I’ve said “Yes” to an event later this month and will be on a panel with a few other folks to talk about entrepreneurship in the context of faith.
If you’re interested in that sort of thing, I’ll be one of the panelists and I’d love to see you there!
You’ll find a bunch of top-level information via those sites, but, I thought I’d share some of the stuff that the panelists and organizers are thinking about in terms of questions & answers:
- Listening to the call on your life – when did you know you had an idea worth betting everything on? How did God enter that equation?
- How did you find your cofounders? Are they Christian? Does it matter / change things in company operation at all?
- How was the very beginning of the journey? Was there guidance from God or other advisors on how to proceed?
- Startups hit roadblocks all the time – are there examples of that, and how you pushed through?
- Sometimes we’re asked to make decisions that might be good for business but not Christ-centered, any examples and outcome?
- What was the aspect of starting your company that surprised you the most?
- How different is your company today than when you first started out?
- If you knew then what you know now, would you have started something at all? What would you do differently?
- What’s the best & worst piece of advice you got?
- What do you wish you could have spent more time doing? What was a waste of time?
- How do you make time for God when you have such a busy schedule (and families, in some cases)?
- How starting a for-profit and nonprofit business is different?
These aren’t locked-in at all but the team has been cogitating around ideas like this and if those are interesting to you, again, it could be worth showing up.
To be honest, I’m not entirely comfortable with many of them but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing – faith and work is a tough topic and is one that many Christ followers can easily avoid their entire lives.
You see, it’s like many other things: You can get away with not thinking about these things and come out “okay” in the end. The question is, of course, are you fine with just an “okay” story of your time spent on earth?
Stuff to ponder, for sure.
Anyways, I hope not to offend too many people with my remarks but I always end up doing that in some form or fashion – sometimes this is a good and useful thing while other times… well, at least it adds a bit of color.
Ultimately, I hope to bring a perspective that is different and maybe even (slightly) refreshing an unless I can do that then I don’t say “Yes” to these types of things because I won’t be creating the type of value I believe the audience deserves.
You see, most panels are bullshit (especially in the technology and spirituality space) because you end up hearing “canned responses” on repeat and that’s just boring – that’s not why these folks came and paid money.
You want folks to leave feeling like they’ve not only been informed but also encouraged and, hopefully, challenged to see and do things differently; I’m a fan of doing (most) things a bit different anyway.