Test Aptitude for creating wealth? Is there such a thing? I believe there is.

But I want you to think about this for a second, because the possibilities are really mind-boggling. What if there was a way to test aptitude for creating wealth? What could you do with that information?

The first thing that pops into my mind is that I’d hire as many people that scored high to come to work for me. Can you imagine how quickly your company would grow if you had people of that caliber? Do you think you could wipe out your competition?

There is a story in the bible of a man that underwent the tests for aptitude, and his score was off the charts. It was because of this that I dug into his story a whole lot more.

The guy is named Daniel, and his story illustrates one of riches to rags, and then back to riches. I’m always fascinated by people that go from rags to riches. I want to find out what they did, so that I can emulate it. If it worked for them, then I figure it can work for me. And if it is in the bible, I figure that it must be a legitimate way to make money, God’s way.

The story begins with a war. The place where Daniel lived was invaded by a super-power country. The super-power won, of course. And you can guess what happened next; any survivors were carted off to the homeland to be slaves.

Now if you’re the ruler a super-power nation, you don’t kill off the brightest people of the countries you take over. You bring them over to your country and have them work for you. The worst thing would be to let them escape to an enemy country and let them design plans for your destruction. It was similar to the defeat of Germany in 1945; the best rocket scientists were rounded up and brought to the United States to work on our rockets. Other scientists were captured by the Soviet Union and were forced to work for them.

Daniel was one of the smart dudes. He was part of the royal house; which meant that either he worked there, or he was blood-related to the king before the invasion. But being in the royal house, he had access to the royal school, where the best students and teachers were. Since he was in the best school, we can surmise that he was amongst the best educated in the entire land.

When he was brought to the superpower country, he was subjected to a host of measurements to test aptitude. The bible says:

Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring in some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility- young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. Daniel 1:3-4 (NIV)

This verse is a gold-mine of information that we can use to get ahead in business and create wealth for ourselves and family.

To begin with, notice that last phrase: “qualified to serve in the king’s palace.”

For me, this phrase reminds me of another saying from the bible:

Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men. Proverbs 22:29 (NIV)

This verse has several implications, but the one I want you to see now is that not all customers are the same. Some customers are kings, others are paupers.

And which kind do you want for your business? Obviously, you want the upper echelon of customers: the kings, the captains of industry, the “whales.” The fast-track to wealth comes by having customers that have the potential to make a big difference. Either they buy a lot from you, or they provide great testimonials for your company. Imagine getting a testimonial from someone like Donald Trump…

Now the other thing to notice from the verse in Daniel is that you have to be qualified to have those kinds of customers. What qualifications do you need? That is a worthy question to give some serious thought too. If you wanted to have those types of people as customers, what are they looking for from you?

The verse in Proverbs gives us at least one of the qualifications: you must be skilled in your work. In other words, wealthy people shop with specialists, not with generalists. If you want them to shop with your business, you better be able to handle their tough questions.

In our next blog, I’ll continue here and look at the other characteristics on which to test aptitude. But until then, how about you? What qualities and traits are you looking for in the people that you hire? How to you test their aptitude on those traits?

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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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9 Responses to “Test Aptitude For Creating Wealth”

  1. Skill in your work definitely helps you be successful, but I think sometimes learning + natural talent makes all the difference.

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  2. If you could figure out a way to truly test people for the traits you wanted to hire, you would be a millionaire. There are so many tips and tricks for hiring new employees, and you still never know what you get.
    I think I would test to find people with a work ethic that is over the top. Even when they are bored, they do their job. They find ways to stay excited = looking to learn more, create projects to help improve the business, etc. Also, I would love to be able to test for common sense. I would take common sense over brains any day.

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  3. Peggy Larson says:

    I’d want good team players, where the skills of one complement the skills of another.

    Peggy Larson
    Quilting – Colors and Fun!

  4. If they could really test aptitude for creating wealth, I’m afraid I would fail miserably. I think I am happier not knowing if I ever will able to achieve wealth or not because at least I can dream.

    Lisa McLellan
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  5. […] I looked at how employers might test aptitude. Today, I want to look at what employers are looking for in job candidates. From this, you can look […]

  6. bryan says:

    If there was such a test..it would be priceless…every company in the world would pay you for it…

  7. Rob Northrup says:

    The main trait I would look for is work ethic, followed closely be financial discipline. you need both to amass anything otherwise you end up like Jimmy Buffett in the song…

    I made enough money to buy Miami,
    But I pissed it away so fast…

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  8. Hi Tim,

    This story of wealth creating aptitude from The Bible could almost be made into a video game like the movie avatar really is at its core, don’t you find?

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    April Braswell
    Christian Dating Expert and Coach

  9. Intersting concept even though I don’t hire people.

    I always do terrible at taking tests. I see that in a lot of people I know & I think it’s because it’s usually early in the morning & in such a sterile, dull environment with typically poor lighting & uncomfortable chairs….etc that it’s not anything remotely close to your normal working environment where you’d be more relaxed & actually perform more like you normally would.

    If you could design a test with an effective way to administer it, then you might be on to something.

    For me, I just answer tests as fast as possible without much regard to getting it right so I can get the miserable experience over so I can leave & go back to what i want to do.

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