Wednesday, 4 January 2012

As a Man Thinketh by Bayo Ogunmupe

THERE are various laws of success. The first for mention is that life is spiritual. “Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven,” Mat 18:18. This means that you have to convince the spiritual powers in heaven that you deserve greatness before you can enjoy wealth on earth. And if you obtained riches by hook or crook, they aren’t going to last, neither would they be enduring.
Two, there is the law of sowing and reaping. It is what you sow that you reap. And yet there is another, ‘As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Because thoughts are things, when thoughts are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence and a burning desire, they become even more powerful. However, if you want to succeed in life prepare well. Any enterprise built by wise planning becomes strong,” Proverbs 24:3.
What happens when you are not prepared? Your hopes wont materialize. The dividing line between winning and losing is preparation. The great Tennis champion, Arthur Ashe said, “The key to winning is self confidence and the key to self-confidence is preparation.” Your wishes of becoming a star wont make your dreams come true. You’ve got to prepare adequately to gain laurels. If you plan to keep growing, preparation must become your way of life. You must never stop asking, Jehovah, what do you want me to do? What will it cost me in time, effort and resources? What obstacles must I overcome? With that mindset, you are well on your way to fulfilling God’s purpose for your life. A good leader thinks ahead, your success in life is determined by how important you regard your goal and your ability to prepare for victory. Alexander Hamilton, a founding father of the United States, said, “Men give me credit for genius, but all the genius I have lies in this – when I have a subject at hand, I study it profoundly.” So if you want to succeed, prepare well.
Besides, your road to greatness lies in having a cause greater than yourself. How could David stand up to a giant? Because his people were being threatened and he cannot run away. A survey was conducted among centenarians, people who lived to be over 100 years. You will expect exotic diets, miracle drugs and strenuous exercise.
But no. the things that all these centenarians had in common was purpose. They had a compelling reason to rise every morning.
God created you for a purpose. At 12, Jesus said, “I must be about my father’s business,” Luke 2:49. Twenty-one years later, dying on the stake, He announced, “It is finished,” John 19:30. Those statements frame a fulfilled, God glorifying life. So ask Jehovah to reveal to you His purpose for your life. Until you find God’s purpose for you, you have not succeeded. As you go through life you discover there are many ways to gain wisdom. One, by writing down, reflecting on what you have learned through experience. Two, gleaning from the collective knowledge of others. “By pride comes nothing but strife, but with well-advised is wisdom,” Prov. 13:10. Three, thinking outside the box. Four, not rushing to closure. Growth is always a work-in-progress. Creativity is untidy and unnerving. The ability to stay focused with faith in the midst of change is the hallmark of maturity.
But the ultimate source of wisdom is Jehovah. A young executive told his secretary he didn’t want to be interrupted. But his boss needed him and walked in. when he found the young executive on his knees praying, he withdrew quietly, and asked the secretary, “Is this usual?” “Yes,” she replied. “No wonder I come to him for advice, said his boss. If you need wisdom ask God. “For the Lord gives wisdom, from His mouth come knowledge and understanding” Proverbs 2:6. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and it will be given to him,” James 1:5. “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hyprocisy,” James 3:17.
Our champion for today is Mark Elliot Zuckerbeg, the Jewish American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He is best known for co-creating the social networking site. Facebook, of which he is chief executive and president. Facebook was co-founded by Zuckerberg and his classmates Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin and Chris Hughes while they were students at Harvard University. In 2010 Zuckerberg was named Time magazine’s Person of the year. As of 2011, his personal wealth was estimated to be $17.5 billion.
Zuckerberg was born in 1984 in White Plains, New York to Karen, a psychiatrist and Edward Zuckerbeg, a dentist. He and his three sisters were brought up in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Zuckerberg was raised Jewish, but he has since described himself as an atheist.
In High School, Zuckerberg excelled in classics before transferring to Phillips Exeter Academy where he won prizes in science and classical studies. At a party in his sophomore year, Zuckerberg met Priscilla Chan, a Chinese-American from Boston, Massachusetts. They have dated continuously ever since and in 2010, Zuckerberg invited Chan, now a medical doctor to move into his rented house. By the time he began classes at Harvard, he had already achieved a reputation as a computer prodigy. He studied computer science and built Facemash site. But Harvard shut it down because its popularity had overwhelmed Harvard’s server and prevented students from accessing the Internet.
President Barack Obama had aprivate meeting with Zuckerberg when the President dined with technology business leaders in California in February 2011. Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room in February 2004. He left Harvard without a degree, he didn’t complete his studies. He moved to California with Moskovitz and other friends. In July 2010, Zuckerberg reported that Facebook reached 500 million-user mark, agreeing that Facebook could earn more income from its phenomenal growth. In 2007, Zuckerberg was named by MIT Technology Review as one of the top 35 innovators in the world. A lawsuit filed by Eduardo Saverin against FAcebook and Zuckerberg was settled out of court. In the settlement, Facebook affirmed Saverin’s title as co-founder of Facebook. Saverin signed non-disclosure contract after the settlement. All in all, Zuckerberg affirmed that pursuit of paper qualifications is the purview of employees of industry, that life rewards creative entrepreneurs such as Zuckerbeg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and others, certificate or no certificate.

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