Saturday, November 12, 2011

Prosperity is All Encompassing

Whenever we hear the term, "PROSPERITY" the first thing that typically comes to mind is money.  Although it is true that prosperity is the state of flourishing , thriving, success, and good fortune; prosperity also includes such things as emotional and physical health, and family. 

The average divorce rate in America today is roughly 52%, and yet the #1 cause of divorce in this country is money. One of the greatest mistakes that is unfortunately common to men and women across the United States is that of prioritizing what APPEARS to be prosperity (financial gain) above and beyond the values that actually matter, and that would ultimately result in true happiness.

One of the benefits of entrepreneurship is the flexibility of scheduling, that SHOULD allow business owners the freedom necessary to enjoy spending quality time with family and friends, while also tending to business matters.

Unfortunately, divorce is extremely common among entreprenuers as many fail to properly negotiate this business/finance/life balance.  Great leaders within the network marketing industry such as the late Jim Rohn, Les Brown, and others often stress the importance of allowing spouses and various family members to share in the vision of creating new businesses.

I read a book recently titled, "Winning" by Jack Welch (former CEO of GE), and in the book, Welch shared that his hunger and thirst for success had resulted in three divorces, and a great deal of pain. It quickly became apparent while reading this book, that somewhere along the way, Welch had lost sight of the actual definition for the word prosperity.

The best way to avoid falling victim to the pursuit of money, is to establish a clear set of values to be used along the journey to success. Once we have identified the things that really hold true value for us in life, if we use these values as sort of an internal GPS to guide us along the way, we are sure to meet success across the board in life, and to truly enjoy prosperity in the true definition of the word.

3rd John 1:2-Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

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