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By popular demand, this blog is about how to find your purpose, your calling, your life’s mission, your God-given assignment, your ONE BIG THING. Many, many entrepreneurs, even many of whom are very successful often ask this question…
How do I find my purpose?
Sometimes, it shocks me. Why? Because the question may come from those who seem to have it all together. I don’t usually hear this question from the aimless and jobless, but rather from those who are already very successful in one lane or another.Read More
Maybe you told your friends and family what business you were going to start and their faces dropped, or their eyes bugged out of their head. Or perhaps they had a weird unfamiliar smile, or just nodded while their faces screamed ‘disbelief’. If so, you’re in good company. Many famous people had to deal with this kind of reaction from loved ones.Read More
A few years back, my next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman. We would sometimes take the time to chit-chat. Every time we finished talking, he would always exhort me by saying: “Be good.” That was his way of saying ‘see ya later.’ There was much value in these two words. Today, in this article, I’d like to address the differences between being nice, and being good. And trust me, the difference is huge!Read More
Through examining the life of Joseph, I want to encourage you by showing you that God’s demotions serve a higher purpose for us. His demotions are for a season of testing and equipping. His demotions are his way of pulling us back on a sling to launch us in the right direction. As believers, we are not always called to go up, sometimes God brings us down… on purpose.Read More
Why do men hate going to church? When David Murrow wrote his book (Why Men Hate Going to Church) back in 1994, it made some big waves – and still does today. Why? Because he dared to address a BIG problem with the way we do church. And this way is causing a testosterone exodus from our faith communities. In this blog post, we look at the major church turn-offs for men… and how they can be remedied.Read More
Why is the New Age so prevalent and popular in our culture? Why are even Christians falling for it? And why is it embraced mostly by women? Women tend to flock to New Age beliefs because it makes them feel empowered in our post-modern culture, does away with a patriarchal system they detest, does away with God as a Father figure, does away with everything that they find distasteful with Christianity, which incidentally in most cases is the Faith of their ancestors. In short, the New Age is very in tune with post-modern feminism.Read More
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Leadership isn’t for cowards. Those who pursue leadership are putting themselves in a position where: They will be criticized They will have a target on their back They will be scrutinized They will have more responsibility than they can handle Their failures will most likely…Read More
Are you aiming for Significance? When I took the decision I was going to build a successful life and business a few years back; I had great enthusiasm. I was on fire! I was highly motivated. I took risks. Failure was not an option. I knew I was going to change the world. It was…Read More
There is a very powerful scene in the beginning of the movie American Sniper, where Chris Kyles’ father (Wayne Kyle) instructs his sons at the diner table one evening. His little speech went like this: “There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. Some people prefer to believe that…Read More
Are you Envious? Somebody once said that when you talk to God, it’s called prayer, but that when you hear Him answer back… that’s insanity. Well, I’ve been a believer in the Most High for over three decades now, and by that standard, I guess that would make me insane. In fact, He spoke…Read More
“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” – John C. Maxwell I’ve noticed a mindset problem with a lot of small business or home-business entrepreneurs that I’d like to address. It has to do with how their perspective on the importance of leadership in relation to their business. Like the above quote states, EVERYTHING…Read More
I’m going to start this blog with a breakthrough revelation: Good leadership requires courage. O.K. Maybe I exaggerated. This is probably not a revelation. You probably already knew this. In fact, you probably just went, “Well, Duh!” And yet, we tend to take the value of courageous leadership for granted, don’t we? I mean, we…Read More
This post will be different from those I write usually. I will not give you a leadership teaching, business tips, or personal growth recommendations. This post will be what some of you might call a ‘religious’ post, although I usually tend to shy away from anything deemed religious. So, if you are offended by…Read More
Back in 1997, I was 23 years old; I had just been dumped by a girl I really liked, I had a 12 hour/week job in an auto parts dealership, and I lived with my single mom. I drove a twelve-year-old grey Buick Skyhawk station wagon. Yes, I was, by all intents and purposes,…Read More
“Leadership is a Journey. Each one of us has to take our own path, and get there our own way.” – David Gergen If you take the time to look around, you will quickly realize that leadership isn’t for everyone. Not only are good leaders a rare breed, but people who are interested in…Read More
You see, leadership is a strange animal. Although leadership experts can agree on what makes for good leadership in the larger sense, the number of characteristics deemed as necessary for it can vary greatly. These are, in my opinion, the main (in a larger sense) characteristics of a good leader.
