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Got a Problem? Create a Solution!

By Linda Fields | The Joseph Company

To exercise your entrepreneur muscle, let’s look at three ways you can begin to bring solutions to the table by revisiting the definition of an entrepreneur and a familiar Bible story.
The term entrepreneur normally refers to bringing new products or services to market assuming a financial risk. Let’s expand that definition.

Linda Fields, Director of the Joseph Company.

Linda Fields, Director of the Joseph Company.

According to Dictionary.com, entrepreneurs, in the purest sense, are those who identify a need—any need—and fill it. It’s a primordial urge, independent of product, service, industry or market.
Notice the needs around you that you have a desire to do something about. You may ask, “Why should I start with such a simple application of entrepreneurship, I want to do something BIG.” The little things lead to the big things.
Think about the story of the boy who’s lunch of five loaves and two small fish was multiplied by Jesus to feed a crowd of 5,000 hungry people on a mountainside. It must have seemed ridiculous to mention the boy’s lunch, but Andrew did. Read the story for yourself in John 6:1-14
1. When you identify a large need begin with what you have on hand. In this case, it was a boy’s lunch. In your case, what is the large need? What do you have?
Next, Jesus and his disciples brought order to the crowd and had them sit down in groups.
2. Refuse to panic before the answer is evident. Calm the situation.
If you’re fretting because you do not see a solution yet, calm yourself and rely on God for next steps.
3. Be thankful in the moment for what you have and what God is about to do; then press on with your solution.
As the food was distributed, it was multiplied and all were fed, with food left over.
Watch for a practical way to bring a solution to the table, at work, at church, at home, or in the community.
Now you can get down to business.

Linda Fields is Director of The Joseph Company. Learn more through The Joseph Company events. Ihopkc.org/josephcompany

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