The greatest man who ever lived

female hiker
female hiker

“The greater the mission, and the more difficult and time-consuming it is, the deeper our why must be to help us achieve our goal successfully.”–Steven K. Scott, The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived: Secrets for Unparalleled Success and Unshakable Happiness from the Life of Jesus

In today’s scope (you can catch the replay here; follow me on Periscope @bethmjones), I shared about a book I’m re-reading by Steven K. Scott, The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived: Secrets for Unparalleled Success and Unshakable Happiness from the Life of Jesus. My friend Kimberly Weber told me about it and it is excellent.

Jesus thrived in his ministry and was the most successful person there ever was. In the scope, I shared three success tips gleaned from this book:

  1. Jesus was mentored and mentored others.  Jesus took 12 men and women disciples and turned the world upside down. To do that, He had to be very clear on his purpose and mission, and to stay focused. He often withdrew from the crowds to spend time alone with God his Father. The world is a busy, noisy place. We need to be able to get away from that noise, too, and hear God’s still, small voice for wisdom and direction, for God to pour into us so we can pour into others. Are you taking time out every day to pray, read and study God’s word, and worship?
  2. Jesus was consistent in his mission and brand. Jesus knew His identity was the Son of God and the Savior of the world, and walked in His authority and anointing. He used his gifts of preaching, teaching, prophesying, encouraging, healing, doing miracles, casting out demons, and serving wherever He went in the marketplace–not just confined to the walls of the temple. He didn’t change and He wasn’t all over the map. His message stayed consistent during his time here on earth, and it has spread all over the world. Jesus fulfilled His purpose from God. Do you know what your purpose is? Do you know what your spiritual gifts are and are you using them for God? Are you fulfilling your God-designed mission?
  3. Jesus completed His assignment. Jesus’ physical life didn’t last long here on earth, but He fulfilled His mission, which was to advance the Kingdom of God, to set captives free, and to die for our sins so we could have an eternal relationship with God in heaven. He did what He set out to do. He was purposeful and intentional. Are you completing the life assignment, the mission, God has given you? Or are you wasting your life, just floating along, watching Empire, Scandal or reality TV shows, playing Farmville on Facebook, or sleeping your life away? If you don’t know what that mission is, ask God. He will give you liberal wisdom (James 1:5) and show you–and help you to achieve it. 

I highly recommend reading this book, available at Amazon. After a period of no longer believing God existed, Scott encountered Jesus Christ one night and since then, he has drawn on Jesus’ teachings to help create two dozen businesses that have generated billions of dollars in revenue, from the lessons he learned from the “homeless carpenter.”

One important key that Scott points out is that success is about more than money. The book has practical tips for how to achieve success, God’s way. 

Showers of Blessings eBook

You also can learn how to achieve success (and what not to do) from successful Christian female entrepreneurs here



Scoping is addictive!

Periscope Follow me @bethmjones
Follow me @bethmjones

Recently I found out about Periscope and I am so addicted! I could watch it all day long, and I love scoping!

It is live-streaming video and is an app for your iPhone or Android, and I believe it is a POWERFUL tool to share about your faith in God, your life, and/or your business, especially for speakers, authors, and other entrepreneurs.

I’ve only recorded a few “scopes” as people call them, but I’m diving in head first and running with the vision! (Habakkuk 2:2). 


Mark Shaw’s #tagtribes community

I also began following Mark Shaw on Twitter @markshaw and joined his free Facebook #tagtribes group, which is one of the fastest-growing communities online for Periscope and social media.

#tagtribes Leader Mark Shaw
Periscope #tagtribes Leader Mark Shaw

Mark’s Facebook group includes receiving an awesome weekly video Periscope tip from him, packed with value. action-taking-now content.

Every scope he does is exciting and fun, leaving you as breathless as a wild roller coaster. The full room of viewers has a volcano of colored hearts and comments flying by so fast you can hardly read them.

You see Mark on video, speaking in his British accent and drinking his tea, talking fast, and making jokes that have me just in stitches laughing. He is hysterically funny, but also extremely knowledgeable, giving you massive value. I can’t wait for his next scope!

Periscope #tagtribes leader Mark Shaw on video
Periscope #tagtribes leader Mark Shaw on video

Mark also likes to surprise his students in the Facebook group by showing up unexpectedly on their scopes. Below is a picture of my face when he showed up on my scope one of the first few days I started scoping!

Inside I was freaking out, thinking, “OMgosh, it’s Mark!” I was really nervous with him there, but tried to just go on. I think he gets TOO much fun out of popping up on everyone’s scopes, haha! 

my surprised face when Mark Shaw showed up on my scope!
my surprised face when Mark Shaw showed up on my scope!

The Facebook group is an online “family,” where you  get direct access to Mark, find answers to your questions about Periscope, and get amazing support from the other tribe members, who attend your scopes, giving you colored “hearts” and chatting to encourage you. There is a wealth of knowledge and expertise in this group, and Mark encourages us to partner and collaborate with each other, have JV’s, make friends, etc. 

hearts on Periscope
hearts on Periscope

The tribe members find your scope by you including the hashtag #tagtribes in your Periscope title and them searching on Periscope, or they get a notification on their phone from Periscope. We’re all there for each other! 

colored socks

What are the hearts for?

