While I don’t find myself in a church on a regular basis, I do see great value in learning from religious leaders. John Wesley’s writings are no exception. Wesley lived during Revolutionary War times in both England and America. He founded a very analytical and studious movement in Christianity called Methodism.
The Methodist approach to religion reminds me of many of today’s agnostics. The basic, watered down premise is to accept no dogma blindly, but instead for each person to study and interpret all writings for himself.
John Wesley Quotes
The danger in such a thoughtful approach to faith is similar to a flaw I have noticed in myself and many of my clients. Many of today’s entrepreneurs experience “paralysis by analysis.”
“Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.” –John Wesley, 1768
John Wesley writes that while knowledge is important, it’s the love that really makes a difference in the world. Beware of sitting back and spending your whole life making “perfect decisions” and failing to take action. There is no such thing as a perfect plan. Get out into the world now and spread your love.
On the other hand, John Wesley wrote not to run your life with your head down:
“Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry.” –John Wesley, 1777
True leaders develop the ability to make informed, efficient judgments quickly. This is one of the keys to success. Surround yourself with wise advisers, trust their opinions, but never hurry through any decisions to the point that you forget to think for yourself.
John Wesley measured success differently than many others of his time (and many people of today as well). Wesley felt that success is measured not by the number of possessions that one can amass, but by the amount of positive that that he can implement.
“Having first, gained all you can, and secondly, saved all you can, then give all you can.” –John Wesley, Sermon 50
This is commonly paraphrased “Earn all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can.” In order to be a good steward of the resources we have been given, we must do our best to produce more than we consume. Then, with the bounty that we have leftover, we must help others. We must strive to turn our world to paradise on earth.
If the teachings of John Wesley resonate with you, then you have a lot in common with Joshua Bevan.
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Saving money online is becoming more of a necessity for all of us. According to the US Census Bearau, we spend $126 Trillion online every year. This number grows higher as more Americans begin to take advantage of the money saving deals given by online retailers. Here’s a way to save even more on all of the already low prices on the ‘net. ShopBest pays you cash back on your online shopping. Here’s how:
- Visit ShopBest and download your FREE toolbar.
- Shop as you normally would. (That’s it!!)
- The ShopBest toolbar will automatically give you cashback points at the stores your normally visit.
ShopBest is the online coupon that is always on. There are no special logins to keep track of or cumbersome websites to visit before shopping. As Ron Popeil would say, “Set it and forget it!” Easy, simple, and it will save you money from your family’s budget.
Give All You Can
The part that caught my eye originally is the ShopBest Cares program. Every time that ny of its members make a purchase, ShopBest will make a donation to a charity that benefits children. You don’t need to change anything about your shopping habits, yet you will get a check in the mail, and so will the organizations that help kids in need.
Saving Money is like Saving Planet Earth: How Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling can Fix your Finances
There are plenty of money-saving tips to be found these days. Everywhere you look, people are encouraging each other to cut back on grocery bills, phone bills, and kids’ extra-curricular activities in an effort to survive the down economy. However, it does not take expensive How-To Books or seminars to learn how to live frugally. You and your family can come out ahead if you incorporate a simple mantra into your lives: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
As is the case when considering our landfills and limited resources on Earth, the first way to make a big difference in your finances is by Reducing. In other words, determine what is important to you and cut out the rest! Do you need subscriptions to eight different magazines that you never read, or do you have one favorite? Do you savor the experience of dining out alone to the same extent as you enjoy dining out with friends and family? Notice there is not necessarily a need to cut out ALL luxuries in order to help your finances; once you determine which luxuries are completely unnecessary to you, you can cut expenses without even noticing a change in your lifestyle.
You can help yourself and the planet when you learn to Reuse. If you determine that you need a new “thing” for your household (furniture, dishes, toys, books, and so on), look for a place other than a retail store from which to obtain it. Websites like Craigslist and Freecycle are good places to start looking for non-consumable items that you can get for free or cheap prices, and are places that you can sell your unwanted items for a little extra cash. There are many items that people do not use to their full capacity and are ready to be passed on in great condition, thus saving you money and saving space in the landfills. This will also encourage you to think twice about whether you really need that item, as often times while researching an item online you can find another option altogether.
The other side to the ‘reuse’ coin is to Recycle: put an ordinary item to use in a different way than it was intended. For example, use old dryer-sheets for dusting, use paper bags for textbook covers, or use discarded printouts as notepaper or coloring paper for kids. Check out Helium for more great ideas, and keep an ear open for ideas of how your friends and collogues use everyday items in a new way.
These tips can become part of your and your family’s lives on a daily basis, regardless of economic climate. When you learn to live within your means and be happy doing so, the benefits will far outweigh any sacrifices.
Until last week, I had only been to a Chick-fil-A once in my life. The service at that one dinner was so above and beyond that I wrote a letter of praise to the corporate offices.
