For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
This is an interesting poem that has come down in many variations over the centuries. It describes a situation in which a small successive omissions can have grave consequences.
This we can say is the root of failure in every enterprise or endeavour.
History has shown us that many war were lost because of lack of preparation or provision for what appears insignificant in the soldiers armoury leading to excruciating defeats.
Solomon said many centuries ago: Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. Song of Solomon 2:15.
Pay attention to little things
That is why we are to pay attention to little things, it’s what we many times discountenanced that becomes revealed as very important in our pursuits of success an greatness in life. Some one said show me what you do daily and I will show you what will happen to your future. How apt that statement is when we look back in hindsight.
It’s the little things that leads to success or failure in every undertaking; every time.
Many times when people see a successful operation or business, they have the impression that it happened overnight. It’s important to note that majority of people tend to see it like that. This is not wise because the bible has already given us pointers about these things in order for us to identify the root of success or failure for every thing on this earth. We have to pay attention to the little things we do because those seeming little effort when added together are the fulcrum on which the wheel of our future success in life will rotate to move forward spirit, soul and body.
We can’t afford to commit the sin of neglect.
The root of failure
Solomon went ahead in the book of proverbs when he said that
I went past the field of a sluggard,
past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man. Proverbs 24:30-33
People want to explain the root of failure by focusing on various external factors but the bible has already told us that to be successful in life spirit, soul and body; we will have to pay attention to the little things.
Not doing so is the root of failure.