While cleaning out an old folder, I found a copy of “An Entrepreneur’s Prayer.”
My copy doesn’t mention a source, but a quick Google search shows it was written by Rick Beneteau, co-founder of MovementofChange.com. He’s on Twitter at @RBeneteau where he shares wonderful inspirational messages that are perfect for retweeting.
If you’re an entrepreneur, this prayer is a comforting way to start the day. If you work for someone, you can adjust it accordingly to fit your own occupation or situation.
Since I started reading it about two weeks ago, before beginning my workday, it’s made all the difference in the way I approach my job, its problems, and the niggling little frustrations that drive me crazy. It’s also helped me be more patient with those who seek my help. And it’s reminded me, at the end of each day, to be grateful.
Thanks to Cheryl Muskus of Muskus Management Corporation, my first business mentor, for sending this to me about 15 years ago, and to Rick for writing it. It’s as relevant today as it was then.
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As I awaken with the gift of yet another day and prepare for the tasks at hand, I offer up this most ardent prayer:
I pray for continued clarity of purpose so that I may hold my vision steady and keep my focus on the needs and success of others, which in turn shall bring me my success.
I pray for the wisdom to expect abundance in my life, that it surrounds me and is available for the taking and to be shamelss and unapologetic upon its receipt, for I deserve abundance.
I pray for a cheerful countenance, be it clear or cloudy skies, and that I may radiate and infect others with my positive attitude.
I pray for the trust of others that they may recognize my sincerity and true intentions so that we may move forward together.
I pray for the strength to fend off adversity and use my desire and determination as both weapon and shield.
I pray for the courage to carry forth my convictions during the battle of business and to resist temptation to a quicker monetary result when such temptation compromises these things for which I stand.
I pray to retain my childhood wonder so that I can recognize and revel in the small miracles of each day that others may miss.
I pray that I may be used as a lightning rod to collect the amazing ideas already present in the universe and when blessed with such inspiration, that I may be able to apply my talents and abilities to turn the power of thought into measurable advancement of my goals.
I pray for an infinite supply of self-confidence, for it alone fortifies faith, strengthens my resolve and conquers the largest enemy I will ever face — fear.
I pray for a compassionate spirit and the patience to offer those who seek my advice and my help, my full and undivided attention.
I pray for good health and a feeling of well being, and the continued desire to improve those areas of my physical life I may be neglecting in the name of my spiritual and entrepreneurial advancement.
I pray that today is a day of excellence, and at its conclusion, I can acknowledge and be grateful for the forward motion I have made and the growth I have experienced.
I pray most of all for the understanding and support of those closest to my heart, my family, that they will equate what may seem like endless hours of apparent preoccupation with affairs of business to what is at the very core of my being, that which drives me, for once I achieve what I have set out in its fullest, I will become that more complete being I strive to be.
It is for these things I pray, for I am an entrepreneur.