Melvyn Tan
October 30, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

The Law of Success (Hint: its a four-letter word)

[blockquote source=”Psalm 102:25-27 (NIV)“]In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.  They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years […]

[blockquote source=”Psalm 102:25-27 (NIV)“]In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.  They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.[/blockquote]

Systems Thinking
My role as a consultant sees me helping schools put in place systems that facilitates sustainable growth.  It is a great business opportunity because schools are always evolving.  As they transform from being reactive to proactive; their systems will also need to evolve.  Being in this industry for close to a decade now, I have seen schools transformed and have personally worked with schools that have grown from strength to strength.

How I developed my knowledge and skills in this area of work was my obsession with systems thinking.  Systems thinking can be defined as a problem solving methodology, where “problems” are viewed parts of an overall system. So, instead of viewing the problem as an standalone event or outcome, problems can be best understood when view in the context of its relationship to other parts of the system.  As a result, systems thinking is often viewed as a cyclical rather than a linear relationship. (Source: Wikipedia)

Types of Laws
Systems in an organisation are governed by two types of laws.  The first type is what we call natural laws.  These are laws of physics such as the law of gravity and Newton’s laws of motion.  Regardless of whether you respect these laws or not, they apply to everyone of us on this earth.  For instance, you may choose to ignore the law of gravity.  But when you step out of the window of a high-rise building, the law of gravity will be applied to you, regardless.  Additionally, these laws apply to you all the time.  There are no exceptions.

The second type is laws made by man.  These are the laws that prevent people from doing evil.  For instance, if one choose to ignore this first category of laws and commit murder.  And perhaps the person might even be able to get away with it without being arrested if it was never found out.

While the first type doesn’t change over time (I mean the law of gravity worked now as it had been 2000 years ago), the second type will change as societies evolve.  For instance, in the past we did not have the Internet and hence laws governing use of the Internet were non-existent (and not required).

You need to understand the workings of both laws to be successful.  Say, the law of the harvest (you reap what you sow).  If you post heaps of quality content for a specific target audience (sow good seeds), then your likelihood of being to monetise your offerings (reap) are higher.  Conversely, if you ignore copyright laws (made by man) and use images from Getty Images, you’d be sure to receive a huge bill from them afterwards.

Laws by God
However, both types of laws are created by God.  And God has essentially have two key laws that we must live with – and that is love and freedom.  Ever since Adam and Eve, humans have the freedom to choose whether they believe in God, whether they want to have anything to do with God, whether they choose to worship God or not. It was never forced upon them.  However, when the day of reckoning comes, we will all be judged and brought to justice.

Greatest Law of All
The other law is love.  As in John 3:16 – “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”  The kind of love that God has for us in beyond comprehension.  As the three parables, Parable of the Prodigal Son, Parable of the Lost Sheep, and Parable of the Lost Coin.  These are all God’s demonstration of His love for us.  But the question is, how do we love others?  As Jesus said in John 13:34 “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.”  Truly, love is the main law of success!

Application

  • Learn the Truth: Study God’s word daily.
  • Live like Christ: Love one another.
  • Lead others to do the same: Inspire others.

Unchanging Father.  We pray that we will learn Your word so that we can live it out and lead others in doing the same.  In Jesus name, Amen.