Getting Rich Slowly (Proverbs 19:2)

Several years ago, Brian Chesky, the current CEO of Airbnb, shared a story about advice that Jeff Bezos, then CEO of Amazon, was given by one of the greatest investors of all time, Warren Buffet. Bezos, in one of his first meetings with Buffett, asked him: “Your investing thesis is so simple. Why doesn’t everyone just copy you?”

“Because no one wants to get rich slowly,” Buffett replied.
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For those who are unfamiliar with the investing style of Warren Buffet, he is a classic value investor. He is not distracted by current stock prices or making a quick profit. He invests in companies that have the potential to grow in value over decades. His success has made him one of the richest men in the world. His advice is sought after by numerous CEOs such as Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates.

Buffet’s advice is a variation of the proverb, “Slow and steady wins the race.” and “Haste makes waste.” This advice is also echoed by theologian, Dallas Willard, who states, “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”

It is dangerous to have zeal without knowledge, and the one who acts hastily makes poor choices.
Proverbs 19:2 (NET)

In today’s world, we have nearly instantaneous retrieval of information. However, this does not necessarily mean we need to immediately act upon this knowledge. If we seek to eliminate hurry from our lives, we must replace it with faith and trust in God. God should direct the pace of our actions. He is patient. After all, He is willing to offer salvation and eternal life to all who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. He does not force His will upon us but will hold out his offer until the moment we die. If we make that decision, the unimaginable riches of God’s Kingdom are ours.

Unlike Warren Buffet’s sage advice, we don’t have to get rich slowly when we follow God’s advice. Of course, God had it right from the beginning! 

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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