Interview with Lincoln Kokaram

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

1. What is the most challenging thing about growing up?
Not being aware of your full potential. Listening and believing people who tell you what you cannot do. Being separated from my parents and my brothers and sisters.

2. What is your early experience with Christ?
I was baptized as a baby and grew up going to Sunday school every Sunday. Said the Lord’s prayer. I prayed the Gentle Jesus meek and mild prayer before going to bed. My mother did a great job in raising us in Christ. She was an excellent example.

3. What led you to write books?
I got into writing books as a result of encouragement from friends, co-workers, and my mentor. Many people said to me that they can’t wait to read my first book. All my writings are based on direct inspiration from the Holy Spirit. I always carry a pen and a pack of post-it notes to me so I can document the ideas He gives me. My mentor is encouraging me to write my autobiography.

4. What could readers hope to gain by reading your books?
Readers will get clear, simple ideas and techniques that they can believe and apply to their daily lives. They will be encouraged to live with PASSION every day.

5. What is the biggest challenge you face as a writer?
My greatest challenge is getting the word out to the rest of the world – marketing my work.

6. You are a great speaker, what has been your greatest fear, and how did you overcome it?
I remember my first public speech. I was so nervous, I could not stand up. I sat down and my knees were shaking under the table. I read my notes and could not make eye contact with my audience. I went home that night and decided that I must do better. I started volunteering to speak. I took a Dale Carnegie course, Human Relations and Effective Speaking. I also joined Jaycees International which provided many opportunities to speak. I got to be a lay preacher at my church.

7. What inspired you to start your bible verse of the day ministry?
The Verse for the started with one person in 2001. A co-worker came to my office for a meeting I had a calendar on my desk with a Bible verse for each day. She asked if I would email her the verse each day. That was the beginning of the Verse for the Day.

8. What is the progress so far?
It has grown to 213 direct individuals. Many tell me that they forward it to their friends and family. We have people from many different countries on the list. This has grown organically. Everyone on the list has asked to be on the list. It has evolved into a prayer ministry.

9. How did you get involved with your business- His business partners?
I was out of work in 2004. I was inspired by the Lord to start my own Training and Consulting business. I registered His Business Partners, LLC in 2005, with the mission to ‘Help as many people as possible be the best they were designed to be.’

10. I can see you preach a lot about passion- How is passion important for the success of a business?
PASSION is contagious. People who have a PASSION for what they do, do not work, they perform. Your clients and customers will recognize your love for what you do. They will come back to do more business with you and refer you to others. People who have a PASSION for what they do, always provide superior service. They do not settle for ok or good enough.

11. Ministry and business are two different things, how are you able to be successful with the two?
Ministry is my business. I want to be Christ-like. He told His earthly parents that He must be about His Father’s business. His Father is our Father. I strive to be about my Heavenly Father’s business. His command to us is to love Him and our neighbors as ourselves and to feed His sheep. He provides for me to do what I do.

12. You are a very busy person, what is your average working day like?
My day starts with prayer and daily devotion. I actually use my own Verse for the Day devotional, The Upper Room and Oswald Chambers’ ‘My Utmost for His Highest.’ The rest of the depends on whether I have to teach a class or prepare for a class. I also do individual coaching. I play golf with some buddies on Friday mornings. My wife owns a restaurant so I get to do some shopping for her now and again. I let the Holy Spirit lead me in the way I should go.

13. Could you please share your thoughts on this “Many are called, few are chosen”?
We are all called to serve our Heavenly Father. Those who answer the call are chosen, blessed, and equipped to serve Him. The human creation is the only living organism with free will to choose. Revelation 3:20 tells us that Jesus is standing at the door of our hearts and knocking. If we open and let Him in He will come in and dwell with us. Now it is His Spirit who guides us.

14. Any advice to people who want to be entrepreneurs?
Find your calling. Seek the will of the Lord for you. Do what you love to do; what’s not work but gives you joy. You do not have to own a business to be an entrepreneur. You can perform like an entrepreneur wherever you are. Fire yourself as an employee or whatever your title may be. Re-hire yourself as a Trusted Business Partner. Colossians 3;23 NIV Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, and not for man.;‘

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