Bowl of Vomit, Anyone?

Of course, if I made you such an offer you would refuse.

You would most likely be offended.

Business Wisdom From Proverbs

Some were offended by the title of this post, and didn't even bother to read it.

But by offering a bowl of vomit, I was not merely trying to gross you out. The point was: how often we repeat the same dysfunctional behaviors (in our businesses, and in our lives)…  and yet somehow expect a different result.

That great book of business wisdom, the book of Proverbs, contains good advice for us today:

As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.
Proverbs 26:11

The next time you're tempted to have a bowl of the bile of your own making, what if you just said no?

Question: What Proverbs do you apply in your business? Post them below.

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at

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  • KatherineH

    Just curious.  Was Rollo your inspiration for today’s post?  He looks wiped out in the photo.  (Gross as your post’s title sounded, I’ve noticed the Bible’s way of saying things is not always pretty–but it’s practical!)
    The Proverb that came to my mind was Proverbs 6:6,7:  “Go to the ant, you sluggard!  Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.”
    We’ve been doing a lot of apple juicing lately for gall bladder flushes.  Inevitably, a few little pieces of apple will fall to the floor while we’re trying to get the apples into the hopper before they all turn brown.
    We haven’t figured out where the ants are coming in, but every time we drop apples on the floor, there’ll be 20 or more ants surrounding the apple pieces.  I grab a broom and sweep them up, adding them to the monstrous pile of apple peelings and pulp already in the garbage.
    So I’ve been considering these ants.  If our ants hadn’t been so industrious in going after their food source, they would not have been swept up and thereafter added to their lifetime supply of apples in the garbage.
    My gleanings from Proverbs 6:6,7:  it’s going after the goods industriously that will probably be the means of inheriting any lifetime supply of whatever it is we’re going after!

    • Yes, Rollo was on my mind when writing this.

      Your Proverb is another of my favorites – thanks for sharing your insights.

  • MattVestrand

    Can I choose Ecclesiastes 9:10?  It is sort of a proverb.
    Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

  • Jason Dixon

    Good morning Ray, I try to read the corresponding chapter of Proverbs each day but one of my favorites is Proverbs 3:13-16.