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Put Your Oxen to Work – Part 4

Proverbs 14:4 – Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.

PART FOUR – Put your oxen to work!

This is the fun part!  As you put your oxen to work and provide adequate nourishment and attention, they will begin to work for you in ways you never thought possible.  Your 401(k) will grow without the need for any energy expenditure from you.  The rental house will produce income and increase in value even when you are on vacation.  The book that you’ve been wanting to write will be purchased by people from across the globe – even while you sleep.  The website will sell products without your direct involvement.  The team of people at your business will work to serve customers whether you are there or not.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking your oxen will work perfectly with zero involvement from you.  The last I checked, oxen will still wander off if you don’t provide them some direction and leadership.  Be sure to establish a system that allows you to always know the numbers and enables you to measure the health of your herd.

As your oxen work for you, they will truly provide an abundant harvest which will allow you to bless your family and those in need in ways you never thought possible.

TRUTH: Oxen acquisition can allow you to enjoy an abundant harvest.

ACTION:  Will you share with me one way you’re putting your oxen to work?

Put Your Oxen to Work – Part 3

Proverbs 14:4 – Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.

PART THREE – Acquire oxen.

The manger is empty when there are no oxen.  The manger is designed to hold food.  When faced with the decision of “empty manger/no food” versus “abundant harvest”, I am going to choose the abundant harvest every single time.  It is my belief that this would be your choice also.

Obviously, the critical step toward an abundant harvest is to have oxen.  These oxen, however, can be expensive.  Acquiring a McDonald’s franchise can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Starting a business can also cost an enormous amount of money.  So where does one start out?  We must start out just like everyone else – start where you are with what you have.

I challenge you to write down your plans, hopes, and dreams on paper.  Seriously, take five minutes to ponder your goals and write them down.  Now, next to each goal, write down how much each goal will cost.  This process will help you understand the necessity of acquiring an ox or two.

My oxen acquisition started by fully funding my 401(k).  I contributed the maximum amount allowed by law.  Notice that I did not contribute just enough to gain the company match.  This is a great start, but to truly get the 401(k) ox to work for me, I needed to maximize my contributions.  If you simply can’t contribute the maximum, start with a little and increase it on a consistent basis so that you will be maximizing it in just a few years.  These investments seemed so little at the start that it seemed pointless.  Just 15 years later, however, the 401(k) ox is healthy and doing a LOT of heavy lifting for me!  It will do the same for you.

I use to live paycheck-to-paycheck but by applying myself little by little every single day, God has continued to bless me.  I am convinced beyond a shadow of doubt that He can do the same for you.

TRUTH:  Oxen acquisition can allow you to enjoy an abundant harvest.

Put Your Oxen to Work – Part 2

Proverbs 14:4 – Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.

PART TWO Identify your oxen.

In Part 1, we investigated the meaning of this verse and discovered the truth that “To accomplish more financially, you’ll need oxen to help you.”  Now that this is known, it is important to identify the potential “oxen” that could work for you – in place of you – and produce additional income (abundant harvests).

A retirement investment account (such as a 401(k), 403(b), 457, TSP, or Roth or Traditional IRA) are oxen.  Think about it.  When your retirement investments go up in value over time, does it require much effort from you?  Absolutely not.  Like an ox, you will need to occasionally provide direction and guidance to the investment account, but it will do the heavy lifting for you and take your finances places you can not get to on your own.

Another form of oxen is business ownership.  An owner of a McDonald’s franchise makes money even when they are at home asleep because the system is producing profits without their active and direct involvement every minute of the day.

All of my books are oxen.  People purchase the book during all hours of the day and night.  It helps them prosper with their finances, and it provides income so that our team can stay focused on developing new resources to help people and live out our call and passion.

Real estate such as rental houses, commercial properties, and land can increase in value regardless of your attention or effort.

It is time for you to acquire some oxen and put them to work for you!

TRUTH: Significant wealth is achieved when one identifies ways to produce income regardless of effort or time invested.

Put Your OXEN to Work – Part 1

Proverbs 14:4 – Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.

Perhaps no verse has had more of an impact on my financial management than this verse.  I believe that if you apply these principles, your finances will be forever changed.

PART ONE  Understand the verse.

