The metaphor of streams that feed the vast ocean: The pillars of business success (2)


Through scripture we know that God wants us to succeed in life. By growing and using our faith and trust in the Lord we can be strengthened to fulfil his will for our lives- this is true success.

A few days ago, i promised to share business principles, values, ethics, and attitudes that you can adopt and will help you establish what i called sustainable business success.

I took time to mention, that, the pillars of success are broad and many, and i added that i would take time to explore each and every single one of them.

I wrote about Character. I stressed that a noble, humble, and trained character is necessary for you to achieve any success. I also added that it is key for one to be able to maintain any kind of success. I highlighted that the human body may grow weary, that in a changing world vested interests change, and so to do profitable realms. Above all i stated that a righteous character precedes all.

If you missed it, you can read more about it here

Central to the subject at hand, i described success using the allegory of a building; one the requires a foundation and pillars in order for it to be erected firstly, then to remain patched high.

The analogy of a building was also deliberately metaphorical. A building is a place of sanctuary. Buildings protect your body and properties from harsh exposure to the elements. Business success, is a sanctuary. A safe haven which allows a life of ‘no stress’.

But i do not wish to allow you to see success in this rigid manner. This is why today i shifted the metaphor and used the analogy of the sea.

You see, the ocean, is vast. Most of the Earth’s surface is ocean. But marine life accounts for only 15 percent of the world’s species.

The ocean is big and abundant.

The ocean is big. Very big.

With all our modern technology, we still have not been able to assess it in its entirety. It is huge, and it is abundant.

The ocean is not running out anytime soon. It will not run out anytime soon either. Water is an endless commodity in the seas. In fact, the seas are the commodity.

I want you to think of success in this way. As a place of abundance. A place where limitless possibilities exist. Life in ways you are not aware of.

Many a times i speak to young people i am often told of opportunities being hard to find, and hard to get.

I think this is false, or partially correct if you think of success in a rigid manner.

The ocean only accounts for 15% of the world’s species today. So it is clearly not over crowded. The ocean has only been partially exploited so far. So there are clearly several other new places to explore.

The lessons of the water cycle

Understanding that success is like the great big ocean; it is not only a body of vast rich abundant life whose depths can never be fully explored, it is also a process arrived at by channeling several streams, rivers, and rain water towards one grand reservoir.

The ocean does not run dry because water is continually fed to it through the water cycle.

The Water Cycle: Showing how all water ultimately flows in small channels towards the ocean
The Water Cycle: Showing how all water ultimately flows in small channels towards the ocean. (Credit: US Department of Geological Surveys)

The image above here shows aptly how several small processes send water to the ocean. Be it ground water run flow, or surface run off. Basically there are several arrows there, which all feed into the ocean.

For you to be able to achieve the state of the ocean, you need to have several streams, rivers, and attributes that all feed towards your ocean.

A building cannot stand on one pillar. An ocean is fed by various streams and methods.

Now you may be wondering that your streams are.

This is why this series is significant. I wrote about character before. That is one stream. I also mentioned then that it was imperative to also have things like consistency, commitment, courage, wisdom. All those pillars that you need simultaneously. They are the various streams that feed into the abundance of the ocean.

The bible says, in the book of Psalm 1:1-3

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

I pray that you may meet such abundance. I pray that you realise that you can succeed in conquering parts of the remote ocean which have never been seen, that your success is not just a building but can be the vast ocean. I pray that your leaves do not wither. That you commit to character. Tomorrow, i will touch on the importance of another pillar, another stream. I will write on commitment, and why it is important.


  • Tony Benn

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