My Greatest Success in Life

I was interviewed recently for a leadership podcast. One of the questions took me by surprise at first. I have been interviewed for this type of thing many times and so answers usually come fairly easily. They didn’t this time. At least to this question.

The question:

What has been your greatest success in life and what did you learn from it?

Greatest success? That goes contrary to my normal thought process. I don’t think I’m keeping a mental record of that. I guess I should more often. I didn’t have an easy answer.

The first answer that came to mind:

Apart from knowing Christ and being known by Him…

My greatest success has been failure.

And, in addition to that, the ability to get back up and try again.

Having had time to think about the answer I gave more — I’m sticking with it.

You see, I have had lots of failure. I’ve been on the bottom several times and, by God’s grace and through commitment and perseverance, I always climbed back.

I’ve gained my greatest lessons from life through the hardest times of my life.

And, something tells me I’m not finished learning.

I’m not sharing that to boast about anything in my life. I share it to encourage you. You may feel discouraged today. You may have just about lost all hope. You may feel a complete failure — like the best of life is past for you.

It’s not! You can stand strong again. By God’s grace — and through commitment and perseverance.

That’s almost always the story of people of success. You often only see them when they’re standing, but you didn’t see the times they fell. 

Your greatest success in life may be your ability to endure through the hard times — even through failure — get up and move forward again. 

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  • Withheld says:

    It is a difficult thing to crash and burn. Right now I find myself in the middle of probably the greatest failure in my life and ministry, yet I cannot see a reason for it. Right when things were moving towards the pinnacle of 'success' there has been a huge reversal. There has been no moral failure, no 'sin in the camp', rather a succession of events outside of my control which have brought me to a place of utter contempt. I feel wasted and broken on the inside.

    I have been reading your blog for a while now, your words are encouraging… thank you. If, like you say, there is a future success, through commitment and perseverance, then it must be just around the corner…

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