“…I was totally off base in my line of thinking… such that could sabotage the entire deal….”

P1000496PERSEVERANCE:  The continued effort to achieve something despite obvious difficulties, opposition, or likelihood of failure….to stay the course.  This is one of my favorite words.  It is my motto, my mantle.  A favorite quote is: “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” –  Vince Lombardi.  Often, I am a quick thinker, but a slow mover.  I tend to re-think, re-figure, re-calculate, sleep-on, day-dream about…almost all of my deals, or opportunities.  I once signed a contract on a certain deal that took a year to formulate, two months to put together the basic deal, then several more weeks of fine-tuning.  All the while, I THOUGHT that I had all the kinks worked out; all the opportunities determined…. only to discover that I was totally off base in my line of thinking… such that could sabotage the entire deal.  Back to the drawing board.  THINK… THINK… THINK.  I was hitting a brick wall.  I had to figure out a way to get over the wall.  It reminds me of an account of Nickolas Thompson’s book on the life of Svetlana Alliluyeva (Stalin’s daughter) whereby he was trying to find an ending for his book.  He had to set it aside for a year before discovering the appropriate ending.  I didn’t have the luxury of a year, rather…just days.  But the answer came, as almost always it does.  Yes… I prayed about it.  But not like you might think, rather, I just prayed that the conclusion would be the will of God, and for His Honor and Glory.  No matter the outcome.  The whole deal hinged on converting a totally under-utilized complex to a more profitable use.  When I finally determined how to handle it all, the outcome was 3 times more profitable than originally thought.  While I was slow to figure it out… eventually I was able to climb over the wall…. And the reason was:  I had the will…. Knowledge and strength came later.  I PERSEVERED.  Ecclesiastes 9:11I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.   …Blessings…cjlb…4/6/14

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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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