The Richest Man in Babylon – Part three

Part three of my musings through the book, “The Richest Man in Babylon“.

Meet the Goddess of Good Luck

  • Babylonian Proverb – “If a man be lucky, there is no foretelling the possible extent of his good fortune. Pitch him into the Euphrates and like as not he will swim out with a pearl in his hand.”
  • Good luck waits to come to that man who accepts opportunity. To the building of an estate there must always be the beginning. That start may a few pieces of gold or silver which a man diverts from his earnings to his first investment.
  •  A procrastinator accepts not opportunity when she comes.
  •  An enemy of success is making a habit of needless delaying where action is required, action prompt and decisive.
  •  Good luck can be enticed by accepting opportunity.
  •  Men of action are favored by the goddess of good luck.

Of course, I don’t believe in luck as some of you may know. I believe in the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man.  When preparedness and opportunity intersect, some people call it luck, others call it success. Upon reading this chapter I found a new resolve to make decisions quickly. I read awhile back that the only need to take time on making a decision is when more information is needed and can be attained. If one has all the information need to make a decision in any given situation, delay is useless.


1 Response to “The Richest Man in Babylon – Part three”

  1. 1 Bob Mattie
    July 10, 2009 at 9:34 am

    “Upon reading this chapter I found a new resolve to make decisions quickly.” This statement, to me, requires some clarification. The need to make decisions quickly is pre-empted by the need to weigh things out completely. We should never confuse “Quickly” with “Rashly” or “Impulsively”. Our decision making needs to be driven by sound logic and not emotion. These tings being said, our decisions do need to be made in a timely manner. Once all has been evaluated, make the decision without delay. We tend (through fear of the unknown, I believe)) to delay going forward. Maybe you meant all of this, and I am thick. It wouldn’t be the first time, just how it looks fom my corner of the blind.

    Great blog my friend! Thank you.

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