Are you successful? Now, I know you might be thinking, Are you kidding? I’m a well-respected leader at the top of my game. Hey, I have it all!
Well… if I asked your spouse if you were successful, what would the answer be?
If you have children, what would they say?
How about your colleagues? Your friends? Your body? Your conscience?
Ouch! It always gets little unnerving to think about success in those terms. But, I believe you must.
How Should Christian Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders Define Success?
When I speak at conventions or present leadership seminars on this topic, I ask for definitions of success and get the usual answers: “Money,” “position,” “influence,” “climbing the ladder,” “the one who has the most toys wins.” As I interact a little bit more I find that I can group those definitions into five basic areas—power, prosperity, position, prestige, and pleasure.
Now, these are great aspirations you can enjoy and use for good, but I think you know there’s more to success than these things. I know I do.
Something drives our thoughts, feelings, and actions. For we focus on that which we want to accomplish.
In fact, one of my fundamental assumptions is that everyone moves toward his or her own concept of success.
The Big Question: Is Your View of Success the Right One?
Your concept of success has been developed and conditioned over the years by the media, your family upbringing, your peers and associates, and your various experiences. The net effect may be positive or negative.
In my research of hundreds of top leaders around the world I have consistently asked this question: “At the end of your life, how will you know you have succeeded?”
I have NEVER heard any of those interviewed say, “by my power, prosperity, position, prestige, pleasure” or any related areas, although they all enjoyed these things in great measure.
In fact, I have heard statements like, “No one ever said on their deathbed that they wished they had worked more,” or “You have never seen a hearse towing a U-Haul.”
Source: Crosswalk | Dr. Ron Jenson, Faith Driven Business