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8 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Entrepreneurial life can be extremely challenging. More than 90% of startups fail within the first five years of their inception. Every founder will encounter situations where he wouldn’t know if he is headed in the right direction. It is during such times when one needs to not only introspect for character building  but also seek inspiration to stay optimistic.

There are hundreds of great books out there that offer advice & insights about the business world. However, there is only so much time that one can spare from his busy work life and we want you to make the most of it by recommending eight books that will refine your personality and make you a better thinker and leader.

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So let’s get started.

1. How to Win Friends & Influence People
One of the first best-selling self help books that was ever published, this book can be read by anyone but is a must for entrepreneurs. After reading this book, you will be able to make friends quickly, get your employees to start thinking the way you do, avoid conflicts at workplace and become a better visionary.

2. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Successful people always have some qualities that set them apart from the    rest of the crowd. To develop those qualities, you need to tread a carefully crafted path. Stephen Covey outlines this path for you in his book.  

This book  presents a holistic, principle-centered approach to solve personal and professional problems and was listed as one of ”The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books” by Times in 2011.

3. The Lean Startup
Today, entrepreneurs have innovative ideas but often lack the tools   necessary to build an enduring business. The book offers advice from someone who himself saw his startup fail, learnt from his mistakes and then went on to build a multi-million dollar enterprise.

The book will enlighten your mind about the 5 principles that are critical to the success of a startup and what makes a startup a ‘lean’ one.

4. Rich Dad Poor Dad
Everyone would like to become an entrepreneur after reading this book.  It is about a person who has two fathers- one rich & the other poor. Both fathers teach their kid on how to achieve success  but differ vastly in their approach.

The theme revolves around two things: a can-do-attitude and fearless entrepreneurship. The lesson is simple: if you desire to be an entrepreneur, you must take charge of your life by overcoming fear, laziness, cynicism and arrogance.

5. 80/20 Sales & Marketing
The business landscape has changed considerably over the last decade.   Instead of reaching out to everyone, a highly refined targeting of potential customers is the way forward. To bolster sales and run targeted marketing campaigns effectively,  you need to focus only on those customers who are genuinely interested in your product. The secret lies in saving 80 percent of your time by zeroing in on the 20 percent of your customers who have the highest probability of buying from you.

6. The $100 Startup
Without direction, purpose and strategy, any startup stands very little chance of succeeding. From the initial stages of starting a business to managing the growing  operations, this book will assist you at every stage. The book was written after conducting interviews and surveys with founders of real startups and hence is a must read for entrepreneurs who are thinking of starting their own business.

7. Start With Why
Great leaders inspire others by putting the Why(the purpose) before the How(the process) or the What (the product). In the book, the author uses real-world examples of great leaders to show you how they communicate and how you can adopt their mindset to inspire others.

Once you are finished reading this book, you will be equipped with the tools which will help you to lead and inspire.

8. The 4-Hour Workweek
I can’t recommend this book enough. After reading this book, your life will never be the same again. People often complain about struggling to balance their work life and not finding enough time for leisure.So if you are an entrepreneur and feel like you have been trapped in the vicious circle of life, this book will serve as a useful guide for a new and revolutionary world. It is bound to shake things up and make you do things differently.

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Daily Bread: A Rock Solid Foundation Do you have unhealthy relationships influencing you?

Prepare
Do you ever wonder what it takes to please God? It couldn’t be clearer than in Proverbs. Ask God to give you a willing heart as you prepare to be counseled by Him.

Read
Proverbs 1:1-19

Explore
There is a well-known saying in Spanish – “Tell me who you walk with and I will tell you who you are.”

Who you associate with tells a lot about a person. And in Proverbs, the Lord wastes no time warning against such basic mistakes.

It is interesting that the fear of the Lord (vs 1-7) and choosing friends (vs 10-19) are the first two subjects in the book of Proverbs. We should not take lightly this first passage – one of the longest in the whole book. As Solomon, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, lays the foundation on how to live a successful life, he gives us two clear points of emphasis – wisdom through the fear of the Lord and foolishness through poor relationships (v 7).

