In 1954, McDonalds was a single, small yet successful restaurant. Today, they are a multinational corporation, and industry leader. Samsung began as a Korean small trading company, specializing in groceries and noodles; which only had 40 employees. In 2004, Myspace was king of social media, and Facebook was a just for college students (only at certain colleges). Today, Facebook is almost king of media, the “go-to” social media site, and an entire generation of kids who don’t know the drama of placing your “top 5 friends.” Everything great has a beginning.
The other day I ran into a young man who was telling me about a church he attended in another city. He said that the pastor held the first service, in his living room; and for 5 years, they remained in that living room. Today, it is one of the fastest growing congregations in that metropolitan area. He said to me, “just because a something is small now doesn’t mean anything.”
Being small now, has now bearings on where you may go, because every great thing has a beginning. Here are 5 things to remember when your church, business, career, or whatever is small :
- You are creating a foundation. What you do in the beginning often sets the tone for your ending, because you are laying a foundation. If the foundation isn’t solid and constructed properly, the building cannot and will not stand for long.
- You can focus on quality. Focusing on having a great product, service, or brand won’t keep you in obscurity forever. Having great quality now, will attract the right people to you.
- Having “the right” people is more important than having the most people. The masses will always be fickle, following whatever is hot at the moment. Get “the right” people on your team and you’re more likely to have sustained success, and eventually you will get more on board.
- Play the long game. It is far better to have small long-term prosperity, than it is to “hit it big” only to “flop” later. So look ahead, and plan to stay in the game for the long haul.
- Every success is HUGE! Even though you should think long-term, make reasonable short-term goals as well. Every time you reach one, celebrate it! Because every step towards your ultimate goal is a victory; and victory breeds victory.
Remember, every great thing has a beginning. Don’t get discouraged if your beginnings are small and seemingly insignificant. Create your own significance and I promise; your end will be great!
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin,” Zechariah 4:10a-b, New Living Translation.
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