January 11, 2007
From: Stephen Beck
is a story of lost potential.
years ago, on a beautiful day in late May, two youngsters graduated from
they'd been friends since childhood, they couldn't have
been more different.
One had taken full advantage of her private
was an honor student headed for an Ivy League school on full scholarship.
other's prospects were uncertain. He was smart as a whip, but utterly
uninterested in going to college. He wasn't a bad kid, but he'd been
classified as 'rebellious' by his teachers. His largely unearned
reputation dogged him through his early years, and he began to "act
much soul-searching, deep prayer and Christian counseling, his parents opted for home schooling.
our two friends returned home for their 10-year reunion.
coffee, they discovered that their lives contained some remarkable
similarities. Both were happily married. Both were earning comfortable
incomes. And both were expecting their first child!
there were differences. Our Ivy Leaguer wore dark circles under her eyes.
The result of 80 hour work weeks spent pursuing partner status in a
large accounting firm. Even after discovering she was pregnant, she
was hardly able to trim her breakneck schedule.
"rebel" was now pastor over a small church he'd begun in his
living room a few years before. His congregation was growing, but still
unable to provide him with a steady salary. As it turned out, this was no
hardship at all. He was financially secure.
How Did Our Underachieving Rebel Overcome His Past And Create The
"Freedom To Serve"?
was very practical and relevant. Excellent use of examples and
illustrations. Great Job!
Van Deventer (Parent)
you ever witnessed, as I have, young couples chasing after the brass
rings of career and money? They seem to have it all, unless you know
what to watch for:
"busyness" spent shuffling children between hired
caretakers... Increasing debt to leverage an empty lifestyle...
Growing distance from family and friends due to immense time
you've sensed these strains in your own life. I know I have!
Mammon At The Expense Of The Real Prize Isn't New!
careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but
have harvested little.
eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your
fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm.
earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it…
expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What
you brought home, I blew away. Why?" declares the LORD
of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy
with his own house."
Of Haggai 1:5,6,9
many as one in four kindergarteners demonstrates
entrepreneurial qualities such as a taste for
risk-taking, creative problem-solving abilities, and high
internal motivation to succeed.
as children grow older, many lose that entrepreneurial spark.
By the time teenagers graduate from high school, only
actively use the same
for Entrepreneurial Leadership Clearinghouse
Entrepreneurial Education (CELCEE)
Believe Owning Their Own Business Provides Job
According to a recent poll
conducted by Junior Achievement, more teenagers believe that
owning their own business provides greater job security,
compared to working for a company.
About three-quarters of
the teens indicated that they would like to start their own
This poll shows that
today's teens have a great deal of confidence in their
ability to develop and reach their goals. Thus, it is
important for parents and business owners to encourage the
next generation and for whole communities to support youth
Clark...self-made billionaire American
businessman founder of "Netscape" and first
Jackson...7th U.S. President
president of Florida A&M University
multimillionaire and founder of "Success" magazine
best selling American author
Gates...Founder of Microsoft
Maxwell...self made billionaire British publisher
Simplot...self-made billionaire American
Jennings... Canadian born American television
journalist and evening news anchorman
you haven't been told is that this isn't your fault.
Most of us have grown up under a crushing Conveyor
Belt Education System.
the system I was raised with. Chances are it's the same system you
were brought up in.
Belt Education is provided by the government. Its
only purpose is to prepare your children for a job, any job, by
teaching them what to
education historically exists to teach the 'poor' to land a job.
most Americans have no other choice than a public education.
Sadly, many of our most exclusive private schools duplicate this same
children's education is set up like a factory: everyone in the class
gets the same education at the same age from the same textbooks, and
they are tested the same and graded based upon the same scale...
of their individual talents, goals, interests or personal
The Name Of The Game In Public Education.
it doesn't stop there.
see, public education trains your kids to turn off their minds. And
once that happens, your children are less able to resist outside
pressures to conform to the world around them.
child's God-given ingenuity and resourcefulness are destroyed. Their
ability to rule and reign for Jesus Christ is compromised.
Belt Education is nothing more than 'training for the
good news is, it doesn't have to be that way.
where it gets really interesting)
if you had a God-honoring way to teach
your children (and discover for yourself) how to...
alternative sources of income
reduce your dependency on
others for your
passive sources of income so
can spend less time at your 9 to 5 job.
lost entrepreneurial skills and
teach your children to weather any economic
more control over income, time and
priorities and reduce the
control the world has
over when we work, when we go home to our
families, how much we make and who we get to
more time with family without
exhaustion that comes from the grueling climb up
the corporate ladder.
out of debt and build a
"Lessons For A
you very much for offering this class. It gave me so much to
think about. I will be using what I learned here for the rest
of my life!
me to introduce myself. My name is Stephen Beck. For over 20 years,
I ran a successful remodeling business.
long ago, I 'retired' from my business. Now with my wife Kerry, I'm
blessed to follow my passion:
others (especially teens and young adults)...
to Start, Nurture
Sustain A Successful Home-Based Enterprise!
I first left my six-figure income as a building contractor, I began
speaking at homeschool conventions all over the country.
soon realized the business talks I gave were some of the most
popular and well attended activities at these events.
also discovered an incredible hunger to learn the basics of
business, especially among the teenagers I spoke to.
just assumed that most families had a good working grasp of personal
finance and business principles.