Least Resistance Equals Least Opportunities

"The Road Less Travelled" by Linda Paul

The most profitable opportunities in life are usually found on the roads less traveled. In this case I’m talking about the roads of Perseverance, Patience, Persistence, Preparation, Problem-Solving, and Pioneering.

Many people coast on the road of life expending the minimal amount of effort but expecting exponential results. It’s your choice to invest a minimum effort. Just don’t expect a maximum reward for it.

Mediocrity is easy. Greatness is hard. Here’s a few examples…

  • A great marriage requires hard work. Laziness in marriage will get you left alone.
  • A successful small business requires working harder and longer than many typical jobs. It also requires taking risks that many people are unwilling to take, even when they are completely dissatisfied with their jobs.
  • A top notch student realizes the true value of education comes from reading more than what was on the professor’s syllabus. Learning doesn’t come from the test but from the process of preparing and studying for the test.
  • Professionals who are considered the best at their craft (sports, music, acting, etc.) do more than the minimum. They go beyond what amateurs do; they push themselves to get better even when their coach or teacher is not around. There is no off-season for an all-pro!
  • The best paid employees are not the ones who only do the minimum of what their boss asks and then waits for a paycheck. They ask the boss for how much more they can do that will allow them to demonstrate their competence, develop their skills, and build their reputation.

I do believe in working smarter versus working harder, but working smarter still requires time and effort to strategize ways to increase your results while reducing or streamlining your labor.

If you are satisfied with the status quo in your life, then don’t push past the boundaries of convenience and complacency. However, if you want to have an adventurous life of interest and intrigue, do what others won’t do now, so you can do what others can’t do later!

Sweet dreams,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Dare to dream again in 2010!

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5 Ideas to Increase Your Comfort Zone

Opportunities are not going to just show up inside your comfort zone. Opportunities are seized by those who learn how to step outside their circle of familiarity by taking risks. Risk taking requires intentionally putting yourself in positions of discomfort, which means you have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Here are 5 practical tips to help you learn how to get comfortable with taking small risks, so you eventually can become more comfortable taking big ones…

Sweet dreams,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Dare to dream again in 2010!

Register for the Dream B.I.G in 3D Live Experience! on April 17, 2010For more details please visit www.PaulWilsonJr.com


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Launch Out Into the Deep

Fishermen in Sierra Leone

“He had stopped speaking He said to Simon, ‘Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.'” ~ Luke 5:4

by Patrice Tsague

I recently had the privilege to visit the beautiful city of Freetown; a small city in Sierra Leone, West Africa that is wrapped by an ocean where individuals come as far as Asia to fish. While I was there I had the opportunity to visit the ocean and watch fishermen carry out their business. When we arrived, there were two groups of fishermen standing by the ocean shore pulling in their nets. I was so excited. I always read in the bible about fishermen but never saw a live fisherman in action. Immediately I asked them if I could take their picture. They gave me their permission only after I agreed to buy them something to drink. They explained that they had been there since 4 o’clock in the morning and the time was now about 2 PM.

As I waited to see what they would catch, I enthusiastically offered to assist them in pulling the net from the ocean. I asked them how long it would take for the net to be completely pulled from the ocean. Their response was probably another 2-3 hours. The net they were pulling extended itself to a relatively deep part of the ocean. The deep is where the best catch is found. As I waited, the first group of fishermen finally brought in their net. Unfortunately, however, they had not caught anything. I felt really bad for them. These fishermen had been working for the past 12 hours and caught nothing. Without a catch, they would not be able to provide for their families, nor for women in the market who depended on them to supply them with inventory. I thought maybe the second group would experience better fortunes, so I waited another hour and even helped to pull the net out of the ocean only to discover nothing but ocean dwellers and trash out of the ocean.

Wow, I now understood how Jesus felt as He saw Peter and his buddies having worked all night without a catch. He had compassion on them and offered them some assistance.

I asked the fishermen why they had not caught anything. Their response was that they had not gone deep enough. These fishermen were the locals; they did not have the machinery that would enable them to take their boats into the middle of the ocean, cast their nets and pull the net right there from the boat. As a result they have to extend their nets from the shore into the ocean as far as they could in hopes of getting the net as close to the deep as possible. What it would take for them to get into the deep is capital so they can invest in the machinery that will enable them to go into the deep. It cost to launch out into the deep.

This explains why Jesus’ instruction to Peter was that he should launch his net into the deep. Though Peter was discouraged and uncertain about Jesus request, he nevertheless obeyed His instructions and was rewarded for it greatly. The deep is a place that extends far below the surface and is potentially full of danger. Launching out into the deep requires double efforts and the willingness to take greater risks. It is moving beyond your comfort zone and what you are accustomed to.

Like the fishermen in Sierra Leone you may be currently experiencing low productivity or no productivity. You may be wondering what else you can do to change the course of your business or your life. You tried everything without results, and like those fishermen the lack of success for your business not only impacts you but your employees, your family and your vendors. What else can you do? Unfortunately it is during these times when entrepreneurs pull back, play it safe and protect themselves from further losses. However, this is the time when you should do the opposite. It is the time to launch out into the deep. Yes, revise your strategy, increase your efforts and give it all you have. If you keep doing what you have been doing you will keep getting the same results so you have to do something different.

The deep is the place of personal insecurity and require complete reliance on the Lord. Launching into the deep may require a greater spiritual commitment on your part, working longer hours, increasing your capital investment or making reductions in certain areas. Whatever the implication for your business, you cannot afford to stay in shallow waters. The deep is where the best catch is found.

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 www.nehemiahproject.org.

Pioneer Your Own Path!


Atlanta got hit with some snow last night and this morning. Since we typically only get snow about once per year, it’s cool (no pun intended) except for the icy road conditions that cause lots of accidents. And of course lots of people send in their snow pictures and videos to the local news channels. A few that have captured my attention are the ones of lonely sets of footprints where someone has just forged a new path in the snow.

Seeing these pictures reminds me of pioneers who blaze new paths versus those who just follow what others have already done. Pioneers lead when there is no obvious path to follow. Unfortunately most people wait for others to do the hard work and then complain when it doesn’t happen in their timing or according to their preferences.

Pioneers may not reap immediate rewards, but they do get the satisfaction of knowing they at least tried something no one has done before. If you never risk anything you never know what you are ultimately capable of accomplishing. It’s better to risk and fail than to never risk at all!

You have the talents, abilities, knowledge, and skills to do something spectacular. Are you just sitting around waiting to follow someone else’s path or are you blazing a path where none exists? Good things come to those who wait. Great things come to those who pioneer paths least traveled!

What paths are you pioneering in 2010? I would love to hear from you.

Dream B.I.G.,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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