Wisdom from the Wisest Person who ever Lived (Pt. 2)

The first part of the post I shared some thoughts on these two Proverbs:

  • Proverbs 4: 23 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
  • Proverbs 10: 9 People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall.

Let’s continue to gain wisdom and insights from verses written by the wisest person who ever lived.

Proverbs 12 24 Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.

Success and influence comes as a result of working hard. Leaders understand that leading requires a significant amount of energy, time, and effort. Those who are willing to work hard in the leadership roles they have will obtain lasting influence and numerous benefits. The combination of time and hard work allowed people like Michael Hyatt, Dan Rockwell, and Chris LoCurto to achieve the level of success they possess. Be a person who chooses to always work hard in whatever you do.

Proverbs 18 16 Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!

Leaders should adapt a generous and giving mindset. They should provide people with the gift of recognition, uninterrupted time, and appropriate rewards for the work they do. A valuable gift a leader can give to another person is an increase of authority and responsibilities. It’s important to delegate higher levels of responsibilities and tasks to trustworthy and talented people.

Anyone, no matter your religious views, would benefit from reading the book of Proverbs. In fact, I challenge you to read a chapter a day (Proverbs has 31 chapters so it will take a month) and see for yourself how much knowledge and wisdom you gain.

Questions: How has these two verses impacted the way you lead? What can you do today to implement these words of wisdom?

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  • I especially like Proverbs 18:16. It reminds me that leadership is about what I give and not what I take, like authority or power. I used to read a proverb a day for a few years but kind of fell out of it. Now I’m thinking about taking your advice and starting it up again.

    • Greats passage! It’s all about what we give out from what we have. I highly recommend getting back into it, if you do please let me know:)

  • I love the snippets of advice & direction I can get fron reading even just one verse of Proverbs. Reading them in a couple of versions (NIV, Message & Amplified) gives additional insight in interesting ways. Proverbs has also been one of the best ways we’ve found to teach our boys about right living. At 12 & 14, they like the clear & precise meanings with obvious, immediate application. Proverbs is a guidebook all on its own for a leader, Christian or not.

    • Me too:) So much advice in Proverbs. Proverbs is a great resource to train our children in. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

  • There is so much in Proverbs about business and leadership. Successful business owners and leaders implemented this wisdom on their way to success whether they realized it or not.

    • Yes, anyone can glean wisdom from the book of Proverbs. Thank you for sharing.

  • Knowing the Truth of God and His word I believe will naturally bring forth the wisdom in action that Solomon teaches in Proverbs. It is the character traits based on Biblical principles that make the greatest of people… and has throughout the history of this world.

    • I totally agree with you, Floyd. Thank you for sharing that:)

  • Proverbs is so amazingly practical – and I love how Proverbs repeatedly advocates working hard. That’s something I think that many of us have gotten away from!

    • Yes it is:) Being willing to work hard is so essential.

  • For me it means that everyday matters. Whether or not I have a title of “leader” I have the choice to lead. My hard work makes sure I am open to whatever opportunities the day will bring.

    (on a side note, it appears your link to part 1 is broken)

    • That’s a great mindset to have! Keep leading and working hard, Jon.

      Thank you for letting me know about the link. It’s always great to hear from you.

  • Proverbs is a wonderful book. I agree, even Christians can benefit from it’s practical and wise teachings.

    At church we are doing a series on Integrity using the life of Daniel. In the first chapter of Daniel he made up his mind that no matter what he was going to serve God. That carried him through 70 years of testing. Integrity starts as a decision, one that we have to be dedicated to sticking to, no matter the costs. Proverbs helps people in all sorts of situations to maintain their integrity in this crazy world.

    • That’s a good choice to make. Daniel is a great example of someone who chose to serve God through anything. Thank you for adding to the discussion. I appreciate it.

  • There is lot that can be learned from the book of Proverbs right down there where the rubber meets the road. Thanks for writing, Dan. Thanks for keeping on. I think it may to say that it sometimes takes a bit of time to become an overnight success. Greasy elbow. Sweat. Plodding on. Through the thick stick-tuitive-ness.

    • Glad you enjoyed this post. Overnight successes are usually years in the making. Thank you for sharing.

  • Love it, Dan. Wisdom is a gift that takes work! The fruit of wisdom, as you tie it together, is to give of your good fortune and hard work.

    • Great point about wisdom being a gift. Thank you for reading and adding to the discussion.

  • I hadn’t thought about recognition, uninterrupted time, appropriate rewards, increase of authority and responsibilities as gifts, in connection to proverbs 18:16. But that’s so true when connected to leadership. You have me thinking..thanks.

    • It’s important when leading:) Glad you enjoyed the post. It’s always great to hear from you.

  • It’s been awhile since I’ve read Proverbs, but I’m quite positive I’ve read the book at least 20 times in my life. Along with Psalms and Ecclesiastes it’s one of my favorites. I think working hard may help us become leaders, but that does not mean that everybody who works hard is a Godly leader. There are also people who work hard who can’t seem to keep their heads above water. In some cultures you’re born into families in which you’re either a leader or a slave. It’s the culture and it would be unheard of to work hard to attempt to become a leader. So there are many exceptions to these words of wisdom. But that does not make the words unwise.

    • It’s also one of my favorite books. I totally agree with you. The key is to find the right type of work to work hard at. Thank you for sharing.

  • Hi Dan,

    These were excellent and thought provoking proverbs!

    I loved the second one: Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!

    This one makes so much sense. When leaders gift others with their time and give others more responsibilities, it increases the confidence others have in themselves and makes them feel valued.

    Thank you.

    • Glad you enjoyed the post:)

      It’s an important principle we all need to remember. Thank you for taking the time to read and share. I always enjoy reading your comments.

  • Awesome Dan! You already know I’m a big fan of giving so the 2nd one really stood out to me :)

    • That’s an important one! Glad you enjoyed the post. It’s great to hear from you:)