Rev. 5:1-10Copyright 2016, Lion's Share Network, LLC., all rights reserved
I have weathered the storm throughout my career -- reinventing myself successfully several times, surmounting challenges as they come -- only through the grace of God.
Along the way, I've been a dreamer. Always striving to do better, always having an entrepreneurial spirit.
I started out my working life as a Graphics Specialist in the United States Army (6 years) and successfully translated that skill back into civilian life. I moved from "Old School" cut and paste and taught myself to become a computer graphics wiz, starting with one of the 1st Macintosh Computers. From there as technology evolved, my skill set kept pace, and I added multimedia, video production to my bag of tricks. For a while I even combined my artistic skills and technical acumen and became "Systems Manager" for a very busy Southern California advertising agency. I was even the prime mover and instigator that put a Fortune 500 company on the Internet. Along the way I also had a couple of businesses as a sole proprietor. But, what I've discovered (now) is that I was really just owning my own job.
As a result of corporate acquisitions and other factors I found myself ready for a makeover. What I found was really outside of my crayon box - I apprenticed under a really amazing Chef in the San Francisco area. I worked in Fine Dining Restaurants for a while, then as a Personal Chef on an estate for a corporate executive.
THEN, up pops that pesky entrepreneurial spirit -- I decided to start my own catering business. Shortly thereafter, the bubble burst and virtually no one was booking personal or corporate events. A winner never quits, so I found another job. This one was really outside of my culinary tool kit -- I found myself in Afghanistan running a dining facility for about 16,000 troops a day. What an experience. I had been a peace time soldier. Now as civilian I found myself in a war zone.
Upon returning from Afghanistan the economy was still in the tank, so I went from the frying pan into the freezer. I took a job as director of dietary services for a Native Corporation hospital in Bethel Alaska. For three years I created some amazing food for both hospital staff and patients. Being an entrepreneurial minded sort, I also catered parties and community events in my spare time. I also taught cooking classes as adjunct faculty at the University of Fairbanks.
The story is getting long and there are more facets to be told another time, but the point is that at each step along the way, no matter what the obstacle, I've learned valuable lessons from adversity. Failure is only final if you give up. If God Closes one door, another one will surely open. I have discovered that God does indeed want the best for us. However, attaining that "best" requires that we put the talents he has given us to work, learning from our mistakes, and moving on to even better things.
Let me be frank -- starting your own business is not for everyone! But, if you are frustrated with with your job, not being able to make ends meet, let alone save for retirement, starting a business may be for you. However, with that stated, there are several things to consider prior to making the jump from employee to entrepreneur.
My point from the above is that not everyone is cut out to be their own boss. Most fledgling business owners merely are moving from being an employee to owning their own job. The information contained in this blog article considers business from a different angle.
Our identity as the Lion's Share Network is something that I've put a great deal of time and feeling into. It is my belief that a business name should not only reflect what that business does but somehow convey the operating philosophy of that organization.
Though we are a for-profit organization, our operating premise is that the more we can pay it forward or give back to those we serve the better our long-term prospects would be. With that mindset as our primary focus, it is our hope that we will engender a wider bredth of customer loyalty not only for ourselves, but those individuals and businesses we serve.
Here is some historic background of our chosen name. The term "lion's share" is probably most widly recognized as an idiomatic expression which refers to the larger part - or most - of something. The phrase is commonly derived from the plot of a number of fables ascribed to Aesop and is now used as their generic title, although they exist in several different versions. Other fables featuring the same basic situation of an animal dividing up a prey in such a way that it gains the greater part, or even all, exist in the East.
Additionally, the Lion which is our namesake is the "Lion of the Tribe of Judah." All that we do shall be done as if we are serving Him, and with the highest moral and ethical standards.