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Saturday, October 27th, '18

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SCHUSTER'S TEN

"I 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 ground.

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 mind.

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 right direction.


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