I was reading this verse several years ago, and it literally changed my entire mindset about financial management.  Perhaps it is because I grew up on a farm and connected with the talk about farm animals and equipment.  Maybe it is because I am continually learning more about finances.  Whatever the reason I like this verse, I promise you that it can completely change your finances!

Think about your ability to work.  No matter how strong you are, how much energy you have, or how determined you may be, there is only so much work you can do.  There is only one you.  You can work more hours.  You can work 20 hours per day, but you will reach a limit.

As a farmer, there is only so much you can do.  Help is required to accomplish more.  With oxen, so much more can be accomplished.  They are STRONGER than you are.  They have MORE ENDURANCE than you do.  They even have SKILLS you don’t have (ever attempted to pull a barn by yourself?)

TRUTH: To accomplish more financially, you will need oxen to help you.

We’ll discuss how to identify your oxen in Part 2.

Christmas 2013 Special Offer

Here’s a special offer for this Christmas! All three books I’ve written about personal finances PLUS a bonus audio book of Oxen – first time ever available!

You get all four of these resources for more than 30% off retail! Order by December 20th and receive by Christmas!

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These three books by Joseph Sangl are a perfect 1-2-3 punch to help live a fully funded life!

BOOK: I Was Broke. Now I’m Not.

In I Was Broke. Now I’m Not., Joe shares about his own journey and then teaches the practical tools he used to win with money.

Tools taught in this book include:

  • How to plan for life!
  • How to develop a spending plan that actually works (a budget)
  • Strategies for eliminating debt
  • The date you will become debt-free
  • Amount of money needed for retirement
  • The power of compound interest
  • Investing
  • Insurance

BOOK: What Everyone Should Know About Money Before They Enter The Real World

In What Everyone Should Know About Money Before They Enter The Real World, Joe shares key money principles that every person should learn before embarking on their own journey with money. This book is perfect for students as well as young families facing their first major financial decisions!

Topics include:

  • Planning for life
  • Budgeting
  • Giving
  • Saving
  • Debt (with a specific chapter dedicated to Student Loans)
  • Credit Scores
  • Investing & Compound Interest
  • Insurance
  • Purchasing A Home

BOOK: Oxen – The Key To An Abundant Harvest

In Oxen, the topic moves toward maximizing the money you have! This book provides principles that will help you maximize your financial resources so you can experience an abundant harvest and fund your biggest dreams. You will learn how to:

  • Leverage the power of oxen
  • Identify and acquire oxen
  • Earn income even while you are not working
  • Measure and build net worth
  • Fund your dreams

Oxen is not a theory. It is timeless truth that has been applied by millions to achieve an abundant financial harvest. Your dreams are huge. They can be funded. Oxen will help you do it.

AUDIO BOOK BONUS: Oxen (included with purchase)

As a BONUS, this Christmas Special will include a special AUDIO version of Oxen with author Joseph Sangl as the narrator!

National Oxen Day is TOMORROW!

Because we wanted to do something ridiculous for the release of my new book, Oxen, I have declared tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30th to be NATIONAL OXEN DAY! At 2 PM EST, my team and I will be having a special OXEN celebration and YOU’RE INVITED!

Join us on October 30th at 2 PM EST and be challenged to join the movement and OBTAIN OXEN! During this free, 60-minute, LIVE event, I will be discussing the key principles detailed in my latest book, “OXEN: The Key To An Abundant Harvest.”

During this exclusive OXEN Book Release Day Webinar, we’ll be covering the following topics:

  • What do you do when you feel like you’re spinning your wheels financially?
  • How you can earn income while you sleep.
  • How you can fund your dreams.
  • And… most importantly… how you can identify and acquire OXEN!

This principle has CHANGED MY LIFE! I sincerely believe it will change yours as well. I want you to live life abundantly. YOU CAN DO THIS!

To join the celebration, register by filling out the form below (or click THIS LINK). I hope to see you there!

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Got Oxen? – Part 06

This is a series of posts containing excerpts from my latest book, Oxen, which releases on Tuesday, October 30, 2012!  Pre-order your copy today and receive 20% off!

With new revelation and life-revolutionizing understanding, I embarked on a journey to find and acquire oxen. I talked to anyone who would listen and several who would not. I pondered it day and night. In fact, I talked so much about Proverbs 14:4 that my mother even wrote it down on a small dry erase board she keeps on the refrigerator. It has remained written there for over ten years. Every time I visit my parents, it is a constant reminder that this teaching must be shared with others.

