Will Haughey looks at the power and pressure of comparison.
This talk by Will Haughey, co-founder of Tegu and Praxis Venture partner, is a miniature version of the Praxis Course. His "Act I" lays out the origin, launch, and success story of Tegu; in Act II he addresses the internal turmoil he experienced while building the venture; and he closes by explaining how God reframed his understanding of the identity of the entrepreneur.
This is the last of the three talks in "Act II" of the Praxis Course on the struggles of entrepreneurship and how the Christ-following entrepreneur can face them with grit and grace.
1. When Will says he could end the presentation as a successful case study but wants to press on and tell a deeper story, what were you expecting to hear? Why?
2. When you think about Will's manifesto for entrepreneurship—"I believe entrepreneurs see a better future and proceed to create it"—has this mindset been a consistent pattern in the way you see and respond to the world? Give examples.
The purpose of this question is to help participants look at their default way of seeing the world and its problems. Do they naturally tend to spot opportunities within problems and have clear and original pictures of the future in their imagination? Or do they more naturally connect their imagination and effort to the visions and solutions of others?
It's important to clarify that there is not a right answer here. It's true that most entrepreneurs fall into the first category, but not necessarily all. This is only one of many questions that need to be addressed for each individual to discern their calling at any point in time.
3. Think of a time when you have gone through the valley of informed pessimism on a project or venture. How did you respond? What kept you stalled in informed pessimism? What helped you push through to informed optimism?
Try not to let the conversation bog down with too much focus on the emotional side of the valley. Encourage people to talk about which responses worked and which didn't.
4. Have someone read Romans 8:18-30 out loud in your group. Will says that for him this passage is not about God turning our failures into success, but about God having a bigger plan than you can imagine. Where have you seen this to be true in your own life?
If appropriate, you can follow up with "In what current circumstances do you need to trust God's goodness?"
5. The governing motive of Tegu is to create opportunity for the poor through business. How would you articulate the governing motive for an enterprise you would like to create or join?