Being Successful Isn’t All That

Whether you believe this or not, it is said that you will influence at least 10,000 people during your lifetime.  10,000 people!  So my question to you is this – How will you use your influence?  How will this world be a better place because you showed up?

In some area of our lives, we have all experience a level of success.  If you are reading this post that means you’re alive and that, in and of itself, is a blessing and can be looked at as a success.  Our lives, however, should be more about becoming successful – significance is what we should strive for.  Success is too small a word to fulfill what God has placed in each and every one of us.

I look at it like this: Successful people change themselves.  Significant people, on the other hand, change the world.

We are living today, during a point and time in our nation’s history, where the financial state and the economic security of our people stand in peril.  People are hurting today like never before.

Yet, many of us continue to equate success with money, fancy clothes, big titles, nice cars, and being famous or popular.  Today success is portrayed as strictly material.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against having nice things – but nice things should never have you.

To that end, I would like to offer the same words our 44th President, Barack Obama offered to a group of students as he addressed them on their day of graduation.  “Your appearance should never outweigh your substance, and your celebrity should never outweigh your character.”

In an earlier post, Mentoring 101: Success Must Be Studied, I talked about the importance of studying successful people in order to become successful.  This post serves as a follow-up, simply because success isn’t the end of the road.  After you become successful, significant is the next step to take.

With God, nothing is impossible…

© David McGhee

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5 thoughts on “Being Successful Isn’t All That”

  1. Couldn’t have said it better myself….well you know! Keep pressing forward and never reverse your willingness to achieve greatness.

  2. Very great point to stress…”Successful people change themselves. Significant people, on the other hand, change the world.” Everyone’s purpose is significant and should be seen that way!

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