‘Let the wise listen and add to their learning.’ Proverbs 1:5 NIV
Here are three more misconceptions about success:
People who believe this think they’d ‘have it made’ if only they’d been born into the right family, or met the right person. So they network furiously. Sure, knowing good people has its rewards, but connections alone won’t improve your life if you’re off track. ‘Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.’
So we work for it. This notion is reinforced by people like industrialist Andrew Carnegie, who said, ‘Success is the power with which to acquire whatever one demands of life.’ Then we take it a step further by assuming all successful people take advantage of others in order to get ahead. WRONG! You can’t ‘muscle’ your way to success, it simply doesn’t work and usually it backfires.
So we wait to grab it. People who work hard and don’t get anywhere sometimes believe the only thing they need is ‘a break’. Their motto is ‘If only’. If only the boss would cut me some slack; if only my school had a better rep; if only I had more money; if only I hadn’t messed up. The door of opportunity is marked, ‘Push!’
People who do nothing more than wait for success aren’t able to see it—or seize it—when it comes.
SoulFood: Neh 1–4, Mark 11:27–33, Ps 78:32–39, Prov 23:29–35
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017
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