Faith, as defined by Webster and aptly referenced by Stuart D. Anderson in his book One Bag O’ Gold: Biblical Inspirations for Entrepreneurship (Barnes & Noble Press) is “a confidence, belief or assurance not based on proof.” The author elaborates that “it is when you know something as Truth, deep down inside your bones, and nothing can persuade you away or cause you to believe otherwise.”
“Faith,” writes Anderson, “is knowing where you are going, from where you came and that you are going to get there. You just know it. We don’t have proof yet, but somehow we know it.”
In One Bag O’ Gold, a most unique work, Anderson has brought together faith and conviction in an entrepreneurial business. Faith in religion is the backbone to realizing one’s true purpose. While offering a variety of necessities and tips on the best practices to start your own business, he quotes from the Bible and reaffirms his commitment to God as essential to making it all happen.
COMBINING FAITH AND BUSINESS
Anderson speaks from what he knows. An accomplished leader in financial services and the CEO of his own company, his knowledge and insights are based on his own experiences, and yes, on his own faith. He wrote the book to hopefully serve as “the ultimate source of inspiration and encouragement for all those who are searching for a more fulfilling life through entrepreneurship” using what he himself practices every day.
In combining faith and business, Anderson offers parables from the Bible and smart corporate tactics to help readers succeed. Interestingly, Anderson makes a case for entrepreneurship over employment with an established firm. Given the Covid-19 pandemic and the generalized fear present in society, Anderson argues that people might be better off depending upon their own business acumen rather than running the risk of being dependent on someone else’s work and the decisions they make. Throughout this intriguing book Anderson refers to the Parable of the Talents, which suggests people should use their God-given talents and personal abilities; such usage will be rewarded.
On top of all the spiritual encouragement, the book lays down some basics for anyone starting a business, giving guidance for ancillary tasks such as registering with the proper authorities, setting up operations, and developing sound accounting practices. It also addresses more subtle considerations like business ethics, the importance of a healthy work/life balance, the process of making choices, taking risks and showing gratitude. Regarding business ethics, for example, Anderson quotes Proverbs 22:1 which states that “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” He also provides review questions after many of the chapters to help readers and prospective entrepreneurs stay on course.
For those contemplating starting a business as a professional career choice, One Bag O’ Gold provides a different kind of source, one that touches upon a number of important disciplines while weaving in a strong spiritual grounding. It’s an interesting combination worth considering. As Anderson says, “Have faith in yourself, in your products and services, and in your abilities and the Lord our God.”