Day 1: Wisdom for Living Successfully

Proverbs 1:1-2

These are the wise sayings of Solomon,
David’s son, Israel’s king—
Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right,
to understand what life means and where it’s going.


Proverbs are universal principles that contain wisdom for living a successful and abundant life.

When I was a desperate, young, and naive man about to embark on life, and more than a little nervous about what I was going to do and where I was going to go, I picked up a copy of a book entitled, See You At The Top by Zig Ziglar.

Zig recommended reading one chapter of Proverbs a day for the corresponding day of the month. Doing so, he said would help a simple person gain wisdom to be successful.

Well, that was an attractive concept for me. I was a simple guy. Eager and excited about life—but ignorant and poorly educated. My only advantage was that I knew that I didn’t know anything and that the pattern of living modeled before me was failure in living — drug abuse, alcoholism, adultery, jealousy, fits of rage — I wanted something more in life.

So, I invite you to adventure with me. Every day, we will read Proverbs and gain wisdom to immediately make application into our lives. It’s a big commitment – about 5 minutes total — but the rewards of consistency could be amazing.


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  1. Justin on December 31, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Neil this is great I’m gonna share hoping that men will follow daily

    • Neil on January 1, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks Justin – I appreciate your efforts to resurrect authentic manhood. Thanks for joining the movement.

  2. Sterling Willis on January 16, 2014 at 3:34 pm


  3. Benjamin Wesley Tafida on January 13, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Neil. God bless your soul for sharing this daily wisdom to strengthen men in these tough times. i believe it is divinely orchestrated that God is equipping his men for the great revival that is coming. i lead the mens group in my local church and am absolutely sharing these 30days champion wisdom with Gods men. shalom.

  4. Charles on April 6, 2017 at 6:37 am

    I just shared this with my Wednesday evening men’s group. Thanks, this is great.

  5. Victoria on February 3, 2021 at 4:56 am

    I’m a woman and came across your website as I was trying to find a specific proverb through a Google search. I’ve been reading a proverb chapter a day for many years as well as my regular Bible study reading in the mornings. I have subscribed to Your daily reading. Thank you for this. It’s invaluable.

  6. Robert Wareham on August 3, 2022 at 4:37 am

    Truth. So many are wise in their own eyes, but know nothing.
    Proverbs is Wisdom.