You always have to choose growth over money.
If God stood before you and showed you two doors—the door that led to personal growth and the door that led to personal riches—which door would you choose?
Here’s my strong advice:
Always choose growth. In the end, if you chose growth, money will follow. But if you choose money, growth won’t follow.
One day, I preached about dreaming big and asking big. After my talk, a man came up to me and said, “Bo, thanks for that talk! I’m now going to pray that I’ll win the P100M lotto prize!”
I told him, “Don’t pray that you win the lotto.”
“Why?” he asked.
I told him, “Because lotto gives you money. Only. But when you earn money through your job, or your business, or your investment, you create something more than money. You develop your capacities, your character, your confidence, your connections, your consciousness. You create growth. That’s much bigger than money.”
So when people ask that they win in raffles or the lotto, they’re asking small. I tell them to ask bigger.
Abraham Chooses Growth
In the Bible, there’s a powerful story of Uncle Abraham and his nephew Lot.
When Abraham moved to Canaan, he brought his nephew Lot with him. Both Abaham and Lot grew wealthy, expanding their livestock and servants. But that was now the problem. The land they were staying on could not support both their animals. So they had to separate and choose their respective territories.
The ticklish question was this: One land was better than the other. Who gets the first pick?
I imagined that the question was a no-brainer. Abraham was older. He had the authority in the family. He could simply pull his weight around and say, “Lot, I’m taking Forbes Park. You get the land that gets flooded 16 times a year.”
But Abraham didn’t do that. Instead, he took the hit. He decided to give the best land to his nephew. He chose growth over money. Abraham said, Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want that part over there to the east, then I’ll stay here in the western section. Or, if you want the west, then I’ll go over there to the east (Genesis 13:9).
He chose growth over money. When he gave the best to Lot, he chose selflessness, kindness, goodness, maturity… love.
After Abraham chose growth, the money followed. God said, “Look as far as you can see in every direction, for I am going to give it all to you and your descendants” (Genesis 13:14-15).
This choice happened to Solomon too…
Solomon Chooses Growth
One night, God appeared to him and said, “Ask me for anything, and I will give it to you!” (2 Chronicles 1:7). Gollygee, if God said that to you, what would you ask for?
Solomon didn’t ask for wealth or fame. He said, “Give me wisdom so I can rule the people you have given me.”
And because of that, God said, Yes, I am giving you the wisdom and knowledge you asked for! And I am also giving you riches, wealth, and honor such as no other king has ever had before you! (2 Chronicles 1:12).
He chose growth over money, but money followed anyway.
Because money is simply a symbol of value. And because growth creates value, money has to follow.
Friend, perhaps there’s a choice that you’re making right now—a choice between growth or money.
Always choose growth over money.
See Everything as Training
Then David spoke to Saul
“My lord should not lose heart. Let your servant go up and fight this Philistine. But Saul answered David, “You cannot go up against this Philistine and fight with him, for you are only a youth, while he has been a warrior from his youth. Then David told Saul. Your servant used to tend sheep, and whenever a lion or bear came to carry off a sheep from the flock, I would chase after it, attack it, and snatch the prey from its mouth…. Your servant has killed both lion and a bear. This uncircumcised Philistine will be one of them because he has insulted the armies of the living God.” (1 Samuel 17: 32-35)
Success is all about training.
Why do I say that? Because you don’t win wars in the battlefield. The secret of winning is winning the battle before the battle begins. And you do that through training.
David already won the battle with Goliath long before the battle began with Goliath. When? When he was a shepherd, fighting lions and bears.
Note: He didn’t have to fight those wild beasts. He could have just run away and told his father, “Dad, it was terrible! There were lions and bears that attacked the sheep! I couldn’t do anything. I was helpless. And it’s your fault, Dad. You didn’t train me. I wish you gave me a machine gun or a bazooka.”
David didn’t do that. He didn’t blame others. He didn’t run away. He fought.
He took the challenge.
David was a lowly shepherd. Today, the picture of a shepherd is romantic—a bearded guy that looks like Brad Pitt, carrying a cute lamb on his massive shoulders.
But in biblical times, shepherds didn’t conjure this pretty picture. Shepherds were in the lowest class of society. Shepherds were dirty, grimy, smelly—just a little bit better than beggars.
But David saw his being a lowly shepherd as God’s training for higher things.
He decided he was going to be the best shepherd in Israel. For David, his shepherding was training to be the best fighter in Israel—and later on—the best king of Israel.
See everything as God’s training.
Are you a janitor? Be the best janitor in the world. Are you a messenger? Be the best messenger in the world. Are you a clerk? Be the best clerk in the world. Sooner than you think God will promote you.
Are you a clerk now but desire to be a manager? Then dress up like a manager, talk like a manager, be responsible like a manager, be proactive like a manager, be excellent like a manager—and sooner or later—you’ll become a manager.
Are you dealing with a difficult boss? See that as God’s training. Are you dealing with a difficult customer? See that as God’s training. Are you dealing with a difficult team? See that as God’s training.
Win the battle before the battle begins.
See everything as God’s training.
Keep Adding These 5 Trainings into Your Life
Money is a symbol of value.
The only way to add income into your life is to add value to the life of others. But the only way to add value to others is to first add value to your life.
