Success vs. Significance

Secular Industry and Success

If you work in a secular industry, you tend to look for success. However, when you know you are doing something sacred, you intend to experience significance. When we perceive our work to be sacred, we begin to look for how we are going to be significant rather than how we will be successful. These two things are very different. Most of us spend our lives thinking that we work for a living.

However, the Bible tells us, “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need” (Ephesians 4:28). You’re not called to work for a living. You are called to work for the sake of giving.

Significance and Mindset

Significance is determined by what we can give of ourselves. Our service determines significance. In the secular frame, I’m working to become successful, but success is like a bucket, while significance is a conduit or a pipe. Like a bucket, you want to be filled up. You cry out, “Fill my cup, Lord.” I’m full, I have arrived, I’ve achieved. ”

However, just like any bucket that gets filled up, there’s only so much that you can take because you’re a bucket. On the other hand, there is no limit to how much you can let flow through you when you are a conduit or a pipe. Like a pipe, good things can flow through you.

As you think about being significant, you have moved away from the mindset of the infancy of success, which typically means having enough money to live the lifestyle you dream about—your way of thinking shifts. You say to yourself, “I do not need just enough to make my dreams come true. I need even more money than that.

Because I also want to help other people live lifestyles that they dream about. You will see yourself desiring to be significant rather than just successful. Success is very inward-focused, and significance is very outward-focused. When you start thinking of a sacred calling, he will call you to do something out there. If you’re in business, why are you in business?

Profit and a Secular Mindset

If you are in a secular mindset, you have a business to make profits from. Let me give you something to think about. The size of your goal will determine your level of creativity. Your mind will never release any more creativity than your goal demands. If you are trying to find the money to pay the rent, then that’s how much imagination will flow through your mind. You’re going to find a way to pay the rent. But if you’re trying to find the money to buy the property outright, another level of creativity will come into play.

If your goal is to make a profit in a business, then a certain level of creativity will kick in. But if your goal is to be a philanthropist, you are now thinking about more than just how much money you can make. You begin to think about how much money you can give away and still be comfortable. It’s a higher goal, and higher levels of creativity come into play. It’s the shift from income to influence.


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