Everything we could possibly wish for has been placed within our reach. I believe that it was intended by our Creator, that everyone who wants to live an abundant life can do so if he or she chooses. I do not believe for a minute that our Creator expects us to be scrawny, uneducated, undernourished, deprived and unhappy creatures, or that He intends for us to live in want, sickness, fear, ignorance and insecurity.
I do believe that God expects us to use our talents, and stay busy working for a cause and exercise our minds and bodies to the fulfillment of our dreams. God knows that times will be difficult, but I believe God expects us to keep pushing and continue working to create something of value.
The essence of seeking prosperity lies in the notion that we must believe in having prosperity. We must think of prosperity and raise our sights for greater accomplishments and not allow ourselves to think of failing. We must think success, and live success, and work for success.
There is no such thing as a lack of opportunity. It was never intended that some become beggars, or stand in the unemployment line, or go bankrupt. These things usually come about because of personal decisions that we make. If we work towards our goals with all our heart, failure should never even be an afterthought. It was never intended that we should be poor, or afraid, or worried, or unable to pay our bills when we are surrounded by prosperity merely for the taking.
It’s when we think of fear and failure, well then, that is what we will get. We need to keep our thoughts on strength, good health, and riches. If our thoughts of yesterday will become the achievements of today and tomorrow, shouldn’t we then flood our mind with thoughts of success?
Take for example a few stories about some pretty successful people that we have all read about, or seen over the years. They kept going and did not accept rejection and setbacks along the way to be failures. They just put their head down and keep seeking prosperity and today are considered icons in many ways. Here are a few examples…
Henry Ford: While Ford is today known for his innovative assembly line and American-made cars, he wasn’t an instant success. In fact, his early businesses failed and left him broke five times before he founded the successful Ford Motor Company.
R. H. Macy: Most people are familiar with this large department store chain, but Macy didn’t always have it easy. Macy started seven failed business before finally hitting big with his store in New York City.
Walt Disney: Today Disney rakes in billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world, but Walt Disney himself had a bit of a rough start. He was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” After that, Disney started a number of businesses that didn’t last too long and ended with bankruptcy and failure. He kept plugging along, however, and eventually found a recipe for success that worked.
Akio Morita: You may not have heard of Morita but you’ve undoubtedly heard of his company, Sony. Sony’s first product was a rice cooker that unfortunately didn’t cook rice so much as burn it, selling less than 100 units. This first setback didn’t stop Morita and his partners as they pushed forward to create a multi-billion dollar company.
Lucille Ball: During her career, Ball had thirteen Emmy nominations and four wins, also earning the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors. Before starring in I Love Lucy, Ball was widely regarded as a failed actress and a B movie star. Even her drama instructors didn’t feel she could make it, telling her to try another profession. She, of course, proved them all wrong.
Harrison Ford: In his first film, Ford was told by the movie execs that he simply didn’t have what it takes to be a star. Today, with numerous hits under his belt, iconic portrayals of characters like Han Solo and Indiana Jones, and a career that stretches decades, Ford can proudly show that he does, in fact, have what it takes.
Zane Grey: Incredibly popular in the early 20th century, this adventure book writer began his career as a dentist, something he quickly began to hate. So, he began to write, only to see rejection after rejection for his works, being told eventually that he had no business being a writer and should given up. It took him years, but at 40, Zane finally got his first work published, leaving him with almost 90 books to his name and selling over 50 million copies worldwide.
J. K. Rowling: Rowling may be rolling in a lot of Harry Potter dough today, but before she published the series of novels she was nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. Rowling went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years through her hard work and determination.
Harland David Sanders: Perhaps better known as Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, Sanders had a hard time selling his chicken at first. In fact, his famous secret chicken recipe was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it.
Albert Einstein: Most of us take Einstein’s name as synonymous with genius, but he didn’t always show such promise. Einstein did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. Eventually, he was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. It might have taken him a bit longer, but most people would agree that he caught on pretty well in the end, winning the Nobel Prize and changing the face of modern physics.
Keep pressing forward. Keep seeking prosperity. And keep expecting to WIN! You never know, you may be on to something that could change the way we do things today. You could be the answer to someone’s prayers.
Wisdom Principle #8 from my book Everlasting Wisdom.