Let me tell you a fish story! But this one is true! In 2005, I had the privilege of living in Seattle for a couple of years near the Pacific Ocean. Every two years in that area, there would be a colossal salmon run of Pink Salmon. I would often go to a very long and wide pier jetting out into the ocean where hundreds of us, tried and dedicated well-experienced fishers, would gather. I am not sure where they were all from, but fishermen spoke different languages like Russian, Spanish, Italian, and English.
We would get there just before dawn and start casting our jigs into the water from off the twenty-foot high pier into the pristine waters of the Pacific. Many times, we would cast out and come up empty as fishing does go. But when a massive school of Salmon came swimming by, it seemed like half of us fishermen had a fish on our line, and it was quite a boisterous, happy time!
If you have ever experienced having a three or four-pound salmon on your line, you know what I mean when I say, “you are now in a real fight!”. Salmon fight hard once they get hooked. It is such a thrill trying to catch them. Typically, we would fight them for about 15 to 20 minutes before becoming tired enough to get them in close to the pier.
Finding the right bait or jig that the Salmon wants to strike takes a lot of trial and error. After hooking the fish, sometimes the Salmon was too fisty, and they would easily snap our line. Other times they would fight so hard they eventually slipped themselves off of our hooks. Landing a salmon was no easy feat. Not only did you have to reel them into the pier, but you also had to pull them up about 20 feet from the water to get them over the railing onto the dock. All this to say that when you finally had one in your hands, it was quite an accomplishment.
Whoops, one other thing I forgot to mention. The harbor seal! Yep! There was a 150-pound harbor seal that would hide under the water underneath the pier. He would be lurking in the shadows waiting to pounce on any salmon that someone had on his line. Not only were we concentrating and struggling with reeling the Salmon in, but then as the fish got close to the pier, the pesky Seal would go right after it. With all the splashing and struggling commotion, you could hear people shouting in (Russian, Spanish, and other languages) Seal! Seal! The Seal is after your fish! It was hilarious!
I once had the “joy” of being one of the ones who’s fish the Seal had stolen. Just as I was reeling my fish near to the pier, he grabbed my fish in his mouth and headed out for deeper waters taking my whole spool of fishing line with him. As my line was zinging off of my spool, I hung onto my pole for dear life until my fishing-line finally snapped. Otherwise, the Seal would have taken my fish, my line, and my rod too with him!
Like landing a Salmon in seal territory, business and gaining wealth is anything far from easy! Sometimes it’s a constant struggle. Even if you are successful, no matter how well you think things are going, there will always be those who will gladly take your newfound wealth from you.
Ecclesiastes 5:11 says, “When goods increase, they increase who eat them.”
What practical common-sense things can we do to safeguard ourselves if we come into any newfound wealth in the distant future?
1)Do not Broadcast any newfound wealth you might come into
(Here are some excerpts below that can be shared here from David’s CEO Corner Forum post called: Go SLOW, BE WISE, Do not boast of your Winnings). I encourage everyone to go back and read that, as our Forum is private only to members).
“STAY AS PRIVATE as you can, BE CAREFUL of who you confide in…..money does strange things to people who ordinarily seem to be just great.”
Make yourself as small as can be. By that, I mean, do not broadcast your earnings to everyone all around.
No, you do not have to be cheap but avoid being flashy with your things. Do not flaunt your Blessings.
Here is the best test idea I have received from years ago and the best I can give. Do your neighbors still see you as just the ordinary Joe or Sue. Maybe you upgraded your car or a few other furnishing but nothing that your credit card cannot afford or a bank loan could generate, but of course, you know it was neither of those, but they do not know unless you broadcast it everywhere.
Be Wise, Be smart, be disciplined.
An odd thing, and one that is very depressing, is that there are predators out there that, once they even get an inkling of information that you might be wealthy, will become-Sue Happy. Then, the agencies will try to separate you from your $ by different, even legal means. “(End of David’s quotes)
2) Use Discretion.
The definition of Discretion is: “the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense or revealing private information.” (Google)
In his forum post, David also mentions that the world is not what it once was, and many are no longer full of honesty, integrity, and reliability. Sad to say, even relatives!
You and I can tell people about many things, but we need to ask ourselves: Do they need to know? And will this information affect and skew their judgment of us if they knew these things? And so it also goes for what we reveal in the discord room or anywhere online for that matter. We need to be wise in all we do and say.
3) Nobody can steal something if they don’t know where it is
Why do criminals rob banks? They know that money is inside. Why do thugs steal from innocent people and snatch their purses or wallets? They know that’s where all the money is. We safeguard ourselves and our loved ones by being as private as possible. It was not difficult for that harbor seal to spot his next meal on the end of someone’s line due to the fighting fish splashing around like crazy. He could even hear all the shouting noise from the fishermen over his head on the dock. Quietness is the best policy when it comes to money.
Is there a prize fish now nibbling on your line? Are you ready to reel in the big catch? I am! Yet all the while, we need to be aware of those slippery harbor seals lying in stealth just below the waterline. Half the battle is simply knowing they are out there.
I’ll leave you with these encouraging words that Jesus said to Peter below:
“Go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth, and you will find a coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” (Matthew 17:27 NIV)
Do you sense that miracles are soon swimming our way?