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Are You Roasting What You Caught in Hunting? 10 Lessons For the Business Person From Proverbs 12:27

By 29 marca 2020No Comments

Proverbs 12:27 says the "The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting". This is a curious quote from the bible that I believe has serious implications for every business person. We all know how much energy it takes for a hunter to catch a prey in the wild. Yet, he is considered 'lazy' if he did not go to the next step of roasting what he caught in hunting.

Now, what does this really mean for you and I in the marketplace? What exactly is 'roasting' in the business sense? How can you apply the lessons of 'roasting' to your efforts in the market place? Here are my 10 obsevations on the matter:

1.Note that the lazy man actually did some hard work (hunting for animals in the unforgiven jungle is not an easy exercise!), Yet he was called 'lazy'. ' Lazy man' therefore is a reference to a hunter who works hard to hunt for animals but fails to take his product to the next level of preparation for consumption (He does not 'roast' what he has caught). Same way you will be a lzay Kingdompreneur if you do not take your business idea or model to the next level for market exploitation. It is not enough to 'catch' or conceive an idea. You must turn that idea into marketable products that can be applied to different streams of income.

2. The laziness of the hunter who does not roast is not physical but mental laziness. Afterall, it takes a lot of physical energy to chase down an animal in the forest. However, when you refuse to turn your products into a marketable, distributable and consumable product, you become a 'lazy' hunter. To process or 'roast' what you have into a more valuable product requires a lot of sophisticated and mental thinking. It requires a business plan. It requires market research. It requires testing. It requires adequate capitalization. It requires good management. Unfortunately, this is the area many of us get lazy and cut corners only to get blind-sided in the marketplace.

3. Mental laziness is when an individual finds it too mentally tasking to contemplate and explore the possibilities available to him beyond his nomal routine. You can be very hard-working, yet be a 'lazy person'. Too many people are hard working but they only live from paycheck to paycheck without purchasing themselves to the task of thinking how to develop an efficient plan for managing and investing their paycheck in order to increase their income from the job, and eventually stop relying on their paycheck. Same way with a Kingdompreneur, once you have 'caught' a market for your product, you will be termed lazy if you do not explore how to expand that market into other markets. A one source distributor will soon be out of business.

4. For the Kingdompreneur, 'hunting' is what you do as your profession (ie teaching, selling, preaching, building, cleaning etc) 'Rasting is what you do with what you have gained from your business . Roasting represents how well you develop what you do and how much you are able to generate additional and continuos money from your initial income.

5. 'Roasting' helps you generate income from your primary source beyond your initial hardwork (Network Marketing; Writing books from sermons, franchises, real estate investment). We must constantly look for ways to expand our original base of business income

6. Roasting adds value to your product. For example, an animal hide from a Cow cost a few cents but when that cow skin or hide is 'roasted' to the next level, the Loui Vitton hanband made from it cost a $ 1,000 for the same material. Problem is that just like most Africans have eaten their 'Loui Vitton' handbags as 'pon-mon' delicacy in the their dinner, many business people never develop the potential of their products or inventions to the level where it is properly 'roasted'.

7. Roasting is taking a product or idea to the next level of usefulness or income generation (ie preach a sermon, turn it into a book, then cds series, then a yearly conference, or Tshirts : A great example of this roasting principle is In the person who wrote The Prayer of Jabez. After the book become a mega success, they 'roasted' this valuable product and created prayer of Jabez stickers, shirts, ties, coins, etc. They even created a prayer of Jabez screen savers.

8. Roasting preserves the usefulness of your meat for a long time (you 'roast' your salary when you put some money in stocks, real estate etc). Roasting a good sermon involves turning it to cds, DVDs, book, even movies. This development processes preserves that seron for generations yet unborn to enjoy and learn from it.

9. Those who specialize in 'roasting' always dominate those who rest after hunting. The innovators and those with multiple applications of an original idea always end up dominating the marketplace. Unless you commit to 'roasting' as a way of life, you will always be at the mercy of 'roasters' of your product, idea or inheritance. For example, African countries do a lot of 'hunting' by getting crude oil out of the ground but they send this crude oil abroad to be 'roasted' by the developed nations. By the time it comes back as petroleum products, it is a hundred times its former price. Is it any wonder then that developed nations get richer while developing countries keep praying for riches?

10. Overtakers will always take valuable stuff away cheaply from those who are too lazy to roast their products. Esau was a hunter who did not roast what he caught in hunting (he did not have reserves at home and did noot presewrve any of his previous kills in the forest. So he came home hungry (imagine a hungry hunter!) To meet a ' roaster 'tentman who was just waiting for an opportunity to take away his birthright for a mess of porridge. His' laziness' in not' roasting 'opened him up for an overtaker like Jacob who is always on the alert for good deals. Contrary to general opinion, jacob DID NOT SWINDLE Esau out his birthright. IT WAS PURCHASED FAIR AND SQUARE IN THE MARKETPLACE WITH A COVENANT (CONTRACT) RIGHTS TO PROVE IT. Of ocurse like most lazy losers, he turned round and shouted foul after eating the porridge and signing away his rights to his inheritance. Don't you see people like that everyday who turn round to complain and blame promoters, TV Stations or distributors or marketers for swindling them after signing contracts and spending the money?

Esau, like most with his mentality of eat now and worry about tomorow later, lost his birthright because, though he was a skilful hunter, he never learnt to 'roast' what he caught in hunting, negotiated out of weakness and undervalued his inheritance. He came home hungry one day and Jacob the 'roaster' who had a ready-made food, took advantage of that to purchase his birthright for a mess of porridge. Watch out that you do not fall prey to the Esau Mentality. They are always losing to the Jacob Mentality in the marketplace with the active endorsement and blessing of God. Otherwise, why would God say in Malachi that JACOB HAVE I LOVED AND ESAU I HATED?

As a business person, you need to be constantly exploring new ways to merchandize and develop your product and increase your multiple streams of income from one single idea so that you are not confined to the statistical category of 'lazy hunters'.

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