What Is Your Definition of Success?

December 29, 2011

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law My servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:7

How do we become a lasting success? What would your definition be?

Multi-billionaire Donald Trump once wrote, “The most successful entrepreneurs don’t chase after money. They find their passion and follow it and let the money come to them…life is too short to live somebody else’s dream. Follow your passion. You might make a living doing something you don’t like, but you’ll never be considered an inspiring leader. You see, as a leader, you cannot inspire until you’re inspired yourself. And the only way to be inspired yourself is to do what you love.”[1]

Og Mandino, the author of The Greatest Salesman In The World (still one of the best seller of books on success)s, says, “The only difference between success and failure is good and bad habits – success is a state of mind.”[2]

What is your definition of success? Let me suggest this one: Success is the process of fulfilling your purpose in life and doing it well. In short, success is a by-product of a life well lived.

I propose to you that the most successful person who ever lived is Jesus Christ. He knew what His purpose was: to reveal God to us in a person and to offer himself as our Savior by dying for our sins. He fulfilled it perfectly. Jesus Christ was the most successful man who ever walked this earth. Why don’t you look to Him in faith? He’ll put you on the road to success–God’s way.

1. Speech made to Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda.
2. From The Greatest Salesman In The World, Og Mandino; Publisher: Bantam Books: Publication date: 1968