Take time to check out Psalm 128:1, Psalm 112:1, Proverbs 8:3, Job 1:1, and 2 Corinthians 5:11a. In each passage, the fear of the Lord has a direct correlation to walking in His ways, finding delight in His commands, and hating evil. It is a direct rebuke of foolish, undisciplined living.

Do you desire to be filled with wisdom and knowledge? Do you want to honor God with your life and fear Him with a holy fear? Then start by looking at your influences. Who do you spend time with? Who influences you? Is it God, or is it unhealthy friendships?

Respond
Heavenly Father, I look to you from the depths of my heart to give me daily direction for every aspect of my life. Thank you for your personal counsel.

Is Jesus the rock in your foundation? Do you believe He can truly calm the storms in your life? Talk to one of our volunteers about the storms going on in your life and ask for prayer.

Ask for Prayer

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One Man’s Death Every Man’s Guarantee

Hope for a "new world" must rest in God, not man

Written by Luis Palau
Tags: Death, Easter, Hope, Life, Power, Resurrection
We all keep hoping for peace. World War I was "the war to end all wars." Then we found ourselves in the midst of World War II-again sending out sons, husbands, and fathers who may not return.

The wars kept coming. Korea. Vietnam. Iraq. Each one pouring out death and destruction to an extent the world hadn’t witnessed previously. If only military victory carried a lifetime guarantee of no more death, no more failure, no more fear. Or better yet, an eternal guarantee.

But only one man’s death carries that guarantee.

No human effort to build a better world can guarantee lasting peace in the Persian Gulf, or Somalia, or anywhere else for that matter. The freedom that costs the blood of our precious young men and women isn’t permanent. It lasts only until another aggressive power comes along, unjustly claiming supremacy over others. Then the bloodshed starts all over again.

Hope for a "new world" must rest in God, not man. Death is man’s legacy; life is God’s. The Lord Jesus Christ said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die" (John 11:25-26).

Good Friday, when we remember the cruel death of Jesus Christ on the cross, is a day that man made because of sin. But Resurrection Sunday is God’s Day. He made it. Only the power of God could have raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Man’s deepest yearnings for life, power, and hope find fulfillment in the meaning of Easter.

Life
Resurrection speaks of life. Jesus Christ is alive today! Here in the northern hemisphere, Resurrection Sunday comes in the spring. After a long, cold winter, nature comes alive. In the spring, one is prompted to think of resurrection. It’s a new beginning.

Death is our enemy. But life is ours in Jesus Christ. Death brings fear. The Resurrection gives peace. Thoughts about death often lead to depression. The reality of the Resurrection leads to hope. Death speaks of separation, but the Resurrection speaks of a life that is indestructible, in union forever with the risen Jesus Christ.

The Bible says, "When you were dead in your sins…God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins" (Colossians 2:13). We are alive to God because the risen life of Christ is our life. All of us who have Jesus Christ in our hearts know that He’s alive. That’s why we love to sing, "You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart." The Lord affirmed, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10). That speaks of His life in us!

When Jesus came out of the grave, having finished the work on the cross, having shed His blood, having taken the punishment for our sins on His own body, He was able to give us life, because He was alive, risen from the dead.

Do you have this life? Have you experienced what it is to come alive in Jesus Christ? Have you experienced what the Bible calls a "new birth"?

To be born again means that Jesus Christ actually comes into your life. Instead of being dead to God, dead to the things of God, not understanding what God is like, you come alive. You become a new person who can understand the things of God.

The Resurrection speaks of life; not only the life of Christ, alive from the tomb, but also an abundant inner life for us, here and now, daily.

Jesus Christ also opened a way into heaven. We no longer have to fear death, because we are united with Christ. A Christian has been resurrected with Jesus Christ. Christ’s victory is our victory both now and in the future. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus Christ destroyed him "who holds the power of death-that is, the devil" (Hebrews 2:14).

