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Do You Like Your Job?

The ancient philosopher Aristotle said “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”

When we enjoy our work we tend do it better than the one who does not. Great satisfaction is found when our gifts and talents are put into action.

If our purpose on earth is to serve God by glorifying Him in all that we do, then our vocation is a platform for that purpose.

In fact, we have the awesome privilege and responsibility of orienting our lives accordingly. Only by putting those gifts and talents into practice can we truly experience deep joy in what we do.

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Honesty in the Workplace

Canadian businessman and politician, Stanley J. Randall, said, "The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form."

Have you ever been tempted to exaggerate your credentials when completing a job application or updating a resume?

Desperate people will often lie in a competitive employment market. Some falsify education history or work experience, technical skills or positions held.  A survey from CareerBuilderrevealed that 56% of over 2,000 hiring managers found a lie on applicant’s resumes.

Some actual examples include:

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Building a Reputation that Lasts

Are you full of good intentions but never make headway? Henry Ford said, "You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

Our careers are highly dependent on the reputations we build...and our reputations are established by our priorities. For a Christian, those priorities must be established outside of what the world calls success. Christ warned that a man could gain the entire world but forfeit his soul in the pursuit thereof.

A Christian in the workplace must live by what the Westminster Shorter Catechism teaches: "chief end of man is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever." Choosing to live with that goal and purpose, a man’s reputation will be established on Truth.

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Why Retirement Could Launch Your Next Career

According to Chris Farrell, in a recent article at Forbes.com, you can start a business in retirement.

Older workers have decades of experience, a network of contacts, and often more money than younger people to invest in a start-up company. They have lived through years of economic ebbs and flows and are often able to spot needs and market trends due to their years of study.

55-to-64 year olds made up 15% of new entrepreneurs in the 1997 Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship, but the number jumped to 24% in the 2016 Index.

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4 Steps to Ask for a Raise

Originally posted on the Christian Post on February 17.

To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can #AskChuck @AskCrown your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity.

 

Dear Chuck,

I’ve been at my job for a while now, and I know that I make a valuable contribution to my company, but I don’t know how to go about asking for a raise. Employers seem to be able to say vague things about the economy being sluggish and rush past any conversation that involves compensation. What does the Bible have to say about how to have an uncomfortable conversation about compensation? Is it more “Christian” to take a lower salary and give up worldly riches?

Stuck with Sluggish Salary

Dear Stuck,

This will be fun! Hopefully this will cover the questions you are wrestling with and give you some tips for seeking a raise so you will be on track for a healthy increase in pay soon!

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Ever made a really bad decision? Want to know how to avoid another one?

In a recent article for Forbes, Chris Myers warns entrepreneurs to be careful about making big decisions when they are carrying a lot of stress. The acronym H.A.L.T., he explains, stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired.

He discovered that it wasn’t the amount of stress he carried, but the failure to identify triggers that released it, thus impacting his ability to make wise decisions.

Hunger: Whether physical or spiritual, check yourself. Are you hungry for worldly results, success or action? 

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Are you self-employed, trying to make ends meet?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2015, 15 million people, roughly 10% of total U.S. employment, were self-employed.

If you fall into that category I recommend you find a Godly mentor or team who will answer questions, counsel you, and help you grow your business. Find people who know the pressure of setting goals, meeting financial needs, and keeping the company growing.

Budgeting is key, especially when your income varies month to month. Don’t let the term budget frighten you. It will serve you IF you are willing to do a little work.

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If you are in the hunt to find a job or change careers, you need to do well in your interview.

A recent article at ToughNickel.com listed 10 things you should never say in a job interview. Here goes.

How much does this job pay?

Typically, money is not discussed during the first interview. If, at the end of the session the interviewer should ask what salary you expect, give a realistic range of salaries you can accept without pricing yourself out of the job or limiting your earning possibilities.  

What does your company make or do?

Do your research before the interview. Find the company online and learn as much as you can.

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Costco has changed their credit card policy

My wife and I both like to shop at Costco.  Not long ago I noticed that everything I had on was purchased at Costco. Yep, literally everything: my shoes, socks, pants, belt, t-shirt and long sleeved dress shirt had all come from Costco.  So, why am I telling you this? Millions of you probably like to shop there, and they recently made a big decision about credit cards.

Costco made a big switch, replacing the American Express Costco card with Costco Visa Anywhere card. This move is expected to save Costco several hundred million dollars in credit card fees. 

American Express had been the warehouse club’s card partner for 16 years, and while this move is a big benefit to Costco, so far some customers aren’t impressed by its replacement. 

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Learning Lessons from Losing $4.5 Billion

Originally posted at Christian Post June 24, 2016.

To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can AskChuck your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity.

Dear Chuck, 

I have been fascinated by the news stories about the embattled founder of the medical testing company Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, who lost $4.5 billion – BILLION – and it is really hard to understand how someone can go from the top of Forbes richest people list to the bottom. Is there Biblical advice on how to avoid that kind of rise and fall? I have a business that I operate and I want to avoid that kind of disaster.

Working Hard for the Money

 

Dear Working, 

Thank you for the question. I’ve been fascinated by the story as well, which has all the drama of a Greek tragedy, and some lessons for those who want to create their own “unicorns” – an industry term for start up companies valued at over a billion dollars. Perhaps the whole tragedy could have been averted if a little more of Biblically recommended caution had been applied by those who first heard about the venture. 

As Christians we are urged to “be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16). Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes told the world that she has built a better medical mousetrap – claiming she could revolutionize the world of blood testing, which impacts many people. But according to pending lawsuits, words and deeds did not match up. Blind faith is never a good thing in investing.

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