According to “Unheavenly City,” a book by Harvard sociologist Dr. Edward C. Banfield, of all the factors that determine a person’s success in life, the single most important factor is their ability to think long term and make specific goals. This study asserts that, ultimately, success is not a matter of where you went to college, who your parents or teachers were, what race you are, or how smart you are.
The perfect example of the impact of long-term thinking is Steve Jobs. He was the orphan of a Swiss-Catholic mother and a Syrian father, and his adoptive parents never completed college. Jobs graduated from high school with a 2.65 GPA, and only completed six months of formal college instruction. Yet, he is now known as the “father of the digital revolution.”
Why was he so successful? He had a goal, he was determined, and he had a long term outlook. One of my favorite bible passages comes from the King James Version of Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish..” Christians have the longest term vision if they would use it. What we do now is an investment in the eternal. So why don’t we take advantage of that more. Make an impact – think long term and see how it changes your life.