As a SAHM who homeschools her children, I probably don't appear to be the logical choice to review a book on business practices! But in all actuality, homeschooling mothers have more than one full-time job that they're juggling at the same time. Children in multiple different grades, combined with the role of guidance counselor, multiplied by all the "typical" things a mom takes care of on any given day. Speaking personally, there are days when I wonder if my daily tasks could possibly be any more taxing were I in the official "working world".
The book Ingredients for Success (10 Best Practices for Business and Life) by Joseph James Slawek is a short book that's long on encouragement. The author is a very successful businessman who provides an approach to business (and life) from a Biblical perspective. Referencing Matthew 25, with a focus on Jesus' parables found therein, Mr. Slawek offers business advice from a uniquely Christian perspective. (If you aren't sure which parables are found in Matthew 25, I encourage you go grab your Bible and read that chapter.)
These ten practices are doable for most anyone, and while you doubtless find your line of work and personal story to differ from that of the author, the lessons learned by reading this book will have an impact on your work. They may even make a big difference in your personal life. An example can be found in his principle to "Tell the truth to define reality and fight denial". I like this idea of using truth to fight denial. Our culture is a world of Internet-linked hand held devices...which has become a constant way to avoid reality and live in a state of constant denial for many people. While he isn't speaking directly to this problem, I drew a parallel that spoke to my heart. How many moms, even homeschooling mothers, live in that place of denial where they *believe* they're fulfilling their call to motherhood but in reality they're spending hours each day on smart phones and tablets? Telling the truth about this common problem pushes back the darkness that denial brings.
I could go on and on with the nuggets of wisdom I've gleaned from Ingredients for Success, but I would rather you read it for yourself and extract your own truths. Subjects covered range from planning ahead to preparing to give an account, expressing gratitude to being courageous. No matter your line of work, and even if you are a stay at home, homeschooling mother like me, the book Ingredients for Success is worth reading.
Look for it at Amazon HERE.
On my "Page Turner Scale" of 1 to 5, I gave this book a 5.
Disclaimer ~ I received this book at not charge for review purposes. All opinions shared here are solely my own.
Day 300 done :)
Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study