“Wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.” Pr 2:10 NIV
Personal growth leads to promotion. Stop and look at the people in your church, your company, or your circle of friends. Management consultant W. Edwards Deming said, “Learning isn’t compulsory…neither is survival.” In corporate culture, the higher your position, the less “doing” is involved, and the more “critical thinking” comes into play. Consider a corporate conference room during an important meeting. Typically, a cadre of foot soldiers sits around the table with laptops, briefcases, and boxes of files, while the president enters the room carrying very little. That’s because he or she wasn’t hired to run computers, maintain schedules, and manage files. They were hired for their expertise and the power of their ideas. Organizations want people with the best ideas to be in leadership; consequently, promotions generally go to the self-starters—men and women who exhibit initiative and growth. So start generating some new ideas and see how quickly you get noticed! Daniel began as a slave in Babylon, on the bottom rung of the ladder. But he was soon promoted to a position in Nebuchadnezzar’s cabinet. That’s because the king was looking for people with the following qualifications: “Showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve” (Da 1:4 NIV). Talk about job security! And what’s more, “Daniel remained there” (v. 21 NIV). So dedicate yourself to personal growth.