That’s when I started to read the business philosophies of the President, Dan Cathy, and his father, Chick-Fil-A founder Truet Cathy. I then began reading the Cathys’ leadership theories and they blew me away. I had to meet these guys.
On July 29, 2010, Chick-fil-A opened a new location in Valencia, California. To celebrate the Grand Opening, they gave away a year’s worth of free lunches to the First 100 customers. I joined the crowd and sought out interviews with Event Planner Hollee Swain, Owner Operator Dustin LaChance, and Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy.
Forty billionaires are committing to give at least half of their fortunes to charitable organizations. These men and women fully embody the ‘Earn All You Can, Save All You Can, Give All You Can’ concept. They have worked hard all of their lives (many come from very humble beginnings) and used the gifts they were given to seek out great success.
- Eli and Edythe Broad – Real Estate, Insurance
- Michele Chan and Patrick Soon-Shiong – Biotechnology
- Ann and John Doerr – Venture Capital
- Larry Ellison – Oracle
- Barron Hilton – Hilton Hotels
- Joan and Irwin Jacobs – Qualcomm
- Lorry I. Lokey – Publishing
- George Lucas – Film Producer, Director
- Alfred E. Mann – Biomedical
- Tashia and John Morgridge – Cisco Systems
- Bernard and Barbro Osher – Savings & Loan
- Herb and Marion Sandler – Savings & Loan
- Jeff Skoll – first president of Ebay
- Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor – Banking
- Bernie and Billi Marcus – Home Depot
- Ted Turner – Media
- Pierre and Pam Omidyar – Ebay founder
- David M. Rubenstein – Investment
- Vicki and Roger Sant – Electrical Power
- Thomas S. Monaghan – Domino’s Pizza
- Jim and Virginia Stowers – Investments/Medical Research
- Warren Buffett – Investments
- Walter Scott, Jr. – Construction, Mining
- Michael R. Bloomberg – News/Media
- Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg – Media Executive
- Elaine and Ken Langone – Home Depot
- Ronald O. Perelman – Venture Capital
- Peter G. Peterson – Investment Banker
- Julian H. Robertson, Jr. – Hedge Fund Manager
- David Rockefeller – Oil Industry Heir
- Jim and Marilyn Simons – Hedge Funds
- Sanford and Joan Weill – Banker
- Shelby White – Hedge Funds
- George B. Kaiser – Banker
- Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest – Media Entreprenuer
- Laura and John Arnold – Hedge Fund
- T. Boone Pickens – Oil, Natural Gas Industry
- Jon and Karen Huntsman – Chemical Company
- Paul G. Allen – Microsoft
- Bill and Melinda Gates – Microsoft
These 40 individuals and families have spent their time dedicated to success. They have amassed great wealth. Now, as Michael Bloomberg writes, they are hoping to “inspire others to give of themselves, whether it be their money or their time.” Many of these billionaires have abstained from leaving huge fortunes to their next of kin. Sanford and Joan Weill write, “We are firm believers that shrouds don’t have pockets.”
In all 40 pledges, the pledge signatories write about the great feeling bestowed upon a giver. Peter G. Peterson writes, “I get much more pleasure giving money to what I consider worthwhile causes than making money in the first place.”
For more information and to read each philanthropist’s full pledge, go to www.givingpledge.org.
There are many ways to achieve success in life. Some plans are more elaborate than others. Some would work for everyone while others would only achieve one person’s definition of success. Some are simple in design but take a lifetime to execute. John Wesley, a founder of the Methodist Church, wrote many sermons centering around proper stewardship of money and his instructions for a path to success. He stated that everyone can follow these three steps:
- Earn all you can
- Save all you can
- Give all you can
Earn All You Can
John Wesley wrote that God has given each of us valuable skills and talents. It is our duty to use these gifts to their fullest potential. We must work as hard as we can to create success for ourselves and our businesses. A balance must be struck between causing no harm to our fellow man while gaining the most resources for ourselves, our families, and our communities.
Save All You Can
John Wesley then wrote of the importance of living frugally. We must not squander away these hard earned resources by trying to ‘keep up with the Joneses.’ Wesley himself lived a very humble life, never raising his budget throughout his entire career after seminary. The goal is to only use as much of the gifts as is necessary to keep our families comfortable, healthy, and safe.
Give All You Can
After working hard and earning great success in our business, and living frugally, there will be plenty of resources (time, money, and so on) to give. Wesley wrote that these resources are to be used to help our fellow man. It is our duty to improve our world, and to leave it better than we found it.
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While building his businesses from the ground up, Joshua Bevan sought out some of the best mentorship. He has learned that the path to success is difficult and simple at the same time. Joshua has committed his life to learning how to, “Earn all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can.” Through videos, blogs and speaking events, he will pass that knowledge forward.