In 2012 following my graduation, my Pastor shared some words of wisdom with me as I prepared for (and am) venturing deeper into the world of business and ministry. As a multimedia strategist and designer, I serve an important role in furthering the Kingdom work on many platforms, inside and outside of the church.
Here are 7 business principles that Dr. Sean Holland shared with me for this season of my life, career and ministry that may be of use to you:
1 :. Don’t be awestruck.
Sometimes when opportunities, youth and ambition collide together, you can be overly surprised and excited to the point of painting the picture that you may not be ready for the task at hand or inexperienced. Worse yet, you may rush into something too soon. Having a great opportunity at the wrong time can be disastrous. Enthusiasm and willingness go a long way, but keep your cool and show that you have what it takes.
2 :. Set standards for yourself.
When it comes what you offer, be the standard! When excellence on all levels is your mentality, you raise the bar in everything that you put your hand to. Set your standards and don’t compromise.
3 :. Separate you from your business.
Although you are the face of your business or a representative of your organization or brand, remember that you are also your best asset. This particular principle may not apply the same way in all situations like it did mine, but it’s helpful to be mindful of what you bring to the table as an individual, in conjunction with or separate from your business. Be open to opportunities outside of your primary avenue or role of work.
4 :. Have it together.
The quickest way to kill any deal, business venture or relationship is to miss the mark. Make it a top priority to meet your deadlines, fulfill all that that was asked of you, research your stats and background, plan ahead, and always have a plan B and C. Show that you have “it” by exceeding their expectations.
5 :. Perception is reality. Always be professional.
It matters what and how you say, do and look. Being professional is more than just a business demeanor, it’s everything about your presentation (yourself, your brand, company, product, services, etc). Demonstrate that you know and have the expertise to get the job done.
6 :. Be proficient.
A job worth doing is a job worth doing well. In whatever you do or produce, do it great. We all have to start some where, and we can always get better. Find opportunities to sharpen your skills and never stop learning and practicing. Eric Thomas says it great:
Be phenomenal or be forgotten!
Success happens when opportunity meets preparation.
7 :. Find their vision.
Whether you’re serving a client within your own business or serving in a position at your organization, in order to succeed, you have to know their goals and vision. Understanding their vision makes you a tremendous asset and enables you to truly hit the mark and exceed their expectations. Understanding the vision makes our service much more effective. One of networking guru, George Fraser’s truths, says to love, serve, give and add value first! Not only does helping others to accomplish their vision get you the win, but it helps you define and accomplish yours.
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