What is the real factor for success?

Philippines
July 26, 2012 1:33pm CST
Sometimes I wonder what really makes a person successful financially? Is it his faith in God to help him succeed or is it other factors like hard-work, positive attitude or self-discipline? Or maybe is it both faith in God and all these other factors combined? I ask this because some people believe it's mainly your faith in God that makes a person rich while others think it is more of his own efforts, hard work and positive attitude that makes it happen. And there are others who think it should be a combination of both. My personal opinion is that it's a combination of both, but faith in God starts first. How about you, what is your opinion about this?
7 responses
@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
8 Oct 12
relying on god alone is wrong. Some people misunderstand that they have to be dedicate to God and God will take care of everything. Some people just take this literally and just sit there and wait, praying. Without action, nothing happens of course, unless if you are really lucky say you won the lottery or something. Faith in God and dedication, hard work go hand in hand. I think some people believe that it is more of hard work but i believe that God provided us opportunities and guidance. So without him, we are lost too. without him at our backs, we could fall any time and might not make it back.
• Philippines
12 Oct 12
I would agree with you 100%, Aja. Even in winning the lottery, you still can't win it without buying the lottery tickets. I have read one writer on success suggest that we open up floodgates where prosperity could come in. That means we make a lot of possibilities and options for us that money and income could come it...it may be seeking for other good jobs or business, searching the web for opportunities, talking with a friend who is doing well and asking him what business he is in, joining different seminars, and the likes. Yes, I would also say Faith and work goes hand in hand. I remember my father often tells me that it is mainly faith that helps a person succeed financially so he discourages me to think or discuss with them some possible income opportunities to pursue, and he always reminded me that when he was in business in the past he said his business grew when he was active in a Christian Charismatic group. But the thing I wanted to point out here is that he did put up his business and managed it, so that is working towards a goal. It is up to God then to bless that work, and if he didn't put up his business, where will his blessings come from?
• Philippines
12 Oct 12
May I add here that blessings could start from having a good idea put into action. For now, I look for a lot of ideas on the internet which has lots of them but I needed to stay away from information overload by taking only the most workable business ideas and those that are in accordance with my preferences.
@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
12 Oct 12
You and I are thinking along the same lines. Your father must be a very dedicated man. But he wouldn't be where he is without his own efforts as well. I believe the positive effect of his faith made him better at what he does in his business. If we let ourselves be God's instruments then God will surely be there for us. I want to learn more about money making and business, too. I'm not exactly independent so I have to do my best to think like one at least and gain financial independence some day.
@ARIES1973 (9533)
• Legaspi, Philippines
3 Sep 12
You already said it right betterdays4me. Faith and all those things that you mentioned are necessary in order to achieve success in life. Above all these things is faith.
• Philippines
3 Sep 12
I would agree, Aries. I remember some Bible verses that supports what you have just said like "Man proposes but God disposes...", "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and everything will be added unto you...", "If you believe, you could say to this mountain move! And it will move..." There are a lot more, but the basics is that God is the ultimate decider of our faith so we needed to rely on him. I almost forgot this verse "Ask and you shall receive..."
@mervyn07 (437)
• Singapore
3 Aug 12
I think gratitude create successful people
• Philippines
3 Sep 12
Well in my opinion there is a point here. If one is grateful in life, he feels happy and with happiness comes positive thinking. When a person has positive thinking and a happy disposition, then he attracts all positive things in life which equals success.
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
29 Jul 12
All that persistence and discipline must be important but what I see from great authors, or those who achieved their dreams and are famous like - celebrities (the open life we can watch and learn from their mistakes) are all doing what they loved, what they'd still be doing for free as a hobbie. So everything is important, to dream, to make goals, to stick to our plans but the main thing it's got be to do what we love cause we could get bored, demotivated in the way if we do not act with our hearts.
• Philippines
30 Jul 12
What caught my attention is what you said about people 'doing what they love to do'. I t hink it's an important factor for success, because people who attain great heights of success are always passionate in their chosen careers and therefore attain excellence in their craft. This can be obviously seen in accomplished athletes, Hollywood superstars, bestselling book writers, etc... There is a popular saying which says " follow your bliss..."
• Philippines
27 Jul 12
I agree with you. It's a combination of both but faith in God first. All of those things you mentioned, positive attitude, hardwork, self-discipline, are needed to be successful. May I add that you also need to have perseverance, patience, vigilance and luck.
• Philippines
30 Jul 12
I agree jvincent. I remember the saying "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God..." Yes, there is also the luck factor, and I also will add that whatever situation we are in to be content, because being content makes us happy and I believe a happy disposition attracts fortune while the opposite is true for the opposite type of disposition. I felt my luck in life has changed a lot for the better the moment I started practicing gratitude and contentment.
• India
27 Jul 12
I will certainly favour hard work for an answer to your question. God does help you but as it is said, "God helps those who help themselves". You should not depend on God for everything rather anything. We should give our best and that is what we can do. You will get support from God if he sees your dedication. This is what I believe. I prefer not even to bring it in my head to think about God at my work. Unnecessary expectations arise in our thoughts and we begin to depend totally on God then.
• Philippines
27 Jul 12
Yes, I think it's similar to creating 'gateways' wherein prosperity and success can come in, and this gateways could be doing more work and having more dedications to it, and it could also be looking for more good opportunities that could lead to more success. It also reminds me of the saying, "Pray as though everything depended on God, and work as though everything depended upon yourself". I believe in most cases, this is true but in few isolated cases I think God gives blessings even though we don't do anything. "God blesses his children even while they sleep" but of course this is not an excuse to do nothing, but it is my believe that all blessings comes from God but we have to open up 'gateways' (our work and other earning opportunities) to let God's blessings reach us.
@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
27 Jul 12
I think it's dedication, willpower and ethusiasm and self-confidence in a certain topic. Even if someone is a con artist, they are dedicated to what they are doing.
• Philippines
27 Jul 12
great point, doroffee. So being an expert in anything you do is a good way to maximize your earnings leading you to a lot of possibility to gain success and prosperity. I like the part when you said even if someone is a con artist because even if they do it for bad reasons, they are good in what they do. So if we do things for the good reasons and become experts in what we do then I guess success would only be waiting for us somewhere somehow.