I admire this female entrepreneur more every time I read about her.
Here's just a few of her accomplishments:
- has the respect, love and admiration of her husband and children
- is a savvy negotiator
- has created multiple streams of income
- has employees and servants
- has created an extended relationship with retail giants around the globe
- is known for her kindness and wisdom
- she has created a secure plan for her future
- is involved in philanthropy
- has a reputation of loving and serving the Lord
If you aren't careful, you can almost be angry with her for being so incredibly accomplished and seemingly perfect. However, I'd rather take a few lessons from her and see how I can rev up my skills and personal accomplishments.
Who is she? The woman of Proverbs 31:10
We could take weeks and draw wisdom from each line of Proverbs 31:10-31. However, I'd like to take just a few of the items outlined above and elaborate a bit.
Home and Family
You can still hear the edges of debate when it comes to women balancing career and family. Let's face it, if you are building a business you work a lot. As a female entrepreneur attempting to build that business alongside another job and your family, there is always something that needs attention. It requires discipline, scheduling and understanding from everyone involved.
When I read the words of this Proverb, I believe her family 'gets it.' She is working for them - not away from them. Granted, this is a different scenario than what modern day women face. However, she works day by day, early in the morning until late at night overseeing every aspect of her household and the business. Somehow, in the midst of that, her husband and children are cared for in such a way that her husband praises her and her children call her 'blessed.'
There are powerful lessons to be taught by female entrepreneurs. We are master time managers, budget balancers, opportunity observers, and more. These are skills which are vital in the marketplace today.
If you are a mother, don't feel guilty about the time you spend away from your children. Find a way to include them in the process. Teach THEM the skills of entrepreneurship. It will help them be more secure in their financial future.
If you are a wife, remember to honor your husband in the process. Keep him involved in what you are doing. Give him the opportunity to brag on you and your hard work. He may not understand everything you are doing (or maybe he's your business partner), but give him the benefit of the doubt and talk things over with him. Men have a different way of seeing things. We need that insight from time to time.
Teach your children how to be successful. Let them help you in your #business.
Another of my favorite Bible verses literally means, "buy up the opportunity of the season." (Ephesians 5:17)
Opportunity is EVERY WHERE! Wise female entrepreneurs keeps their eyes peeled for those open doors. As relational creations, we often find ourselves in conversations that would seem unimportant to others, but with our ears alert, we may find hidden resources, opportunity and information that would benefit our business goals and strategies.
The Proverbs 31 woman bought a field and then bought a vineyard with the proceeds. She was buying low, selling high, and investing in better opportunities. As you navigate your business journey, what opportunities are laying at your feet waiting to be picked up and used to propel you to a higher level?
What season of #opportunity are you missing? Keep your eyes open. Who knows what you'll find waiting at your feet?
Creating Opportunities for Others
This woman understood that everything she did brought benefit to others. As she became more successful, she was able to pay others to help her. She created jobs and poured money back into the local economy. She also had enough to help those who didn't have enough. Her philanthropy was recognized and appreciated by everyone. THIS is the power of a life as a female entrepreneur. We create change for the better.
A good entrepreneur creates income and profit for their family. A GREAT entrepreneur creates income and profits for their community.
What are some ways you can use your business or skills to benefit those around you? Maybe you aren't earning the kind of income you want yet, but you do have something you can give back somewhere.
What I've Learned as a Female Entrepreneur
I've walked a lot of different life stages in my entrepreneurial journey of over 15 years. I really felt convicted about my lack of philanthropy in my community. I can use the excuse that I'm new here, or I can see what opportunities are around me.
Do I have to get out of my comfort zone? Why, yes, I do.
So, what have YOU learned? Take some time to read Proverbs 31:10-31 to get your own strategy tips. But before you do, I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.
Hey! You! Female Entrepreneur in the trenches! Talk to me! I love to hear what you think!
Live At Your Best! Live Inspired!