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Soar! Innovate-part 4 (weekly podcast episode #27)

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We are still discussing TD Jakes' book, Soar! Build Your Vision from the Ground Up, and this week's podcast/blog references some of my takeaways of chapter 4, It Takes Two, Inspiration and Innovation. 

On page 71 Jakes says, "we must keep our entrepreneurial dreams alive by finding a way to express our creative capabilities even within our contemporary confinements." In other words if we are working a full or part-time job, we know we can't just quit, so we should gain as much experience and value from that job, then when we're in a good place to venture out, we will be more equipped to do so. It's about being patient and realizing we are, so we don't step out too fast. I made that mistake before and I'm wiser today because of the hard lessons I learned from it. I believe God will open doors when we're ready as long as we stay in tune to his ear. Jeremiah 33:3 says, ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

Each of us has creative interests that God has given us, Jakes says, and we can take those interests and turn them into businesses that we enjoy. We just need to know how to go about it -- we have to be smart about it. What are your strengths? What has lived in your heart for a long time? What do you imagine yourself doing? Well, there is room for you to do them, because there is only one you. Each one of us has been put on this earth for a purpose and we have to start tapping into it if we are going to go to the heights the Lord has for us. That takes being creative and being innovative. It doesn't matter if people are doing what you wish to be doing. If you haven't done it, it hasn't been done. "Innovation takes a good thing and makes it better by making it your own (p. 74); 'innovation does more than change the flavor -- it changes the form. It makes lemons into lemonade and transforms tomatoes into ketchup' (p. 75). 

So, we have to continue honing our craft and working towards doing what God placed in our hearts. And Jakes says, 'if we're willing to keep trying, we will soon discover the exhilaration that comes from creating an enterprise that can soar' (p. 81).
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