Yesterday, I had a discussion with one of my colleagues, who was totally frustrated with his current employment situation, and was trying to seek another employment opportunity, thinking that the grass was greener somewhere else. Upon a short examination of his employment history, it was apparent there was a pattern, including at least 7 different careers, and multiple jobs within those careers. Robert Kiyosaki, bestselling author of the Rich Dad series of books, talks about the long term vision required to obtain success in any field of endeavor, if one is so inclined. Finance is probably the easiest way to measure success, and as King Solomon, one of the wealthiest men to ever live stated, “Steady plodding brings great wealth, hasty speculation brings poverty” Proverbs 21:5.
I have been one of the greatest speculators I know in my circle of influence, hoping for great prospects of wealth, freedoms, and enjoyment for the fruits of my labor. The problem was, I wasn’t putting in the work it takes to obtain greatness. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow may have put it best writing, “The heights by great men reached and kept, Were not attained by sudden flight, But they while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night.” Instead of trying to achieve greatness through applying pressure to myself, I was attempting to adjust my circumstances through chance, not change.
Success will never come unless long term vision, delayed gratification, and the power of compounding are in your favor; and the good news is, you CAN put them in your favor. I used to hear my mentor Cody Newton say, “Success is just a decision away” and it drove me crazy. I knew he was right, but it was like there was a wall for me not to get to the other side of success. I finally realized that the real obstacle was me, that is my current level of thinking. As author and speaker Chris Brady says, “Ideas have consequences”, and my ideas were creating the results I had in life. I was miserable and proud of it, what a horrible place to be. I thank God for bringing a couple like Cody and Tara Newton into our lives, and thanks to them for having patience for us to learn. This is our chance to make a change, our chance to create a legacy. Don’t be in bondage to your ideas, for they will create your future, choose today to relinquish any ideas that have created bad fruit in your life, and your tomorrow will thank you.