Human beings are born with gene that petitions them to achieve. Success is an inherited chromosome that blossoms when it is watered. As we form in the womb, a natural inkling to bust out triumphantly bears in us for nine months. After two weeks of false labor pains, there we are… our first victorious mission.
Genesis 1:26-28 say’s:
God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
reflecting our nature…
God created human beings;
he created them godlike,…
Reflecting God’s nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
To say that Christ’s nature is the example of success is a decisive understatement. Jesus Christ “failed to succeed.” He was mocked, turned away, persecuted, threatened, harassed, called a drunkard, and beaten; all in order to succeed on the day of his death.
Our nature is to be reflecting His nature. Many people will say that do to Adam’s snafu; this verse no longer applies, because we are now born into sin. If a baby is born with Down syndrome or Autism, has it not still received its blue eyes from one of the genetic codes of the parents? Just because we’re born with the defect of sin doesn’t mean we don’t still carry our original strand of DNA.
God’s blessing to human creation (“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!), signifies that we will “prosper,” and that we must take action (“charge”) in order to fulfill what is in us… success.
There was a boy born in a “shotgun house” (a house 12 feet wide, and 20 feet long). He was considered an “average” child, with an extreme shy side that caused him to speak very softly. His father went from job to job, unable to keep one for any length of time. At one point the father was jailed for forging a check, and the family lost their home.
Around the age of 12, this boy began finding an interest in music. He worked hard at learning to play the guitar by hearing it, and began hanging out with musicians. He took a music class in high school in which he failed.
He practiced harder, played more, and entered into several music competitions in which he never won. He worked harder, and began listening to different styles of music growing a fondness for blues. One day, with the intention of making a record for a present to his mother and to hear how he sounds, he walked into the small Sun Records building. The owner of Sun Records, Sam Phillips noticed his powerful voice, and asked him to record a few other songs. This boy, simply known as Elvis, made his first record. The record did not hit. He kept pursuing his passion. He tried out for a vocal quartet, and failed the audition. They told him he couldn’t sing. So he tried out for a professional band. The leader of that band, Eddie Bond, told Elvis to stick to truck driving “because you’re never going to make it as a singer.”
On July fifth, 1954, Elvis reconnected with Sam Phillips to try making another record. In a moment of destiny Elvis sang “That’s All Right,” a blues song, and began a career that would change the music world forever. In 1977 Elvis passed away, and left a world clamoring for more to this day. Elvis once said, “Ambition is a dream with a V-8 engine.” There is no doubt that even if Elvis Presley died in financial debt, he was a success. He chased his passion, and through times of pain, his pain was replaced with success.
I was asked the other day, “What drives you?” This led me to my answer, ”Success.” What is success? Dictionary.com defines success as “the attainment of wealth, position, honors.” To be fair, that is only one of their definitions; but this is a good point of reference to start, or to show the gleaming difference between my view and the worlds view of this subject. Success is a relevant term that judges the value of the completion of a task. ”Wealth, position, and honors” have no merit in my world of anonymous satisfaction. In the next month I will try my best to take some time to give a more humble view of this term.
Thomas Edison, Donald Trump, Michael Jordan, and Abraham Lincoln are all failures! They failed in school, business, athletic competition, and elections. The common thread between these men and the average man is without a doubt failure. The chief theme that separates these men from the ordinary man is their refusal of lethargy.
Michael Jordan once stated, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed.” Where the fear of failure drives most men to quit a task prematurely, these men thrive off it. Jordan finished his thought by saying,” I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Donald Trump was considered a “troubled youth, with anger issues,” filed for bankruptcy twice, and now ranks among the worlds top wealthiest men. Thomas Edison was told that he was too stupid to learn anything, and became the inventor of the light bulb. Abraham Lincoln failed in business several times, lost eight elections, and had a nervous breakdown before becoming the 16th President of the United States, conducting a winning war, and ending slavery!
It’s not like these men where surrounded by loads of encouraging positive people. They saw through others around them the tragedy of doing nothing, so they failed to succeed.