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Sacred and Secular Coming Together in Business

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In times past such a distinction was made between the "sacred" ministry roles and positions in the church versus "secular" positions in the marketplace that leaders outside the church were made to feel inferior to those who worked in full-time ministry within the church.

Fortunately those times are changing. A new group of pastors and church leaders is recognizing the significance and ministry potential of maximizing the combination of sacred and secular ministry to bring the redemptive and transformative power of Christ to people through traditional and non-traditional means.

In a recent blog, Business as Missions Network profiled a few pastors who are actively breaking down the wall between the sacred and the secular. Here's a link to the story: http://www.businessasmissionnetwork.com

Many organizations now exist that are strategically and practically bridging the gap between the secular and the sacred, such as...
Beyond this short list, there are many other organizations and businesses that are also helping to bridge the gap and break down unnecessary walls that limit the potential of leaders and entrepreneurs to be the church in the marketplace.

The potential of business leaders to be transformational change agents in lives and communities is exponential. Hopefully, the trend will continue that leverages the best of both the sacred and the secular.

I would love to hear your thoughts. What is your experience with this topic? What barriers still need to be overcome to break down walls between sacred and secular ministry?

Thrive on Purpose!
Paul Wilson, Jr.


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Solve a Problem, Create a Niche, Become Indispensable

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In this video posted on Entrepreneur.com, Seth Godin explains how small-business owners can become indispensable in the new economy through originality, emotional risk and community service.



Your ultimate value as an entrepreneur is found in your ability to solve problems (or satisfy needs) that create value for customers. And this economy has plenty of problems that need solving. Create your own niche and become indispensable by solving a problem that no one wants to or is able to.

How are you creating a sense of indispensability for your customers?

Thrive on purpose,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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#SmallBizChat Interview with Melinda Emerson

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Melinda Emerson, known to many as “SmallBizLady,” is a Veteran Entrepreneur, Small Business Coach and Social Media Strategist who hosts #SmallBizChat weekly on Twitter for emerging entrepreneurs. This Twitter talk shows takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9pm ET. I had the pleasure and privilege of being Melinda's guest last week. This is excerpted from my interview:

Smallbizlady: What’s the difference between a vision and a dream in business?

Paul Wilson Jr: I’ve heard it said that a vision is a dream with a deadline. A dream is all about creating a mental picture that stretches the boundaries of your imagination for what you believe is possible. A (business) vision brings clarity, specificity, and direction to the dream.

Smallbizlady: Where do you find inspiration to dream big in business?

Paul Wilson Jr: Faith in God. Other big dreamers. Vision boards. Imagining the benefits and results of the lives that my business is targeted to reach. Driving through areas of the city that I want to see transformed. Praying for the people that I want to impact. In essence, putting myself in situations to have my mind stretched, including different types of learning environments, listening to those who inspire me, reading books, and other things.

Smallbizlady: How do you shift from dreaming big to doing big things in your business?

Paul Wilson Jr: Vision without execution leads to frustration. One vision is often a combination of many (complimentary) ideas. List all the different ideas needed to realize your vision. Choose one to work on first and build your business plan for that. Implement, grow, and perfect that idea and then build on it with another complimentary idea going through the same process.

Smallbizlady: What is one key of success for implementing a big dream?

Paul Wilson Jr: One key to long-term business success is that there’s alignment and congruency between the vision of the business and the dream/mission/purpose of the individual.

Smallbizlady: How can you ensure that your life plan is aligned with your business plan?

Paul Wilson Jr: Your business plan should be an outgrowth of your life plan. This also ensures that you’re in the right business for the right reasons.

Smallbizlady: How can you assess if your business is the right fit for your life plan?

Paul Wilson Jr: Evaluate and assess the alignment of three things in relation to your business: 1) Your purpose, your passions, and your professional skills. 2) Your purpose involves your personal vision, mission, and values. 3) Your passions are key areas that drive and stretch you to be excellent – no matter what it takes. Your professional skills combine your talents, knowledge, education, experience, etc.

Smallbizlady: What hinders big dreamers from having successful businesses?

Paul Wilson Jr: The person is more important than the plan. Don’t get intoxicated with the dream and then not be willing to following through on the execution to implement it. The best business plan is only as good as the people who are executing it. Develop yourself so that you are the best person you can be to execute your business plan.

Smallbizlady: How do you keep doubts out of your dreams?

Paul Wilson Jr: For some people dreaming can inadvertently cause doubt when you stop dreaming and starting thinking about all the reasons why you can’t do something. Reverse that with thinking about all the reasons you CAN do it. Dominate your doubts or your doubts will dominate you.

Smallbizlady: How do you overcome F.E.A.R. in order to dream big in business?

Paul Wilson Jr: Focus your thoughts in a positive direction – for me it’s God’s power. Evaluate your obstacles thoroughly to assess their validity. Attack the enemies “in-a-me” (silence the negative voices). Respond to the challenge.

Smallbizlady: How do you ensure long-term sustainability of your big business dream?

Paul Wilson Jr: It’s not about you – it’s about what you leave for someone else to build on. That’s legacy. Build a business where you are focused on the size of your significance versus the significance of your size.

