I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Why do we try to please others and why in the world do we care what other people think?
As I grow older I find that I care less and less about what others think, but then out of the blue those thoughts creep into my mind.
I’ll never forget meeting a friend of my daughter-in-law’s several years ago. When I asked her what she did, instead of telling me her job title…I learned what she did outside of the workplace. It was such a refreshing response. Her identity was not in her career, but in her hobbies, adventures, etc.
Many times I have thought that is how I should respond when asked the same question, but without hesitation I start explaining what I do for a living. Yet my career should not define me.
My successes should not be because of what I do for a living, but rather the successes I have obtained that were part of God’s purpose for my life.
When we get together with friends, it is not our work experiences that brings us together, rather the core of who we are and what we do for the glory of God.
The questions really should be, what does God think of our lives and what does He define as a success? Ahhh…now we are talking!!
Perhaps Bill Cosby’s quote could be changed to…The key to success is in pleasing God.