4 guys holding a shovel – watching 1 guy work

"Under construction"

"Check back often"

"Grand opening soon"

Any of these could be the title of this post. This blog and site is new if you haven't figured that out yet. In an effort to go ahead and start posting we decided not to wait on the entire infrastructure to be 100%. So please bear with us as we continue to build and tweak. We will continue to make improvements, but we're going to continue to post.

Contribution

We've built several businesses in the past and look forward to what the future holds. One thing I've noticed in dealing with folks is that not everyone contributes the same. Let's face it, some just flat don't contribute. Some folks are just takers – they never give anything. Those guys (and gals, but we'll stick with guys) expect others to give and do for them. They don't consider themselves lazy. It may not be that they think they're being a leach, but it doesn't change the fact that they are. They're generally oblivious to the opportunities afforded to them and they're not appreciative of those opportunities.

Ever see road workers on the side of the road "working?" Generally, one guy is working and the rest are standing around talking, laughing, and watching him work. Don't get me wrong, there are times when this is necessary – it's just how construction goes. I know, I've been there. But, a lot of the time it's because the boss isn't there and the nature of these "workers" is coming out. More often than not, the industrious worker will be the one doing while the rest watch.

Let's be frank – it's not just road workers. Every industry has this problem. People that do just enough to get by are everywhere. You probably work with one or twenty. It's the 80/20 rule – 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people. Or 80% of the people do 20% of the work. 4 out 5 road workers hold the shovel and watch the 1 guy do the work. Which one are you? Do you push shovels or hold shovels? Do you wait for someone to bring you opportunities or do you go looking for them? Do you expect things to be given to you or do you devise a plan and go after it?

Living a fruitful life is something everyone would enjoy. Unfortunately it's not without work. It doesn't come easy. It doesn't just happen. It requires planning, work, saving, discipline, sacrifice, and prioritization. My little boy sat with me in the living room tonight as I tried to write this post. It took forever – he wanted my attention and focus. I wanted to write this post. I was inconvenienced by him a little, but I was willing to postpone my desires to satisfy his all the while accomplishing something very beautiful. You see, in a couple of days this post will be long forgotten. That TV show I wanted to watch, ice cream I wanted to eat, game I wanted to play will be long forgotten. But…. Ah… But, the deposit I made into his emotional account will pay off later. The relationship I want with my little boy is worth the inconvenience – worth the work. Tonight my inconvenience was converted to memories of a little boy belly laughing at a commercial rewound a dozen times as he watched a lady fall in a pool of water. That's part of my back 40. It rocks, but it's not without sacrifice, although small tonight.

Which guy are you? Are you going to make a life you'll be proud of? Are you going to contribute – to work, God, your family, yourself? Or are you going to take the easy way out? Are you in the 80% or the 20%? Join us in the 20%. Col 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men"

Waiting for you on the back 40….

-Brad

(photo by DustPuppy)