If you found this interview helpful please purchase my book, Dream B.I.G. in 3D: How to Pursue a Bold, Innovative, God-Inspired Life! You can buy it at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

Thrive on purpose,
Paul Wilson, Jr.


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Entrepreneurial Economy Becoming More Fact than Fiction

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Three separate stories in the past week has me convinced more than ever that we are moving even quicker toward an entrepreneurial economy than some have predicted. The sad thing is that many of these newly minted entrepreneurs will be involuntary or part of the "contingent workforce" - people that corporations are increasingly hiring to get the work done without having to pay benefits, vacation, sick leave or match 401(k) contributions. Some predict that the contingent workforce could rise to as high as 45% of the total workforce by 2030. Wow!

See for yourself...
  1. Entrepreneur or Unemployed?
  2. The Structural Shift to a Contingent Workforce
  3. Say Goodbye to Full-Time Jobs with Benefits
A ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. In this case we can't prevent this seismic shift in the workforce, but we sure can prepare for it.

Entrepreneurship education and development is becoming more necessity versus just a nicety. Don't get left out in the cold. Stay ahead of the curve. Prepare yourself now so that you have more options later.

If you are currently an employee, what are you doing to prepare yourself for the coming changes?

If you are currently and entrepreneur, what are you doing to position your business for greater opportunities?


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29 Point Social Media Self-Assessment by Stephen Jones

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If you’re looking to establish your online presence in social communities in order to build relationships, generate exposure and attract new business - it’s not the kind of project where you show up, build your profiles, find a few people, and call it good.

If it were, you and your competition would be raking in the cash because of your social media marketing exposure!

Here are 29 ‘Basics’ that you want to make sure you’re mastering as you utilize this rapidly growing, and increasingly powerful platform and distribution channel – called Social Media.


Learn more strategies to build, brand, and monetize your business at Digital University. Join us for this free workshop, Monday, June 7th in Smyrna, GA. Click here for more info.

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How to Be a Full-Time Employee and a Part-Time Entrepreneur With a Million-Dollar Brand

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Entrepreneurship doesn't always have to be be an "all-or-nothing" proposition. There are times when people are able to build a successful side business while maintaining a full-time job. There are even a few rare occasions when people are able to build a multi-billion dollar brand in their spare time.

Recently Entrepreneur.com profiled Sarah Crevin, who launched BooginHead while she was working full-time. Her main product, SippiGrip, was created out of her frustration of the lack of available products that could keep her son's sippy cup from constantly falling on the ground and getting lost or dirty. Now thousands of parents everywhere purchase SippiGrip from large retailers such as Babies "R" Us as well as smaller, high-end boutique stores like Kitson in Los Angeles.

In the article she tells her story and also provides some great insights for developing your plan, designing product prototypes, building strategic relationships, gaining larger distribution, and expanding a product line (click here for the full article at Entrepreneur.com).

You shouldn't wait until you need to become an entrepreneur to become an entrepreneur. This is a proactive "Plan A" entrepreneur mentality versus a reactive "Plan B" mentality. Start developing your ideas and plans now so you can have an "entrance plan" into entrepreneurship instead of a rushed, emergency exit plan out of your job.

What do you think about what Sarah did? Could you do that with you current job? Why or why not?

Thrive on Purpose,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

Learn more strategies to build, brand, and monetize your business at Digital University. Join us for this free workshop, Monday, June 7th in Smyrna, GA. Click here for more info.


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Marketing Like a Farmer

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Critical Tools for "Slow Burn" Marketing... Continued from Part 2


In my previous post about "Slow Burn" marketing, I related the slow burn approach to putting the pieces of a puzzle together. In this post I'm switching metaphors to an agricultural perspective.

When you are considering using a slow burn approach you have to think of yourself as a business farmer who plants lots of marketing seeds in one season with the expectation to reap the harvest in the next season. With this mindset, it's important to recognize when it's best to plant certain kinds of seeds versus others. This requires patience, timing, attention to detail, expert knowledge of the materials, and an understanding of the most beneficial planting conditions.

One of the great benefits of this strategy is that farmers get an exponential return on the seeds they plant. For every seed planted, there could be many times more crops that are harvested. Here are some of the critical tools that I use to plant my marketing seeds...
The key is to use as many of these tools as possible, while getting them to work together. It's like you're building a digital tapestry that has many contact points draped across the Internet. This positions you to increase your visibility with current and potential customers, which of course enables you to find new opportunities to maximize your profitability.

If you are overwhelmed by all this, that's very understandable (I wrote about this in Part 1). Remember that you have to choose the best tools that are going to work for you within a comprehensive strategy, system and process. Without these, you will become overwhelmed, frustrated and ineffective.

If you need help building your digital tapestry, check out www.Biznovations.com. We inspire and design creative solutions that empower individuals and organizations to enhance their digital brand.

What are you thoughts about this? What other tools can you think of that could be incorporated into to a slow burn marketing strategy? I look forward to your comments.

Thrive on purpose,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

Learn more strategies to build, brand, and monetize your business at Digital University. Join us for this free workshop, Monday, June 7th in Smyrna, GA. Click here for more info.


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