This past month Mom and Dad moved to a new home. Since they moved into a place 70% smaller (and 100% nicer!), the family had to pitch in and determine what to pitch out. My job was to sort through the thousands of books and determine which ones to keep. (I am happy to report that we were able to get rid of three of them!)
As I was sorting through the books I realized that many of them had been read and underlined by Dad. Jackpot! There is nothing better than reading through a book and seeing what your Dad thought was important, and then really understanding where your Dad’s ideas came from. And of course, when your Dad is Zig Ziglar, it is even better.
As I was flipping through one of the underlined books I came to a part that caught my eye. Dad had underlined a great deal over a series of pages on the subjects of faith, business, and prosperity. The author was making the point that in Hebrew the words for faith and business are very close in meaning. The author pointed out that in order to be truly successful in business (or in sales), you do the work first and then you get paid. This takes faith! Faith that your hard work will be rewarded. The author then points out that societies that have a high level of faith in God tend to be much more prosperous than those that don’t because faith is like a muscle; the more you use it, the bigger it gets. Faith in God literally allows you to have more faith in your business and that your hard work will pay off.
This belief is really a cornerstone of Dad’s philosophy, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” I think it’s pretty amazing that Hebrew, God’s language (and which Dad cannot speak or read), is in perfect harmony with this major principle. It really does help when you know the author personally!
Speaking of authors, and the book I am referring to, the story gets better. Finding the underlined words from Dad was like finding buried treasure. The coincidence (God’s way of staying anonymous) is that the title of the book I am referring to is Buried Treasure by Rabbi Daniel Lapin. Imagine finding buried treasure in Buried Treasure! What a double blessing!
(Side note: Rabbi Lapin will be leading a Ziglar Success 2.0 webcast with us on September 15. The subject: Boost Your Income – 3 Spiritual Steps to Success. Register Here – your first time with us is Free!)