They’re like Facebook’s “like” button. The purpose of the hearts on the scopes are like a “thumbs up,” letting the broadcaster know someone is there, listening, and what he or she is saying resonates with them. Besides, I love hearts and the hearts are cute!



You give the hearts by tapping on your phone. I’ve heard one scoper, Dee Marshall, say, “Tap the screen like a crazy woman!” to get more hearts, lol. (I mention the hearts on my scopes, but I don’t beg for them! I figure people will “heart” me if they like what I’m saying!)

If you watch the scope on the web or your computer, laptop, or iPad, you can’t give hearts. I always love to give lots of hearts when I’m on others’ scopes. 

Hearts measure popularity and gurus can reach the Most Popular and Most Loved lists through the number of viewers, replays, and hearts given. However, as one guru said, the hearts don’t pay the bills! 

But Periscope is really about engagement in real time, chatting with the viewers. I’m meeting so many cool people, by going on other people’s scopes and scoping myself! I love it!


Scoping is educational, fun, and inspiring – and FREE! (for now!)

You can get an extensive business education on Periscope (including Periscope beginner tips). Last night I attended the First Church of Periscope. After midnight, I watched one female black minister’s scope, who was prophesying straight to my spirit. It was a very encouraging, timely word, just what I needed. It amazes me how God does these things.

Whatever topic you’re interested in, it’s probably there on Periscope. The video is what makes it so powerful and engaging. 

social media blocks
social media blocks

Periscope’s strength is through the viewers connecting with the broadcaster in an authentic way in real time. As Mark Shaw points out, this isn’t selfish media, “bugger off” media, or  “it’s about me, me, me” media. It’s social media.

He has 5 great social media tips: Be Committed, Be Consistent, Be Interested, Be Interesting and Be Social. 

Unlike other social media gurus, Mark Shaw isn’t about himself. He wants to see you SUCCEED in your business and to take advantage of this massive marketing opportunity called Periscope! I personally think any speaker, author or entrepreneur with an online business NOT using Periscope must be crazy!


Yes, Periscope has problems

As Mark points out, yes, sometimes it’s “buggy.” It’s new, it has glitches, but so did Facebook and Twitter when they first started out! I believe that people need to get on board this train NOW!

train at sunset
train at sunset

I believe Periscope is just going to grow and has incredible potential.

This weekend, I’ve been using scopes for the re-launch of my Kindle eBook, Showers of Blessings: Affirmations for Christian Women Entrepreneurs, as well as free downloads of my eBooks, The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes, Storm Tossed, and Bahama Mama: When God Uses Ordinary Women In Extraordinary Ways

The ways you can use it are limitless. 


You learn as you go! 

No, I still don’t have it figured out yet, but I’m learning everything I can from Mark, our Facebook tribe, and other scopers.

Yesterday morning, I BOMBED my scope. It was awful. I know when I’m under God’s anointing, and when I’m not. NOT!

I don’t know how many were viewing the live scope (including those on the web), but I watched the replay afterward and immediately deleted it…then I went on and recorded a show last night! (You don’t have to delete the replay; you can just go on.)

And guess what?The video from last night’s messed up pixelating (one acquaintance suggested it was because of a poor wi-fi connection), but I was right back at it today, recording a #Mondaymotivation, “Close to what you want” scope. Don’t quit! Keep going!

No one can relate to perfect!
No one can relate to perfect!

It’s not going to be perfect.

And I believe that is the beauty of it and why people like it so much. It’s raw, in real time, and it’s authentic. People don’t want perfect,like the model in the picture above (who isn’t real, by the way.)

No one relates to perfect! If you screw up, then that’s okay. You just go on.

You have the option of deleting the replay afterward, like I did. Or you can keep the scope to look back at later to see how far you’ve come!

Periscope only keeps the replay 24 hours. As Mark points out, though, you can use this to your advantage to have 24-hour flash sales. 

You can also sign up for to save your video replays to the cloud for people to view later.

Reach more

Mark did a study and discovered that 1.5 million broadcasts were done with Periscope and its competitor Meerkat since June 23, 2015! Let that sink in a minute; 1.5 million people from all over the globe who you can potentially reach!

I highly recommend you begin scoping today, and to follow Mark Shaw @markshaw and join his Facebook #tagtribes community. Just dive right in like I did, and have fun! Follow me on Periscope @bethmjones


The #1 Key To God’s Blessings for Success call

“I will bless you…and you will be a blessing.” – Genesis 12:12, NIV

Would you like God to bless you so much that you become a blessing to others?

Join me for my free call on Friday, August 14 at 10 a.m. Central Time (11 a.m. Eastern Time), The #1 Key to God’s Blessings for Success. 

Copyright 2015 Beth Jones
Copyright 2015 Beth Jones


This is also the re-launch of my eBook, Showers of Blessings: Affirmations for Christian Women Entreprenuers, which I wrote several years ago, but it will now be available for sale in ePub format for your Kindle at Amazon. I’m so excited about this, woot!

How do you like the newly designed, professional cover above?

If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle Reading app for your tablet, phone or computer (or laptop) here.

You can join me and other friends in the chat room here.

Here are the call-in details for the call, The #1 Key to God’s Blessings for Success:

Phone Number: (724) 444-7444
Call ID: 98698

I’ll be giving away some prizes on this call if you are there, attending the live call. Be sure to tell your family and friends about this call, which will encourage and inspire you. God wants to bless you and see you succeed.

What do you think is holding you back from success? Leave your comments below.