On Career Development: The Principle of Action and Power



Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.

~ Voltaire

Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.

~ St. Augustine

Read that last quote from St. Augustine again.  Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.  Faith is often referred to in a religious context, but I encourage you to look at faith as a principle that operates universally throughout your life.  For example, if you are employed, you work to receive a paycheck.  You do not see the paycheck prior to you performing the work, but you trust (have faith) that you will receive the paycheck at the end of the two weeks.  You act in accordance with this faith by performing the work prior to seeing the reward.

You just applied the axiom of faith.  If you did not have faith that you would receive the paycheck, you likely would not have acted.  Therefore, faith is a principle of action.

As you work to advance in your career, you will likely have to take some risks.  This means taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase as Dr. King teaches above.  You will need to exercise faith, faith in yourself, and faith that no matter what happens it will all work out in the end.

Faith is also a principle of power.  What I mean by this is as you act in faith, you will begin to see opportunities present themselves to you.  If you have read Napolean Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich, in many respects he is teaching about the axiom of faith and the power that results.  If you haven’t read it in awhile, I encourage you to add it to your near-term reading list as a review.

In my experience, opportunities and advancement come as you begin to act with faith in the direction of your goals and not while you are just dreaming about them.  The interesting thing is that as you act in faith, and you then see the rewards, you strengthen your faith to a higher degree.  This prompts you to act again, reaping greater rewards, and then your faith becomes even stronger.  The cycle continues until you are accomplishing all that you have set out to do and, looking back, are amazed at the power you have acquired to achieve your dreams.

Again, faith is a principle of action and power.  If you first understand what faith is, and then understand the object upon which it rests (e.g. yourself, a leader, a business idea, an opportunity, etc.), you then begin to see the effects which flow from it (e.g. opportunities, advancement, etc.).


Choose to exercise faith as you move in your career.  Choose greatness.


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