In my life, I’ve always been biased toward building a financial on which other stuff can be built. After all, you have to have shelter before you can keep your family safe and warm. But for a long time I’ve been moving toward a better understanding of what a real foundation is. And today, I may have reached a milestone.
I was reading my Bible this morning, and thinking “how can reading about Jesus and His resurrection help me today?” In other words, part of me felt like I was wasting productive time in reading the Bible. But then I thought that maybe life is not so much about what I have to do today and more about what went on all those years ago when He was crucified.
Then I thought of my friends in advertising who, although their worldviews aren’t always the same as mine, practice daily those things that I believe are core virtues that wouldn’t seem to lead directly to business success…and they’re successful. They’re not rushing to try to beat the other guy, not caring who they hurt along the way.
The word we normally use to describe that is “generosity.” But I think it’s more than generosity. It’s the larger idea of doing the right thing.
I remember one time a guy named Bill Hurd was talking about leadership. He told us about a time he almost got in a fight with a bully, but when confronted, the bully backed down. It’s because the bully knew Bill was right. And there’s boldness in that.
My conclusion is that it may not be about a laser-beam focus on business goals. Instead, it may be about personal goals first. It might start with doing what we know is right. And that may be the real foundation of every other kind of lasting success we could want, including career success.