The battlefield of entrepreneurship are not meant for preparation but rather a place you showcase what you’ve Learnt from growing through what you go through in your wilderness. We live in a world of global competitiveness, our jobs are not only threatened by those from other part of the world but by robots and continuous advancement in internet of things. To stay relevant and visible one has to keep developing capacities and adding key competencies. A look at the battles of David and other Bible characters who battled during their days shows that they all had a rich stalk of skills. As seen below.
1 Samuel, Chapter: 16-18(KJV)
•16. And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.
•17. Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing (1), and a mighty valiant man (2), and a man of war (3), and prudent in matters (4) and a comely person (5), and the Lord is with him(6). When read further from verse 14 of 1 Samuel 16 you’ll notice that all that king Saul required was a man Skilled in playing musical instruments. It’s possible to find more than one person with such skill in the whole of Israel. But when it was time to read out the profiles of possible contenders, one man Stood out.
This young man didn’t just get the job because he only knew how to Play the Harp, No! David got the job because as it’s recorded in verse 17 of 1 Samuel 16, he had other soft skills to his name (6 in all).
1. He was Cunning in playing
2. He was a valiant man
3. A man of War
4. Prudent in matters
5. A comely person
6. Above all the Lord was with him (G-factor).
When you go for those interviews session(s), what gives you the job most times is not the 4 or 5 years course you studied in school both the little Extra skills you where able to garner on your own. Those skills that makes you battle ready for anything and any opportunity that pops up. Spend time to develop those skills because like David you never can tell when it will stand you out among your equals, among competitors, among investors etc
1. Invest time in learning new things daily as a founder or owner of a business
2. Gain new skills through Volunteering and continuous practice.
3. Learn from those around you who have the skills you desire to make your services or company stand out
4) It’s a battlefield and a hunt or be hunted grounds so you need to pray more into your business or sow seeds for yourself or business. If you want gain more blessings pay tithe for your business and yourself
4)Focus on the customer and fully understand your sector or market you operating in
5)Always remember to start small and grow
6) Understand your own strengths, skills, and time available
7) Surround yourself with advisors and mentors
8.Write a realistic business plan
9. Know your numbers. These include your start-up costs, sales, projected profits, cash flow, and much more, depending on the nature of your business and how you define success..
10. Have a passion for what you are doing
Avoid This when you are already on the battle field
When you discover that you are riding a dead horse(Business that is not working), the best strategy is to dismount(stop the business), bury the horse (Stop running the business)and get a living horse(new idea).
However, in Africa more advanced strategies are often employed instead of burying the horse:
1. Buying a stronger whip
2. Appointing a committee to study the dead horse
3. Changing riders(managers and ceo’s)
4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.
5. Lowering the standards so that the dead horse can be included.
6. Re-classifying the dead horse as “living impaired”.
7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed(opening more dead businesses and call it group of companies)
9. Providing additional funding to increase dead horse’s performance(just to impress)
10. Rewriting the expected performance requirement for all horses(knowing very well you not making profit)
11. Promoting the dead horse to supervisory position(Getting awards knowing it ain’t working)
To be an entrepreneur you need to hunt or be hunted, it’s not for the feint hearted , you need to be battle ready…