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Cheerful Giver

The Lord Loves a Cheerful Giver, but He Demands a Return on His Investment This post is meant to do what many parables in scripture do: juxtapose two seemingly unrelated, or possibly contradictory, topics. This post also considers our discussion regarding the Give-Greed Continuum and the misguided notion that God only cares about giving. This post is not about money, per se. Nor is it about the love of money or the desire for it. […]

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If I Bring on an Investor, am I a “Slave to a Lender?”

Impact Capitalists are proponents of investing in businesses or having others invest in their business(es). The benefits of having investors-owners are many. Here are a few: investors-owners can influence company policy Since investor-owners receive accounts and statements, they can put forward motions that add value oversee the practice of the business deal with unethical practices or products Provide insight and/or guidance based on experience or a different perspective Having investor-owner impact capitalists as owners of your company allows for a strong level of accountability that

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Jesus had a mission statement, why don’t you?

It’s kind of hard for me to admit this, but, for a long time, I didn’t think it was necessary to have a mission statement. Whether I was starting a business, helping a client start a business, or advising a business owner who had been in business for some time, a mission statement was toward the bottom of my list of concerns. But through the years it has become evident to me that a mission statement is

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Celebrating Business Owners and Business Ownership

Celebrating Business Owners and Business Ownership While not all business owners are Impact Capitalists, all Impact Capitalists are business owners. The impact capitalist-business owner is not trying to cure the world’s ills or use political influence to gain an advantage. These business owners are making a positive impact on the people around them, every day, whether they realize it or not. And for this, these business owners should be celebrated. More than 99% of all

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praxis: theory | action | impact

Praxis is a word that literally means “doing;” but there is so much more to the word. It is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized. This blog (and for that matter, this website and business) is the realization and the embodiment of the skills developed from years of lessons learned from both theory and action. The combination of this blog, website, and business is my Righteous Path:

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2016 Predictions

This is the time of the year for making predictions. While I don’t believe that anyone has a crystal ball, I do believe in patterns. These predictions are based on my understanding of economic and historical patterns, or cycles, that are based on hundreds, if not thousands, of years of research data. In 2015, I published a white paper entitled Don’t Be Surprised: How Business Owners and Investors can Understand – and Take Advantage of 

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Pursuing your Righteous Path is not the same as pursuing your passion

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all that you learned.” — St. Paul (Philippians 4.8-9) My senior year of college, I took a history class at 3 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I enjoyed the class (Tudor-Stuart England), but it was difficult for me to stay focused since basketball

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