How to Create a High Margin Lifestyle

Convene CEO Summit

In this 24-minute session from the Convene CEO Summit, Bob Shank shares the importance of creating and keeping margin in your life, freeing yourself up so that you can say "yes" when God puts extraordinary opportunities in front of you. Bob is the CEO and Founder of The Master's Program and author of Lifemastery.

Luke 14:15-24 (ESV)

15When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”16But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many.17And at the time for the banquet he sent his servantto say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’18But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’19And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’20And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’21So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’22And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’23And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.24For I tell you,none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

A new field, new oxen, and a new wife prevented those invited from attending the banquet in Jesus' parable. If you were invited to this banquet, what obligation would you be likely to cite that would prevent you from attending?
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Bob defined margin as "the reserves to say 'yes' when extraordinary opportunity comes your way."

Describe a situation where a lack of margin kept you from being able to say "yes" to an extraordinary opportunity. What did that experience teach you about the need for maintaining margin?
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Bob gave 5 ways to restore margin to your life:
  1. Manage yourself as a unique asset.
  2. Allocate your resources based on your values.
  3. Limit yourself to high-leverage roles.
  4. Use reserves to balance your life.
  5. Invite God to engage your margin.

Take a look at Bob's 5 points above. Which areas do you feel you do well? Which areas could use improvement?
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What are some practical next steps you can take to create more margin in your life? Who around you maintains good margin that you can learn from?
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It's easy to become so wrapped-up in our own business that we completely neglect to be about our Master's business. In efforts to build our own kingdoms, we often lose sight of building God's Kingdom. Create margin in your life, then protect that margin with ferocity, so that when God places opportunities before you for His glory, you can gladly accept His invitation.

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