Entrepreneurship culture is enamored with fast growth. Do you dive in, wade in—or running fast and fearlessly take a wild leap of faith into the arms of the God who cares?
Think back on your entrepreneur journey. Did the stages of your business growth look like these?
- Stage One: The Great Idea— (aka “What was I thinking?’ after a year or so).
- Stage Two: The Bungie Cord Jump— At this stage, you’ve made the jump into running your business, but you’re not certain your cord is short enough until you reach the end of the jump.
- Stage Three: The Treadmill— This stage can last several years, while you maintain the momentum you’ve built in a steady manner. Not too fast, not too slow. It’s just like running a marathon: plan for the long haul at the pace you are most comfortable with.
- Stage Four: Juggling— Managing projects as a juggler would manage multiple balls: Several must be high enough in the air to give you time to juggle three or four right in front of you.
- Stage Five: Plate Spinning— Once you’ve got the firm running well, with staff to enable you to manage more projects, you move into the role of manager and business developer, keeping all the plates spinning on the sticks. This stage is inseparable from Stage Three. It can also look like the Juggling Stage.
Taking a Giant Leap of Faith
It’s been more than a year since Megan and Frank Constantino formed Parachute Partners, a public relations and business acceleration firm. Megan’s motto “We Jump With You,” means that when you make that jump, she’s willing to jump with you.
Megan shared her perspective on how she serves her clients with love:
EW: 2 Thessalonians 1:11 reads, “So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his calling. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.”
How is Parachute Partners a response to a prompting of your faith and calling?
Megan: God made me a talker and encourager. What I do is connect amazing people to journalists all day. I talk. That encourages them. The media coverage encourages them. I had the desire of running my own firm in my early twenties but didn’t see it feasible. I didn’t realize that with time and ample support from a future network, I would receive that. The way to Parachute Partners was paved for years, one relationship at a time. Bigger than landing headlines, we transparently share with clients our reliance and joy in the Lord. So, perhaps it is a side door ministry?
EW: 2 Thessalonians continues: (1:12) Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him.” You are one of the most positive people I know. You give selflessly, without drawing attention to yourself. How do you think this brings honor to Jesus?
Megan: Wow, what a compliment! I just try to treat people right. I try to bless them. I know that the Lord wants us to operate from a place of love. Generosity is a choice that a believer never regrets. This is true with your time, energy, and resources.
EW: How do you serve your clients (and others) with love?
Megan: Their success is my measure of success in my work but they are family. When you love someone, you think about them. This doesn’t occur just during work hours; you are always looking out for them. I can’t turn on the television or open a newspaper without thinking, “How can we leverage this for our clients?” Or, “How can our clients help in this situation?”
EW: How do you approach your work as worship, and how are your business endeavors an expression of worship for you?
Megan: My work is an exercise of faith. It takes faith to do bold things. I recognize that the success comes from Him. Our story is His story and that doesn’t mean outside of the 9 to 5 realm. He is there all day wanting us to allow him to join us in our work.
We discussed one last thought on why Megan wanted to share her story:
EW: Megan told me “I would love to share my story because it’s a mess that folks may find helpful,” and she had a thoughtful reply to this comment: “We are all beautiful disasters, living in crooked houses built with scarred hands, held together with nails of grace.”
Why is your story a mess?
Megan: My story is a mess because often I rely on me and not HIM. I am a doer, a fixer, Type A. I end up working too much and out of balance with family. I need to be more Type J as in Type Jesus. Self-reliance in the good, bad, ugly, or beautiful will eventually lead to a mess. He died for me, my sins, aka my mess. I am only clean by His blood.
We are indeed beautiful disasters, redeemed by blood, working to worship the One who gave us the gifts of life and work. Let’s help each other keep the mess to a minimum.
Posted on Sat, February 25, 2017
by Brian Sooy filed under