“…Can one succeed without all the formalities and demands of a good, and probably, …extended… education…?

QUALIFICATIONS for LEADERSHIP and SUCCESS:   There has always been a zest for more and better education, and I am high among the proponents. I don’t question the need for as much of, and as good of, education one can obtain.

The question I raise is: Can one succeed without all the formalities and demands of a good, and probably an extended… education? I say yes, one can. Sure, a college degree will open doors for most all of those who hold them. But history tells us that some of the most renowned entertainers, scientist, politicians, and entrepreneurs have found success despite not having higher education status.

Some successful people who did not attend, or complete college were: George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Michael Dell, Bill Gates, Tiger Woods, Frank Sinatra, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie (US Steel), Walt Disney, Ernest Hemingway, Dave Thomas (Wendy’s), Michael J. Fox, and Gov. James Byrnes, who was a former Secretary of State, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, US Congressman, US Senator, and Governor (the good governor DID NOT, even, attend high school) .

The most well-known, yet least educated, successful individual… was Jesus Christ. Jesus …had no servants, yet they called Him Master. He had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher; no medicines, yet they called Him Healer; no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet was crucified. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.

Since we are made in the Image of God, and therefore…His Son… we are expected to be like Him. We are expected to be a “leader of men, a good teacher, motivational, forgiving, compassionate, committed, prayerful, gentle, patient, and humble servant, and loving…and therefore…joyful.  In doing all of this, then we, too, can expect to be successful. ….Amen.


About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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