Every five years, knowledge in most major fields doubles. That means if you do not stay sharp you will be left behind. Repeating the same lessons over and over means you are not learning enough. Study those who have succeeded where you want to succeed, in order to know what to do and what not to do. Admiral Hyman Rickover said, ‘Learn from the mistakes of others; you will never live long enough to make them all yourself.’ To climb the next rung of the ladder use these three guidelines.
First, do not shrink away from people whose experience and expertise are greater than your own. Peter writes, ‘God has given each of you some special abilities… use them to help each other…’ (1 Peter 4:10 . We all struggle in certain areas; be careful lest your insecurity be misinterpreted as arrogance.
Second, do not try to impress people by seeking to be their intellectual equal. If you find yourself in a discussion that intimidates you, listen carefully, ask questions, talk only about what you know and listen attentively to what you do not. The next time you meet you will be that much further ahead.
Finally, do not come to class unless you have done your homework. When God starts taking you higher, prepare your speech, your wardrobe, and your mind. Consult a trusted friend who understands where you are and where you need to go. If you cannot find one, read up until you grasp the basics. Solomon says, ‘A king rejoices in servants who know what they are doing.’The more you prepare yourself, the more opportunities God will give you.
Written by Bob and Debby Gass