Ingredients for Success: 10 Best Practices for Business and Life

February 27

Are you aiming for success or just living day to day looking forward to the weekend?  What are the ingredients for success?

I don’t necessarily look forward to Friday, but some days I find myself just plugging away at the to do list with no end goal in mind.  Laundry to be washed at home or reports to process at work, as well as other tasks, kept me busy.  I didn’t have a game plan or a goal in mind, other than to get the job done for that day.  I had no way to measure my success, nor did I know what constituted as success.

I have also gotten away from regular Bible study.  Too busy.  Too tired.   Whatever excuse you can think of, I’ll use.

So, what do the two – having a way to measure success and spending regular time in God’s word – have in common?   They are two components of life you and I needed to invest in, especially if we want to know what true success is.  Reading Ingredients for Success:  10 Best Practices for Business and Life and Scripture {read Matthew 25}, I realized that my gifts and talents are sitting idle wasting away – the same gifts and talents that are ingredients for success at work and at home.  I’ve neglected the development and use of these gifts and talents,  thanks to the fear of demonstrating them in front of others and being too busy with ‘the urgent’.  It’s not a good thing to be too busy for God His instruction.

I also learned how much gratitude plays into having a successful life – at work, home and church.   How can we not be grateful after reading His Word and looking at all He has provided to us?

I received this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for my honest review.


About The Book – Ingredients for Success:  10 Best Practices for Business and Life

Written by Joseph James Slawek, CEO of FONA International and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, this book explores the business practices found in the parables of Matthew 25 (the parable of the ten virgins, the parable of the talents, and the sheep and the goats), ranging from “boldly yet compassionately tell the truth” to “use your talents responsibly or you’ll lose them.” Slawek’s business experience as the leader of an international company, and his belief that the Bible has a lot to say about business, answers the question: how can a Christian business leader live out his faith in the workplace?

About the Author

Joseph James Slawek is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of FONA International. He founded FONA International in 1987 with a desire to be both high tech and high touch, and it’s the difference that makes FONA special and successful. Joe’s unwavering focus on FONA’s customers, employees and stakeholders, and his commitment to operating a values-based organization are driving factors in the success of FONA. In 1999 Joe was inducted into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in recognition of the unique corporate culture he established and the dramatic year over year growth it was driving−five times the industry standard. Over the last several years (2007-2011), Joe has led FONA to be the only full service flavor company on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States. In his personal life, Joe is actively committed to his family, his church and community service. He is a private pilot who enjoys recreational aviation and outdoor pastimes.


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