“…I didn’t have some “super-strength,” or a real high IQ, like others in my family…”

SampleI never expected it to be easy; didn’t expect a free ride, free lunch; or for it to be obstacle free.  I’ve run up hill all my life.  I don’t take no for an answer.  I’m not a quitter.  That’s the story of my life… yesterday ….today….tomorrow.  I’m not the only one who can tell this story.  Being behind the 8-ball started when I started college late, instead, waiting almost two years, and then taking 11 years to complete my formal education, achieving two business degrees.  Had it not been for my beautiful wife… encouraging me, supporting me; tending to issues that would normally be mine – the taste of success would be moot.  It’s like starting a race in last place, and never catching up.  I’m NOT COMPLAINING, because all is well; and I have no-regrets.  The normal doors (open to others) were not open to me; I had to break-through those doors.  The pre-planned fast-track that high-scholastic-achievers have available through the various Corporate Sponsored programs, along with high-starting salaries, were not available to me.  In fact, there were times when I made less money than my subordinates. I eventually surpassed my peers, and naysayers, through dedication, commitment, and hard word… flavored with integrity, loyalty, and total lack of fear of higher management, clicks, peer pressure.  I was well-known as a non-conformist, Charlton, and a bit of an odd-ball. ….a reputation that only fueled my determination to outwit them all.  I didn’t have some “super-strength,” or a real high IQ, like others in my family;  but I did have … the Blessings of Almighty God.  We were a Team.  God was the Great Leader, Teacher, and Motivator… in my life; as He is today. Psalms 18:2 – The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, [and] my high tower.  James 1:17 – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. …Blessings… cjlb…3/23/14.

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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