Prepare plans by consultation, and make war by wise guidance.
Several years ago, my wife, Amy, and I had the privilege of attending a dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York honoring the delegates to the United Nations. Billy Graham, the keynote speaker, began his address with the following story.
“Being here in New York reminds me of a story about Albert Einstein. Some years ago the great thinker was on a train bound for New York City. As the ticket taker came walking through the car, Einstein reached into his pocket to retrieve his ticket, but he could not find it. He frantically searched his coat pockets, turned his pants pockets inside out, but still he could not produce the ticket.
“The ticket taker said, ‘Don’t worry, Mr. Einstein, we all know who you are. Forget about it.’ About twenty minutes later, the ticket taker came back through the car, and by this time Einstein was on the floor searching everywhere for the lost ticket.
“Again the ticket taker tried to reassure Einstein by saying, ‘I told you not to worry about the lost ticket. We trust that you purchased one, and that’s good enough for us.’
“Einstein looked up at the railroad employee and said, ‘Young man, this isn’t a matter of trust but of direction. I need to find the ticket because I forgot where I’m going.’ ”
Do you have a clear sense of where you want to go in life? Are you headed toward that destination, moving away from that destination, or simply standing idle? The first and foundational secret for success in life is simply this: Successful people know where they want to go in life and have a plan for getting there.
Dr. Jeffress appears on LIFE TODAY this Monday. This is an excerpt from The Solomon Secrets by Dr. Robert Jeffress. Copyright ©2002 by Robert Jeffress. Published by Pathway To Victory. Used by permission.