There is a choice each person must make. In pursuit of financial abundance, you can choose to rely on yourself and your own abilities, or you can acquire oxen to help you. Don’t miss my wording here. It is a choice, whether a conscious one or not, that each one of us will make as we journey through life.

I have chosen to acquire oxen, and have found Proverbs 14:4 to be absolutely true. While my family’s oxen acquisition journey has been adventurous, frightening, incredible, and exciting, I have discovered that the strength of oxen has indeed led to an abundant harvest. The same can be true for you. All you need is some good oxen.

Now I have one question for you:

Got oxen?

 

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Got Oxen? – Part 05 YouTube Video Trailer

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Got Oxen? – Part 04


This is a series of posts containing excerpts from my latest book, Oxen, which releases on Tuesday, October 30, 2012! Pre-order your copy today and receive 20% off!

I could live with an empty manger or with an abundance. It made so much sense. I am confident my upbringing on a farm helped me gain this understanding. You see, it is immediately obvious to a farmer that he must have oxen to produce an abundant harvest. A farmer would never attempt to do his work without oxen – whether they are real oxen like the Amish still use or modern-day oxen like John Deere tractors.

Imagine a farmer who was responsible for farming a full section of 640 acres, which is one square mile of land. Imagine if he decided to “do it all on his own” and attempt to plow all the ground without oxen. It doesn’t matter how strong and energetic the farmer is, it would be an impossible task. For me, just hoeing a small garden in my back yard wears me out! The farmer might be able to do enough work to produce food for the family to eat, but the potential for an abundant harvest would be impossible.

Don’t miss the point here because it is vital to understanding oxen ownership. A farmer knows it is impossible to reap an abundant harvest without oxen. The same is true for all of us even if we aren’t farmers.

If I continued managing my money without the help of financial oxen, the opportunity for an abundant harvest would be greatly limited. After all, there was only so much I could accomplish on my own. Like most people, I was working a “Work, get paid. Don’t work, don’t get paid.” job. Even if I worked twelve hours every day, there was a limit to how much I could earn on my own. My earnings would allow me to feed my family, but without a serious change to the way we managed our money, the income would probably only be enough to maintain our household. We would continue to be stuck in the “empty manger” cycle cleaning out the manger each month and then standing around waiting for the next paycheck to arrive. The worst realization of all was knowing that even if I worked for fifty years of my life, my income would cease the moment I chose to retire. It became imminently clear that I needed oxen in order for my family to experience abundance.

QUESTION: Are YOU experiencing an abundant harvest?

Oxen will help you achieve an abundant harvest. Pre-order your copy today!

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Got Oxen? – Part 03

This is a series of posts containing excerpts from my latest book, Oxen, which releases on Tuesday, October 30, 2012! Pre-order your copy today and receive 20% off!

If you were given the choice of an “empty manger” or an “abundant harvest,” which outcome would you choose? I may never have the privilege of personally meeting you, but I do know one thing about you: If given the choice, you would select an “abundant harvest” over “empty manger” every single time.

An empty manger is barren. It represents hunger and potential famine. The manger once held food, but now it is cleaned out. It has nothing left over. To more fully comprehend this, imagine that your entire house is void of food – the pantry, cupboards, and refrigerator are completely empty.

An abundant harvest is presented as an alternative outcome. I liked the sound of this much better than an empty manger. An abundant harvest suggests that we have a full manger – all of the time. Dictionary.com defines “abundant” as “present in great quantity; more than adequate; oversufficient.”

As I pondered these two potential outcomes. I sensed a life-changing moment approaching. I knew if I could truly grasp the wisdom contained within this verse, my life would be radically changed. As I read Proverbs 14:4 again, I saw what made the difference between an empty manger and an abundant harvest: oxen.

Proverbs 14:4  Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest. (NIV:1984)

Read the verse again. What leads to an empty manger? No oxen!

Look at the verse again. What leads to an abundant harvest? Oxen!

The DIFFERENCE is Oxen.

QUESTION: Do YOU have oxen?  PRE-ORDER your copy of Oxen today!

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Would You Help Me Get The Word Out About Oxen?

