Can You Really Be the Proverbs 31 Woman?

The answer is “no”.

Sorry if this shocks or disillusions you.  I shouldn’t.  When was the last time you purchased a piece of land? The last time you sewed your children’s winter clothes? And how is the linen garment business coming along?

The point is that the Proverbs 31 woman is amazing and unique.  She is gifted by God in areas that make her gifts, hers alone.   No one else on earth is gifted precisely the same as her.  What the Proverbs 31 woman has done, however,  is she has taken the steps to develop those gifts of raw talent into important strengths and skills that we see showcased in Proverbs 31.

So while her nimble hands are a gift from God she has taken this gift and developed it into the talent of sewing, garment making and cloth production.  Her ability to function on less sleep than most people she has used to start working while dark and to continue until well after dark. She has developed every raw talent she has to the utmost.

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You are also amazing!  You have also been blessed by God with a unique set of natural talents.  Do you know what they are?  Are you developing them to fullness?

Don’t fall into the trap of spending endless hours building up your weaknesses.  Always work on your strengths.

In Tom Rath’s “StrengthFinder 2.0” he states that after studying 10 million people nearly 7 million fall short in the area of developing their strengths.  “People not only go from cradle to cubicle but also to casket without ever uncovering their greatest talents and potential.”

Don’t waste another day.  Be 100% you! Build on your raw talent, develop the unique “you” and take your place along side the Proverbs 31 woman.  You have the potential to impact your family, community and world in the same way.

 

 

 

Multiple Streams of Income – Biblical? Part II Getting Started

“She can laugh at the days to come” ~ Proverbs 31:25

We examined in an earlier post the concept of Multiple Streams of Income. This concept is biblical.  We determined that the entrepreneur found in Proverbs 31, also called the Proverbs 31 Woman, had created multiple home-based businesses that provided a stable source of income for her household.

The Proverbs 31 is a wonderful example and model for today’s men and woman seeking to be free of the dangers of a traditional job.  A traditional job brings with it the chance of demotion, lay-offs or burn out.

There is freedom in not being tied down to a single company or employment. The Proverbs 31 Woman can “laugh the days to come” meaning she has built a lifestyle that includes a financial model that can withstand “downturns in the economy.”

Can you build Multiple Streams of Income?  Can you turn your home into a hub of work and activity that not only is enjoyable but produces income as well?

Here are some guidelines in establishing your own Multiple Streams of Income based on Proverbs 31.

1. Follow your own passions and skills.   Even though the Proverbs 31 woman was skilled in real estate, grape growing and clothing production, these may not be your skills.  Follow the concept and do not duplicate the exact businesses. If your skill is teaching, you may decide that tutoring will be one source of your income stream.  I would hate investing in real estate, yet I love investing in stocks.  So owning dividend-producing stocks is my first stream of income.

2. Start small. The Proverbs 31 woman’s skill in clothing and cloth production obviously progressed over time.  Perhaps she started by making clothes for her family before she progressed to linen garments sold in the market.  You must develop your skill and develop it well before moving it from your home out into the marketplace.

3. Reinvest your earnings.  She plants a vineyard “out of her earnings”.  You must treat your income streams as business income and not as a hobby.  Profits are reinvested into other ventures until you reach the level of income you desire.

4. Be alert to opportunity.  Before the Proverbs 31 woman planted a vineyard, sold clothing or purchased property she had to determine that there would be a market for her enterprise.  If you have six homes in your neighborhood selling Avon that market is likely saturated.  Find something others aren’t doing.  A recent charitable Christmas catalogue told of a woman in Asia who received a gift of a sewing machine.  She wisely used her machine to produce mosquito netting – a product in great demand in her part of the world.  She has done very well in this venture.

5. Ask daily for wisdom.  Make the Lord your senior partner in any enterprise.  He knows the end from the beginning and knows what the future brings.  Also seek advice from others. In a multitude of counselors there is wisdom.

Get started today!  Don’t wait for a downsizing or other event to force you to find other sources of income.  You too can build a secure financial future and be able to “laugh at the days to come.”