Like that? Like this?
WHAT could be worse than failure? False success. After all, when you fail at some endeavor, you can take steps to correct the situation. At the very least, you can learn from the experience and resolve to do better next time.
False success is different. Under its influence you can think you are winning when in fact you are losing. By the time you see the need to change, it may be too late.
Consider an example. Jesus Christ once asked: “What good will it do a man if he gains the whole world but loses his life?” (Matthew 16:26) That thought could well apply to those who devote themselves to the pursuit of money and all it can buy—the epitome of false success. “Thinking only in terms of the next major promotion, making more money or acquiring more stuff, fails to feed the soul,” writes career counselor Tom Denham. “Simply measuring success in monetary terms is shallow and will leave you empty in the long-term.”
Feeding my soul: yum, yum, yum!:) WOOF, WOOF;)… what?!?
“A live dog is better off than a dead lion.”
WHAT IT MEANS. If you work secularly, your job should be part of your life
—but not your whole life. Really, how successful will you feel if you are at the top of your profession but lose your health or the respect of your family? People who are truly successful endeavor to keep their work, health, and family life in proper balance.
WHAT YOU CAN DO. Take care of yourself. Get proper rest. There is little benefit in becoming a workaholic who sacrifices everything
—health, family, and friendships— for false success.
Working hard to be “ALL THAT?”… working for what?… fame/name?
“Pride is before a crash, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.”—Proverbs 16:18.
WHAT IT MEANS. Ambition and conceit will not help you find true success. In fact, the book Good to Great notes that company leaders who have achieved long-term success “display a compelling modesty, are self-effacing and understated. In contrast, two thirds of the comparison companies had leaders with gargantuan personal egos that contributed to the demise or continued mediocrity of the company.” The lesson? Thinking too much of yourself is more likely to lead to failure than success.
WHAT YOU CAN DO. Instead of seeking prestige, cultivate modesty. The Bible says: “If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he is deceiving himself”—hardly an indicator of success!—Galatians 6:3.
(reference/excerpts: October Awake: What is True Success?)
How do You measure Success?…
hmmm, let me check my compassion compass:
(Who have I (unselfishly) helped today… other than myself? What will I give today & not just grab? Have my words today been hurtful or healing?)
What am I learning/pursuing/unlearning today? Selfishness or selflessness? Hate or Agape? War or
PEACE… it’s like that..& that’s the way…i am 🙂