Saturday, October 27th,
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press toward..." (Philippians 3:14)
In 1955 Max Schuster of Simon & Schuster
publishing fame wrote an article that contained ten surefire steps to success.
These are immediately applicable to the reader today. I will abbreviate:
1. Begin at once to choose some subject which
you can eventually make yourself the world's expert...one who has the most
knowledge, the deepest insight and the most audacious willingness to break new
2. Master the art of...creative reading and
creative research....Back in 1913 high school graduates were still singing the
old refrain, "No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher's saucy looks".
They were throwing away their books and saving their diplomas. I say, do just
the opposite. Forget your diploma...but save your books.
3. Learn the supreme art of getting sixty
seconds out of every minute. You have as much time as anyone else...save it,
hoard it, plug up all the leaks. If necessary...beg all the passers-by for the
seconds and minutes and hours and days they waste.
4. Master the basic art of preparation...Remember
always in the words of Pascal, that chance (or fortune) favors the prepared
5. Learn the art and science of preventive
medicine. Prepare to outperform and outlive your doctors. Emerson said it best,
"Give me health and a day and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous".
6. Work hard, think big, and always dream.
7. Remember the three challenging questions of
the great Hebraic sage Hillel, "If you don't care for yourself, who will? If
you care only for yourself, who are you? If not now, when?"
8. Remember the words of H. L. Mencken that
most people don't recognize opportunity when it comes because usually it is
disguised as hard work.
9. Always keep in mind the maxim..."I can't give
you any formula for success, but I can give you a sure formula for failure -
try to please everybody".
10. Remember with Robert Ingersoll that the
time to be happy is now; the place to be happy is here; the way to be happy is
to make others so.
I've used the text above for several
mini-messages because I believe it is one of the most important statements Paul
made. His mode of life was to forget those things which are behind and reach
forth to those things which are before. M. Lincoln (Max) Schuster was no Paul
('cause I know Paul), and some of the voices he quotes, Emerson and Ingersoll
in particular weren't Pauls either, but his principles are quite Pauline
nonetheless. I would that you especially re-read the line about saving the
diploma while throwing away the books. Leaders are readers. Paul commanded,
"Study to show your self-approved unto God..." (2 Timothy 2:15) Lots of
successful people have reached their destinies without diplomas. There are no
memoirs written by Abraham Lincoln, PhD. It wasn't Dr. Patrick Henry who
coined, "Give me liberty or give me death", on March 23rd, 1775,
just Patrick. These men were short on diplomas but tall in vision and morals.
Also, re-read point four about getting sixty seconds out of every minute. That
is definitely one of Paul's points, who urged, "Redeeming the time, because the
days are evil" (Ephesians 5:16). And that tenth point is so vital. Schuster
quoted Ingersoll. Paul quoted Jesus, who patterned, "It is more blessed to give
than to receive" (Acts 20:35). Follow these points and you'll be headed the