We are busy preparing for the release of my latest book: Oxen: The Key To An Abundant Harvest on Tuesday, October 30th!

I really believe this is a book that can change thousands of lives, but we need to get this resource in people’s hands!

We’ve done everything we can to make this an incredible resource. We made it a hardcover book because we believe it will be referenced on an ongoing basis as people take steps to birth and acquire oxen. It is interactive with our Oxen website. More importantly, the content in this book is what literally moved me from “just getting by” to achieving an “abundant harvest.”

We need one more thing to make this an incredible release on October 30th: YOU!

You can help us make that day one to remember! Here are all of the ways you can help:

  • Promote on your blog  We have an incredible set of pre-written blog posts and images (HERE) you can use to promoteOxen.
  • Twitter  A set of  Twitter posts are available at the bottom of this post HERE
  • Facebook Share aboutOxenon your Facebook page and provide a link to the book’s website – http://www.iwasbrokenowimnot.com/oxen
  • Tell people  Share it with others!

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to serve you in your journey to win with your money!

Joe

Got Oxen? – Part 02

This is a series of posts containing excerpts from my latest book, Oxen, which releases on Tuesday, October 30, 2012! Pre-order your copy today and receive 20% off!

As I describe in my book I Was Broke. Now I’m Not., I was the youngest of six boys, but I was the first to graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. Because of an amazing employer that had a college tuition reimbursement program, I was able to further my formal education and obtained a master’s degree in business administration from Clemson University. My career had moved rapidly upward and so had my salary, but even with all of these tremendous blessings, I was broke. Every single dollar I earned was deposited into our bank account, but all of it was delivered to one of our many debts or to pay bills by the end of that very same day.

My manger was empty.

I don’t know if you have ever watched cattle eat from their mangers, but they will stand eating at a manger until all of the food is gone, and then they will lick the manger clean just to ensure all remaining scraps are consumed. This described my financial situation. I could scrape together enough money to pay the bills, but beyond that there was absolutely nothing left over. Every single spare dime we gained inevitably departed our presence – never to be seen again. Our version of “licking the manger” was running out of money and then physically turning our piggy bank over to find enough coins to buy food off the dollar menu.

The same scenario played out every single month. We made money, and then we consumed every last dollar. Just like the oxen, we would be faced with an empty manger and were forced to stand around waiting for the next paycheck to refill it. It seemed like there was never enough for the moment, let alone storing up for the future.

On the day I encountered Proverbs 14:4, I realized that the writer shares two potential outcomes: an “empty manger” and an “abundant harvest”.

Two Potential Outcomes – Proverbs 14:4

  1. An empty manger
  2. An abundant harvest

QUESTION: If you were given the choice of an “empty manger” or an “abundant harvest,” which outcome would you choose?

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Got Oxen? – Part 01

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Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest. Proverbs 14:4 (NIV:1984)

I will never forget the day I first read Proverbs 14:4 in my Bible. My family had embarked on a journey to become financially free, and I was reading the entire book of Proverbs to find verses providing wisdom about money and money management. Many verses in Proverbs were already well-known to me and had made a profound impact upon my life. Proverbs 22:7 (The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender) motivated me to pursue debt freedom. Proverbs 13:22 (A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children …) challenged me to think generationally, ensuring I leave a financial legacy, so I could position my descendants to prosper.

Proverbs 14:4 never registered on my radar until that day. Its wisdom gripped me and stopped me in my tracks. Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest. I read several Bible translations for this verse to ensure I fully understood its message.

  • Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest. (NIV:1984)
  • Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests. (NIV:2010)
  • Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox. (KJV)
  • Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, but much revenue comes by the strength of the ox. (NKJV)
  • Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. (ESV)
  • Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, but much revenue comes by the strength of the ox. (NASB)

I grew up on a small farm. We raised or grew just about anything and everything. We had pigs, cows, ducks, and chickens. Our crops included corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay. I loved growing up on a farm. It is where I learned the value of hard work, about sowing and reaping, the cycle of life, and how everything in God’s creation is interconnected and dependent upon each other.

Maybe Proverbs 14:4 connected with me so strongly because it was talking about a life I knew that included farm animals, farm equipment, and a harvest, but I think the real reason it connected with me is because it described my financial situation – my manger was empty.

QUESTION: Do YOU have an empty manger financially?

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