Power
Resurrection also speaks of power. Before the Lord was raised from the dead, the apostles were quite a miserable lot. What was wrong? What was it that they lacked? They lacked power!

Until the Lord Jesus was resurrected, was raised up into heaven and the Holy Spirit came down on the Day of Pentecost, the apostles were still afraid and in hiding.

But on the Day of Pentecost, Peter, who had earlier been afraid of the accusations of a servant girl, stood up in front of several thousand people and said, very boldly, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38). What brought on this boldness?

Peter now was filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit! He had the risen life of Jesus Christ in him. The power that brought Christ out of the grave is for us now. God’s power is not something that we work up ourselves. It comes only from the indwelling Holy Spirit.

If you lack power in your life, power to overcome temptation, power to witness for Jesus Christ, then you need to allow God’s Spirit to fill you. You need to acknowledge His life in you and let Him live through you.

The life of Christ dwells in every one who by faith receives Him. Your life can be filled with the power of the living Lord Jesus Christ. "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, and love and of self-discipline" (2 Timothy 1:7).

Hope
Hope? Yes, resurrection also speaks of a secure hope. My father’s body is buried in a little cemetery in Argentina. But my father has been with Jesus Christ all these 48 years since his physical death. One day his body is going to be resurrected, just as the body of Jesus was resurrected.

For those who know the Lord Jesus, that fact is very real. The Lord is coming back! The Bible says that one of these days, we shall be changed "in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed" (1 Corinthians 15:52). What a marvelous reality!

When my father died, we sang a hymn at his funeral:

Face to face, O blissful moment.

Face to face, to see and know.

Face to face with my Redeemer,

Jesus Christ who loved me so.

Face to face I shall behold Him,

Far beyond the starry sky.

Face to face in all His glory,

I shall see Him by and by.

This is the hope that the Resurrection gives you. We know we shall see the Lord Jesus face to face in all His glory. Do you have that hope? Do you have that assurance? Do you know for sure that you’ll see Him?

If the resurrected Christ does not live in your heart and you die today, what hope would you have? There is no "reincarnation," no "second chance." But if Christ lives in you, then there is the secure hope of eternal life with the Lord Jesus, forever. "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish," He has said (John 10:28).

A minister’s son, 28 years old, married with two children, had cancer. Each of the several specialists who examined him said the cancer would take his life. I was the guest speaker at the minister’s church on the Sunday that his son died, early that morning. This pastor, who had suffered so much for two years seeing his son slowly dying, was at perfect peace. He described the last few hours he spent with him. His son had said, "Dad, tonight I’m going to be with Jesus."

"Aren’t you lucky to get there before me, David," his father said. "To think that tonight you will actually see Moses in person, and Peter, Paul, and John the Baptist!"

Then his father said, "But son, best of all, you’re going to see the Lord Jesus. And when you see Him, David, will you tell him that your father loves Him very much?"

The reason this man had such tremendous peace when I spoke with him a few hours after his son’s death was because his son was with the Lord Jesus. That’s what knowing Jesus Christ will do for you.

If the Lord Jesus returned today, would He welcome you into His presence? Have you opened your life to Jesus Christ?

You can receive the Lord Jesus by a simple prayer of faith. Believe in Him, invite Him into your heart, and become a child of God. Make sure that you will be part of that resurrection day when the Lord Jesus comes back for His own.

Make this prayer your own, quietly now, as you finish this article:

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You that because of Easter, You’ve made it possible for me to have a new beginning. Thank You for Your death on the cross, paying the penalty for my sins. Thank You for Your resurrection three days later. You’re alive and now You offer me new life, power and hope here and now and for all eternity. Please forgive my sins and make me part of Your family. I gladly receive You and put my trust in You. Amen.

