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Entrepreneurship and Faith

August 18, 2014

I think most people would agree that to be an entrepreneur you need faith that you and whatever business on which you’re engaging will be successful. However I think in many situations people don’t realize how significant of a factor that really ends up being during the journey, and how big of an impact it can have on you personally.

I recently came across this article in Forbes which, while being a bit dated (from 2012) had some interesting points. One of them was quoted from Rhonda Laurtizen, who is quoted in the article saying

“Our strong faith keeps us going when others might throw in the towel.  And when I say faith, I am not referring so much to religion per se, but rather a deep seated belief that when we are fulfilling our purpose, things have a way of working out.”

I agree whole-heartedly that to survive the entrepreneurial experience a person won’t last long without faith. However, I think one of the less positive and certainly less politically correct nuances is that this doesn’t mean your faith isn’t frequently challenged, with some days better than others, and some days much worse than others.

Many of the stories we read about entrepreneurs are all about being willing to risk it all, go ninety miles an hour every day, and all with boundless energy and optimism. Yeah, not so much.

There are plenty of inspirational and glamorous stories of people who seem unshakable and have succeeded despite the odds (and walked uphill both ways to school in the snow); that’s great, but I think it’s less common than people think. More common is the entrepreneur or young company that absolutely works hard, puts everything into striving for success, but has doubts and has their faith tested frequently. My feeling is that those who are in it for the right reasons know that having consistent faith that survives being tested will succeed in the long run. This is particularly true when you surround yourself with outstanding people of quality – both professionally and of personal character.

Long story short, having your faith tested and having doubts doesn’t make it invalid – it only makes it stronger … and not just in business.

Scott Capistrano

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