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4 Ways to Put Yourself in the Way of Success

August 18, 2009

If you truly want to increase the probability of success, you’ve got to put yourself in the way of success.

Kind of like Zacchaeus, the tax collector. You may remember this story from The Gospel of Luke.

NOTE: If your faith or spiritual practice doesn’t include The Bible, no worries. It’s still a cool story anyway. You don’t have to agree with it to learn from it…

Anyway, Zacchaeus was a guy who held a despised occupation. He had grown quite wealthy extorting money from the public. Naturally, he was not liked by his fellow man.

So, when Jesus came to Jericho, Zacchaeus just HAD to see what this famous man was like. He’d heard the rumors, but wanted to experience Jesus for himself.

So, he not only dropped what he was doing, but went to great lengths to respond to his inner prompting. Because something pulled him. And he knew he had to take action.

He knew he had to put himself in the way of success.

The problem was, Zacchaeus was not only short on character, but also short in stature. Literally. The guy was like, five feet tall. And naturally, when he arrived at Jericho, he had a hard time seeing Jesus over the hoards of admirers.

So, as the gospel goes, Zacchaeus tried to run in front of the crowd, but to no avail. Ultimately, he decided to climb a sycamore tree to get a better view.

Then, to the surprise of the tax collector – and to the surprise of the entire city – Jesus paused the parade, looked up in the tree and said, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”

Nobody could believe it. Not even Zacchaeus. But sure enough, he climbed back down the tree. The crowd watched Jesus embrace the tax collector. And the two friends made their way to Zacchaeus’ home for dinner.

And that’s when Zacchaeus’ life was changed forever.

Because he put himself in the way of finding what he sought.

And the best part is, in so doing, Zacchaeus found more and better than what he sought.

MY QUESTION IS: What are YOU seeking? What’s YOUR game plan for putting yourself in the way of success?

Read these
four strategies to help you do so.

How are you putting yourself in the way of success?

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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
Author, Speaker, Coach, Entrepreneur