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How to Succeed, Do not get too big for Your Bridges

Sometimes as business owners or people in general, we get to a certain level of success and feel that we achieved it all by ourselves without the help or assistance of others. We fail to realize that the same individuals you ignored and “dissed” going up the ladder of success are the same ones you will see when you fall down from that ladder of success. No one in this world can make it on their own in life. We all receive support and love from others on this journey we call life and success. No one can say that everything they have and own was done by their own two hands, their own efforts, and their own strength. I feel like in order to succeed in life, you will always have someone helping you along the way. How can you achieve anything without the help of others? You cannot find a job without someone putting an ad out for the job, someone interviewing you for the job, someone offering you the job, and someone paying your salary for doing the job. So, when individuals say to me, “Everything I have comes from my own hard work, ambition, and drive. That no one else helped me get to where I am at now.” I will just kindly smile and say, “How can you really say you made it on your own merits without the assistance of others?”

When King Saul disobeyed God, the Prophet Samuel told him, “When you were little in your own eyes…did not the Lord anoint you King over Israel? …Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord?” 1 Samuel 15:17-19. The most dangerous moment in your life is when you think you can succeed without God. When you get a few wins under your belt, it’s easy to forget who’s responsible for your success. Where once you would have consulted God, you now launch out on your own and ask Him to add His blessing to your decisions. Remember that God is the source for all your successes in life and He should be your main source to go to when you need to make major decisions concerning your life. The word for you today is: stay humble, and don’t get too big for your bridges! Remember that you cannot make it in life on your own and you will need a helping hand from someone else.

Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience.  She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Services provided by FACMBC:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, S-Corp, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.); Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance (MBE, WOSB, 8A, 501(c) (3), Hub Zone, etc.); and Business Organization Assistance. She is also a contributing writer to the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper. Contact information:;;;


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