Proverbs Blog – To Be a Champion, Follow a Champion!

“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will work for kings, not unimportant people” Proverbs 22:29 ~(International Standard Version  2012)

Oh really?  How many people work for kings in this day and age?  Or even Presidents or national leaders?  Can you name even one?

If this verse is to be taken literally, the standard of excellence described can be attained only by the most incredible effort. You would have to be so much more than just a “good” worker.

Reaching the Top!This level of work would be limited to one in ten thousand or even one in a million. It would mean you have reached to top!

How could this be possible for us today?  Hint -there is a clue given in this verse.  The clue is in the first half of the verse.  Remember Proverbs was written by a father to a son to help inspire and show him how to reach these incredible heights of success.  The clue is in the word “see.” To “see” meant that the son was to actively “seek out” a role model in society who had this level of skill and ability and to emulate him.

Now this was all well and good in the small nation of Israel thousands of years ago but how about in modern history?  Possible? Please read the following quotation:

“my father having, among his instructions to me when a boy, frequently repeated a proverb of Solomon, “Seest thou a man diligent in his calling? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men,” I from thence considered industry as a means of obtaining wealth and distinction, which encouraged me, tho’ I did not think that I should ever literally stand before kings,which, however, has since happened; for I have stood before five, and even had the honor of sitting down with one, the King of Denmark, to dinner”

Yes, thousands of years later a young man heeded this same advice and his work reached a level of diligence that he found himself literally before kings.  The young man of course was Benjamin Franklin.

This Proverb is for us today! Who can you emulate that will guide and inspire you to such great heights?  Find a mentor. Find a champion! Use Benjamin Franklin if you like. His autobiography is an amazing book and you will learn some amazing habits of productivity and success.

Proverbs Blog – Fire Your Boss

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet is stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” ~ Proverbs 6: 6-9

Warm weather has suddenly reached Central Virginia and that brings with it the annual invasion of insects – especially ants.  Don’t reach for that bug spray yet!  Let’s embrace wisdom and see what we can learn from the lowly ant.

Just think, no boss, supervisor or overseer!  Why?  Why do humans with advanced learning and intelligence require supervision and not the ant?   Follow these points and eliminate the need for someone to oversee your work.  Yes, you can fire your boss.

1. Be a Self-Starter – Be at work early and be working early.  (They are not the same thing.)    Over the years I have observed many coworkers who arrive at work early.  But many are chatting with coworkers or checking out the weekend sports score on the internet.  Know what your most important goals are for that day and tear right into them.

Cathedral

Cathedral

 

2. See the BIG Picture – be the builder who is not laying bricks, not building a wall but constructing a cathedral. As soon as the ant steps out of his nest in the spring he knows another winter will approach and begins gathering and storing food for that purpose.  I work in the insurance field. So, for example, my job is not to renew insurance policies, but to provide Peace of Mind so my customers can successfully pursue their dreams without worrying about lawsuits devastating their business.

3. Always Moving!  Keep at it.  You can sleep at night.  Tired of staring at the computer? Then shift your focus and clean out some files.  You can shift gears but keep working.  Avoid the narcotic drowsiness of the sluggard whose sleep leads to the need for more sleep.

4. Be Aware of “Harvest Times” – The ant observes the 80/20 rule.  The harvest period in the Middle East is short.  There is a wheat harvest, a barley harvest and other harvests for figs, olives, wine and livestock. But these come and go quickly.  Be aware that in most occupations  20% of your time will produce 80% of results.  Be sensitive to these times in your profession.

Okay lesson over.  Let’s really push this week!  Our Success Goal is to make someone say to you “Slow down – you’re making us all look bad”.