“….I was a Paid….SOB….”

Self-discipline is the catalyst to Success.

Self-discipline is the catalyst to Success.

For the first 23 years of my business career…. I was a PAID “SOB.”  Definition: Where someone pays you, disproportionately to its worth, to do a job that is not popular, that few are capable of doing, but is required.

When I finally went into business for myself, I was “still” a SOB, but I was doing it for nothing…. As in, “no pay.”  The down side:  I was, or thought to be…SOB.  The upside… it paid a lot of money.  I learned to take it all in stride.  I didn’t think of myself as a “bad-guy,” but rather, someone who was willing to “get his hands dirty,” where the “higher-ups,” were not willing to do the “dirty-work,” and would pay someone else to do it, so that “they” (the higher-up) could keep the Mr. Clean image.  One might compare my job (being a Paid-SOB) to being a successful “divorce lawyer,” that does a job that “no-one-else-likes-to-do.”

I was good at what I did…. I could go into an existing company, or even a start-up, and “clean-house.”  That being…. Re-shape, re-organize, or re-build the company, getting rid of excesses, be it employees, un-necessary assets, or fringe excesses….i.e.,…cars, boats, airplanes, un-necessary travel, etc.  I would evaluate “every aspect” of the company; personnel, shipping/receiving, sales, service, R&D, accounting/budgeting/banking, and long-range-planning; all under the “umbrella” of POA….Plan-of-Action.  It’s not a popular job, but a necessary job if the company is to operate efficiently, and profitably.  I considered it a CREAM-JOB.  I actually got paid to do what any legitimate, committed, loyal business owner would/should have to do, if he wanted his business to be successful…. and competitive.  In fact, it was a “training-ground” for me, as I honed my skill-sets, over time; so that when I went into business for myself…. I would know exactly what, and how, to do it.  And… I gained the reputation of “getting the job done.”

For over a 20 year period, I NEVER had a job that I didn’t feel like “it was my company,” (when, of course… it wasn’t).  The decisions I made were the same decisions that I would have made, “if”, I had owned the company.  I thought just like an owner, but was not afraid to do “the dirty work.”  To me, it was just part of the job… and a necessary one, at that.

The “early prophets” and others, like Moses, David, Joseph, Samuel, and even John the Baptizer…. Had similar jobs. They did what they had to do…. Often, making enemies along the way.  Think of Noah…. He had to build the Ark, and was required to leave ”all of mankind” to drown in their own SIN.  I’m not comparing “me” to them….O’No!  I’m comparing the “un-popular job” that they were assigned…to do… by God, Himself, with my job.   My job today… is similar to most of the early biblical characters…. I’m doing a job that “goes against the grain” of today’s sociality and liberal-mentality.  We live in a society, today, where “anything goes;” and it’s all about “me.” We are the “feel-good” society.  My job is to remind “us all” that, through Jesus’ painful death, we receive salvation and new life.  A Christian’s perspective on pain: “The God of the Gospels answers the problem of pain not by removing it from human life, but by sharing it …. [Christ] suffers unto death, showing Christians not how to evade pain, but how to welcome its redemptive possibilities.”


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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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