History reveals to us that King Solomon was the richest man who ever lived. He was the King of Israel who reigned around 1000 BC. It was said that the he was rich in both wisdom and wealth. In fact, as the story goes, it was his wisdom that made him wealthy. Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe, King Solomon reveals "laws of living" that invisibly govern all aspects of life.
Here are a few highlights from King Solomon’s wisdom that still hold a firm truth today and sure enough, they can absolutely enhance the quality of our lives when applied:
- The diligent are rewarded. Diligence is about being very time conscious and making every hour count towards achieving what we want. Diligence is not just about being persistent, but it's about being persistent in doing the right thing and in the right way. True diligence will make a person the most valued employee in any workplace.
- Without vision, people perish. A personal vision fuels our hope, provides direction and gives us the momentum in our daily lives.
- The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Ineffective communication often causes us to miss many opportunities in business and in life. People with effective communication skills excel very well in their careers.
- Without counsel plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed. When we rush into making important decisions, chances are we live to regret them. Solomon tells us to always seek good counsel in such times. Therefore it’s important to share our plans with people we can trust and who are genuinely interested in our success and wellbeing.
- Be open to and welcome constructive criticism. This is a hard area for most people but when we do our best to humble ourselves and accept constructive criticism from people we trust, without a doubt we become better individuals. This enhances our understanding and as a result, we are able to make better and more meaningful decisions.
- He that walks with wise men shall be wise. Proximity to wisdom is power. Whether we admit it or not, we are influenced by those we surround ourselves the most. For this reason it’s very important that we pick our associations carefully. In other words, we must be very conscious about how long a person gets our time.
To put ourselves on the path to success, we have to get more wisdom. Wisdom comes from the application of knowledge. It is therefore imperative to make sure that the knowledge comes from the right source. So ask yourself, "Which sources do you get your knowledge from and is there a need for a change?"