Monday, June 17, 2013

When Life Throws You a Lemon - There's A Lot You Can Do With It.

It is the beginning of another work week.  If you are having a bad day so far you need to watch this, if you are having a great day so far you need to watch and deposit this.  Happy viewing!

In all things I pray that you may prosper and be in good health.  Be blessed.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Little Spark: The Christopher Columbus Syndrome of Success

The Little Spark: The Christopher Columbus Syndrome of Success: Christopher Columbus             There are many people today who suffer from the Christopher Columbus Syndrome.  A form of success...

The Christopher Columbus Syndrome of Success

Christopher Columbus

     There are many people today who suffer from the Christopher Columbus Syndrome.  A form of success derived from a false feeling of attainment with a lack of fulfillment.    
     Christopher Columbus was born in the Republic of Genoa, Italy in 1451.  He was an explorer and Navigator who would be credited with "discovering the New World" in 1492.  Ironically his intent was never the discovery of a New World but rather a new trade route between Spain and Asia.
     For years the Muslims dominated the trade routes through the Middle East.  This made travelling to India and China, from Spain difficult by land.  This route was used many years prior by Marco Polo, a fellow explorer who was admired by Columbus.  Reading about Marco Polo's many explorations, Columbus figured he could avoid conflict with the Muslims by devising a plan to sail west across the Atlantic.  This would allow him to arrive in the East not only safer but quicker.  
      His proposition to the King of Portugal was rejected and not one to give up that easily sought the aid of the Spanish monarchy in 1486.  Again he was rejected; however, he never stopped lobbying until his break came in January 1492 when the monarchs agreed to finance his expedition.  Six months later, in August 1492, Columbus left Spain in the Santa Maria with two other ships; the Pinta and the Nina for the East.  The rest is history.  
     Many people are like Christopher Columbus; they are constantly in search for the riches of "the east".  However, instead of following the route left behind by those who have successfully accomplished the mission, they figure there must be a better way; which will get them there safer and faster.  Instead of using their energy to face their fears they chose to remain in their comfort zone and plan an easier route through uncharted waters.  
     Most things we enjoy today were taken from advancements made from things that existed previously.  Bill Gates did not invent his program (MS-Dos), he bought it and redesigned and sold it as his own.  Gates saw the challenge in going farther than his predecessor and took it.  When Sir Isaac Newton was being honored as one of the "greatest men of his time", he humbly replied that contrary to what was said, he viewed his greatness as being attributed to those upon whose shoulders he stood.     
     Everyone wants to be successful, however too many wish to take the easy road.  Though many books about success are known to exist, few people have taken the time to read them.  Instead of reading they make excuses, "Oh those people inherited their success" or "to be that successful you have to be a crook".  Those who fail make excuses and learn nothing while the successful take responsibility for their actions and learn from them.  The easy road most times turn out to be more difficult than originally perceived.   
     Do not get infected with the Christopher Columbus Syndrome.  Learn from the lessons of those who have succeeded on the path you have chosen to pursue.  Avoid taking short cuts and the lure of easing your way to success.  Know where you are going and when you get there, know where you are so you can leave a trail for others.  
     Until next time; Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.