What If We’re Entrepreneurs?

differentOnce in a while I ask myself why we keep doing this crazy thing.

A few weeks back we met with our friend Nancy Richardson. Nancy and her husband Curt created Otterbox, one of those overnight success stories that happened when thirty years of sweat, sacrifice, and vision “suddenly” blossomed into a global company. Nancy and Curt have incredibly generous hearts for kingdom and community. Through the Richardson Foundation they’ve been a core sponsor of RICH’S RIDE.

Nancy told us one of their passions is encouraging entrepreneurship. At the time I let her comment pass. Curt and Nancy are entrepreneurs—I just ride a bike.

Maybe not.

According to one dictionary, an entrepreneur is “one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.” Someone said an entrepreneur sees a problem and develops a way to solve it, or sees a need and devises a way to meet it.

Entrepreneurs don’t wait for “them” to do it. They don’t succumb to old ways and bureaucratic constraints. They don’t say, “It’s not my job.” Entrepreneurs don’t walk someone else’s path, they create their own.

To paraphrase a famous quote, an entrepreneur sees what might be and asks, “Why not?” And then works to discover and develop and share the answer.

Entrepreneurship doesn’t have to be about business. You don’t have to build a global company like Apple or Otterbox to become entrepreneurial about your life.

So perhaps Becky and I really are entrepreneurs. Maybe you are, too.

You’re part of a circle called RICH’S RIDE. It’s a lot of fun, and we’re glad you’re here, but there’s a serious vision behind the goofy dog and the crazy bike.


We all see the need. We’re surrounded by people searching for a shred of hope. We know there’s an answer.

What if God wants us to figure out how to share hope with people who can’t find it? What if He wants us to stop waiting around for someone else to do it?

An entrepreneur organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of an enterprise.

What if He wants each of us to step out in faith—where we are, with what we have—and assume the risk of sharing hope with someone who needs it?

Like Nancy and Curt, I think God encourages entrepreneurs.

We’ve got work to do

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Want to help us share hope as we crank from TAOS TO TUCSON?

We’re still looking for folks to travel with us for a few days so we can get Becky out of the car and on her bike. You can bike a little (if you want) and drive a little, or just drive so Becky can bike.

You’ll help us out and spend a few days relaxing in some beautiful country—and you get to hang out with Monte. How cool is that?

If you know someone along the route who might be willing to help us for a day or two, we’d appreciate those contacts.

It’s gonna be a blast!

Please leave a comment here.

I’ll bet Jesus never thinks, “Wait, that’s too much love.”

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