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Ways CRM makes Every Employee a Customer Expert

The success of an organization is fuelled by the quality of services it provides to clientele and is determined by the level of its customer’s satisfaction. Hence, it is significantly important for companies to deliver great customer services and make their customer’s experience a great feel by converting every employee of the corporation into a customer expert. Since, the grind of dealing with customers is not confined to front-line staff only in this competitive business environment, it’s is a task performed by every employee on a daily basis.

If you run a customer facing business, you must realize the need for a comprehensive system that not only aligns the strategical business plans but also helps your employees with customer interaction across the major business sections including sales, marketing and support. CRM caters to all the needed and empowers companies to inculcate customer expert skills into their employees while fortifying them with all required tools that can serve them in delivering the best of their services. CRM empowers employees in 5 magical ways which are:

1.    Consolidates Information at Single Unified Interface:
CRM asserts customer’s information, interaction details and purchase history at single unified interface that can be accessed anywhere and at any time. This unified interface provides every employee an instant access to the 360-degree view of the customer and proposes smart search systems in which the whole detailed information about a contact can be accessed just by filling one information field. With updated information in hand, every employee can handle customers’ queries and deliver the best of what they can.

2.    Serves as an Assistant:
In order to be a customer expert, the first priority set should be attending each and every scheduled activity. CRM helps in this regard too and serves as an assistant that actively maintains “To-Do list” for you. Within CRM system, “To-Do” list is automatically populated by synchronization of activities from multiple sources such as Google calendar, portals, and social networks etc. This auto-managed To-Do list helps you stay on top of your schedule while keeping track of all the activities performed and planned. Other than actively maintaining the To-Do list, CRM software sends alters and notifies you before time so that you don’t miss any of your customer interaction. Setting reminders and synchronizing of information on a single platform is an essential asset of CRM system that supports to the customer expert’s skills.

3.    Enriches Personalized Experiences:
Today’s customer is educated, enlightened and privileged in terms of having more alternatives than ever before. Hence, they demand personalized experiences, not for generic fling that applies to everyone sharing the same territory or demography. In order to serve your customers the personalized experience, you are needed to understand them first. Knowing the demography of customer is not enough. One has to be cognizant of the psychography and sociography of their customers that can help you understand their needs, interests, attitude, values, activities, personal profile and passion. This is only way you can deliver experiences tailored as per their expectations.

4.    Enables Multi –Channel Handling:

Interaction channels have exploded in the past few years eliciting the need to tap into the digital existence. For the purpose, companies have expanded the scope of functionality included in customer service and support by building their brand entity across the social media networks. Today, social media is being used as the ultimate tool for interaction with customers. Your customers exist everywhere peculiarly on social media networks and driving glean insight about product conception from these digital communities  not only helps in customer dealing but also mentors ways to project good image of your brand. With CRM system, you don’t have to navigate through multiple channels to know what your customers are talking about your service or product. Customize your CRM system to pull data from multiple sources to the CRM interface and handle the queries or words of your customers prevailed over social networks. Now you can handle everything staying within the CRM system and build authentic customer engagement.

 5.    Helps Deliver Quick and Quality Response:

Quick response has become a confidence builder and a value added competitive advantage for businesses. “Time is money” the statement stands legitimate especially in the case of customers who after investing their real money in your business, don’t feel like spending their time waiting for your service. Customers today are impassioned and they demand quick responses. CRM’s seamless integration with other institutional systems such as Twilio,MailChimp, Asterisk, Gsync and Marketo etc., entangles robust customer support that auto- respond to customer cases to some extent and facilitate employees to quickly look into the initially drafted case and compose a good quality customer responses for it which is pivotal for organization’s substantial growth.

Remember! Good quality customer Service can cultivate long-term relationships with customers so make every employee of your company, a customer Expert.

Rolustech is a team of award winning certified SugarCRM experts taking pride in successfully implementing SugarCRM for more than 500 firms worldwide.

