“…Even Al Capone, an entrepreneur of sorts, lived on Palm Island…just a few door away from my Grandfather’s house….”

Entrepreneurship? What’s that? I just wonder….how many of us self-appointed entrepreneurs really, even, know what it means? I know that in my own case, I was 30 years old before I even had a hint of what it meant. Sure, I’d heard the term, but NEVER paid any attention to it, as it didn’t seem to apply to anything going on in my life…at the time. The time: 1969, or so. I had just gathered together $25K, in cash, through a couple of small real estate transactions; of which I had no real idea of what I was doing…but yet, had a “killing urge” to develop the knack. I was, to some degree, predestined to get into real estate, before I was even born. You see… my maternal Grandfather was Walter Albert Kohlhepp, a partner of Carl Fisher (another story), who developed Miami Beach. My Grandfather developed, for Fisher, what is known today

as Palm Island, Star Island, Fisher, and Hibiscus Island; which is right off of MacArthur Causeway. To me; my Grandfather was an Entrepreneur. To whatever degree that I am…well….it’s just “playing around.” We’re told that an Entrepreneur is someone who conceives, organizes, and operates a business, and in-so-doing, takes on a greater than normal financial risk, in the process. My grandfather operated in an era where lots on Palm Island sold for $1000. Even President Richard Nixson wintered on Hibiscus Island.  Al Capone paid $40K for his house in 1928, and he died there in 1947. The house sold 3-4 times in the late 50-60’s, and was finally sold to a Delta Pilot in 1971, or so, for $56K. In 2012, it sold for $7.5 million, and is on the market now for $8.4 million. Just a little of un-necessary history….In today’s time, people like Bill Gates, Dell, and Steve Jobs (just a few) are, to me… real Entrepreneurs. They were people who took an idea and made it into millions, and even billions of dollars. Today, millionaires are a dime-a-dozen. For whatever degree of success that I’ve enjoyed, it doesn’t touch the garment of these really “true Entrepreneurs. The kind of entrepreneurship that I’d rather be connected with is “the business of God.” I want to be known as a “successful Christian, first and foremost.” All of the rest is just worldly trappings; that won’t get us across the threshold of Heaven’s prime real estate. Money, things, stuff, glory, fame…. All for naught. What will get us into Heaven’s real estate is provided by Jesus, as the gap between each of us and God. Heaven is God’s home. God is perfect and so heaven is perfect. Nothing imperfect can ever enter heaven (Revelation 22:14-15).  John 3:16 tells us this, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  All we have to do is acknowledge that we are a sinner, and that Jesus, the Son of God, died in our place, and accept Him as our Savior.  We can accept Jesus as Savior by praying this prayer:  Lord, I am a sinner. Thank you for your Son, Jesus, who died on the cross for my sins. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior now. Please show me Your will and help me become the person You want me to be. Amen.  …..Blessings…cjlb…8/13/14

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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