Tuesday, May 8, 2018

How Do You Define Success? (Part 3 of 3)

If you read the two previous blog entries, you could scoff, "You've made it, so you can talk that way."

Yes, I am a successful author, and I've now made a living from it for more than thirty years. But that's still not how I define success. To people like my unnamed friend, success shows itself in the external world—accomplishing certain things.

I know several authors who earn a living—and some gross far more than I ever will—but they're no more contented than I am. And some lead miserable lives, constantly trying to bump their sales record or hit the New York Times' best-seller list with each project.

I'd like to sell more books and bring in more money. I see nothing wrong with that. But for me, the sales figures are byproducts of a healthy relationship with myself and my Creator. My contentment rests on my firmly held faith that God is ultimately in control and my role is to be content wherever I find myself.

I'm contented but not lazy. I still work as hard at the craft as I always have, but my emotions aren't fixed to the results.

4 comments:

  1. Just the refocus reminder I needed today. Thank you!

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  2. I appreciate all your comments, including those sent directly to me. Isn't it wonderful that WE define success for ourselves?
    Obedience to the Lord and a commitment to give ourselves to whatever task we have, IS success.

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  3. The last two sentences are the best! If I was doing it for the money, I wouldn't be doing it. I have yet to make "the big bucks," but I believe God is smiling at my efforts. Thank you, Cec.

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  4. great post! who know about result, but our hard work won't betray us

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