Naugle shares experience with business students
April 14, 2010

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When Rodger Naugle came to Bryan in 1962, he probably never imagined that 48 years later he would be back on the hill eating lunch with current Bryan students. But on April 14, at a luncheon with Bryan business majors, that's exactly what Mr. Naugle did. A successful stockbroker in Lawrenceville, Ga., for 25 years, he used his experience to give advice to the students as well as answer their questions about the business world and the economy.

Rodger Naugle, second from left, talks with
business students over lunch.

Mr. Naugle offered three significant points of advice. First he said, "Remain in God's Word every day. I can't think of a better way to go into business than to do so with God at the center." His favorite verses are Proverbs 3:5-6 which remind him of the importance of acknowledging God in all our ways so that He may direct our path. "We should pray for wisdom every day," Mr. Naugle said. He also suggested students read a Proverb a day. "Proverbs is the most practical and blessed book in the Bible. It contains advice for every relationship in life," he said.

Second, Mr. Naugle suggested the students take the time to create a personal mission statement. "Fifteen years ago, someone asked me what my personal mission statement was," Mr. Naugle explained. "I didn't have one at the time but I took the next six months to develop one." He added that having a personal mission statement helps you stay focused on your life's purpose and making the right priorities.

Rodger Naugle

Finally, Mr. Naugle encouraged students to find at least one accountability partner. "There is wisdom in a multitude of counselors," he said. "Don't surround yourself with 'yes people.' Find friends who will mentor and coach you through the big decisions of life."

Mr. Naugle also shared how his work in the business field had allowed him to develop personal relationships with his clientele. "If I spent ten years helping a couple prepare for their retirement, I would encourage them to also take time to plan for their eternal future," he said.

Mr. Naugle concluded by telling students, "You all have exciting things ahead of you but remember, all you will ever accomplish will be through Him."