Business Lessons from St. Patrick

By: Jan Bolick
March 17, 2010


Whether you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or not – his story provides good lessons in business.  Lessons that can help with morale and productivity so that you can hang in there even when pesky problems stand in the way of success.  At work and at home.

Patrick grew up in Great Britain.  When he was 16, Irish raiders invaded his wealthy family’s estate. He was kidnapped and taken to Ireland.

Patrick was scared and lonely.  Day after day. Year after year. Time passed slowly.  He turned to religion to get through this time.

One night, while dreaming, he received a message from God – it was time to leave Ireland.  And so-  he did.   Patrick escaped from his captors, left Ireland and returned to Great Britain. Walking all the way home for 200 miles.

After studying religion in Britain for many years, he received another message. This one from an angel – telling him to return to Ireland as a missionary.

And so – he did.

In Ireland, Patrick spoke out for Christianity.  He spoke against slavery.  He spoke in favor of women’s rights.

He had a vision.  He was passionate about it.  He shared it passionately.

He shared it in a way that enabled others to hear the value to them.  He didn’t ask them to adopt his vision and drop theirs.  Instead he wove his and theirs together.

He shared his vision and his passion until the day he died on March 17, 460 A.D.

Whether you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green, drinking green, sharing limericks, eating shamrock cookies or not at all – St. Patrick is an example of a person with vision and passion – both of which are needed for business success.

What is it that you want for yourself, for your family, for your business?

Really – what is it you really really really really really want?

For today, tomorrow, this week, this month, this year and the years beyond?

Your passion for this vision will help you push through the excuses and overcome the obstacles that challenge you on your way to goal.

What is it that you want?

“Wherever you go and whatever you do,

May the luck of the Irish be there with you.”


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