Business Mentor: Entrepreneurship as a Calling

Armando Bartolome

Posted at Jan 05 2019 09:59 AM

When we were kids, we had this vague idea of what we wanted to be when we grew up. While many wanted to be doctors, nurses, teachers, policemen or  firemen, there were those who may have felt a different inclination.

I grew up in a Catholic family and have a very strong faith. I entered the seminary. The number of years I spent was a great personal investment.

However, I decided to take a different path. While most of my batchmates proceeded with their vocation, I headed in a different direction. This doesn't mean I completely forgot where I came from. To this day, my devotion to our Lord through Ignatius de Loyola is just as strong as it was before.

Moving out of the seminary, I knew that I could be instrumental in other things. It wasn’t clear until I worked abroad. I was working and helping a company when I realized that my passion was in helping people.

That was my calling. My love and passion slowly turned into something fruitful over the years. I built GMB Franchise Developers. More than sharing what I learned all these years, I have also helped people realize their own calling.

Entrepreneurship is something that people should embrace. Just like medicine and law, it is a calling. 

When we talk about entrepreneurship, the focus is on the individual who wants to earn and become successful. But apart from that, the success of these individuals opens new opportunities for others as well. When a business grows, it needs to hire more employees. 

It may be difficult to determine which way to go if you do not think about what you really want in life. Here are some tips on how you can identify your true calling.

1.    Notice signs and dreams. Sometimes through our dreams, our innermost desires show up.

2.    Realize what makes you feel happy. Think of things or incidents that always make you happy, comfortable, and satisfied.

3.    Think about the things that you used to love or things that make you feel really happy and comfortable.

4.    Notice any incident that keeps coming back. Take a hint.

5.    Change your routine. You may have been stuck with a routine for years. Try doing different things and experiment.

6.    Be calm and patient. It may take a while before you realize what the right path is.

Let me share with you a story that I have read online. It is about an entrepreneur who was strict like any other boss, but was loved by his employees. Do you know why?

1.    He always makes sure to listen to the suggestions of his employees, regardless of their position in the company.

2.    When their revenue is good, the boss never forgets to give them their share of the profit.

3.    This boss personally gives his employees their salary. This is such a heartwarming gesture, isn’t it? The boss practically knows everyone. Most of his employees have been working for him since the beginning of the business, and some of them are the children of former employees too.

What do you think about how this entrepreneur handles his business? 

I guess, an entrepreneur becomes truly successful when he has the heart for his employees. 

Entrepreneurship, as a calling is not focused merely on becoming financially successful. It also means being a good person and helping others. Entrepreneurs do this by ensuring that their products are always of top caliber, and by helping their employees become better individuals.


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