“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men.” So says Proverbs 22:29. It is one of my favorite verses.
The reason I like it so much is that it reminds me to pursue excellence in my work.
One of the things I like to do in my spare time is help out at a local high school with the basketball team. While our school is very small, we have some great athletes. In fact, one of our current seniors is being recruited by college programs all over the country. Why? Because he is skilled in his work.
Being from a single-A school doesn’t matter. Talent matters. Don’t believe me? Just ask Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, who by the way, played in our region. If you have skill, opportunities will come.
That means your job is to work hard to develop your skill. Your job is not to spend time developing your opportunities.
Your best marketing strategy is simply to become great at what you do. Kings will come-a-calling, so to speak.
Skill development requires talent, passion, practice, study, repetition, feedback, affirmation, and perseverance.
Last year during their Super Bowl run, Green Bay Packer great, and former Heisman Trophy winner, Charles Woodson heard that President Obama had turned down an opportunity to come and see the Packers play a game.
Woodson, being the leader that he is, stood in front of his teammates and stated, “If the president won’t come see us, we are going to have to go see him.”
The Packers steam rolled their way through the playoffs and won the Super Bowl. In addition to the Lombardi Trophy they received another reward. A trip to the White House.
If you want to stand before kings, become the best at what you do. The kings will find you!
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.