“Material possessions will rust away, wear away, or depreciate, but your inner resources, character, must never depreciate. In seeking success you must also seek fulfillment. Ask yourself not only what you want to be, but who you want to be.” ~ Elizabeth Dole ´
Success is one of those prizes many of us seek… like glory, power, fame, and wealth. As children, we generally set our sights on becoming doctors, veterinarians, lawyers, teachers, professional athletes, actors, and such–professions which generally bring us decent money. But what we become… does very little to define who we are at the core–it is merely a way for us to earn a living and give ourselves something productive to do to fill our time. As we may witness each day, a law degree does not confer integrity, and a medical degree does not make a person more compassionate or caring.
Tim Tebow is a great example of someone who defined who he is beyond his profession. He is not a football player who happens to be a Christian, rather he is a Christian who chooses to play football. Likewise, professional boxer Manny Pacquiao put his character above all by saying to the world that he does not believe that his biggest achievement in life is in the boxing ring, but rather in the eyes of God.
Every day of our lives, in everything that we do, we have the opportunity to be who we want to be, and not simply what we want to be. I can be a successful Accountant and still be a loving father, a devoted Christian, and a compassionate friend. None of these are mutually exclusive. But I must recognize the type of character I want to have, and then embody that character with integrity and perseverance in all aspects of my life–that is where my true character can shine forth.
Seek greater value in your inner resources.
Questions to consider:
How do you define success in your life?
What kind of character do you wish to have? What kind of character do you wish to be? How well do these two align?
Where do you find purpose in life? How do you define fulfillment?
For further thought:
“The only thing you can take with you when you die is what you are. Character counts more than possessions.” ~ Orrin Woodward