Where have all the great men gone???
Have you ever gotten the feeling that your life just isn’t what you thought it would be? Ever sat alone and thought about all of the glorious things you wanted to be as a kid… and wondered why it never happened?
Even now, do you feel unsatisfied, frustrated and tired of the monotony of life… yet you know that you could be so much more if you only had the chance?
“The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation.”
Look around you – this is as true now as it was back then!
How many men sit in traffic absent-mindedly listening to some ridiculous song wondering, “what happened to my life?”
He longed to…
- Travel the world with his beauty but instead got two weeks’ vacation and a woman that he doesn’t really want to be with.
- Discover his mission in life, but he’s stuck between which lousy 401k gives him enough pennies to scrape by on when he’s old and grey.
- Stand for meaning and purpose… instead, he’s imprisoned in a square building on the other side of town.
- Fight the noble battle yet somehow ended up with a black lazy boy couch with cup holders for his favorite beer while he watches Connor McGregor in the octagon.
- Create wealth after reading Rich Dad Poor Dad and he got himself debt and endless payment plans and barely keeps his nose above water.
Success is great and it is something that we all desire. However, just like anything else worth having, there is a cost; and it tends to be pretty hefty.
The element that is most frequently affected is time.
“Time management? That’s no problem!” That’s probably what you are saying right? You’re the super hero of time management! That’s why you get the big bucks, right!?
Well the reality is…sometimes if we get lost in serving everyone else, and our family gets the short end of the stick! This beast is not called time management, it’s called QUALITY TIME!
“If they can’t tell me at least three major mistakes they have made in life, I am reluctant to take advice from them.” It’s something I have lived by for a large portion of my adult life. Now that I am a successful entrepreneur, it resonates even more with me. I am 30 years old, so I often attract the questions of younger crowds that aspire to become small business owners. They want insight on what they should do to get where I am. Before I offer advice about what someone should do right, I am sure to be very transparent about what I have done wrong. I believe that sharing with them what not to do will add much more value than telling them what I think they should do. I think this concept can be applied in many areas of life.
Many of us that are faith-driven individuals may struggle sometimes with how to live out our spirituality in the workplace. If you are anything like us, you probably believe that the fact you have the job is because God blessed you with it; along with the gifts to fulfill your position exceedingly. However, isn’t it ironic that the same God which provided the job is hard to be found on the job? How easy is it to integrate God into the your decision making in the work place? These 5 C’s will guide you in making Godly decisions in an atmosphere that is not always open to His presence.
A young entrepreneur approached a corporate leader after a seminar and asked, “I’m not very smart but I’m hardworking. Will I ever succeed?” Without blinking an eye, the expert said, “You will definitely succeed! You have three of the most important traits for success: hardworking, knowing what you don’t know, and asking for help.”
We at The Academy of Kings completely agree with that answer. Intelligence seems to be quite over-rated as an ingredient for success. In fact, intelligence can mean trouble for the young, because it can often make one lazy, over-confident and proud. The most successful people in any field are those who ask for help because they know what they do not know. And they work hard.
Keep that in mind the next time you’re tempted to doubt if you’ll ever make it in a world where everybody seems to value degrees and titles above everything else.
If you recreated an image of yourself, you would expect it to look just like you. If it didn’t you would question why it looks different, right? You would question it because you are perfect the way that you are. So if the image of you was distorted it wouldn’t sit well with you. This is the same way that God feels about marriage. It is something that He created to display an image of His love. So if God is love, then why is marriage (the image of His love) failing?
Most of us know the percentage…it’s 53%. Now because we are teachers, we grade everything, and 53% on a grading scale is an ‘F’! Married men, and those considering marriage, this is one you might want to tune in to…
Needless to say, we are an organization that supports entrepreneurship. However, we understand that there is a place in time where it is healthy for an individual to learn a craft under the security and leadership of those more advanced. With that being said, we want to present the Top Four reasons we believe that a Christian should be an employers first selection when searching for quality employees.
#1 Lying, Stealing, and Cheating means Death
According to CBS News, a typical organization can lose 5% of its annual revenue to employee fraud. When added to the Gross Domestic Product, the potential global fraud loss can be more than $2.9 trillion. Nearly one third of all employees commit some degree of employee theft. It is also estimated that a third of United States corporate bankruptcies are a direct result of employee theft. The Chamber of Commerce estimates 75% of employees steal from the workplace. Most of which do so repeatedly. The following statistics capture recent employee theft statistics.