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The third thing you must overcome on your way to success is ignorance. As writer Don Wood quipped, ‘Stupid is forever; ignorance can be fixed.’ Far too often we don’t think realistically, or we fail to seek out the information and expertise we need. Edison failed many times, but his eventual...

The second issue you’ll have to address is your emotions. While they can be a gauge of how you feel and a clue to what needs to be changed in your life, never let emotion alone dictate your decisions. Ask anyone who has to perform at the top of their game, and you’ll find that much of their time...

Peter McWilliams said, ‘To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes, may be the biggest mistake of all.’ For the next few days let’s look at some things you must overcome to succeed in life. Situations. Do you feel like you’re mired in a dead-end one? Maybe you’d like to go to college...

Patience is a difficult skill to practise when it comes to relationships. This is particularly so when you feel lonely, empty, and incomplete. When that happens you can jump the gun, and make a choice based on your limited perspective rather than the larger picture that would emerge if only you...

It’s been said that the depth of your hurt determines the width of your response. So it’s likely that when someone hurts you, your first impulse will be to get even. But any momentary satisfaction you experience will invariably be followed by a lingering sense of regret. Why is that? Because you...

Jesus said, ‘[The Pharisees] tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders’ (Matthew 23:4 NIV 1984 Edition). They imposed rules that people couldn’t keep, and on the rare occasion when they could keep them it brought them no joy. Stephen Mosley writes: ‘Our morality calls out rather feebly...

Here are some questions you should ask yourself regularly: 1) Am I approachable? Speaking of the Pharisees, Jesus said, ‘They love the place of honour…they love to…have men call them “Rabbi”’ (Matthew 23:6-7 NIVUK 1984 Edition). In Jesus’ day some rabbis had the idea that true spirituality...

The Pharisees were self-appointed experts in matters of dietary laws, dress codes, etc. These practices allowed them to decide who was ‘in’ and who was ‘out’. And what’s worse, the insiders became judgmental towards the outsiders. Dallas Willard writes, ‘How many people are repelled by...

What do people usually value more than your money? You! Think about it. What takes greater effort - writing a cheque or giving of your time and energy? Which shows a greater level of commitment? Take a moment and recall the people who’ve had the greatest impact on you: a teacher who helped you...

The master of an estate gave each of his servants a sum of money to invest for him. One man got five talents, the second two talents, and the third man one talent. The servants with two and five talents turned a respectable profit, while the man with one talent told his master, ‘I was afraid,...