2 Things That Can Make You Stumble On The Way To Success

You can have a great education, good looks, be gregarious, and still fail. And you can fail regularly. You can be looking for the life that God blesses and it always eludes you.  To have a great life, you must have and practice two things; Kindness and Truth.

Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man. [Proverbs 3:3-4 NASB] 

Kindness and truth bring favor. Favor is something that makes things go well for you. 

1. Kindness does not mean “nice.” Not that saccharine sweet disposition that often hides other motives.  No, it means a zeal to do good for someone or something.  It means you go to work looking to do something that will make your boss and the organization successful. The person who is “kind” has an attitude of helping. Not only are they not destructive, they also are not dormant. They have a bent for helping others.

2. Truth does not mean 2+2 is really 4. It means firmness, reliability, faithfulness, stability.  It means you can be trusted at work. The boss can rely on you. Instead of whining and complaining, you can be trusted to maintain a good attitude in a crisis.  

These two qualities are so important, so essential, that the writer of Proverbs said you will need to secure them to yourself (bind yourself) to them. Why? Because life is hard and disasters happen. If they are not the first thing you utilize, you can say things and do things that can ruin you. Why write them on the tablet of your heart? Because if you have not learned to love helping regularly (practicing kindness) and being constant (showing truth), your emotions will take you for a ride in the hard times that could end with your saying things that damage relationships you need. 

Instead of continually encountering setbacks and failures, the one who practices Kindness and Truth, “finds favor and good repute.”   With or without an MBA, keep being successful.