Why? Because you cannot give what you do not have.
So keep adding value.
How? Get training.
Here are 5 Trainings that you can add into your life…
1. Add Experience
What experience can you add into your life?
Experience is not the greatest teacher in the world. Reflected experience is.
So say “Yes” to experience. Get involved. Jump in. Volunteer. And then reflect on your successes and failures, especially on your failures. Between success and failure, failure is the greater teacher.
Specifically, say “Yes” to two kinds of experience: (1) Service and (2) Sales.
I had a reunion with a bunch of former youth leaders in the Light of Jesus Family who were no longer young at all, but already business leaders and owners and managers. (Believe me, I never felt so old. I met them as teenagers—but now, their kids are teenagers. Ugh.)
One guy told me, “Brother Bo, my service in Light of Jesus shaped me.
Because I volunteered in the youth ministry, I gained confidence to lead people, to speak in front of people, to organize events, to coordinate multiple tasks—I thank God I said yes to service.”
Friend, say “Yes” to service.
And say “Yes” to sales too.
Because business is selling.
Just for the experience alone, I tell people to get a part-time selling job.
Or join an MLM company. Yes, get rejected a million times—it’s good for your character.
Find a way to sell something one-to-one, face-to-face, belly-to-belly.
One of my first businesses was selling herbal juice for an MLM company.
Fact: Many great entrepreneurs have “sales blood” running through their veins.
One day, I was talking to the Chairman of the Board of a humongous company. He was a billionaire. But I caught him in the act, talking to a potential customer, selling his products.
It was so hilarious. But I loved watching him. No wonder he’s so successful. Despite his billions, despite his stature, he was still selling.
2. Add Experts
Who are your mentors?
The Bible says, When fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher (Luke 6:40).
But how can you be trained if you don’t have mentors?
When someone tells me, “I started a business!” and I usually say, “Great! Who’s your mentor?” and I get totally shell-shocked when they look at me with a blank stare, like I said, “Who’s your Nephrologist?”
Finally, they mumble, “Uh, none…” And I groan. Six months later, their business vanishes from the face of the earth.
The biggest reason businesses fail is pride. How come? Businesses fail because they don’t listen to a mentor—someone who is already successful in that business—guiding them.
That’s why Proverbs says, Without the guidance of good leaders a nation falls. But many good advisers can save it (Proverbs 11:14).
Hey, if you want to be an entrepreneur, you can’t just hang out with employees. You need to start hanging out with successful entrepreneurs. They think differently. They look at the world differently. Find them. Search for them. Look for them. Listen to them. And make them your friends.
By the way, consulting experts and mentors need not be face-to-face encounters.
For example, each year, I attend two to three international conferences. I love it. I soak it all in. It’s not an option for me. It’s a must. Add to that, I also watch a ton of video seminars, I read a lot of books, and I listen to audio talks.
3. Add Expertise
What new skills can you learn?
Once upon a time, I didn’t know how to write. When I was in college, I took up English 103, an essay-writing subject. Every essay I wrote came back to me with a big letter F on it. (By the way, F didn’t mean Fantastic.) I had to learn how to write. And after writing 36 bestselling books, I’m still learning.
Once upon a time, I didn’t know how to do corporate talks. Because all I knew to do was give talks in prayer meetings. Which was very, very, very easy. These were happy people who would applaud me every time I said, “Praise the Lord, Hallelujah!” These were happy people who would sing, “Lululalu, la-lulalulalei, lalulalula-lulalula-lei…”
Once upon a time, I didn’t know anything about Facebook. But I realized it was the language of the young and I had to learn it because I want to use it to spread my message, my ministry, and my business. Now, I’ve got over a million FB followers.
What skills do you need to learn?
4. Add Execution
One of the reasons people don’t become entrepreneurs is they’re all plans and talk and dreams but no execution.
The Bible says, Faith without works is dead (James 2:26). If you want to be an entrepreneur, you need to learn how to pull the trigger.
The Bible says, He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap (Ecclesiastes 11:4). Don’t wait until the conditions are perfect before launching. They never will be.
What should you do?
Start small—and correct along the way.
Once upon a time, there was a mother who started baking ensaymadas—and her kids loved them, and her relatives loved them, and her friends loved them. So this mother made the leap of faith and sold her ensaymadas in a tiangge. The first time she joined one, she couldn’t sell a single ensaymada. By the end of the day, she gave them away.
5. Add Excellence
Excellence in two aspects:
In your skill and in your character. Especially in your character.
Every single day, add more humility, more kindness, more integrity, more purity, and more honesty in your life.
Why? Because the 5 P’s of your business—your patrons (customers) and personnel (staff) and providers (suppliers) and powers (regulators) and partners (co-owners) will always be asking you one question: “Can I trust you?”
If the answer is yes, your business will flourish.
If the answer is no, your business will die.
Keep Adding This One Thing…
My final advice?
If business is about love, then the greatest thing you can add into your life is the Love of Jesus. Let His love flood your heart. So that you have love to give to the “5 Ps” of your business.
Jesus was an entrepreneur for 17 years.
He understands that world.
Talk to Him now.
Let Him love you now.
May your dreams come true,
*Source: Wealth Strategies Newsletter of TrulyRichClub – Issue Number 218 – January 2017