“I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”1
“If you love money and wealth, you will never be satisfied with what you have.”2
Our units of success measurement are determined by our purpose. Why are we here on earth? Is it to be right about every subject? Is it to be financially successful in every endeavor? What you believe to be true about your purpose determines how you will measure your success.
An example: let’s say you love to paint. And you do it for the love of it. No thought of selling, just creative expression. However, say you are married to someone whose measuring stick is money. Your art is loved, but is always seen by how much you could get if you sold it. The pressure mounts. Every comment is about selling the art. You just want to paint. Not sell. Got the picture?
Leaders learn an individual’s measuring stick and then motivate them to change the unit of measurement. Jesus did that. He’d often say, “It is written…but I say…” His motivation was to have listeners focus on the meaning behind the words written – he wanted the disciples to change how they measured success. He knew that “hitting bottom” was ahead. Bouncing back up would tell those watching that lives had been changed by something true. Meaningful. Real.
Success: It’s never to be about the money (think Wall Street). Or the looks (think Hollywood). Or the fame (think Broadway).
Significance: It is about your impact on others – how you help them. Motivate them. Share resources with them. Encourage them. Show that you learn from RESULTS not labels of success or failure.
“Don’t fall in love with money. Be satisfied with what you have. “3
Is your “unit of measurement” about your wealth in things or your wealth in relationships?
Copyright ©2012 by P. Griffith Lindell
1. Ecclesiastes 5:10 (CEV)
2. George S. Patton
3. Hebrews 13:5 (CEV)
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