Ever hear this old fallacy?
“Businesspeople are nothing but greedy, selfish people who think of nothing but money.”
Bringing back the last point about how business and the craft you like go hand in hand, this fallacy already fails. Are all businesspeople greedy? Of course not! I don’t like generalizations and labeling of one type of person because I believe it to be a form of pride and prejudice. We’re all human and we all have the tendency to be either greedy or not greedy. Students, workers, politicians, ninjas, everyone has the choice between good and evil. It’s not something relegated to one group. As I said yesterday, there are businesspeople that fall into the greedy category in that they just want to make more money for the sake of having money. The Bible says that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Tim 6:10), but God never said that money in and of itself was evil, just the “love” of it. It becomes a trap when it becomes your master however. But what about those businesspeople that don’t serve money; why do they need money if they aren’t greedy?
Well let’s first ask this: Why do you and your family need money? To pay for food, clothing, house bills, and other expenses right? In affect that’s what most businesspeople need money for among other things. Without money how would we pay for our next event or product line? If you’re an artist like me you may need money for the materials you need for your craft. If you have people that help you, you may want to pay them for their hard work when they could be doing something else. There’s the rising cost of travel, lodging, and shipping to think about, and much, much more. Most important of all there are several businesses that give generous donations to charities within the church, school system, and city events.
So as a businessman, would I like to have some extra cash for all that? Yes! The first thing I always do is take my tithe and give it to the church no matter how much or how little I earn at events. Someday God willing I would like to do more for my church, charities, schools that don’t have art programs, my own campus’ Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering and engineering services offices, and especially homeless folk that I come across from time to time. I’d like to be able to help my family by being able to make enough to pay my dad for all his support over the years and of course help out around the house with other payments. On the store side of things I’d like to get more products out there and into the hands of customers and readers. Products like clothes, pens, stuffed dragons, and more figurines like the ones we’re making now. I’d like to be able to attend more fairs, markets, and conventions particularly the big ones like New York and San Diego Comic Con and even Japan Expo.
I know that I’m not alone in being a businessperson that doesn’t fit the common description many like to use. Generalizing is not a way to know someone as an individual. Get to know someone, REALLY know someone, before rushing to the conclusion that a salesperson is all about the money. Though these may differ from person to person as with all of us, but as for me my dedication is to God, family, and community. Anything like money is a distant place in my book. We may need it from time to time, but to coin a hymn, no matter my lot, God has taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul.