No shortcuts – you’ve got to work for it!

November 4th, 2008  Email Email  Print Print  

Proverbs 10:4 (NIV)
Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.

From my devotional:

“When questioned about his incredible success, Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, offered these ten insights to anyone starting out.  They are worth considering.”

  1. Life isn’t fair – get used to it.
  2. The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem; it expects you to accomplish something before feeling good about yourself.
  3. You won’t make $60K a year right out of school, or be a vice president with a cell phone.  You have to earn it.
  4. Do you think your teacher is tough?  Wait till you have a boss – he’s not tenured.
  5. Flipping burgers isn’t beneath you; your grandparents called it opportunity.
  6. Your parents weren’t always boring; it came from feeding you, cleaning your clothes and paying your bills.  So before you rush out to save the rain forest from the “parasites” of your parents’ generation, try delousing your own closet.
  7. Some schools may have abolished winners and losers, but life hasn’t.  They may have eradicated “failing grades” and given you as long as you want to get the right answer.  This bears no resemblance to reality.
  8. Life isn’t divided into semesters.  You don’t get summers off.  Employers aren’t interested in helping you “find yourself;” you do that on your own time.
  9. Unlike television, real people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to work.
  10. Be nice to nerds; chances are, you’ll end up working for one someday!

I especially like #6.  It seems that as our children grow up they seem to think their parents are idiots – or at least their ideas and efforts are not worth respecting.  I look forward to the day they have children of their own.  Then they’ll appreciate #6 as well.

2 Responses to “No shortcuts – you’ve got to work for it!”

  1. 1. johnny rockwellsays on 18 Feb 2009 at 10:19 am: :

    i find it funny that you quote bill gates. regarding getting up and doing stuff, i see why some would take his words to heart. i mean billy is a man with lots of money. something too many people want or want to be. Bill Gates and his organizations and MS was very involved in my highschool life. I can tell you from experience, that every word that falls out of that mans face directs us humble human beings away from whats true and important in life. BG is a major funder in technological advances with implanting humans with computer chips and transmitter/receivers. convenient that these chips can only be implanted on the forehead or on the hand. Mark of the beast much?

  2. 2. David Pottersays on 18 Feb 2009 at 10:35 am: :

    Two things.

    1. Just because someone is for technology doesn’t mean they are the anti-Christ or working for him. I worked at Microsoft for almost 13 years. Hopefully you don’t think I support the anti-Christ.
    2. Just because someone has negative traits doesn’t mean they don’t have good things to say. I’d be interested to learn if there is anything from this list that you would have an issue with. I think it is instructive to look at the content provided by a man who is very successful. I believe (as does the author of that particular devotional study out of The Word For Today) that we can be successful at what we do (whether it is in business or in ministry) if we put into practice the things that Mr. Gates listed.

    I look at that list as being very consistent with a Christian work ethic – something that is described very clearly in Scriptures. You can’t read too many verses in Proverbs without getting that same message.

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