There is a common trait found among people who are continually successful. Yes, anyone can have a successful moment here and there – but if we want to consistently experience success in all areas of life, there is one trait that increases our odds like none other. What is it? I’m down here in the Dominican Republic, with the family, making some new friends. Our time has made me reconsider this trait. When we see it in action, it’s obvious. When we don’t, it’s repulsive. There is a trait that will make you successful, above all others.
Think about it: we all love the company that has great customer service. But what is great customer service? Its caring for the customer. Why would we think it is any different when it comes to our personal interactions with people? The truth is, it isn’t. The relationships we treasure the most are those that we have with people we believe really care about us. No wonder we care about them. There is something contagious about . . . caring.
The common trait found among people who are continually successful is that they care more about others than themselves. This trait will make you successful – consistently – because you will stand out from the crowd. Very few people these days care more about others than themselves. Consider the timeless words of Philippians 2:21:
“For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.” (NIV)
Consider Philippians 2:3-4, too:
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.“ (ESV)
If we have every other trait of “success” but not the trait of genuinely looking out for the interests of Jesus Christ and others, are we really successful? If we look out for the interests of Jesus Christ, we can’t help but look out for the interests of others – because Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of doing exactly that. When we follow Jesus, we become like Jesus. We care about Him, and others, more than ourselves.
What about you? Whose interests do you look out for? On your quest for “success,” are you missing success?