Expand Your Skills to SUCCEED at Work
By Rick Warren
— November 27, 2010
Do yourself a favor and learn all you can; then remember what you learn and you will prosper. Proverbs 19:8 (TEV)
"It's important to work smarter, to sharpen your ax. You waste less time when you do this."
If you want to succeed in life, your education cannot end when you graduate. All leaders are learners, and you need to continue learning the rest of your life. Because the moment you stop growing, your contribution to your company stops growing also.
Here is the next letter in our SUCCEED acrostic: Expand Your Skills to SUCCEED at Work -
- Start working enthusiastically.
- Understand who you really work for.
- Concentrate on building your character.
- Care about the people you work with
- Exceed what is expected of you
- Expand Your Skills to SUCCEED at Work
Ecclesiastes 10:10 says, "If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success" (NIV). It's important to work smarter, to sharpen your ax. You waste less time when you do this.
How do you sharpen your ax? By filling your head with learning - read a book, listen to a seminar, take a class, attend church. If you keep learning, then God can continue to expand your horizons.
"Do yourself a favor and learn all you can; then remember what you learn and you will prosper" (Proverbs 19:8 TEV). The solution to most of life's problems is training. So learn all you can.
That's why I encourage my congregation to take notes during my sermons. Did you know that if you don't, then within 72 hours you'll forget 95 percent of what you hear? So you may look real spiritual, but you're not real bright.
I can say this because it's a lesson God taught me when I was younger. One day I was reading Matthew 7:6 which says, "Don't cast your pearls before swine" and the Lord said to me, "Rick, who do you think the pigs are?" I thought it had to be the Pharisees, but God said, "No, you're the swine. You don't care enough to write down the things I say to you." And it was true because for many years, I never took notes in church. Every Sunday the pastor was throwing out pearls of wisdom and they were just bouncing off my head, going in one ear and out the other.
Learn all you can and remember what you learn and watch how God blesses your work.