If you’re like most readers of this blog, you’re a business owner – an entrepreneur. And chances are, even if you’re not “religious” or a church-goer, you believe at least in some higher power… the Universe… whatever, and that life has a definite purpose and meaning.
I was prompted to think about this today after meeting with a client. He’s a true entrepreneur, with a clear vision of what he wants to achieve… and a real rough diamond, with tattoos etc. You’d never pick him as a spiritually-minded man, let alone a committed Christian. (The subject came up when he noticed a newsletter from my church, which I had accidentally left lying around in my office.)
The more I think about it, it’s very unusual to find a hard-core atheist in the entrepreneurial world. Of course, there are plenty who are agnostic or “not sure” – but the realities of being an entrepreneur make it virtually impossible not to believe (at least privately) in a higher power.
Entrepreneurs, more than most people, know what it’s like to have their backs against the wall… to lie awake at night… and ask for insight. “Please God, don’t let me get wiped out. Give me wisdom instead.”
I know from personal experience there is no request more likely to get answered if it’s offered with sincerity. Often, you’ll find the answer staring you in the face shortly after your prayer of desperation.
If you look at the most strident atheists, you’ll find they tend to be academics (with a comfortable salary paid for by the taxpayer) or in the news media (which makes its living mainly from peddling negativity and bad news).
Those who are at the forefront of driving the economy and generating wealth, are a bit like soldiers in the trenches. As the old saying goes, there are no atheists in foxholes.