Are You Leading Your Life? I was blessed in 2016. But it’s not what you might think. I didn’t double my income, win the lotto, or get an invitation to speak with Tony Robbins. But I was blessed because at the beginning of the year, I made a decision that I would follow my…Read More
Do you have a Vision? “If you build it, he will come.” Regardless if you think the Mandela effect messed with this quote from the 1989 movie hit Field of Dreams (starring Kevin Costner); the quote became a pop-culture mainstay – and with good reason. But I didn’t always feel this…Read More
We are all familiar with the Nike tagline: Just Do It. Did you know Nike spent $300 million on overseas advertising alone between 1988 (the year the “Just Do It” campaign was created) and 1998? Furthermore, during these first ten years, Nike increased its market share of the “domestic sport-shoe business” from 18 percent ($877 million)…Read More
Did Jesus really say that? To most of us, it’s hard to associate ‘Jesus’ and ‘Tough’ in the same sentence. Of course he was a Carpenter (physical labor anyone?) who chased the vendors from the Temple with the aid of a whip (yes, really), but in spite of this, we still perceive him…Read More
“A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.” – Proverbs 18:16 When I was younger, I understood this verse to mean that if you bring a physical gift, it will open doors for you – you will obtain favor from whoever you gave it to. I thought it…Read More
Didn’t Have The Greatest Role-Model Growing Up? This post is for men who, like me, have been harboring what psychologists commonly call a “Father Wound.” What is a father wound? Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, a Catholic a Catholic psychiatrist who heads the Institute for Marital Healing, described it this way: “While the term “father…Read More
Momentum Is a Leader’s Best Friend As we reach the end of yet another year, the time has come for many, including myself, to pause and reflect on the past year. For some, this end-of-year appraisal will be a time of rejoicing over many successes and victories, triumphs and glories, joys and celebrations.…Read More
Social Media Overwhelm I hear it constantly from all the so-called “Thought Leaders” out there: You have to network, you have to grow your friends list on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, you have to make YouTube videos and put yourself out there! Early to bed, early to rise, work you butt off and advertise!…Read More
Do You Live Life to The Fullest? I saw a meme on Facebook which reminded me how we should live our lives; it said: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud…Read More
Servant Leadership (John C. Maxwell) Back in August 2016, my wife and I were at the bi-annual John Maxwell Team event. It was a real blessing to attend and get to know other speakers and coaches from around the world who are invested in adding value to others and bring leadership to their respective…Read More
Is it time to Stop and ask God for Direction? When a New Year begins, we are usually pumped full of mental and emotional adrenaline. We have a set course we want to take and we want to hit the ground running on the very first day of January. At least, that’s what I…Read More
“Life is always at some turning point.” – Irwin Edman As we approach yet another New Year, some people mistake crossing over one year to the next as an important shift – a turning point. However, if we look at it objectively, it’s just one more day. Chances are, your life will not undergo…Read More
There is a scene In the Avengers movie (2012) I absolutely love. In it, the Chitauri (aliens) were wreaking havoc in NYC and spreading pandemonium. After running through a barrage of obstacles and laser fire, Cap lands on top of a car in the middle of a group of cops who are obviously and…Read More
Is it wrong for a Christian to be prosperous? I had a christian upbringing. At a very young age, I was taught to be humble and kind. I was taught to follow the fine example of Jesus and his apostles. I was taught not to love money – because this was the root…Read More
The book market is changing. Some changes are for the better… some not. As a writer, I can appreciate that some of these changes, pertaining to the self-publishing industry, are advantageous. It has become easier and more affordable than ever to write and publish books nowadays, thanks to platforms like Kindle self-publishing and Create…Read More
When I first joined the John Maxwell Team (JMT) in order to become a speaker, coach, and leadership trainer – I was elated. I had finally found a venue where I could be trained and certified in what I felt my purpose was all about: becoming a public speaker. However, I quickly realized that not…Read More
“Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.” – James Allen I began my journey into what is called ‘personal growth’ about three years ago. It has changed my life in incredible ways. Mind you, before that, for the previous twenty years, my…Read More
Do you have a dream, but…? I asked this fairly misconstruing question to a lady acquaintance of mine. I had been working with Marsha for a few weeks and we had developed a friendly relationship. However, I noticed she seemed very depressed on most days. She was very melancholy and made it no secret that…Read More
We’ve all heard of the butterfly effect. You know, that “metaphorical example of the details of a hurricane (exact time of formation, exact path taken) being influenced by minor perturbations such as the flapping of the wings of a distant butterfly several weeks earlier.” (Wikipedia). But today I want to talk to you about something…Read More
I’m 41 years old and I’ve been around the block a few times. I’ve met quite a few people from many different backgrounds. Sadly, I haven’t met many strong people – those whose stories will inspire you. Those who will tell you just how much they struggled before they made it. I have met,…Read More
A spy was captured and sentenced to death by a general in the Persian Army. Before carrying out the sentence the general gave the spy a strange choice. He told him he could have his choice of a firing squad or a big black door. After much deliberation the spy chose the firing squad…Read More
Our Prayer For You ...
Dear fellow Believer, Entrepreneur, and Legacy Builder,
Our hope at Thriving on Purpose, and our fervent prayer for YOU through our business, podcast, and blog is this one:
That you be encouraged, to venture out of your comfort zone.
That He may give you clarity of purpose to maintain your vision.
That He may give you wisdom in your decisions.
That He may give you perseverance to overcome.
That He may give you patience, with your circumstances, yourself, and with others.
That He may give you courage, to do what you must, as often as you must, in any way you must.
That He give you understanding in your dealings with people.
That He give you a heart who values others, and help you remember at all times that kindness is the currency which yields the greatest return on investment (ROI).
That He give you a thankful heart to remain positive no matter what.
That He may give you His hand, every step of the way.