How To Sustain Success

How To Sustain Success

A gracious woman retains honor, But ruthless men retain riches. – Proverbs 11:16 Success means different things to different people; the same way the mode of approaching it is different from one individual to another, not minding the myriads of literature in the public domain on how to achieve it. There are two angles to success; the first is exploring how to accomplish it and, the second, how to sustain it. Achieving success in life might seem a very arduous feat that places a lot of demand on one. That is rightly so, as not everyone can lay claim to being successful. However, sustaining success at whatever level is more demanding than the process of achieving it. The passage above gives us an insight on how to sustain success so it doesn’t slip out of grasp or dim out with greater speed than it came. It takes discipline to retain success, that is what the writer of the proverb describes as “ruthless” in the passage above. A measure of ruthlessness is needed to sustain or scale up any kind of success. You have to be ruthless on yourself in terms of how you use time, manage resources, what you tell yourself, as well as how you interact with yourself and others. Discipline must be your watchword if you want to

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How Do You Respond to Discouragement?

How Do You Respond to Discouragement?

This is a story that teaches us some lessons about how to deal with discouragement at moments in our lives. A man got dressed in the evening and set out on his way to God’s house. On his way to Church, the man fell and his clothes got dirty. He got up, brushed himself up and headed home. At home, he changed his clothes and was again on his way to Church. Again, he fell at the same spot! He, again, got up, brushed off the dirt and headed home. At home, he once again changed his clothes and walked out heading to God’s house. On his way, he met a man holding a lamp. He asked to know his identity and the man replied, “I saw you fall twice on your way, so I brought a lamp so I can light your way.” The first man thanked him profusely and the two went on their way to the Church. Once at the Church, the first man asked the man with the lamp to come in, but he refused. He asked him a couple more times and, again, the answer was negative. The first man then asked him why he did not wish to come in and pray. The man replied, “I am Satan.” The man was shocked at this

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Psalm 1 As A Business Principle (5)

Psalm 1 As A Business Principle (5)

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. – Psalm 1:1-3 The Psalm 1 businessperson does not just delight in exposing himself/herself to the word and counsel of God, he/she also makes it a duty to meditate on the word of God and the counsel He has given. He/she hits every working day by ruminating on what the LORD has said in the Holy Bible, thus availing himself/herself a map with which to navigate the affairs of life and business for each day, as well as having an appraisal system through which he/she measures the success and other concerns of each day in the night. In other words, the Psalm 1 businessperson is devoted to the word of God and is fanatic about His counsel. That is the reason he/she meditates on God’s word day and night. The word thus becoming the light with which he/she sees and the

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Psalm 1 as A Business Principle (4)

Psalm 1 as A Business Principle (4)

In continuation of our series on meditating on Psalm 1 as a business principle: Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. – Psalm 1:1-3 The blessed man delights in the law of God; and, in the context of our discourse in the past few days, a Psalm 1 businessperson is in business to please God among other things. A Psalm 1 businessperson delights in knowing and following the counsel of God. Obeying God gives him/her much glee, as against indulging in practices that rankle against His grain in the name of doing business. A Psalm 1 businessperson does not allow the trends of the time to sweep him/her into acting in contravention of divine will. And when there is a clash between obeying God and doing things the popular way, he/she would rather operate in tandem to divine precepts rather than doing what may be considered commercially expedient.

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Psalm 1 As A Business Principle (3)

Psalm 1 As A Business Principle (3)

 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. – Psalm 1:1-3 The Psalmist also says the blessed man does not sit in the seat of the scornful. That means he does not take the position of scorn and contempt, criticism and condemnation. The Psalm 1 businessperson does not assume the role of a faultfinder, identifying all that is wrong with everything and everyone, spotting problems with ease everywhere without proffering solutions to them. Those that seat in the seat of the scornful assume the role of judge over everything and everyone; pinpointing what is not and postulating what ought to be with no concrete effort to fix it themselves. A Psalm 1 businessperson is not like that. He/she identifies a problem and sets out to fix it in an intelligent way that will bring commercial or altruistic value. He/she does not balance on the seat of scorn and launch

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Psalm 1 As a Business Principle (2)

Psalm 1 As a Business Principle (2)

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. – Psalm 1:1-3 The passage also says the blessed man does not stand in the path of sinners. That is to say, he does not follow the path that sinners take and does not indulge in habits that sinners enjoy. A Psalm 1 businessperson does not get involved in a business that is common among sinners; he/she avoids any business whose operations thrive through sinful practices or whose survival and profitability can only be guaranteed by orgies of sin. A Psalm 1 businessperson avoids going into such businesses, no matter how lucrative it is or how popular it may be in his environment. Because a Psalm 1 businessperson fears God, he/she eschews sins and other indulgences that may irk God. This his/her consciousness of God helps him/her to make critical and everyday decisions that affect life, career, business, and other social

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