Success Comes With Faith

The purpose of this note is not a religious one.  To be successful in any endeavor, one needs to have an attitude of faith, but there are many examples from the religious realm that teach the importance of faith.

I can’t count the number of times I have heard folks from various religious backgrounds talk about the need for faith.  Some say that faith is all that is required to attain the treasures offered by their supreme deity.  Others say that it is faith accompanied by other types of works.  In the many decades that I have found me pondering the merits of various systems of belief, I don’t think I have ever heard any man of faith address the idea of how one comes to have faith in the first place.  The “How to’s” are often just assumed to already have happened.  How many times have I heard a zealous, well-intended preacher address a non-believer with the notion that having faith is the start of the solution to life’s problems without ever helping his subject understand that faith is something that is learned, not just magically transmuted into a person’s mind.

Whether one talks about a faith in God, faith in oneself, or faith in an idea, I believe that faith is something that can be learned.  There is a great chapter in the biblical book of Hebrews that is entirely devoted to faith.  It starts out with “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  The phrase “hoped for” doesn’t mean “wished for.”  Rather it means having a “strong desire” for.  That chapter goes on to give example after example of people who accomplished what most thought was impossible simply because of their steadfast faith.

Many years ago, Edward C. Barnes decided that he wanted to be a partner with the famous Thomas Edison.  He made that desire his life’s obsession, and had faith that one day it would happen.  He had two major obstacles:  he didn’t know Mr. Edison, and he had absolutely no money to buy a ticket to get himself to Orange, NJ.  He worked his way through those obstacles, and a few years later became Edison’s partner when the famous inventor came up with the “Edison Dictaphone.”

About 80 years ago Napoleon Hill said it in this secular way, “Faith is the “eternal elixir” which gives life, power, and action to the impulse of thought.  It is something that can be developed where it does not already exist, primarily through the process of auto-suggestion.  This is why so many books written about building success, be it with a business, a marriage, or social endeavor, preaches pretty much the same thing that Hill expressed in his most famous work.

  1. Decide what your principle aim (goal) is.
  2. Write it down on a piece of paper.
  3. Read it to yourself 2-3 times/day
  4. As you read it, picture yourself as having already accomplished it.
  5. Put together a game plan that will allow you to accomplish it step by step.

Do you want to be a top notch dentist, a successful clergyman, a fantastic spouse, a wealthy executive, a self-employed business owner?  Live and breath those 5 steps and over the course of time your subconscious will incorporate an unchangeable faith that will allow you to accomplish what ever that principle aim might be.

Faith is the only known anecdote for failure.  Everyone is what he is because of the dominant thoughts which he permits to fill his mind.  Thoughts which are mixed with a strong desire attract other, similar thoughts.  These thoughts soon become magnetized and just like that single seed, which when planted in fertile soil, soon germinates, grows, and multiples itself over and over again until that which was originally a single small seed, now counts in the millions.

No wonder we are told that with faith all things are possible!


Clay and Ali run a small consulting business teaching folks how to move from employee to entrepreneur. Clay can be reached at: click here

About clayandali
Trained as a research chemist, but have been involved with Entrepreneurship for over 30 years. I have been involved in photography for 41 years. Ali is a graduate of the Ohio Institute of Photography in Dayton, OH. She loves both portrait and landscape work.

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