February 17


The Ultimate Business Model

By Michael Q. Pink

February 17, 2015

trees, ultimate business model

The most amazing business model on earth is the tree.

Australia waterfall in forest

It manufactures a product, regularly markets it to a target audience, collects payment at time of acquisition and pays its bills when services are rendered. It is generous in its provision, never lacking for supply and always at peace. It never burns the midnight oil, only working when the sun is out. Others take shelter in its shade and find security upon its branches.

Trees have a 99.99% success rate compared to 4% of startup businesses.

What do trees do that most people don’t? We teach the natural processes that produce exceptional, consistent results in our International Christian Business School, but there are a couple of subtle lessons I can pass on here in the blog.

First of all, trees are never worried about money. Most successful people aren’t either. The ones who worry most about money, never get it. The ones who see money as a byproduct of a business well done or a service well rendered are far more successful in life.

The worry about money is the most common limiting factor I see.

You know you’re worried when you cannot be generous, when you hesitate to support the work of the kingdom, when you stress about the very issue Jesus addressed when He said, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”

But we persist in our worry. Here’s a secret that will cure your worry and free you up to have the resources you need for the calling of God on your life. It is found in Ezekiel 47:12…

Bench Under The Tree

“Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”

The trees, which the Bible often compares us to, are planted along the bank of the river. But not just any river. It’s the river that flows out of the sanctuary. But not just any sanctuary. It’s the Holy of Holies, the place of His presence.

So what does that mean to you and me?

Simply this… The most important thing we can do on a daily basis is to drink of the Living Word which flows from His presence. He speaks. And His Word nourishes. You can have that river literally flowing from within you, coming out of Him. Jesus said it this way, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

But we must plant ourselves and wait on Him. Don’t be in such a hurry. Learn to wait on the Lord until that river begins bubbling up. Wait for Him daily. Let His river flow out of you and you will bear fruit – every month of the year!

Until next time, Be fruitful and Multiply!

Michael Q. Pink

About the author

Michael is America's leading authority on applying Biblical Wisdom and Natural Law to sales and business and has authored 19 books including The Bible Incorporated, Selling Among Wolves and God's Best Kept Secrets. Using that knowledge, he has helped thousands of professionals and entrepreneurs experience radical transformation in their lives and careers, including helping a start-up with 3 struggling sales reps turn the corner and become the 16th fastest growing company on the INC 500 list. 

  • Gives me a fresh revelation of Jeremiah 17:7-8 – “he shall be as a tree planted by the waters”. Like this one – very timely!

    • Hi Bruce… Forgot to mention that verse. Thanks for sharing it!
      I once paraphrased it into a rhyme. Goes like this…

      They will be radical givers, like trees by the rivers
      Whose root spreads deep in the earth.

      And they will not fear when the heat comes near,
      Nor be anxious in times of dearth.

      Their leaf will be green and clearly seen,
      The shoot with the fruit, not ceasing.

      (Inspired by Jeremiah 17:8)

  • Thanks, Michael…what Ezekiel speaks of is the same picture that John shows in Revelation 22..as His followers, we are all on our way to that future reality…and oh, what a day will it be! However, from the point of Ezekiel’s time to the future scene of John is where God’s redemptive work operates in between and where our work and business are among His tools for His work of redemption…connecting/integrating faith and work.

    That’s why the importance of ICBI and its mission. While we ourselves are in the marketplace, we need to always run toward the core of the one that holds all things together so we can persevere in applying His redemptive work to a world that badly needs it: The Living Word and the Water of Life.

    Keep on, my brother!

    For Him, BenjieC./Manila

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