the very end, when all the hard work had been finished that others were willing to help her. Come to think of it, I think Little Red Hen was the original Keith Sweat 🙂

We were created to be supportive; a help meet/mate but somewhere in the industrial millenia, being supportive became de classe, taboo for some reason. When we see a person doing well, why shouldn’t we offer to spread the word, lend a hand or do whatever we can in support of that person, if it is within you to do so? What is to be lost by you telling a friend about the good works of another? Are we so prideful and envious that we cannot be bothered to part our lips to enlighten someone about the goings on of an up and coming friend?

Things blow up, become successful, shoot off the charts based on one thing… word of mouth. Somebody either bought it or had it given to them, liked it and either told someone else or that someone else saw it and wanted to have it and thus the cycle of success begins and continues. Women of all sizes couldn’t stop talking about Spanx and look at Sarah Blakely now. Imagine if no one ever said anything about the magic body enhancers, where would she be today? We all need support, in some form or another, it doesn’t cost you anything to tell someone about what someone else is doing. Are you jealous because you aren’t doing it? Well, maybe you were meant to do something else. Who knows, the person you tell might be interested and that could lead to another mutually beneficial relationship. Poor Little Red Hen, she was begging for help days on end with that wheat but in the end, her revenge was sweet or at least hot and fresh. At times I’ve found myself donning my Little Red Hen cape, looking with Pound Puppy eyes for others to support me by telling a friend but alas, like Little Red Hen, I was greeted with “Not I” albeit silent/lack of action responses.

Who will help me? Is there not a one? Judging from that quote/tweet/FB post, apparently there IS not a one. Sad, because success, like food, is best when shared.

Who wants more bread?

TourdeCure – Team GetMended.com

Hello and Happy New Year.

Yes, I know it’s been what seems like ages since you feasted upon my writing goodness but fear not, I have been working diligently on my book and a play, so your patience is appreciated.

I am writing today to ask for your support. My team and I are riding to cure Diabetes and we need your support. If you have it to give and feel led to give, please consider supporting my team with a donation. If you do not have it to give, please pray for our team and all the TourdeCure riders that we will all be successful in reaching our goals.

Here’s how to help:

Online donations:
1. Make a donation to one of our riders. Go to http://tour.diabetes.org/site/PageServer?pagename=TC_homepage
Click WHY RIDE
Select MAKE A DONATION

2. Select Search for a Team
Type in GetMended.com (upper/lowercase is not required)

3. Click on GetMended.com (team page appears)
Click on Donate to a Rider
Select the Rider you want to donate to (follow the prompts) or you can donate to the Team if you think we are all just so AWESOME, no need to choose!! 

Tell your family, friends, enemies and everyone in between. I’m helping the world GetMended by riding for a cure.

Thanks a million!!