John Jacob Astor arrived in America in 1783 a penniless immigrant from Germany. Yet within a few dozen years, he grew to become America’s richest man. How?
Astor acquired his enormous wealth in real estate, finding that the smartest way to invest was not to buy the ‘hot’ properties everyone else was bidding sky-high. Rather, he would quietly buy cheap properties directly in the path of growth of a major city.
He then merely waited until the growth pattern reached his properties, causing their value to soar. Then he’d sell, take his proceeds and buy much more property – again at cheap prices – a little farther out from the city and repeat this process over and over.
His secret was wisely anticipating where the growth would occur, and being there when it happened. Hockey great Wayne Gretsky once stated his secret: “I don’t skate to where the puck is, I skate to where the puck is going to be.” Seeing ahead is vision. And without vision, the people perish. Ask God to show you what you need to prepare for in your life.