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Count the Cost: The Secret Step for Success at Anything (Luke 14:28)

count the costWould you like to have success at anything you do? Of course would. So would I. Nobody sets out with the intention to fail. However, many times we do fail and it’s often because we refused to count the cost ahead of time.

What do I mean by count the cost? Does that have something to do with money? Well, maybe but not necessarily.

Put simply, when you count the cost, you plan ahead. You take inventory of everything that needs to happen before you pursue a goal.

Now, you may not know every little detail that needs to be achieved in the process. But you can at least get a sense of all the big rocks that need to be accomplished in order for your endeavor to be successful.

This concept isn’t a new one. The term “count the cost” actually has its origins in the Bible. And Jesus used it with his disciples to prove a very important point about thinking and planning ahead.

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Should I Save For Retirement or the Kid’s College First?

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I’m a very linear person. My default mode is to move in a chronological order, doing things step by step according to a predetermined plan. So it's confusing when trying to decide whether to save for retirement first or our kid’s college. On the … [Continue reading]

2 Milestones You Need to Reach Before Investing Money

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When it comes to investing money in the stock market, time is your greatest ally and your greatest enemy. The longer you are investing money the greater likelihood you’ll generate great wealth. Shortening that time period by just a few years could … [Continue reading]

Online Business Ideas That Make You Money

In 1991, the Internet as we know it went live to the general public. At the time, there was little fanfare. And it would take most of the rest of the decade before it became mainstream. Now the Internet is everywhere. And have people sure learned … [Continue reading]

7 Positive Lessons from Job’s Friends on Helping Hurting People

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Ever felt like you had no clue how to help someone who was hurting? It doesn’t matter if the pain is physical, emotional or spiritual. Too often we simply freeze, not really knowing how to best help our friends in need. Should I give them advice? … [Continue reading]

All Work and No Play: Combating the Dangers of Workaholism

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Do not fear. I’m not writing from a snowed in mountain resort lodge. I have to admit for years I assumed the proverb “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” came from that Stephen King horror novel turned Jack Nicholson movie thriller The … [Continue reading]

Should I Hire An Apartment Rental Manager For My Property?

As I have mentioned here many times before, having a rental property is one of the most lucrative businesses that you can have. It doesn't matter if it is your full-time passion or a business you do on the side. Owning property and renting it out to … [Continue reading]

Does God Want Me To Attend College?

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Every fall like clockwork, the same ritual happens during the months of August and September - students return to high school. Each year a special group of these students enter their senior year, excited about wrapping up one of the most exciting … [Continue reading]

How to Increase Your Number of Rental Properties Without Losing Your Mind

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I've written here from time to time about the advantages of owning rental properties. Owning property that other people pay you to use is a great investment that can have significant long-term benefits. Not only do you get extra cash flowing into … [Continue reading]

How to Prioritize What’s Important When You Make a Budget

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I remember the first time my wife and I really tried to make a budget. So many expenses were coming to our mind it was difficult to prioritize which ones were most important. We messed up many things in that first month’s budget and felt really … [Continue reading]

The Best Definition of Teamwork You’ll Ever Read

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Like all other sports enthusiasts, I am starved for athletic competition right now. In recent months, the spread of COVID-19 has disrupted sports around the world. I've always enjoyed playing and watching sports, mostly because it consistently … [Continue reading]