What can Solomon offer us today, and is there a direct tie into living a good life and being a God-fearing person; applying principles and the wisdom of Solomon to business operations and ethics? Yes these teachings work for day-to-day life, but what can these teachings do for us in the world of business?
It poses an interesting question and is worth the effort to study out what Solomon may provide a world of fast-paced, make as much money as possible…in any way possible, and use whatever means to keep increasing wealth and raising our status in society.
I was sitting at my home one winter morning and an idea popped into my head. The idea was to take the writings of Solomon, particularly Proverbs, and draw a correlation of how those words written over 3,000 years ago might be applicable to today in business.
Could there even be a correlation drawn to today — with all of the chaos of daily life? We are so far more advanced as a society than the people of Solomon’s time, at least in technology, medicine, and science. But are we that much more advanced in wisdom?
Take a look a few inventions, processes, and successes during the past 100 years. There are many to list, but for now it is staggering to think about the incredible advances our global society has made.
• We have computers that think faster than the human brain, however, computers have evolved much faster than the human brain. Computers have been around for only a few decades, yet rapid technological advancements have made computers faster, smaller and more powerful.
• We have upwards of 50 micro processors in an automobile, and planes that carry hundreds of people to a destination in hours, thousands of miles away, instead of days or weeks.
• We have the Internet and billions of pages of information to learn from right at our fingertips.
• We have space shuttles that take our astronauts into space and back again in a matter of days. The Space Shuttle travels at a constant speed of 17,500 per hour.
• We have ways of turning goods into profits with people in a different country, and they pay the same moment that they make a decision to purchase, with the Internet and a credit card.
• We have companies like Wal Mart that bring in $4.5 billion in one week (yes billion with a “b”).
• We can hold meetings with others who might be 8,000 miles away, all in real time, and you can see them on the screen as you interact with them.
• We can cure deadly diseases and help people live normal lives that would not have been able to do so even 10 years ago.
• Credit card processing companies can process over $20 trillion
(yes, trillion with a “t”) in one year.
• We can see planets through a telescope – 42 light years away. To put that into perspective, one light year is equal to 5,878,625,373,183 miles (that is 5.8 trillion miles). Pretty staggering once you think about the many advances that our society has made even in the past 100 years.
So what can a king who lived 3,000 years ago teach a society that is so far advanced in its culture? What could he possibly do for us in this day and age, and could his wisdom actually assist us in our current
For starters Solomon can take us back to our humble beginnings and help us realize that although these things are wonderful inventions to make our lives better and more productive, they don’t always remind us that we have a God that is providing us with so many blessings.
Solomon’s teachings can assist us in doing what is good, and what is right, and what can affect us for the eternities, not just in this life. I would dare say that the Proverbs of Solomon are more applicable today that they were 3,000 years ago.
I wrote this book with the intention that Solomon’s wisdom is even more applicable in business today… but don’t stop there. His wisdom continues to enlighten millions of people on all continents, and in many ways.
Solomon wrote: To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding. What is “wisdom” and why should we care to achieve it in this lifetime? Wisdom is defined as “good sense and a wise attitude, belief, or course of action; the teachings of the ancient wise men.” To add to the “official definition”, I believe wisdom is a combination of:
• self confidence,
• reliance upon God,
• listening to your inner feelings, and
• being mature enough to accept the feelings that you experience.
It’s interesting that there is one additional word that by its very nature, will help you achieve wisdom in this life: experience. When we experience something, we have a baseline to form some kind of judgment about how we will act or re-act in the future. We have a reference point to look back to and remember how we reacted, or not. We will either avoid the same situation in the future, or we will embrace it and possibly even improve upon it.
We lack wisdom if we continue to make the same mistake(s) over and over. You’ve probably heard that one definition of insanity is to do something over and over and expect a different result. Someone with a little wisdom will stop the insanity and try something a little different, or in a different order, or add one more ingredient.
Check out my book Everlasting Wisdom, and tell me what you think! Thanks for listening…