The Character of Success

What is Success?

Success is knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others. — John Maxwell

Success is not determined by acquisitions or opulence. It is the ultimate fulfilment of an identified purpose — grand or small — for the benefit of others, the glory of God, and the fulfilment of the person. — Babatunde Oladele

Wrong Concepts about Success

  • Having money, riches and wealth
  • Having many properties and assets
  • Being popular and in the news at all times
  • Having fleet of cars
  • Having many children
  • Marrying many wives
  • Having many admirers
  • Being a public figure
  • Being the envy of everyone around etc

What is God’s Concept about Success?

Jeremiah 9:23–24

Thus says the LORD:

“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom. Let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me. That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.

Joshua 1:8

This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

What is the Character of Success?

Success is fulfilling an identified personal life purpose with:

  • The fear of God
  • Integrity
  • Sound Ethical Values
  • A Sense of Mission
  • Compassion
  • Character

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure. — Jim Rohn

If you develop the habits of success, you will make success a habit. — Michael E. Angier

The common denominator of success lies in forming the habit of doing things that failure don’t like to do. — Albert Gray