Life Is A Lot Like Pancakes: 4 Things I Learned From 4 Years Of Entrepreneurship

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So I searched google from end to end to find the perfect fluffy pancake recipe. I found a few recipes and found one I liked. To tell you the backstory, I saw a few photos on Instagram of a wedding pancake and I was inspired to create one of my own. I followed the recipe and the first one came out flat and ugly. I ate it in a hurry because I didn’t want my children to see the mess I created; so no photos were taken. I used the griddle for the first batch, so I decided to use a small frying pan for the second batch which created the perfect round pancakes I wanted.

Now, although the circles were perfect some of the pancakes were slightly burnt and not as pretty as I’d hoped. I really tried hard to make these pancakes beautiful, but I came up short again! But isn’t that just like life? You give it your all and sometimes find yourself further back than you thought you would be. You follow the instructions given. You go to school, find a job, start a business, raise a family and although you follow the path given to you, life burns you. And it burns you with the very same things or people you were told would bless you and it begs you to question whether you followed the path for you.

Monday 15 July 2019 made four years since I became a full-time entrepreneur. It’s been four years of adventure, joy, and much disappointment. However, despite the roller coaster, I’ve been on these past 4 years I’ve gathered some priceless jewels along the way.

1. Put your trust in God. The Bible declares that the arms of flesh will fail you. I know this scripture to be true but where I found myself wanting is that after I trusted God for the answer, I didn’t think I needed to continue to trust God; so I ended up trusting the answer and the answer failed me. See, we are to ask God for his guidance in every situation. Although God gave you the answer, you need his continued guidance to lead you through to his intended blessing. Just because God said that man is your husband and he marries you, you still need Gods to help to navigate successfully through that relationship. Just because you have the blessing doesn’t mean you don’t need God. You need him even more to keep it.

2. Hush your mouth! Releasing information about your moves or dreams before it’s time can abort the mission. I did this so many times because of foolish excitement and validation. But, I learned that the enemy can’t destroy what he doesn’t know exists.

3. Forget the hustle and grind mentality. Exert all your energy into all things kingdom. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto thee. Everything you are working to get or build can be given to you if you switch your mindset from ‘me’ to ‘us’.

4. You are more powerful than you think. I am always amazed at the story of the Israelites and Egyptians. The Egyptians were afraid of the Israelites because the more they oppressed them the more they grew in strength and in numbers. Sometimes we underestimate ourselves because we have been conditioned to thinking more about our weaknesses than our strengths. I have learned that it is important to focus on our strengths because that’s the key to our success and wealth.

There were things along my journey that didn’t happen like I thought it would, like the first pancake I made that I wouldn’t share. But even though it didn’t always work out as I wanted, it always worked out for my good.

 

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Written by Elle Clarke

Founder and Sr. Editor of I AM QUEEN Magazine.

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