The Exponential Power of Cooperative Ambition

“One can chase a thousand and two can put ten thousand to flight.” ~ Deuteronomy 32:30

I feel very inspired right now. Earlier today I led the first session of a marketplace Bible study for some incredible leaders and entrepreneurs. The long-term potential of this group is even greater than I realized when God first gave me the idea to do it. Here are a few of my thoughts now that the first meeting is over…

Two (or more) minds are often better than just one. Achieving your dreams for you is uplifting, encouraging, and inspirational. However, partnering with others to achieve something unthinkable becomes legendary. As great as your ideas may be, they have the potential to be even much more robust and effective when you are able to combine them with other’s ideas. That’s innovation that makes a difference!

There are enough businesses out there for you to compete with each other. You need to find some entrepreneurs with whom you can complete each other. I call that coopetition.

I love this quote by Napoleon Hill…

“When TWO or MORE people coordinate in a spirit of HARMONY and work toward a definite OBJECTIVE or PURPOSE, they place themselves in position, through the alliance, to absorb POWER directly from the Great Storehouse of INFINITE INTELLIGENCE.”

Whether you call it a mastermind group, board of directors, dream team, or something else, there is great power in joining with other great thinkers in the pursuit of something far greater than what you could conquer on your own. “Lone Rangers” will eventually be strangers to success.

If you desire to maximize the potential of your time, talents and ideas, find some people with whom you can cooperatively pursue significant opportunities. Exponential results are awaiting your business!

Thrive on purpose,

Paul Wilson, Jr.


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Is Your Team Working For You?

If you are remotely interested in what’s been happening in the NBA over the past few days – or you have heard anything about a certain player with the initials LBJ – you are keenly aware that several teams are courting him to be their “savior”, hoping he will take them to the promise land of the championship. As hard as it might be for his new team’s fans to accept, it is not a foregone conclusion they will automatically win a championship trophy because he’s there.

Why? Because one superstar doesn’t make an entire team. A few good players with team chemistry will usually beat a team with a superstar (or even a few of them) that doesn’t have players who work well together. Coaches at every level will tell you that no matter how many great players you have, it’s team chemistry that makes the team successful.

Team chemistry is essentially everyone committing to a mutual goal, working hard together, getting along, and being willing to sacrifice their own glory for the benefit of the team. Team chemistry comes down to getting the job done while not caring who gets the credit when the team wins and accepting accountability when it loses.

Oversized egos have destroyed many teams, not just in sports, but also in businesses, churches, education, non-profits and community groups. Just because you hang around the same people all the time doesn’t make you a team. Don’t let your team be the next victim.

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How is your current team working for you? What challenges do you have? How are you working through them?

Live B.I.G.!
Paul Wilson, Jr.


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The Beloved Community by Patrice Tsague

by Patrice Tsague

“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.” Acts 4:32

How would you like to be a part of a community where in spite of external persecution, trials and tests, everyone is in one accord with complete integrity, trust and transparency? A community where out of the surplus of trade, the needs of the suffering and vulnerable are met so that essentially none suffers any lack of material provision?  This type of community sounds unreal and even impossible to achieve – but not only is it real but very possible.  This type of community did exist within the original Christian community; it was how the church began.  It was a beloved community led by compassionate and just leadership.  It was a community that adhered to the doctrines of scriptures.  It was a community that grew in spite of persecution. It had a stable micro economy that self corrected when there was any internal economic issues because it had a clear mission and vision.

So what happened to that beloved community?  How did we get so far from where we started? Unfortunately, today’s Christians have a reputation for being the poor and needy in society.  Even the word “Christian” doesn’t equate with integrity anymore since Christian’s cheat, lie and steal just like the rest of the world.  Unity among us is a slogan, and prosperity is a catch phrase for church growth but has nothing to do with empowering individuals.  Stewardship is a gimmick used to increase giving within a local assembly rather than a way to better care for all that God has entrusted us.  Individuals give not with a pure heart but as a way to manipulate God into blessing them.  As a result, the harsh reality we face is that Christians would rather not do business with other Christians because of perceived mediocre products and services. Also, Christian consumers conclude that being a Christian business means giving discounts and free services to all who call on the name of Jesus.  This creates a spirit of entitlement that calls for everything Christian to be free or at a reduced cost.

