Success Mantras from Proverbs 6: Warnings Against Folly


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You may learn a lot from the ordinary persons and subordinates. Learn to work right without supervision.  Work effectively even in the absence of your boss, comments Peter Christopher Raj of Franklin Templeton Investments (Ltd.) on Proverbs 6.



Know the case thoroughly before commenting on anything, or taking a stand in support of one view on an issue, leaving the other. If you later find yourself on the wrong side, ensure to make correction of your stand. Ensure that you will not be “ensnared by the words of your mouth …” or will not give hold to others unknowingly.

Be always open to reason out your stand, to avoid others misunderstanding you. Prefer to understand the view of those on the other side, probably they are right and you will get to know that.  You may learn a lot from the ordinary persons and subordinates. Learn to work right without supervision.  Work effectively even in the absence of your boss. 

Have a clear vision of your career & short term plans for the next one year. Don’t kill ‘another day’ without focus. Never allow any kind of sluggardness creep in your work. Complacency in small matters will make one identified a complacent professional. Never lose the focus on daily life and never miss the purposefulness on each issue. Poverty of success and scarcity of recognition are mostly due to vague lifestyle.

Never be known as a partner with your colleagues who have the following images: “A villain … a corrupt mouth … who winks with his eye … signals with his feet and motions with his fingers … who plots evil with deceit in his heart … who stirs up dissension … smooth tongue …”. Then you will again be his partner when “disaster will overtake him in an instant (and) he suddenly be destroyed without remedy”. Never let yourself be attracted by those who do any kind of wrong things.

“Six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.” Clean your style of these characters.

Take care of concerns of your boss. Let them be “a lamp … a light” to you on deciding what to do on priority. This is another secret of success.

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