A Great List

We learn a lot of lessons throughout life. Experience is often the teacher of greatest influence. The goal is not to let experience define you, but shape you. As I read through this list written by Alicia Morga, I had to share it with you. It’s a great list – the stuff learned from living. This is Alicia’s list of the twenty things she’s learned as an entrepreneur. While it’s written from a business perspective, it has great application for church leaders. I appreciate this list; it’s well worth the contemplation. I have to admit, I’ve learned some of these lessons too.

Twenty Things Learned from Being an Entrepreneur

1. It’s rare when someone is their word; treasure it in others, cultivate it in yourself

2. Call AND email – the squeaky wheel does get the grease

3. Hold yourself to a standard of behavior and business

4. Pay attention to detail

5. It truly is win/win – don’t work with folks who think about it any other way

6. Focus

7. Don’t bang your head against the wall – go with what works, but that doesn’t mean you don’t continue to innovate

8. Be kind but firm

9. Adopt the Cindy Crawford motto and never point out your flaws but do admit to your mistakes

10. FEAR: False Expectations Appearing Real

11. You always have a choice

12. People will fight you on everything – stick to your guns

13. Perception is reality – you’re always creating an impression

14. Everything is a negotiation, even if you don’t think it is

15. People hear what they want to and usually only remember the negative

16. Generosity looks good on

17. Have the difficult conversations – they’re always worth it

18. It goes by fast and your health is the most important thing – take care of it/make it a priority

19. Those old business axioms are true, e.g., take time to hire and be fast to fire

20. The path to hell really is paved with good intentions