Do you want to successful or significant?
I read this question in the book On Fire, by John O’Leary (which is a great read if you’re looking for some inspirational summer reading)
As I read it, I realized that the two are not mutually exclusive, but they can be if you have the order wrong. We can be successful, making lots of money, inventing the latest app or gadget, or even writing the next hit novel, and never even begin to have a life of significance.
But, if we take our lives and use them to live a life of significance, even the smallest successes are massive. If we end up successful in the traditional ways, our success is multiplied many times over, because each one is shared and affects so many other people’s successes.
How do we do this? It’s quite simple, really. We pray. We listen. We watch for ways that we can take what we have been given and use it to help others discover what they have been given. We look for ways to share our gifts so that others can find the confidence to share their own.
It’s that whole “pay it forward” thing. It doesn’t matter where you are in life, you have blessings you have been given. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you have gifts you can share. So, the question isn’t really an either/or decision. If you frame it right, it’s really a both/and.