Contextual Success

 “Women lie, men lie, numbers don’t lie.” – Shawn Carter

Since you first day of school, you have been taught to quantify your success by numbers, hence the Jay-Z quote. Logically, this makes sense. If there is a measures by which we can all see where we are, we can all ultimately determine how we are doing. In school that measure is the standard 100%. Everyone is given the same information to process and learn, then we are given the same questions to answer, giving everyone an equal chance at 100%. However, I can remember the first time I got graded on a curve, and how unfair I thought that was. Grading on a curve makes whoever did the best the standard by which to grade.

 

Using the quantifiable measures of money and popularity in terms of success can be more discouraging than it needs to be, because we grade ourselves on a curve. First of all, not everyone is working with the same information. Some people are positioned to have more or better information than others. Secondly, not everyone @Ezekiel Elliott Kids Jersey has the same resources. Some people are positioned to have more help and/or tools at their disposal. And finally, not everyone will have the same opportunities. These are just the realities, but we routinely, grade ourselves on the curve of success by whoever produces the most money or buzz around a personality, product or service. Whoever produces the most in these two areas become the standard by which we all measure our own personal success, and that can be both damaging and limiting. Damaging because you may just be more successful than you think, and limiting because you may be quantifying the wrong factors. Unless, your sole goal is to make money or be popular, you have to determine your success in the proper context.

Many people, begin endeavors for the purpose of gaining wealth, popularity and status; these goals are not inherently wrong. But others set out to “make a difference”. We will all say we are doing it for the latter, but the proof is in the pudding. If the only thing you are worried about is the “bottom line” (which translates to mean, profit) then you may be missing your greatest success. Contextual success is determined by the goals you set. In fact, success is defined as the accomplishment of one’s goals. Whether in business, politics, social justice, or ministry, we all have goals, as well as areas of special interest and expertise. No one organization do it all, and do it well, so most goals are set in juxtaposition to our skills and gifts. Are you meeting or exceeding those goals? If you are, you are successful.

Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.David Frost

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Company, can’t compete with Blue Bell Ice Cream. Last year they came in 3rd, and the year before that, they came in 5th.  But dare I say, @Dak Prescott Jersey they are consistently the most successful Ice Cream company in the US, contextually. Blue Bell began as an enterprise that set out to make butter from the excess cream brought in by local dairy farmers, until they found that it was more profitable to make ice cream. We can see that their mission was to capitalize and make money on the extra cream in the area, not even to make ice cream (initially). However, Ben & Jerry’s set out to do something totally different, and its found on their website: “(to) make the best possible ice cream, the best possible way”. Ben & Jerry’s are more concerned about quality, as well as moral and social responsibility, so their bottom line will not be the same the Blue Bell @Dak Prescott Authentic Jersey machine. Perhaps this is pure speculation, but if Blue Bell were more concerned with quality over quantity, they wouldn’t be in recall now. But because of Ben and Jerry’s commitment to making the world a better place through ice cream, their footprint far exceeds that of the moneymaker.

So let me encourage you, whether you are a leader of an organization, preacher of the gospel, or even a provider of service, don’t limit yourself to the quantifying factors of money or popularity. Set you cites higher by reaching your goals in the serving people. See your success, not in the quantity of the results, but in the quality of services rendered. This is not an attempt to make “failures” feel better, but it for you to find your true success and strive for the most noble goals.

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