Author: Henry Murphy

Seasons

We expect the seasons to change. We know that when the tree shows new leaves and the flowers bloom that spring is approaching. we understand by nature that this is a natural order of life. So why is it that it’s hard to understand that our personal life has its own seasons.

It’s easy for us to adapt to the good seasons when money is flowing and their nothing is going wrong. However, the boring and challenging seasons makes us very uncomfortable: I have personally wasted a lot of these seasons but when you see them come around again and again, you begin to realize that you keep missing something.

I want to encourage you to slow down in these seasons and take advantage of them. Wealth is built in these seasons, new character is built in these seasons, perserance and faith is also built in these seasons.

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Yet

I absolutely love the word yet. Yet gives hope, yet tells me it’s possible. You have to be able to see it before it manifest. Imagination is important because if you can imagine it, it’s in your grasp.

I look at my goals and I know that if God gives me the grace to live, they will happen. Here is my thinking. Their are business’ I haven’t created yet . Their is real estate development I haven’t purchased yet. Their is design deals I haven’t made yet. Their are books I have written and published yet .

Keep your dreams in front of you and move towards them in faith. Plan and execute.

#Godblesstheentrepreneur

Failure is Necessary

The FaiIf you have failed, consider yourself in good company. How do you identify the winners? Is it because they never lost? If they never lost, then how can we know that they have resiliency? There is no possible way to know how they come back from failures.

I know many people never get started, because they think it is about always winning. We all like a win, but failure is a neccassary part of the journey. In a season of failure, this is where you can see what someone is truly made of!

I am comfortable around people who try and fail. There is a character that is produced in failure that can only be found in finishing. Please don’t get discouraged by the high light reels on social media. Of course, people will show themselves always winning. But from my experience, there is no sucess without failure.

Life is pointless without God

Most of us are dreamers from an early age. We have this big idea of what we want to become. Dreaming is good because it takes faith to dream.  Dreams give us purpose. 

Those of us who are people of faith understand that purpose comes from God. What’s the point of a master plan without the Master? How can we pursue a dream without the Dream Giver?

My hope is that we seek Him so that the work of our hands won’t be in vain.

#GodBlessTheEntrepreneur 

Mindset is Key

There were times that I took road trips to an event, having twenty dollars on my bank card and no where to stay. I would swipe my card for a dollar to fill up the tank, to get me there because I knew I had a few days to get that money in the account before the balance came out. I cannot lie, doing this made me feel in a way, like a failure. I had to remind myself of the things God put in my heart and stay faithful to the vision.  

The truth was that I had enough money to pay the vendor fee for the event and to print the tees. I knew if I could just get there; that we had a great product and people would love them. As the owner, I felt I had to be the one talking to them, so I could explain the meaning behind each tee. I believed that if I could get it to the people who I came in contact with, they would help get it to the rest of the world. 

My faith and mindset was and is big and my actions showed it. You have to have the will power to push past your circumstances no matter what it looks like. There will be times that you have to risk it all to see the vision come to past. 

#GodBlessTheEntrepreneur

My struggle with prayer

What a strange thing for a believer to say, right? I admit that prayer has always been hard for me and at best, I probably would have a good five minutes in me. 

I am naturally rebellious in nature. I just added prayer to the list. My heart has slowly been changing to the concept of prayer.

I have been continuously reading the gospels for a few months now and I found out how, when you read them like that, you get so much more. You begin to comprehend and pick up on things that you’ve never seen before.

Now, we all know that Jesus pulled away to pray to the Father. I never quite realized how much though. The very fact that the Son of Man had to pull away to pray began to soften my heart. 

The ultimate sacrifice was before He went to the cross and began to pray for the believers–those “in the now” and those to come in the future. I realize that prayer is not a choice but a duty. The more we abide in Him, the more He reveals Himself to us. 

I’ll leave you with two things today. The prayer of the righteous avails much, and God doesn’t hear the prayer of the sinner. If these two things are true, our duty is clear. 

He was 19

Most 19-year-olds that you see are so immersed in their phones that they barely come up for air. This young dude was different. He had tats and big earrings in his ear. He heard me talking to a colleague, and after our conversation, he engaged me. 

He said that he had just graduated high school and had the opportunity to work in his family construction business and make good money. He went on to say that he could easily be comfortable. 

The next thing he said got my attention even more. He said, “I’d rather take risk now.”

 He said he wanted to get into clothing and podcasting.  I told him that’s what I did, and I loved it and began to encourage him. He listened to me intently, as he grabbed tees and folded them coming off the dryer.

He looked at me and asked, “Are you a religious man? If not, no worries. But I believe that we should honor God.” 

I was impressed by his words and was delighted to see God still at work. He left me with this: “I don’t think people’s paths cross for nothing.” 

Sacrafice your time to get the life you desire

It was ultimately God’s timing for me when I left my job because I wholeheartedly believed in His sovereignty and timing. Something happened way before then though; I had to develop a serious work ethic. I had to be willing to sacrifice sleep, and lots of it, and still be effective at my day job. I had to put a plan in place to work just as hard on my job in the day and my future at night. 

When I look back, I realize it wasn’t about God just providing; it was about me doing my part, day in and day out. He already knew that when I became a business owner, I would have no overseer and my work ethic had to be on point. Nothing happens without sacrifice. The key to it all is TIME MANAGEMENT!

It starts with gratefulness

The Lord saved me from my sins about 12 years ago. I will never forget the events leading up to it, and the actual day He captured me. I was always in proximity of shootings, and eventually, my car was shot up with me and my son in it, and then weeks later, my wife put me out of the house. It just seemed like near-death experiences kept following me. 

I was about 10 blunts in, one night, when I found myself on the floor, reading the Bible, and crying out to God. You really become a new person when He changes you. Things don’t look the same and you have no desire to do the same things. Music was my biggest struggle and I loved it so much. But I needed good music that was not glorifying the sins that I had just been saved from. I needed more!

I came across Christian artists, Emanuel Lambert, better known as Da Truth, and Flame. Their music impacted me and changed my life forever. I never imagined the Lord would allow me to have a publication, ten years later. If I never do anything else, the fact that I had the honor to put those two dudes on a cover(Rep Da King Mag), is more than enough. This has all been apart of my journey and I am grateful.

Focus on the wins

If you own a business then that is a privilege, I would even say a honor.  If you are a owner then you know that it comes with its challenges and sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t. 

I go out to events probably every weekend. We have been in business for a while so we are pretty established. I can go to a conference and sell a 1,000 tees one day and then turn around and sell ten tees at the next.  I used to look at it as a failure and I would be so disappointed when that happened but I had to start looking at things differently. I mean, if I’m honest there were times when we went places and never sold anything. 

When you start viewing the journey differently then you develop the “lemons to lemonade” effect. I started printing cards with promo codes for first time visitors to the site and I used those cards to engage people differently. My hope was if they never heard of us before, they would seen our presentation, they felt our tees and they took home a card with them. I don’t just win sometimes with this approach, I win all the time. Winning is a mindset. 

#GodBlessTheEntrepreneur

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