In 1964, just before joining the United States Air Force, a retired Army colonel shared some valuable advice with me. He told me that if I got stationed overseas, rather than taking leave time to return to the States, that I should use my leave time to travel in the surrounding countries where I was stationed. As a result of his advice, I traveled to more than 30 countries during my four years in the service. Another piece of advice that the colonel gave me was to always work a little harder and strive to do more than anyone else among my peers.
Concepts and Principles of Success
During my college years I was blessed to have a summer job selling books door-to-door with The Southwestern Company (now Southwestern Advantage). It was an accelerated learning journey and introduced me to many new concepts and principles of success. A few of the important lessons I learned during those years included being teachable, following instructions, disciplined work habits, good communication skills, time management and many others. With The Southwestern Company’s significant growth and diversification, it has become the Southwestern Family of Companies, led by some really amazing people.
Belief Systems Matter
It was during those years that I was exposed to a whole new world of ideas and belief systems. While the majority were beneficial, many were destructive and damaging. Over time, I discovered that much of the success motivation and human potential movements were influenced by unbiblical Eastern mysticism, borderline occult and new age belief systems.
Fruit in its Season
Being well grounded in Scripture can help us discern between the popular views of success and good success. Joshua 1:8 tells us that if we know, meditate on and obey the Word of God, the Lord will make our way prosperous and we’ll have good success. The Psalmist tells us if we delight in and meditate on the law of the Lord, we’ll be like a tree, planted by rivers of water that brings forth fruit in its season, and whatever we do will prosper.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service