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Speak Blessings To Everything Around You

God wants us to take His Word to the nations, and
that means a lot. But you see, when He said to
preach the Gospel to every creature, He wasn’t only referring
to preaching to someone who doesn’t know Jesus. Preaching
the Gospel to every creature means preaching to
EVERYTHING that exists! Romans 8:19 says, “For the earnest
expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of
the sons of God.”
The term “creature” actually means “creation.” So, it’s
saying, “The earnest expectation of the creation waits for the
manifestation of the sons of God.” There’s depreciation in the
human world, including human life; and so, everything in life
is waiting for your manifestation; waiting for you to liberate
them. All around the world, there’s fear. Many scientists
provide evidence of ozone layer depletion. Global warming
remains an issue of widespread political debate, with world
leaders in dire need of a solution.
These things aren’t new; the scientists only just found
out. The Bible already talked about them: The twentieth verse
of Romans chapter eight says, “For the creature (creation)
was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of
him who hath subjected the same in hope.” The creation was
made subject to vanity; no wonder it’s in terrible depreciation,
groaning in pain. And we’re the ones to bring that deliverance
to all creation through the Gospel.
Revelation 21:5 says, “And he that sat upon the throne
Speak Blessings To Everything
Around You
THURSDAY
31
said, Behold, I make all things new….” The renewal has begun.
Preach the Word to the things in your home and they’ll have
new values. Speak the Word to your finances and they won’t
depreciate. Proclaim the Word over your physical body and
it’ll never be ravaged by sickness, disease, and infirmities.
Speak blessings to things around you.
Use the Word to rule your world! In your home,
school, or place of work, speak blessings. For your country,
do the same; speak words of blessings, for the Bible says,
“By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted…” (Proverbs
11:11).
CONFESSION
I bring deliverance to every
creation in my world, taking them
out of bondage and corruption,
into the glorious liberty of the
sons of God. I give life to the
things around me through the
power of my words, for these are
the days of the manifestation of
the sons of God. Hallelujah!
1 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
Luke 8:40-56
Joshua 7-9
2 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
Romans 5:1-11
Psalm 103
FURTHER STUDY:
Luke 6:45
Proverbs 18:20-21
Pastor Chris

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Apply The Word For Changes

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). 
As a Christian, it’s important that you keep
making progress, and using the Word of
God to improve the quality of your personality. You
ought to be able to testify of definite changes in your
personality in recent times, through the application of
the Word of God. There should be something positive
and definite that you’ve built into your character or
something negative that you got rid of from your
character, by using the Word of God. Subject yourself
to the Word for it to effect changes in your spirit and
in your soul.
The change in your physical body is easy; the
focus now is the change from within. You have a
responsibility in building and upgrading your life with
the Word of God; no one can do this for you. There’re
people who haven’t changed in ten years. The same
things that offended them years ago, are still offending
them now. The same people they disliked years ago
are still disliked today. The same issues they’ve had in
five years are still there. They’ve neither changed nor
grown; that’s sad.
The question to ask is, have such people acquired
more information? Of course, they might have; but they haven’t acted on the information. They’ve heard and
studied the Scriptures but haven’t yielded themselves
to the transforming power of the Word of God to
bring about lasting changes in their personality. It’s not
enough to hear or gather scriptural information; you
must act on the Word.
There’re those who, when they’re in church, write
down everything that’s being preached and taught.
They get the tapes and they listen, but they’re so used
to the voice that it doesn’t mean anything to them nor
effect a change in their character. They’ve become too
familiar with the Word. Don’t be that way. Believe in
the power and ability of the Word of God to transform
your life from glory to glory. Apply the Word for
changes. I’m not talking about a temporary change,
but permanent changes to affect your personality.
God’s Word was given to you as a creative
material. Any change you want in your life is possible;
use the Word to make it happen. You can create more
victories and sustain yourself in the transcendent life
with the Word. 
Confession
The Word of God is my life and
my sustenance; I’m making
progress and winning every day
by the Word. Today, my life is
improved and upgraded as the
Word of God impacts my spirit,
bringing about a transformation
from glory to glory, in Jesus’
Name. Amen.

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