Seldom-Practiced Success Principle

By on Aug 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | 17 comments

            A few months ago, while having lunch in Tampa, Florida with a client and friend, we were talking about fundamental principles in our businesses. My friend shared with me how he had been working with some new real estate investors and helping them overcome some challenges they had experienced after having some good initial success in their business.

            After spending a significant amount of time redesigning their marketing campaigns and many other aspects of their business, he casually mentioned, “By the way, are you guys tithing?” The newer real estate investors looked at their mentor and sheepishly said, no, they had stopped. My friend said, “Forget everything else I told you and begin tithing immediately off what you have right now.” A few weeks later, these people reported back to their mentor that since they had resumed tithing, their business and profits had picked up substantially.

            Last week, a friend of mine shared on Facebook how once he had seriously recommitted himself to the practice of tithing (giving 10% of his income as a form of worship to God), he began to experience significant success in his business.

            You may have noticed that I shared an important and somewhat controversial theological concept. Tithing and/or giving is a form of worship. It’s a way of giving back to your Creator and saying, “Because of what you have blessed me with – time, skill, aptitude, etc. – I have the ability to earn this revenue; and by tithing, I am worshiping You and saying thank You.” In several scriptures, God promises to bless those that faithfully tithe – as a form of worship, NOT to get rich quickly.

            If you look at tithing and giving as a responsibility or duty rather than a privilege, you will lose both the joy and the benefit of it. Some of the smartest and most successful men I know in business routinely practice tithing and charitable giving, and they do their best to make sure it’s done in a way that very few people, if any, know what they are giving, to whom and when.

            Because of the questions and comments I know this subject will raise, I’m going to be closely watching the comments posted here on my blog and the email responses I receive. I hope to see your comment below.


  1. Whenever I give $50 randomly to the lady in the leasing office just to do it, I get loads of cash coming my way. Whatever you give out will come back to you tenfold, not just tithes though.

    Rick Mac Gillis

    August 22, 2017

  2. Amen,jeff.that is how I was raised to always pay your tithing.

    Theron campbelk

    August 22, 2017

  3. Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas has some excellent teaching on tithing. Many people don’t understand this principal. Thank you for reminding us.


    August 22, 2017

  4. Amen. I agree with tithing.


    August 22, 2017

  5. Jeff I couldn’t agree more. We are faithful tithers and believe 100% that because we are, we have been blessed in times where normally we would’ve been in way deeper trouble than we were.
    None of it belongs to us and by not tithing, to us its like stealing. If we can be trusted with the small spoils He will bless us with the larger and all according to our goals. If fact, this is the only thing in scripture that God allows us to test/challenge him on.
    Godspeed sir,

    Danny Engram

    August 22, 2017

  6. Amen to that! Excellent post. I never viewed my tithing as it relates to my business. I always gave whether it hurt my pocket or not. In the days that it hurt my pocket I always thought of all the things other than money that I have in my life that makes me rich. Being rich is not about how much you have but rather how little you need. And so when I give it’s because I know there is someone out there that could use it more than I needed it. My church helps so many people and communities that I am grateful that I have the opportunity and ability to give something every week.

    Well done for posting this Jeff!!


    Rob Napolitano

    August 22, 2017

  7. The main reason that I strive for business success is so that my wife and I can have more money to give away. It’s actually quite a bit of fun and very rewarding :-)

    John michailidis

    August 22, 2017

  8. Couldn’t agree with you more. Being a cheerful and generous giver is wonderful. I think giving benefits the giver more than the recipient.

    Emerson Swalwell

    August 22, 2017

  9. Jeff, how much do you tithe and how long have you been doing it at the various levels which you have participated in the past?


    Dick Hamilton

    August 23, 2017

    • Between 10 and 20%. Been tithing my whole adult life.

      Jeff Watson

      August 24, 2017

  10. I recently had a friend ask why I keep buying houses. They asked why I needed more $ and my answer was “More money àllows me to donate more to charity and to help more people. I believe tithing is just a start. The New Testimemt tells us to give back to God as much as we can. I believe that means more than 10% not less.


    August 23, 2017

  11. I agree Jeff. I will keep tithing, but also help in grocery stores, restaurants etc.


    August 23, 2017

  12. We have always tithed and don’t dare stop because we need the help and blessings that always come from it. There is no doubt in my mind that things work out better and better deals come when we are obeying this eternal principle.

    Jeff Rosenberg

    August 23, 2017

  13. Best advice to achieve continued success in life in my opinion.

    You’ve got to give to receive. Been doing it for years and seen huge results from it in all aspects of my life.

    Todd Denen

    August 25, 2017

  14. Do we know that God to whom we owe so much and to whom we give thanks for all the blessings we receive? That is many times more important than the actual act of tithing. When we know Him and realize the sacrifices He made for us on the cross we realize we owe Him everything…..our materials goods and ourselves.


    August 26, 2017

  15. Amen. I was taught biblical tithing from Horizon Christian Church in San Diego many moons ago, I believe 1994, in a home fellowship bible study. Yes God loves cheerful giving :)
    Thank you!


    September 7, 2017

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