Has anyone ever heard this phrase before said by someone in our company? “What we are doing has never been done before.” What were they saying? They were saying we are pilgrims. What the early pilgrims did in leaving for and settling in America had never been done before.
What does the word ‘Pilgrim’ mean?
“a person who journeys, especially a long-distance, to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: pilgrims to the Holy Land. a traveler or wanderer, especially in a foreign place.” (google)
A pilgrim is a person who goes on a long journey, often with a religious or moral purpose, and especially to a foreign land. A pilgrim is someone who leaves one world and set of circumstances for another whole new world, an entirely new location, and a whole new way of life.
Compumatrix was involved in cryptocurrencies back in 2005-2006 way before Bitcoin was even an idea published in Satoshi’s white paper late in 2008. Henry has been a pilgrim and a pioneer for us, simple folks who want people to work from home and have a strong presence in the crypto space. Following his vision, we, too, wish to Engage, Enhance, and Enrich our lives and the lives of others.
What can we learn about our businesses from those early pilgrims?
Here are some excerpts from Plimoth.org
‘Pilgrim’ became (by the early 1800s at least) the popular term applied to all the Mayflower passengers – and even to other people arriving in Plymouth in those first years. The English people who settled Plymouth in the 1620s are generally called the Pilgrims.
Against incredible odds, they made the famous 1620 voyage aboard the ship Mayflower and founded Plymouth Colony. They were also just ordinary English men and women.
On September 6, 1620, Mayflower set out alone with 102 passengers. Crossing the Atlantic’s angry and treacherous waters was no easy task. The pilgrims relied on their God and trusted Him to see them through.
The Mayflower arrived in Plymouth Harbor on December 16, 1620, and the colonists began building their town. While they built houses, the group continued to live on the ship. Many of the colonists fell ill. They were probably suffering from scurvy and pneumonia caused by a lack of shelter in the cold, wet weather. Although the Pilgrims were not starving, their sea-diet was very high in salt, which weakened their bodies on the long journey and during that first winter. As many as two or three people died each day during their first two months on land. Only 52 people survived the first year in Plymouth. When Mayflower left Plymouth on April 5, 1621, she was sailed back to England by only half of her crew.
How did the pilgrims survive?
They survived by having to learn. The Pilgrims had to learn skills from the Native Americans in hunting, trapping, animal movements, gathering food, and the difference between dangerous and edible plants. They relied on each other for support and strength and mostly had to rely on their God.
The pilgrims are the ones’ that brought the Bible to America, and the Bible was the foundation for all their governing laws and principles of life going forward. The Bible helped frame the US Constitution.
You may or may not be a fan of America, but look at all the good and progress she has made across the world for 100’s of years now. All because 102 people decided to take a risk and journey to do things never done before!
What can we learn from the pilgrims about business?
1)They had Faith
When the pilgrims set out, they journeyed to a land they had never seen before. They had to walk by Faith and not by sight. They had to travel forward on a promise from God that He would be with them at every step. How often we too have had to walk by Faith over the years, not seeing all the fruits of our labors yet, but trusting that one day soon, our Faith will become a sight reality.
2)They took Risks
The early pilgrims risked their very own lives and banked their whole futures on Faith, knowing that crossing the Atlantic by ship and settling in a place they had never been to before would be anything far from easy. When you look back on almost all the stories and testimonies of true greatness, they most always have a fair amount of risk involved.
3)They Had convictions.
The Pilgrims have left us an example of their deep, unwavering religious convictions. What were these convictions? They had a purpose and knew that God was with them. They feared neither monarch nor people, only God. They knew what they were doing was the right thing to do and were not content with the status quo was of life back home. They had a firm conviction that life and freedom could be so much better. We can find our financial freedom soon if we continue working hard and patiently at this business.
4)They Cared for Others.
The Pilgrims left us an example of a people who had concern for others. They believed God created all of us in his image. They also thought that each one had infinite value and worth in the sight of God. Pilgrims lived with Native Americans who had different religions, different skin colors, and cultures. They sought to improve the world. The Pilgrims made their new world better, not by tearing down the old, but by constructive toil and fair dealings with their neighbors. (excerpt from billygraham.org)
5)They Dreamed Big Dreams
They dreamed of a beautiful life for themselves and their children. They dreamed of religious freedom and financial freedom without excessive taxation. They dreamed of a world where God would rule the hearts of men. “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18)
We, too, have great dreams for ourselves, our families, our communities, and our businesses. We also envision the possibilities of all the good we can do with any new-found wealth we may obtain.
Has Compumatrix been a pilgrim like a journey for all of us? Oh yes! Will we look back on this long, long journey and see that it was all worth it? I genuinely think the answer to that is a big resounding, yes!