The Philosophical principles of Religion can guide and inspire us... not just in our personal lives. But in business as well. Here are some things I've found of interest that I'd like to share... Sue :)
From King Solomon
Solomon gives us such wisdom on success and wealth. Solomon was the richest man who ever lived. There are master keys he gives us to resolving conflicts, turning enemies into allies and secrets to unlocking the storehouse of wealth.
You will recognize that it can be just a few little keys that unlock great success and wealth into your life.
Let’s look at five secrets of King Solomon that made him so wealthy and successful.
I. Secret #1 is diligence.
A. Look at the value of diligence in Proverbs 22:29 (AMP) – “Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”
1. Diligence is a master key to wealth that can cause you to achieve the impossible.
2. Diligence is a skill to be learned.
3. Diligence is creative persistence.
4. Diligence is smart-work, not hard work.
5. Diligence includes right planning, right performance, and doing the task with excellence.
6. Diligence involves timely, efficient, and effective work.
7. Diligence is the secret to Bill Gates’ achievements.
B. People of success and wealth meet challenges, but they choose to remain diligent.
C. Never give up or quit on an idea.
D. Focus on the rewards of diligence.
1. You will gain an advantage.
a) Proverbs 21:5 – “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage.”
2. Diligence will produce greater productivity, achievement, wealth, and fulfillment.
3. You will conquer all challenges.
a) Proverbs 12:24 – “The hand of the diligent will rule.”
4. You will enjoy abundance.
a) Proverbs 13:4 – “The soul of the diligent is made fat (abundance).”
5. You will connect to people of authority and prominence.
a) Proverbs 22:29 – “…shall stand before kings.”
6. Enjoy ever increasing wealth.
a) Proverbs 13:11 – “He that gathers by labor shall increase.”
b) Proverbs 14:23 – “In all labor there is profit.”
E. Steps to develop diligence.
1. Awaken to the value and power of diligence.
2. Stop procrastinating.
3. Clearly define your vision and know your purpose.
4. Find great advisers and mentors.
5. Pursue God’s wisdom.
II. Secret #2 is making wisdom an obsession.
A. Proverbs 4:7 – “Wisdom is the master secret to wealth and a good life."
B. Wisdom determines my wealth, health, favor, and success.
C. Wisdom is the bridge from lack to more than enough.
D. Wisdom occurs when God’s laws are applied accurately in your life.
E. Wisdom is more powerful than weapons of war – Ecclesiastes 9:18.
F. Wisdom and knowledge produce stability and strength – Isaiah 33:6.
G. Wisdom grows with correct relationships.
1. Proverbs 13:20 – “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise.”
H. True happiness is connected to wisdom.
1. Proverbs 3:13 – “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom…”
I. Promotion and favor is found in wisdom.
1.Proverbs 4:8 – “Exalt wisdom and promotion comes; wisdom will bring you favor.”
J. Increase your wisdom and you will increase your wealth and favor.
1. Proverbs 8:18 – “Riches and honor are with wisdom.”
*Always value wisdom and you will enjoy wealth and success.
III. Secret #3 is living a life with passion.
A. See the value of passion.
1. Passionate people become powerful people.
2. Passionate people generate enthusiasm.
3. Passionate people create waves of favor.
4. Passionate people stay focused.
B. Be passionate about your calling and your dreams. How?
1. Connect with other dreamers.
2. Do not seek everyone’s approval of your dream.
3. Know BIG things start small.
4. Desire feeds your dream.
5. Dreams cause change in your life.
6. Dreams constantly demand attention.
7. Dreams require negotiation skills.
8. Passion creates a winning climate.
9. Passion requires seasons of meditation and rest.
10. Passion requires connections to other BIG dreamers who energize you.
11. Passionate people treasure every moment with great achievers.
12. Passionate people never underestimate the importance of right relationships and celebrate people God connects them to.
13. Passionate people do not live in the past, but rather, they are always looking to the future.
IV. Secret #4 is being vision-driven.
A. Proverbs 29:18 – “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
B. There is incredible power in vision and hope.
C. Vision is not something abstract, and hope is not merely a wish.
D. Vision is having a clear picture of your destination.
E. Vision is having a detailed plan to get to the destination.
F. Vision has a timetable for achieving goals.
G. Solomon documented and developed a plan for his vision.
H. Your plan is your roadmap.
I. Habakkuk 2:2 – “Write the vision, make it plain.”
J. Your written plan helps you disconnect from wrong people.
K.Your plan focuses your energy.
L. A plan guards your time and time always matters to the wealthy.
M. A written plan helps you set priorities.
N. A plan always keeps you moving forward, even in challenging seasons.
V. Secret #5 is knowing the power of negotiation.
A. Great negotiators never seem to hurry.
B. Great negotiators spend time in discovery.
C. Great negotiators are great listeners.
D. Great negotiators never negotiate when they are tired.
E. Always negotiate for long-term gains.
F. Never appear desperate to close a deal.
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Bible in the Boardroom?
Rabbi Visotzky explains how his Bible-study group helps CEOs apply stories from the Bible to issues that arise in running a business, including moral dilemmas, negotiations, and bargaining.
By: Burton L. Visotzky,
Published July 1998
Whatever outrage you've experienced in business pales in comparison with stories told in a book written more than 2,500 years ago
For the past seven years I have been leading nondenominational Bible-study groups in boardrooms. The participants have been CEOs in both large and small companies. Jews, Christians, Muslims, atheists, you name it: they've all sat around the table to discuss the stories of Genesis and Exodus. While I recognize that there is a place for doctrine in Bible study, that place is in the mosque, the church, or the synagogue. When we study in the boardroom, the Bible becomes a secular document rich in moral quandaries that allow every member of the group to take the risk of learning. If there is a price of admission to my groups, it is this: the realization that there is no right answer in this particular form of study.
Over the years we have met in midtown Manhattan, usually at the end of the workday. We share a light meal and then spend an hour or so studying. Each businessperson comes for his or her own array of reasons. For some, this kind of study enables them to exercise their intellect in a way they have not done since reading King Lear in college. For others, the community that forms around the study of a text is essential to their sense of well-being. Still others come to the groups to network. (CLICK to continue at INC.com)