The Gospels – the first four books in the Christian New Testament – are a unique form of literature, and of Scripture.
Merriam-Webster defines the word “gospel” as follows:
a: the message concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation. b: one of the first four New Testament books telling of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
There are only four official Gospels – books recognized as part of the canon of Scripture (the Bible). They are all written by men.
“You can’t have a successful business and a balanced life. You have to choose.”
“You’re not pretty enough.”
“Life is not Disneyland. You can’t have fun all the time.”
“You’re not smart enough.”
“Work is not supposed to be fun.”
“You’re too sick.”
“You’re just a sinner in the hands of an angry God.”
“The only way to make a fortune is by working hard.”
“You’re too young.”
“Sometimes bad things happen and you just can’t find any good in it. It doesn’t mean anything. It is what it is.”
“God doesn’t want you to be rich.”
“You’re too old.”
“You can’t trust anyone.”
“Your best days are behind you.”
…and feel free insert your go-to limiting belief here, if I’ve missed it.
Question: who told you this junk?
Who told you?
And why are you still listening to them?
Recently, Robin Williams apparently chose to take his own life. The news hit me so hard that I couldn’t bring myself to write or comment about it for a while. Even had the subject not been so tender for me, I didn’t feel I had anything relevant to say.
Michael J. Fox (L) and Robin Williams (R) Photo from the Mirror, Copyright Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic
Now, I think I might.
The title of this post is intentionally deceptive. It contains a presupposition, that being that the system is in fact failing you.
The system we are talking about could be the economy, your industry, your job, marriage, church, or fantasy sports league. All these entities are systems. But in this case I am addressing the system we think of as the economy, and specifically as it relates to small business owners and entrepreneurs.
When I was growing up, I loved to watch those Roadrunner vs. Coyote cartoons. They were my favorite Saturday morning cartoons.
The Coyote, ever the trickster, was always out to “get” the Roadrunner. Coyote came up with all these elaborate schemes to kill “poor little Roadrunner.”