I can’t believe it. Five years ago this month I got my MBA. I posted my goals way-back-when (See “What Do You Plan to Do With an MBA?“, published 12/18/05). Time certainly flies when you’re having fun and staying busy.
All things considered, we’ve stayed on track. Let me explain the last 5 years for you quickly, but I’d also like to hear from other family entrepreneurs (see end of this post). Here were Wendy and my goals from six years ago:
- To grow Training Minds Ministry.
- To develop Monument Publishing.
- To grow Internet Asset Manager.
- Jeub Family.
Number 3 got axed in 2008. My Internet developer was making more money than me, so I let it go. I took the knowledge with me, though. Much of this site, the social media campaigns, the e-commerce system, etc.–all products of my Internet background. Staying on the cutting edge of technology definitely helps.
Looking back at my post, the fourth MBA goal, “Jeub Family,” has certainly developed these past years. Here’s what I wrote then:
Why is business (such a capitalistic venture) so important to family? The answer to that is exciting. I believe that business is imperative to accomplishing your calling. As Thomas Jefferson said of business, “A man who qualifies himself well for his calling never fails of employment.” I am not so concerned of employment as much as I am concerned of calling. As a parent of 13 children, my job, really, is to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6) — essentially guiding him to his calling. Mom and Dad’s job in the Jeub Family (and I would argue with yours, too) is to empower each child to follow God’s will.
My calling back then was certain: a mix between family and business. Today, my teens help with the work, I have homeschool interns, and coach/authors from across the country working for the big calling. My hope is that all families discover this great life.
How about you? Do you envision a family business for your family? I would love to hear of your thoughts. If you have a family business already, include hyperlinks to your website.