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>Entrepreneurs have to endure.  They have to stick it out, even when it seems like quitting time.  Even when everyone says throw in the towel.  The entrepreneur has to endure.

Enduring is part of what makes an entrepreneur successful.  Look at Donald Trump.  If he had not endured the real estate dips and tabloid rumors, he probably never would have made it to the level of The Apprentice.  I see individuals like Trump as examples of enduring the good with the bad, allowing one to keep going despite the noise of the crowd of onlookers.

Seek to endure as you grow your business.  You sustain your business by what you withstand and weather as a business leader.

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Booker T. Washington: Black Leadership in the Age of Jim Crow
April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915
Educator, Businessman, Leader
Booker T. Washington proved that a many could rise to a position of honor from humble beginnings.  He made an impact on the education of Black America, establishing the Tuskegee Institute, and he demonstrated that raising funds for Black education could be done in some and unconventional ways.  Washington believed in and demonstrated hard work and sacrifice.  In Up from Slavery, Washington retold his own story in a manner that influenced and impacted young minds for generations.

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How do you inspire inclusion?

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. (The tag line of the United Methodists)

Is that it?

It’s like that nursery rhyme with all of the hand and finger images that goes like: “Here’s the church, and here’s the steeple. Open the door and see all the people.”

Could there be more to it than that?

It does not come about purely by motivation.  Motivation is enough to get us sparked and started. It is enough for us to get ignited and initiated.  Motivation is a starting point.  It is not the end-all of our efforts and endeavors.

Inclusion requires us to see the situation from a multicultural perspective.  You can’t include people that you do not consider to be worthy of being included.  In an effort to grow more multicultural, Christian leaders need to understand the tendencies of those they are seeking to include.  Get familiar with Latinos and their culture if you seek to include Latinos.  By doing so, you get yourself and your ministry team prepared for reaching a different demographic.  You should minister to the makeup of your community, not simply remain who you are because of who you have always been.  That deals with church tradition, not modern demographic trends.

In essence, you need to open more than your doors.  You need to get in a position of readiness.  Open your hearts and minds to other people.  Okay, I’ll run with it.  Open doors and open arms help, too.  You have to be open.

We have an obligation to remain open to new experiences with new people.  We have to encounter new people.  We have to engage new people.  We have to embrace new people.  The onus is on us.  Let us not become negligent or reluctant with this.  Pray that God breaks up and shakes up fertile ground for planting the seed both inside and outside of the church for growth and expansion through diversity and multiculturalism.

I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.- John 10:16 (NLT)

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