If we, the disciples of Jesus, are to fulfill the mandate of the great commission, we must renew our commitment to restoring that beloved community. What is a beloved community? It is a redemptive network that unashamedly recognizes Jesus Christ as Lord; adheres to the bible as its governing principles and is committed to establishing the kingdom of God within a micro level that will be so powerful and be such a light that it will influence the macro economy towards a more righteous system of Government and commerce. It is a community that is in the world but not of it. It is a redemptive network that is self sufficient, sustainable, and profitable. A community that is uncompromising in its principles but compassionate in its approach, a community that is the envy of the world. How do we build this community?  There are seven key guiding principles and concepts that are essential to establishing a beloved community:

  1. There is one Lord, one Savior, one King, Jesus Christ – Acts 2:36
  2. The bible is the basis for all activities with clear rules of engagement – Acts 2:42, Acts 5:1-11
  3. Leadership is called and is held accountable – Acts 1:15-26
  4. The Holy Spirit is active and alive – Acts 2:1-4
  5. We are all stewards – Acts 4:32
  6. Individuals and industries are profitable – Acts 4:34-37
  7. We have compassion for the needy and the lost – Acts 3

Are you a part of a beloved community?  Let us each commit to joining with others to build these communities throughout the world, beginning with our homes and our churches.  Imagine a network of beloved communities throughout the world that is lighting up the world and restoring flavor in a rotten world to ensure that God’s redemptive purpose for the world is accomplished.

Through Biblical Entrepreneurship we are committed not just to build kingdom businesses, but to create a community of kingdom business stewards who provide God-honoring services and products in a God-honoring way and are contributing to the fulfillment of the Great Commission.  This is our contribution towards the building of the beloved community.  We can build kingdom businesses – but unless they become a part of a community whose purpose is to fulfill the mandate of Christ, we have failed in our mission.  Join us as we attempt to build that which is impossible without Christ – let us build the beloved community as we wait for Jesus to come. Come soon, Lord Jesus, come.

Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit

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Who’s In Your Power Corner?

The sports world has seen some incredibly gifted boxers over the past 100 years, such as James J. Braddock, Roberto Duran, Manny Pacquiao, Sugar Ray Leonard, Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis, and of course the greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali. These championship fighters were a marvel in the “squared circle” with their skill, speed, and power.

Yet no matter how great they were in the ring, they didn’t fight alone. All of them had a team of people who were ready, willing, and able to provide encouragement, coaching, and care. Every championship boxer typically has at least three people in their corner for every fight:

  1. Trainer: Gives advice to the boxer on what he is doing wrong as well as encouraging him if he is losing. They remind the boxer during the fight of what they practiced during training sessions leading up to the fight. They point out weaknesses of the opponent and what the fighter can exploit to gain an advantage. They creatively and assertively push the fighter to go beyond what they may be feeling. Trainers help them get the most out of their natural talents.
  2. Cut Man: Every fighter understands they are going to get hit and potentially hurt. A cut man takes care of cuts between rounds to get the fighter ready for the next round. The cut man is invaluable to help them bounce back quickly from their injuries.
  3. Assistant Trainer: Provides support to the rest of the team by doing some of everything. They do the little things that often get overlooked or ignored. They supply much needed assistance with timely words or actions. They often don’t demand attention but they deserve a lot of credit, because they take care of certain things so you don’t have to.

We need people who can help us maximize our talents and skills, as well as influence us to go beyond where we want to stop. We need to have at least one person in our corner to help us bounce back quickly from our inevitable hurts and disappointments. We also need those invaluable people who may not often be seen or heard, but when we do it’s the right thing at the right time.

Every day you are in the fight of your life to fulfill your purpose and potential. No matter how good you are at what you do, you won’t achieve significant levels of success without a formal or informal team of people who support, encourage, comfort, mentor, train, and care for you.

Don’t try to be a solo act or “lone ranger”. You will only make it so far. Instead, rely on a “power corner” to help propel you to championship victories.

Who’s in your power corner? Whose power corner are you in?

Sweet dreams,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

*Note: ESPN has an interesting list of their 50 greatest fighters of all-time. Do you agree with their picks?

