Seldom-Practiced Success Principle
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.