There’s Never a “Right Time” – Just Go For It
This is a B2B article. And no, we’re not talking about Business to Business. Today, it’s Bible to Business! You never thought the Bible could be applied to business? Well, think again. As we are about to see, many of our business principles are inspired by the Word of God.
There’s so much wisdom we can glean from Scripture, but sometimes it can be hard to apply directly into our lives. It can certainly be a challenge to apply it into our businesses! I came across a portion of scripture this morning while listening to the book, Faith Driven Entrepreneur. It struck me how directly applicable it was to Real Estate investing, and so I wanted to share my thoughts.
In Ecclesiastes 11:4, Solomon says, “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.” He goes on to say in verse 6, “sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle.” Reading all of Ecclesiastes, but Chapter 11 in particular, helps to put the verse into perspective. Here are our big takeaways from this particular section that we can use in our daily lives as investors.
1. Focus on the opportunity, not the potentially unfavorable outcomes.
It’s easy to dwell on the bad things that might occur in a particular venture, as that is the mind’s default state. The key is to focus on potential success rather than potential failure. In whatever venture you embark on, there is always the chance that something will go wrong. Instead of dwelling on this, ask yourself, Where’s my focus? Discover ways of redirecting your focus. It may take time, but eventually, focusing on the potential positives will become automatic.
2. Don’t delay taking a shot at something out of fear.
Act now and go for gold! Fear and worry are detrimental to the entrepreneur. In other parts of Ecclesiastes, Solomon talks about proper planning and weighing all the risks. Of course, these are important steps that should not be ignored, but sometimes we dwell on the minor details and delay taking a leap of faith. There’ll never be a right time to take any step, especially when in fear – so just take the step! Ask yourself: what are you putting off, and why are you doing so?
3. Take risks and work hard.
Solomon demonstrates that it’s not enough to just plant your seeds and sit back and hope something happens. He says we need to be proactive in our endeavors. Make the investment, then follow up on it and do everything you can to ensure it’ll be a success. You can’t blame anyone for your lack of success when you make a half-hearted effort. Where are you being idle? This is a question we should ask ourselves today. If you are being idle in a particular area of life, set measures to change that dynamic moving forward.
You may have missed opportunities in the past because you were afraid, too skeptical, or kept pushing it for later. If that’s the case, you aren’t alone – these barriers to success are struggles we have all faced at some point or another. With high risks come high returns, and you can only overcome inaction by doing the opposite. No matter how long you’ve been holding yourself back, it’s never too late to re-evaluate your fears and just do it.
We hope this scripture encourages you. Ecclesiastes 11:4-6 “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. 5As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. 6Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.
In other words, Just Go For It!