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Thriving Unity

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Unity within a team, business, or family is not truly tested until adversity arrives on the scene. Even when adversity is expected it may be hard to resist the temptation to buckle to its demands, quit, or retreat.

Back in 1958, the University of Buffalo football team had an incredible opportunity to have their unity tested. This is an awesome story. Watch what happened…

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Sometimes it’s easy to do the right thing when there’s no outside pressure or benefits for doing the wrong thing. However it can be a totally different story when something significant can be lost as a result of choosing the right thing to do. That’s why it’s always inspiring to see people stand up for one another, especially in situations when you think they might do otherwise.

Check out what happened to the University of Buffalo football team nearly 50 years later…

If conflict fosters intimacy, then at your company, on your teams and in your family, let your adversity bring you closer together, not tear you apart. You will all learn to value one another more and grow together, benefiting everyone in the long run.

Thrive on Purpose,
Paul Wilson, Jr.


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Conquering Giants: Thriving Leadership – Part 2

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Continued from Part 1…

Leaders pursue new opportunities and tackle problems in a similar manner to how coaches lead their teams. Both leaders and coaches focus on three critical coaching components: 1) personal preparation, 2) player development and 3) game management.

  1. Personal Preparation: A leader can’t lead any of their players anywhere they have not already been – even if it’s only mentally. Leaders keep their eyes on the big picture, namely the intended outcome of each game (i.e. assignment or project) and their relevance to the entire season (i.e. fiscal period). They recognize that their players look to them for inspiration and direction, so they do whatever it takes behind the scenes to keep their competitive edge. They push themselves to maintain their level of expertise in their area of specialty, as well as gaining at least a minimal level of familiarity in other subjects.
  2. Player Development: Leaders understand that the long-term success of the team will depend on the overall development of the players. They are able to effectively assess the developmental progress of each player and then determine what each player needs to help them grow to reach their potential. They also understand that each player motivates differently, so they are adept at knowing the right buttons to push for each one. Furthermore, leaders constantly look for teaching moments, whether it’s before, during, or after a project, event, situation, etc.
  3. Game Management: Coaches don’t win games… players do. Leaders recognize that they need the contributions of all of their players in order for the organization to accomplish its goals. Leaders design the best strategies, systems, and processes that will position their players to manage and complete their assignments efficiently and effectively. They are keenly aware of various situations that may dictate certain decisions, such as reorganizing the players in the game, substituting a player, or changing the game plan.

Thriving leaders are able to effectively balance all three of these components. They are not hands-off delegators, that just let their players to do whatever they can to win, nor are they micro-managers who oversee “people-bots” who are afraid or unable to make heat-of-the-battle decisions. These leaders know when to be more engaged versus when to let their players figure out their own solutions to problems.

You can become an effective Leader if you: 1) Embrace the fact that just because you are a leader does not make you a superstar. Without your players, you will have minimal success; 2) Create environments that empower individual players while at the same time boosting the team as a whole; and 3) Learn your team well enough to know how to position them to win the game.

Coaching your team (or family) to success takes an unwavering commitment to the fact that every player matters. You may be able to accomplish a lot by your own efforts, but you’ll be able to accomplish so much more with the right team in place. I look forward to seeing your team win!

Thrive on Purpose

Paul Wilson, Jr.


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Conquering Giants: Thriving Leadership – Part 1

“Super Thrive Week” Series

Sports movies are one of the best sources of inspiration, especially when it comes to conquering challenges and overcoming seemingly impossible odds.  One of the best motivational scenes of any movie that I can recall was in the movie, Facing the Giants.

My favorite thing about this movie is how the coach realized that although his team wasn’t the most talented, he convinced team to look beyond their talent to see something that no one could take away from them – heart. He helped his players see beyond their perceived limitations and reach goals they would not have thought possible for themselves.

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In life, thriving leaders are really like sports coaches. The best coaches are keenly aware of their team’s overall strengths, weaknesses, and potential. They are in tune with each player’s skill set, temperament, and how they can best contribute to the overall success of the team. These coaches are ambitious and confident not in their own ability to play the game, but in their ability to position their players to maximize their collective talent to win the game.

Continue to Part 2…

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