Success: The Distance Traveled

Success is not where you are but the distance traveled from where you started.

Why is it that when we meet someone in a social setting, one of the first                         questions asked is –


“So what do you do for a living?”  In fact, if you are employed in the business world, you are taught to prepare your “elevator speech,” a 30 second mini-commercial of who you are, what you do, and what problems you solve.

I suppose our job title provides the listener with a quick judgment of our level of success.  If you are a Senior Vice President (SVP), you have experienced more success than a Vice President, and obviously far more than the mail room clerk, right?  Paraphrasing the late Paul Harvey, so what’s the rest of the story?

Early origins of the word “Success” point to describing a journey – basically moving from point A to point B.  If you arrived at your destination, you experienced success.

Consider if the SVP came from a wealthy well-educated family, and their father was a CEO with a major corporation, there are those that would challenge the SVP’s level of success.

If the mail room clerk’s family fled poverty and political persecution, relocated to the U.S., learned a second language, and is now gainfully employed with full-time benefits including health care, is there anyone that would question this level of success?  Consider the distance traveled.

At this point, we have only considered the distance traveled in terms of financial resources.  What is the distance you are traveling in terms of your physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual growth?  As long as we have breath, we have room for improvement.  We can be refined toward living a life of excellence and holistic prosperity!

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