“…If I had to start my career over…there are only 5 things that I would like to start off with…”

Data vs. Strategy: The 1st 20 years of my career; data was hard to come by, and costly, and Strategy….I probably mixed gut and strategy together, not knowing the difference…..but, always had a “hunch” as to what worked and what didn’t.

Sure, I’ve been WRONG… even more than once…but those mistakes were more in the line of having business associates and/or partners…that I didn’t really need…for even want. The type that I never trusted, but thought that I needed. You learn fast when you get burned.

I’ve always said (well, at least to myself), if I ever had to start my career over…there are only 5 tangibles which I would like to start off with (cepting my wife…of course)….

  1. My Yukon, 2) my Laptop, 3) my Samsung Galaxy II smart phone, 4) my Glock, and 5) and, oh’yeah…$100K in cash (it sounds like a lot…but it’s not). Add to these “tangibles” …my “wits, my gut, my confidence, and my God” …then there we be no holding me back. Four of those “tangibles”… I keep with me at all times, the other… well hidden.

Just because “God” is listed last…doesn’t mean He is the least…rather, it means He is the “most important” of all the ingredients. Let me be clear… In “all” that I’ve done, I’ve done for God, with God, and because of God. Everything…absolutely everything, that I’ve ever done, ever accomplished, ever dreamed of doing…has come about because of God. He is my Leader, My Teacher, My Motivator, My Strategist…and My God. I thank Him for everything…especially, my wife of 57 years, my children, my grandchildren. All the rest…well, it’s just gravy on the Turkey. Thank you, Dear Lord… I love you.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

1 Corinthians 13:13 – And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.


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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