WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…
October 28, 2016
Genesis 13:14 NKJV
And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are — northward, southward, eastward, and westward
David Gilboa wanted to study Medicine. And why not? His dad was a doctor, his mum was a doctor. His elder sister wasn’t far off either — she was a nurse. His dream path began to bend in another direction when he learnt about Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). He started a career in business, beginning with the consultancy Bain & Company, then the boutique investment bank Allen & Co., before going back to business school for an MBA programme at Wharton.
Just a few weeks before starting school, David forgot his $700 Prada glasses in the seat-back pocket of an airplane. Thankfully, he didn’t forget his iPhone too… but the phone was way cheaper. His iPhone which cost $200 could perform more amazing tricks than the world could have imagined just a few years earlier, whereas the technology of glasses had been pretty much the same for about 800 years! He got so furious with how much it would cost him to replace them that he went all semester without glasses, squinting… and thinking too.
David did not stop at the level of thoughts. He shared his thoughts with his reading partner Andrew Hunt, who shared David’s passion for different reasons. After all, Andrew’s glasses at that time were held together by tape. A business idea began to form but really took lift when Neil Blumenthal came on board. Neil had previously run an NGO for providing cheap glasses to developing countries. Together with Jeff Raider, the four MBA students floated a company for trendy yet cheap glasses — the four visionaries made a product for vision. As an online startup, they grew beyond a $1 billion valuation before going public or getting acquired. They saw adversity as opportunity and made wonderful spectacles. Now, that’s spectacular.
CONFESSION: Inspired thoughts are dawning on me. Nations will come to my light, and kings to the brightness of my dawn.
PRAYER: I am a wealth of ideas. I am an oasis of creativity. Deserts become fruitful fields because the Holy Spirit works in me. All things are working for my good.
FURTHER READING: Gen 13:14-15, Isa 32:8, Prov 15:22.