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Hi all! I have been a member of this site for a long time, and I've chased about every shiny object there is. Lately, I have been doing a lot of self reflection to uncover WHY I am chasing side income, what I want to do, what my gifts are, what value I can provide, and really, just looking at, other than getting out of debt, what do I want to do.
I concluded that I have worked Dan's plan pretty well, and I actually love my career. I work for a company that I believe in, over the last 5 years I've been promoted to a position of leadership where I am fulfilled and earn what I am worth, I lead a team with a vision and I'm happy, I'm performing, and my team is happy.
Still, I know that the value I bring is from within, and I know that it is foolish to put all my trust in one company. So, I still want to build something on the side, just something that is uniquely me, that i want to do because I want to do it, and think it could turn to some revenue later if I need it.
The thing I keep coming to, which is a culmination of all my shiny objects I've chased, is a community called Christian Road Warriors.
At my church, and many others, there is a movement among men in the church to lead, learn God's word, and become the man God wants us to be. There are "man church" sessions followed by devotionals, and men are really growing spiritually. The problem is, when you go to the rally session, you can sign up for the Tuesday morning class, the Wednesday evening class, or the Thursday after lunch class. No opportunities for Christian men who travel. What about us?
So I am seeing a need, and i know there are others like me who travel a lot who want to be a part of this, but nobody has created to platform yet. If I create, and facilitate Bible study and small groups, at no cost and not as a pastor or counselor, just as a moderator to help with a movement, would that work?
I am not looking for revenue from this. I could possibly see coaching opportunites or a mastermind down the road, but I would want to do this to use my gifts and talents where I feel a need exists.
What's your feedback? Will it fly? Is it a bad idea?
Michael, I can't speak to the needs of men in the church, but I can tell you that as a long-distance commuter (3-4 hours drive-time a day) I often run into similar challenges. I think your idea is a great one!
In my case, my church has community groups. I tried to attend, but found it just did not work, between my commute and my family's activities. I'm frequently invited to mid-day Zoom calls and webinars (productivity, entrepreneurship, etc.) that I cannot attend. (I'm a teacher, so my schedule is set.)
I know how it feels to be "left out" because of the time constraints. I am currently creating a short course for commuters and am considering starting a mastermind group that meets online either very late at night or very early in the morning. I know there is a big advantage to meeting in person, but that isn't always possible. There are a lot of commuters who have these challenges!
Maybe you could speak to the men you know who are in a similar situation, and see what they would like. Do a little survey. There could be a group of others who are just waiting for a leader.