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Great Man lessons with Stephen Manfield

Great Man

Stephen Mansfield shared wonderful lessons about being a Great Man (Godly Man) in the seminar we attended last May 5, 2015. It was an eye-opener for me to learn that in Damascus, Syria, if a man fathers a son, they celebrate manhood with joyful noises and grant the father with a new name. He shared that his new name is “Abujon” which came from “Abu”, father of and “jon”, a short version of his son’s name, Jonathan.

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A Man’s life and character are the result of his own inmost Thoughts and Ideals

James Allen

The philosophy above was as old as civilization, but ever fresh and new. James Lane Allen had proven the truth of it in his own life. He had been very poor in his youth, had none of the advantages so many young men count essential. He had started out with nothing to build on except what was within himself. But he had known what he wanted to do and be; he had kept his dream, his ideal, everlastingly before him; he had tried to live the life he imagined—and in the end, his dream became a reality. As a man thinks, so is he.

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True Happiness is to rest satisfied with what we have

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The message above was shared by Lucius Annaeus Seneca. He was a man of many talents—a poet, dramatist, orator, statesman and one of the greatest of the Stoic Philosophers. He was also one of the best-read men in Rome.

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There is always another Chance

“This thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down but the staying down,” said Mary Pickford. She confided to her good friends her secret of calm serenity, of rising above every distressing circumstance, of going on with courage and hope, no matter what happened.

“What looks like the end of the road in our personal experience,” she said, “is only the turn in the road, the beginning of a new and more beautiful journey. I have always tried to live by that philosophy, and it has kept me happy.”

Among those good friends was the editor of a national magazine and he persuaded her to write an article for his magazine, expressing her views and beliefs. She was reluctant at first but he convinced her saying that she had no right to withhold her philosophy if it would help even one other person.

So, as she began to think about the article, first of all, she would emphasize her faith in God, and show how faith gave her courage to meet the trials and disappointments of life. She explained how she looked upon unhappy experiences as a turn in the road—an end, but also a beginning. Above all, she would try to make her readers see that life always held a promise, that there was always another chance for everyone, no matter how hopeless things might seem. Then she wrote:

“Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down but the staying down.”

The gist of Mary Pickford’s message is this: “You are never beaten unless you give up. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose.

“All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face which turns us from failure towards success,” said Dorothea Brande.

The Lord Jesus Christ said to His disciples, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” And in other places in the Scriptures, “With God, all things are possible.”

We Must Do The Best We Can With What We Have

The above title was the philosophy lived by Mr. Edward Rowland Sill. Both his parents died when he was young and had poor health that he was prevented from doing many of the things he would have liked. For a long time, he had difficulty finding his proper niche in his life. He did ministry but gave it up when he couldn’t accept narrow dogma. He did newspaper work but found that he was physically and temperamentally unsuited for the job. He finally made teaching his career and he was successful and content…until his poor health forced him to give up.

He believed in doing the best he could with what he had, in whatever condition he found himself. He believed and lived making good, not in making excuses. And in his poem, “Opportunity,” he knew his limitations and accepted them. Here are the words in his poem, let’s learn from him and his belief:

 This I beheld, or dreamed it in a dream:

There spread a cloud of dust along a plain;

And underneath the cloud, or in it, raged

A furious battle, and men yelled, and swords

Shocked upon swords and shields. A prince’s banner

Wavered, then staggered backward, hemmed by foes.

A cavern hung along the battle’s edge,

And thought, “Had I a sword of keener steel—

That blue blade that the king’s son bears, — but this

Blunt thing—!” he snapped and flung it from his hand,

And lowering crept away and left the field.

Then came the king’s son, wounded, sore bestead,

And weaponless, and saw the broken sword,

Hilt-buried in the dry and trodden sand,

And ran and snatched it, and with battle shout

Lifted afresh he hewed his enemy down,

And saved a great cause that heroic day.

 Written more than 120 years ago, its message is as timely as ever: Forget your limitations. Make the most of the opportunities and abilities you have and fulfill the promise within you.

 More than 2000 years ago, being the Son of Man, Jesus did a lot of miracles and wonders through the aid of His Father in Heaven, Creator of the heavens and the earth. There was nothing He couldn’t do but was only limited by unbelief of the people He was serving. The Scripture says, “The righteous shall live by faith.” We can become righteous in God’s sight by believing what Jesus had done on the cross for us. Then we can declare like the apostle Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Persist.

Do not be discouraged no matter what, because when we give up, then we are none. – Top Ittipat, Top’s Secret

I have watched the movie,Top’s Secret a.k.a. The Billionaire, at least five times since 2012. Top has encountered a lot of challenges to reach his goal and persisted secretly to pay back his father’s debts and occupy the same house that was foreclosed due to the debt.

There were times when he knows that he can reach his goals when his business started to gain some sales then setbacks came. The highlight of the movie is when he contacted the person in-charge of taking products for sale of 7-11 with high hopes but the problem was its products packaging. After fixing the packaging, another seemingly setback came because of the busyness of the person who told him that the packaging’s not ready. So, he left his sample products at 7-11’s elevator which employees had the chance to taste the product. At that, he was called for a contract but 7-11 wanted more than 70,000 pieces for distribution within two months after checking whether his plant is aligned with Good Manufacturing Practices.

With that challenge, Top sold his car and took a calculated risk in renovating his father’s warehouse which was foreclosed. The examiners of his plant were thorough and he told them that whatever they want for improvement of the plant, he’ll do his best to fix or put them in place. Then he got the contract, got all the required units for shipment and his goal has been met.

Top’s setbacks include losing his girlfriend, his parents leaving him for China to start over, failed businesses, undervalued talisman, unsaleable DVD players, his father’s not seemingly supportive of his business skills but the total support of his uncle and mom. His great attributes included stubborn persistence and unquenchable learning attitude (not in the classroom, but in real-world set up).

The message above and what he went through gives me courage to do whatever it takes to succeed, no matter what, so that I can declare that the Lord is good.

Pursue and Have The Knowledge that People Need

Pursue and Have The Knowledge that People NeedKnowledge is the know-how of using the information being gleaned in the pursuit of accomplishing an ideal or dream. It is experience with skill combined.

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To your personal growth,

Jake De La Cruz