Melvyn Tan
December 26, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

How Can You Be More Resourceful

[blockquote source=”Psalm 145:18-19 (NIV)“]The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.[/blockquote] Entrepreneurship As I learned more and more about entrepreneurship, I began to see some recurring behaviors. In fact, if you were […]

[blockquote source=”Psalm 145:18-19 (NIV)“]The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.[/blockquote]

Entrepreneurship
As I learned more and more about entrepreneurship, I began to see some recurring behaviors. In fact, if you were to categorize the issues that many entrepreneurs faced, you’d be able to distill it down to two broad areas; namely resources and emotions.

Lack of Resources
Under the first category of “resources”; you’d find the following:

  • Time
  • Money
  • People
  • Capital
  • Capability
  • Partners

Emotions
Under the second category; you’d normally find:

  • What if I don’t succeed
  • Don’t want to be seen as “money face”
  • Want the approval and endorsement of others
  • If I make a mistake, would it cost me my reputation
  • What if I’m successful and people don’t like me
  • What if I’m not good enough
  • What if I do all I can and still not succeed
  • What if I am wrong
  • If I become successful will I sacrifice my time with my family
  • Do I have to give up my family time to do this
  • Will I be seen as a failure
  • I’m probably not good enough

The Main Reason
The second category is actually the main (or should I say, the only) reason why would-be entrepreneurs don’t start, or existing entrepreneurs don’t grow, or successful entrepreneurs sabotage their own success.

The reason why I say that is because all that fall under the first category are simply excuses. For instance, for years some people I know have been wanting to start their own businesses. But for whatever reason, they just didn’t get down to doing it. And their reasons have always been one of resources. Of which, the most common one is time.  They would present all the reasons why they don’t have the time to do the necessary research, or to take the steps to start their business.

Resourcefulness
However, if you speak to any entrepreneur, they would almost always tell you that when they first started, they were either cash-strapped, or they didn’t have the right partners, or they didn’t know the right people. But despite their lack of resources; they’d still look for ways and means to make it happen. Hence, while they didn’t have the resources, they were resourceful.

That said, the resources excuse is not only an issue with would-be entrepreneurs. Even existing ones suffer from it. They would claim that their current business is taking up way too much time that they do not have the time to do the necessary research or to speak to the relevant people. Sounds similar isn’t it? Well, the truth is, it is the same pattern just different magnitude.

You and I know of existing entrepreneurs who worked long hours but yet somehow find the time to do the necessary research or speak to the relevant people. Therefore based on those observations, we know that the first category of reasons are simply excuses. They are just ways to rationalize why no action is taken.

How Can You Be More Resourceful
Now that we have established that the first category of reasons is simply an excuse, let us take a deeper look at the second category of reasons – resourcefulness.  So the question is, how can you become more resourceful?  The key lies with what you focus on.

For example, when someone tells you that he did not have the time to do what’s necessary, they are in fact communicating this to you: I am afraid of committing a significant amount of time into the work and yet not see the desired outcomes.

However, someone who is resourceful will have a very different focus. Their focus would be “if I’ve committed the time and it didn’t work, the worse that can happen would be a waste of time, but I’m sure I’d learn something from it nonetheless”. 

Resourcefulness Unlimited
As Christians, we often find ourselves falling into the performance trap, where we tend to rely on our own capabilities to get the work done.  However, we should tap into the unlimited source of resources and that is God.  As today’s verse tells us that the LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.  All we have to do is to pray to God, to tell him about our circumstances and call on Him to guide us towards the resources required to get the job done.

Question is: do you rely on your own capabilities or do you call on God to help you?

Prayer
Father, thank You for being our unlimited resource.  For giving us the resources necessary to do Your work and to share the Truth.  In Jesus name, Amen.