Howard Fisher and Associates conducted a survey of top CEO’s for a major business magazine.The primary goal of the survey was to determine what the CEO’s thought were the keys to their success. It may surprise you to see what these “top dogs” said about success. We are led to believe that being on top means that you must be less than honest or just plain ruthless. This survey seems to cut across the grain of that presumption. Let’s see what some top performers have to say about their own success.
- Be persistent and never give up.
- Have a vision of where you are going and communicate it often.
- Know what you stand for, set high standards, and don’t be afraid to take on tough problems despite the risk.
- Spend less time managing and more time leading. Lead by example.
- Bring out the best in others. Hire the best people you can find, then delegate authority and responsibility, but stay in touch.
- Have confidence in yourself and in those around you, and trust others.
- Accept blame for failures and credit others with success. Possess integrity and personal courage.
If I didn’t know better, I could think that the biblical teachings of Jesus were the primary guide for these executives. Jesus says for us to “seek first the kingdom of God and all else will be added .”(Matthew 6:33) It is the constant promise of the scripture that righteous living has abundant rewards. This simple fact seems to elude us today. The Bible has additional advice: practice meekness, experience grief, show mercy, make peace. These truths are found in the Beatitudes.(Matthew 5:1-7)
This week forget what you think you must do to get ahead, take the advice of top executives and Jesus, put others first, and you will have success beyond your dreams. Let’s allow the great “success traits” of the Bible to guide our lives and provide for us the peace, joy,and happiness that we all long for in this world.
- What Does It Take To Be Jesus’ “Disciple”? (braggschurchofchrist.com)