Getting Your House In Order
“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best-selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”
Getting Your House In Order
One of our primary goals as leaders is usually to make sure that our organisation is financially secure and thriving. In their haste to solve their organisation’s money troubles, however, many leaders make a huge mistake: they neglect attending to their own personal financial situation.
Why does this present such an issue? After all, shouldn’t the leader’s primary focus be directed toward the funds and people that they are responsible for at work? Of course! But not even the most effective leader can perfectly divorce their personal life from their business or ministry. The simple fact remains that the habits you create at home will follow you into your ministry or workplace. If you are irresponsible with your personal income, you will be irresponsible with your organisation’s funds as well—and vice versa.
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”
It’s important, then, to consider our personal attitudes toward money and to carefully think about the ways that we manage our finances at home. Devin Thorpe is one of the most financially literate people with whom I have ever spoken, but his ambitions are far greater than simply learning to manage money well. I interviewed Devin for episode 38 of The Rising Generation Podcast. Devin likes to think of himself as a “champion of social good.” When we spoke Devin gave me some solid advice about how he manages his own personal finances, as well as sharing his thoughts on global ministry. During his long and productive career, Devin has worked as an investment banker, CFO, treasurer, mortgage broker, and a member of the United States Senate Banking Staff. And as the founder of ‘Your Mark on the World’, an organisation that works to provide information and empowerment to young financial professionals, Devin understands the challenges unique to setting and achieving your goals. Overall, he is passionate about studying the ways that we can use financial principles to make an impact on some of the world’s biggest social issues, and spreading that knowledge on to others.
Devin sees his work in finance as inspired by and empowered by his faith in Christ. He believes that financial stability and bold entrepreneurship can help solve huge social issues like cancer research, homelessness, and global poverty. He has written many books on these topics, including ‘Crowdfunding for Social Good’ and ‘Your Mark On The World’, and has spoken all over the world about topics related to:
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As a contributor to Forbes Magazine, Devin covers issues like investment and entrepreneurship, focusing on the ways that young leaders can bring positive social change to their communities.
Though Devin’s ultimate goals are global, he is adamant that you can only achieve this kind of radical change when you are in control of your own individual circumstances. Being financially secure gives you the stability you need to change the world.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
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