Uplifting Ideas will spread from you to another for local, regional, national or global activation. Just know our efforts will achieve success and failure; an estimated 33% of businesses fail. Did you know that the cleaning fluid “409” was named from the number of times before the desired result was achieved … same with “WD-40”. So, one needs to accept the fact some ideas will need more than one attempt, some will fail but the overall successes will be the result of serving the Lord’s people in His name.
Having been a successful small to mid-sized business entrepreneur for over 20 years does cause some to ask me ‘how did you do it, what are your secrets to success, etc.’ I simply explain everything boils down to one word: accountability. Hopefully the following articles will help ‘properly’ guide you to understanding accountability … and if your business, charity, etc. begin to falter…always go back to this one word to insure you have a ‘culture’ of accountability. If you do so, you will reduce the learning curve to achieving the success you desire.
The '8 Great' Accountability Skills For Business Success
The Right Way to Hold People Accountable
Success In Any Business Is All About Accountability
Each of us plan to address problems/opportunities. There are four steps to follow that will also help you achieve accountability and a solid business methodology: 1] clearly define any internal or external problem/opportunity, 2] evaluate and select the solution, 3] determine ‘who’ is responsible (accountable) and 4] the date you will begin. This methodology taught to me in earlier years has served me well and will help you ‘get r dun’. For those of you seeking a business consultant, this is a simple foundation for you to evaluate their philosophy for solving problems/opportunities.
Before sharing my plan(s) with you, just know 67 years of age caused me to pause and look to others near the end of their life to give me perspective on the next 10, 15, 20 yrs. or more. Studies summarizing these persons found if they ‘had it to do over again’ they would 1] take more risks, 2] reflect more, and 3] setup something that would give back after they were gone. I found number three met the desire(s) of my wife and myself that would allow us to better enjoy our remaining years so we could leave this life with a smile on our face.
Projects Summary: Job Creation, Education, Humanitarian
Job Creation. Research proved to me that a large percentage of new or existing businesses seeking funding were unsuccessful, e.g. only one percent of businesses seeking venture capital were funded after taking an average of five months (!) to fund one deal; angel investors fund ten percent. The resultant job creation is approximately 540,000 new jobs. We estimate and additional $2.25 trillion dollars would increase the number of businesses funded from 4,000 to 300,000. We feel for every dollar invested there will be a minimum impact of $19 into the local economy. Also, our plan is to allocate a considerable amount of funding to new and existing businesses, with and understanding that any Return on Investment (ROI) we would receive is to be sent back to us but spent on humanitarian or educational opportunities within their local community.
Education. Since 2008, local school systems have been ‘hard-pressed’ to replace reductions in state and local funding. Our community has been affected by many factors, anything from children sitting in classrooms with a fear that overhead ceiling tiles may fall on their head to frustration from having to share computers (try that at work!) to over 220,000 people losing their jobs, etc. We plan to help school systems with funding to provide necessary building repairs, replace ‘lost’ jobs and increase school budgets, etc. Also, we plan to offer college/university/vocational scholarship funding. In addition, we plan to fully fund the ‘wish list’ of a Christian college so student education can continue including the teaching of how to help others…just like I was taught at this learning institution many decades ago.
Humanitarian: USA and Worldwide. There is $22 billion spent each year on worldwide humanitarian efforts; governments $16B and private $6B; 33% of humanitarian needs are not funded and there is a need for 4 million healthcare workers in 32 nations. Five countries provide 66% of all funding and only 25% of all funding goes to the ‘poorest’ countries. Overall the quality of aid is poor. Our plan is to provide ‘developmental aid’. Developmental aid ( 1] water, food, shelter infrastructure and 2] business/job creation) is recognized as crucial for poor developing nations to grow out of poverty.
Business Operations/Structure. Within the USA we plan to open a local office and then expand the model to five regions with an office in each state to focus on funding business ventures, increasing jobs, meeting educational needs and humanitarian efforts; we plan to eventually hire 1,700 persons. Internationally we will begin providing ‘developmental aid’ to Zimbabwe, and after the ‘learning curve’ expand to other nations. My wife and two sons are successful business and entrepreneur persons, who will be guided to develop a culture of philanthropic accountability to ourselves and others by first attending the Wharton School of Business Wealth Management program (1 week, $10,000+) and then taking advantage of the Wells Fargo ‘family office’.
Funding. The above is based on the final financial outcome of the exchange. I am prepared, if necessary, to negotiate the rate of exchange that will enable us to implement our business plan. My philosophy of measuring success is simple: if a person has a goal to have 10 rental properties in ten years but only achieves 80%, we would all agree they were successful. If we implement our business plan and achieve a high percentage of success….then many will have benefited….and we will call it a good day at the office.
Serving the Lord’s people in His name…and be proud of the same, is important to our endeavor. We plan for this thought to be the cornerstone of our family philanthropic culture to uplift others to better the whole, lasting 5 or more generations into the future. If we meet this objective…at the end of the day we can leave this world with a smile on our face knowing we were able to leave our community, nation and world a better place and did not live in vain.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and allowing me to share with you.