Despite what some people think, no one sets out to intentionally fail in business or ministry.
But there are some practices that will guarantee failure. Here are five ways to fail spectacularly in business or ministry.
1. Do everything yourself.
Jethro, Mose’s father in law, suggested that Moses delegate the work of judging the nation of Israel to others, saving only the hardest cases for Moses to hear.
I am sure that this was hard for Moses to do. No one had his passion or skillset. But it was an absolute necessity for the nation to grow.
Delegation is hard. It takes time and trust. But it works.
2. Work 24/7.
We can work so long that we actually become unproductive and make foolish and costly mistakes.
There is a reason that God rested from his creation. It wasn’t because God was tired. He set an example for us to follow.
We all need time to recharge our batteries.
3. Don’t listen, solicit, and respond to feedback.
There is wisdom to be found from every employee, customer or church attendee.
Feedback, good or bad, is not an obstacle but an opportunity. This is especially true in ministry.
4. Don’t invest in your employees or volunteers.
Praise, a fair wage, and personal development enrich the individual but they also add value to your endeavor.
Happy employees equal happy
Volunteers who are appreciated for their contributions are more likely to serve and recruit others.
5. Don’t innovate.
Change is inevitable. Technological and cultural changes are already affecting your business and ministry.
How you respond to a constantly changing culture will determine whether your business or ministry will wither, survive or thrive.