The Ministry of Business – Steven Hitz
Steven courageously teaches business principles from an LDS perspective to anyone willing to read his book. He first talks about divine inspiration in business. He teaches that when we follow our heart we are really following the prompting a of the spirit. Hitz wrote “as long as you follow your heart, giving heed to those moments of personal inspiration, and live according to your personal moral code, you will be blessed with even greater guidance and eventually with success.”
Hitz warns to following the Spirit in business ventures doesn’t mean that they will be without trial. He talked about his 7 year lawsuit when he was sued by a former employer. Trusting in the Lord’s timing is also essential to success.
I really like how Hitz includes his wife in everything he does and he credits her as being his business partner. Together, they are able to follow the Spirit and navigate through trials to eventually find success. I also love his ablility to see how even small experiences have greater meaning and purpose. I think that he is able to do this because he truly understands and accepts that God has a plan for him.
Hitz eloquently taught about covenants and their importance in business success. I love that he is not afraid to share with the world the importance of covenants. He also reminds us of how important it is to keep business and personal life as one. I love that principle! Our family is very involved with the farm. When I took my job at BYU-Idaho I didn’t expect family to be such a part of the office. Our family’s stop in from time to time, we always talk about them, and we have activities that include our families a few times a year.
I get the impression that Steven Hitz is a very humble man. He credits his wife and the Lord with his success, I really like that!
Stars & Steppingstones – Jeff Sandefer
This article revisited the star model. It discussed choosing your star, your entrepreneurial dream, and what it takes to get there. Most importantly, the article serves as a good reminder that you can not have everything at once. We must ask ourselves what we are comfortable giving up in order to make our dream a reality. It also reminds us to be realistic and create a path for ourselves that is actually possible.
I love Steven Covey’s work and especially 7 Habits. I feel that the principle of beginning with the end in mind is brilliant. It is also essentially what we do in this mortal life, we know the desired end and we are hopefully working toward it all our lives.
Sandefer said, “By viewing your life as a continuous journey, you can identify the achievements at each stage that will act as stepping stones toward your final goal.” I sometimes feel that I should have all the answers right now but this statement really helps me to understand that finding our “star” is a process that will be defined over time.
Sandefer reminds us to “chart a course toward a meaningful star, set philosophical guardrail a to mark the path, and lay stepping stones to mark each step in the right direction.” Choosing our star “involves understanding what is important to you in life, and what is likely to remain important.” He encourages us to consider how this dream will affect our families. If the sacrifices we must make to realize our dream aren’t worth it then we haven’t found our calling.
What is Your Calling in Life – Jeffrey Thompson
What is your calling in life, how will you find out?
Finding your life’s calling can cause great despair and stress. When we ponder our calling through the lens of the gospel, we don’t need to feel anxious.
God endows us with gifts and talents, it is our job to discover those and help them to bless others.
Myth: You might have a calling, you might not.
DC 58:27-28 be anxiously engaged…there is divine power within you. You do have a calling, do not let the world tell you different.
Myth: You have to find your one true calling in order to be fulfilled.
DC 46: 11-12 for all have not every gift…. There are many gifts given to man, they are distributed and not everyone has the same. They are used to bless lives. Spiritual gifts are endless and infinite in variety, we are unique individuals.
Finding our calling involves the same process as finding our gifts. We must fast and pray, seek guidance from the Spirit. It is important to act on the prompting that come.
Our strongest gifts appear early in life, look back on your childhood at what you excelled in to find clues to help yo find these gifts.
Not everyone needs to be an entrepreneur. Your calling may be to bring your gifts to whatever position the Lord leads you to.
The Lord will lead us from opportunity to opportunity as we try to hone our spiritual gifts.
Know yourself, know what your gifts are, and define yourself by those gifts.
Myth: when you find your calling, work will be bliss
Work is not always fun, trials and burdens of our work are part of the meaning of our work.
Don’t expect deep meaning without paying the price for it.
Myth: When you find your calling, the world will take notice. Work is meaningful only when it gives us status.
You need to find joy within, find inspiration in your tasks no matter how menial.
Work is meaningful when we find joy in that work.
Myth: Meaningfulness in life is to be found at work. Many people identify themselves primarily by the work they do.
There is a danger that our jobs will take the place of more meaningful roles.
It is through enriching others that we make contributions to the world, true meaning.
He told of a wife and mother who had a wonderful attitude about her mundane tasks. She believed that every time she did the laundry or scrubbed the floor she was helping to build the kingdom of God.
The state of our hearts is as important as the tasks we do in determining if our work is eternally meaningful.
When you focus your work on blessing others you will find much greater success and fulfillment.
Have faith that your unseen navigator will guide you to your calling.
Treat Life as an Experiment – Tom Kelley
As with science experiments, some things just don’t work out. If we experiment, try this out for a time, rather than fully committing, you are failing forward.
Thomas Edison – tried 2,000 times before he invented the lightbulb
Last Lecture Randy Pausch
It’s not about achieving your dreams, it’s about how you live your life.
Live your childhood dreams.
There isn’t much question that Randy was able to accomplish so many of his childhood dreams because his parents helped him believe he could. He obviously was a hard worker and that certainly helps. As far as my own childhood dreams, I am living them! I wanted more than anything to be a wife and a mother. It is so important to dream and to encourage those around us to dream and believe in themselves.
This week’s material has given me lots to think about. I am so grateful to have the gift of the spirit to assist me in this process. I also really look forward to more material that is centered on the LDS perspective of business success! Love the readings so far!