[Column] Human Connection is an Asset

Human Connection is an Asset

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.


Human connection is a critical element of success. Joo-young Chung, former CEO of Hyundai, left for Seoul at a young age with the goal of accumulating wealth and started his first work at a rice retailer. He was able to lay the foundation of success due to the people he knew from his first workplace. Having the reputation as a hard working and trustworthy young man from the rice retailer, Chung opened an automobile repair business after leaving the rice business behind. However, the automobile repair shop burned down in fire later. His recovery from business loss was a direct result of human connection he forged during rice business. His acquaintances lent him money. They expressed their trust in his passion for work.

The house of Rothschild, the European family with reputation spanning five centuries, is known for children education.  In the family, there is a motto, “Let it be known that interpersonal relationship is more important than money.” The Rothschilds held a view that it is more important to give children human connection and interpersonal relationships than to merely bequeath money to children. Instead of money itself, they sought the basis of money, relationships. They were well aware that maintaining close relationships with the rich based on trust rather than immediate financial interest would naturally lead to making money. In Talmud, it is written, “If you chase after money, it runs farther away from you.” The Rothschilds had already understood and practiced this principle. They valued the relationships with those who had money rather than merely chase after money.

The same goes for realization of divine visions and spiritual affluence. There must be those who can harbor visions, or partners, around us. Those who are with me and near me are the resources for my success. We should not attempt to use or exploit them for our benefit but sincerely serve them. As we share visions, resources, and love with one another, God will reveal and realize greater visions. Human connection is the greatest asset in life. Let us develop human connection and visions to be His greater servants.

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