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Raoul’s Two Cents: August 12, 2022

Entrepreneurs

Had a long brainstorming session with chums from my high school about a project to help the impoverished in the Bacolod province of the Philippines. If this plan works we will train the locals to fabricate parts and machinery for industrial use. We will teach kids how to make CAD (Computer Aided Designs) to be outputted in 3D Printers. One exciting idea led to another.

This is what I do. This is what I enjoy. I want you to experience that too. I know this isn’t for everyone but many who are never thought they’d be an entrepreneur. If you are employed and have marketable skills, and willing to get out of your comfort zone — let’s bring out the creative entrepreneur in you.

I used to be employed and was hidden in the back office cave. My social skills were never encouraged. My boss kept me ignorant and enjoyed the spotlight with the clients. He spoke as if he was the creator. It was only when I started my own business that I was forced to speak in public and learned to express myself. So if you’re one of those “back-office” people, let me share that work (accomplishing something) does not have to be a 9 to 5 job (getting paid for your service).

I’ve been to several of these early project stages that grew into “something big.” It normally starts with an awareness of the talent in the room and then ideas bounce like heated pop corn. It’s great when elements fuse together among like-minded people. Don’t be like some people who are too pragmatic and are blinded by the monumental task and fail to see the benefits. Be the opposite of that. Enjoy the process and delight in the creative gears fitting in place.

My Dad was an entrepreneur and he passed that trait to me. I learned to question a lot. I discovered how things work by destroying quite a few toys and appliances while growing up. I learned to make do with the little that I had. Learned to cook with only the ingredients at hand. If this sounds like you, you might want to start your own business.

This is what it means to be an entrepreneur. Of course you need to pray about it. Get feedback from people you trust and align with people who will accompany you in your journey. You’ll need these friends because it’s going to be a rough ride. I’m currently advising Violet (not her real name), a young lady who started a catering business. Her capital is small but she’s determined. And so far, her lunch packs have sold out with every venture. She is a victim of many unfortunate incidents so she needs the extra income to lift herself out of her debt. Please pray for Violet. And if you’d like to help contribute to her meager capital, please get in touch with me.

In my world, the person who makes the most money doesn’t win. It’s the one who has lived the most and helped more people — that person’s the real winner.

TGIF people!

Raoul


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5 Comments

  1. Jun

    August 12, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    Thank you, Raoul, for the sharing.
    regards,

    Jun

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  2. Tom

    August 12, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Fascinating issue, somehow got side tracked to Frank Abnigale on Johnnie Carson Show.
    Now there was a real entrepreneur. You are correct. Being in business opens the mind and heart to new thinking. With 87,000 new IRS Agents pushing pencils and destroying incentive, the future looks bleak.
    Thanks for all you are and do to lift spirits with these Friday Messages. Tom

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  3. Heather

    August 12, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    The only things we get to keep, are the things we give away. They are compassion, empathy intellect, humor and energy. Being willing to share your life and work experiences to help someone who needs a hand up is the greatest gift of all. It costs nothing to do these things and it empowers the recipe any who will pass the gift forward.
    Heather

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  4. Ed

    August 12, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    Very educational…

    Reply

  5. Oscar

    August 15, 2022 at 10:45 am

    Hello Raoul, TGIF. Praying for Violet, Did she get robbed like everyone else these days ? Hopefully the Lord gets her the financial help she needs. At the same time, get ready for those 72,000 IRS agents. Ridiculous how the Democrats should spend that money on crime prevention and at risk youth programs . Now they not only made small business shutdown and go out of business but they also want to Nickel and dime them 😕🙏🙏🙏

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