“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
If you know me at all, you know I am not a religious person, spiritual yes but not religious. My opinion of the church is the same as that of any corporation that doesn’t have to pay taxes but let’s not get into that now. For too many years I dismissed the bible as a resource because of its affiliation with the church but then I did something that changed my opinion. I read it. As I read it I realized that, just like any other book, I shouldn’t rely on other people’s interpretations and that the bible was full of wisdom, intellect, motivation and beauty. There are even verses that contradict what is taught in the church but again, let’s not get into that.
All the scripture you see here is from the King James Version of the bible. The KJV is one of the first English translations of the bible. It’s the only one I trust. Many of the newer versions seem to have been conveniently altered to meet the needs of the church.
“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” ~Luke 6:31
You’ve heard this one before. “Do unto other as you would have them do unto you.” It’s the golden rule. If you heed this rule you will be a very well liked and successful person. Think of anyone who treats everyone well and as an equal. How awesome is that person? As a leader, whether in business, military, or family if you follow this rule alone, you will be held in high regard. People will willingly follow you. You wont have to ask them to.
As far as myself, I need to work on this one. I should probably post it somewhere where I can see it everyday. I just need to be reminded of it. It’s that important.
(On a side note. Since I began writing this post this verse has been fresh in my mind and as a result, I have been a lot more friendly towards people.)
“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise : but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” ~Proverbs 13:20
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ~Jim Rohn. Have you heard this before? Let me break it down for you if you are having trouble. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you should surround yourself with successful entrepreneurs. If you want to be fit and healthy, you should not be hanging around overweight, sick people. It’s that simple. The people you surround yourself with have a direct influence on who you are. This is why having a mentor is so important.
I personally know of two people that are going up for or getting their E-9 stripe. This is the last stripe you can earn in the military. The highest enlisted rank there is. Remember that bad ass Sargent Major in, “We Were Soldiers” played by Sam Elliot? He was an E-9. Anyway, next year I am going to retire as an E-7 while these two, when they do retire, will do so in one of the highest positions they can achieve. One of these guys was the exact same rank as me when we worked together in 2009. So what is the big difference between these two gentlemen and myself? Among many things, one thing that they have that I do not… is a mentor who was or is an E-9.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” ~Matthew 7:7
Even all you hippie, burner freaks have to admit you like this one. You know who you are. You are the ones that say stuff like, “I need some money so I am going to manifest it.” or “I am putting out there for the universe to bring me Burning Man tickets.” To be fair, I may or may not have put out to the universe that I wanted a Volkswagen Vanogon. Does that make me a hippie, burner freak?
Anyway, whether you are asking the universe or praying to god, ask and you shall receive. But you need to be asking the right way. I teach people how to do this and I do it myself. For years I have been writing down my goals in the form as positive affirmations and for years I have been getting everything I asked for.
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” ~1 Timothy 6:10
Does this need any further explanation? “… the LOVE of money is the root of ALL evil.” Ok, maybe not ALL but let’s apply the 80/20 rule here. I can’t believe the things I have seen and experienced in my life as a result of people wanting to make a profit. Money isn’t even real. Food is real, water is real, shelter is real, relationships are real.
To quote Zig Ziglar, “I like the things money can buy but I love the things it can’t.”
“The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7
If you are in debt, you are a slave. Don’t believe me, try not working for a while. You can’t. You don’t have that freedom.
I realized debt equated to slavery when I was forced to take a job overseas one year. My personal training company had gone under and I did not have the money to pay my bills. Because I had debt, I had to work. After a few months at this horrible job I couldn’t take it anymore and wanted to quit but I couldn’t. I had a house payment, a car payment, and $20,000 in credit card debt. Not working was not an option. I sucked it up and pushed through the misery. When my debts were payed off, I quit. I came home with nothing but I was free, no longer my lender’s servant.
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