THIS SECRET OF SUCCESS CHANGED MY LIFE – LEARN IT HERE
By: AKINDELE VICTOR
It is always good for us to critically examine our mental state and logistic balance before setting out on any project so that we will not make a shipwreck. Indeed understanding the scope of what we are embarking on helps us to weather any storm that may rear its head as we undertake the journey, knowing that “the end of a thing is better than the beginning thereof’’.
“By knowledge a house is built and by understanding it is established”
For you to learn, you must be a follower. The time of followership is the time of humility. If you fail to submit to a higher authority now you will never be an effective leader. You may remain a follower because you refused to follow a leader. The greatness of a man depends on how much he can see. If you see nothing, you will have nothing. And of course, you can never see anything if you are isolated.
HEARING IS THE POWER
THAT CHANGES YOUR
It is no disgrace to be a follower. Just as it is of no credit to remain a follower. The man who cannot intelligently follow a leader cannot become an efficient leader. In other words, the man who can follow a leader most efficiently is usually the man who develops astute leadership qualities most rapidly.
Many start different projects that they cannot sustain because of lack of understanding yet, God tells us:
There was this story of a newly wedded couple, trouble ensued between them over a tube of tooth paste. The wife pressed the paste at the middle and the husband offended by such uncultured mannerism approached the wife with the intention of teaching the lady. He showed her that tooth paste should be pressed from the flat end. The wife argued that it could be done anyhow. On that spot, they started dragging the tooth paste until a scuffle ensued and the family broke up.
GIIVEN YOURSELF TO MORE
LEARNING, HELPS TO IMPROVE
Naturally, somebody would conclude that it was a manipulation from the devil. But I want to say emphatically that they both lost touch with the standard family etiquette. The mind is very dynamic. So, it takes a matured mind, not an old person to make marriage a success, why? There are experiences that money or age can’t influence but a matured mind would make the difference.
YOU ARE A THREAT
TO THE DEVIL IF YOU ARE
FULL OF WISDOM.
BECAUSE NON OF HIS
DEVICES WILL CATCH YOU
When Paul was brought before the King and the priests, he was able to defeat them because he was full of knowledge. Hear what Festus said about him;
“And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a lould voice, Paul thou art beside thyself, much learning doth make thee mad, but he said, I am not most noble Festus, But speak fortth the word of truth and soberness”
Please understand that learning places you above your equals. As a Christian, will you agree with Festus that Paul was mad? No! He was not but they could not withstand his wisdom. Though they acknowledged that he was a studious man. He learnt the secrets of religion under Gamaliel a doctor (ie PHD holder in the Jewish law and a Pharisee.
Paul had acquired enough experience by following his master and learning under him. In fact, as far as the law was concerned, Paul stood ahead of other disciples. His academic experience as a lawyer and his religious experience as a Pharisee helped him to write the epistles we have today in the bible.
There is always a transfer of mantle. Mantle depicts ‘ the power to excel given by a higher or senior authority to the follower; it is the transfer of authority and power from the master to the servant. Instance, Moses gave his mantle to Joshua, Elijah handed over to Elisha just as Jesus Christ handed over to the apostles as well as you and I. If I may ask, who is your master? Who impacted that knowledge into you?
When you do not have a master, you can never be a good master because what you don’t have you can never give.
Friend, you need to have your source or place of experience. You equally need a background, as well as a guide. It will even be an added advantage for you to have two sources of acquiring experience. Indeed, that is the secret of being greater than your mentor. If you desire to be greater than your mentor, then draw from two such people simultaneously. You surely will be better for it because there will naturally be that which one does not know which the other will know and vice versa. Having achieved this, it will be pertinent for you to meticulously determine out of the two who will fit the role of a father to you. Oh, yes! Elijah had Elisha as his son. Paul had Timothy. And Paul? Gamalial influenced his earlier life before Jesus took over. It must be a person you can reach out to without any protocol. And remember to be humble before him.
Infact, it is best to showcase all the traits of servant hood in dealing with your mentor as well as your father (mental or spiritual). Servant hood is an essential element.
climb to the top. The period of stewardship or apprenticeship, is the time of servant- hood. And any learner that must be a teacher, mentor or father tomorrow must put in everything to be the best so that others can accord him the respect due to him.
TO BE GREATER THAN
HAVE TWO MASTERS.
For instance, Apostle Paul was addressed as a mad man because of much learning. No one would have reckoned with him if he hadn’t learnt.
IT IS NO DISGRACE TO
BE A FOLLOWER AND IT
IS NO CREDIT TO
REMAIN A FOLLOWER
Have you ever asked yourself why Jesus needed to train his disciples for some years before he sent them into the field? They were trained and tested. He sent them to go for what we refer to as INDUSTRIAL TRAINING (IT). Jesus wanted them to demonstrate what they had seen him doing even though he knew they were yet to be perfect. He wanted them to have the practical experience which was necessary. Jesus recognized experience to be a veritable tool of wisdom acquisition. He knew that the application of knowledge comes through the accumulation of experience while experiences come through challenges in life.
THE HOUSE OF KNOWLEDGE IS FULL OF
PRIDE. IT TAKES A MAN OF HUMILITY
TO RECEIVE IT.
Challenges of life give you an unbeatable understanding. Jesus told the disciples that if they believe in him, they would perform what he performed and even greater things than he did. True to his words, his apostles did greater exploits after he had gone because they believed in him. You cannot follow a master whom you do not have confidence in.
You will move higher than others if you patiently follow your trainers instruction; reversing the same even on your own. Are you a student? You can only become outstanding if you give yourself and time to learning. As a business man, you will have good and outstanding success if you are willing to learn the secrets of that business.As a wife or husband, there are secrets of sustained marriage. Get close to those who have succeeded and learn. Are you a minister of the Gospel, Sunday school teacher, or a musician, to mention but a few make up your mind to learn more from others. Consult authorities and experts in your field. As you gather more knowledge, it will not only sustain you. It will also make you a mentor and a master to others.
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