How do you measure success? Look at the people you surround yourself with. Are they encouraging, or agreeing, there is a difference! (Proverbs 1:5) I have read that Walt Disney was a man who felt, if you always agreed with him, you had no vision! If you always agree you would go no further than where you are! That does make perfect sense to me if you really think about it.
No one is always right, including ourselves, but if we have people around us who always agree with us, we can easily be convinced we are. We do not need that in our lives, we need to be challenged to take the next step. We need people around us who do not just settle because it feels good or comfortable! I like what it says in Proverbs 1:5-A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.
Well wise counsel does not always agree with what we are doing or the direction we are going in. What wise counsel tells you, you need to go against the grain! You need to, at the very least, make an effort to go after a goal, not many goals. If you cannot achieve the one goal why in the world set many goals? Because one does not agree, does not mean they are against you either. It very well may mean, they are more for you than those who agree with you always!
Yes there are times when people need to agree with you, yet there needs to be balance in your life, so you also need those who do not. If we are not being encouraged to be better, if we are not being encouraged to go after the ring again, even if we miss it a time or two. Than we may need to look at some of those folks we surround ourselves with?
We need to ask the tough question, what do I really need to hear right now, I am right, or I am wrong? Whatever it takes to move ahead, and not just settle, that is success. We need to have people around us pushing a little harder, challenging a little stronger. We need those around us who will dig us out of a rut, and not jump in it with us!
If the blind will lead the blind, they both will fall in the ditch (Matthew 15:14). We need people around us that see a bigger picture, a clearer picture. People that just plain see, that we have some success in us and are able to pull it out, especially when we cannot. Do not get stuck in agreement mode, do not settle for the mediocre, surround yourselves with people who are successful. Don't confuse wealth with success!
Wealth can be part of success. But wealth alone does not make us successful. If we cannot manage wealth because it manages us we have fallen short of the mark. Success is measured in how we are able to handle wealth. Many successful people are wealthy, yet you would never know it, because they do not wear their wealth on their sleeves. When you know who you are, you do not have to prove who you are! That is success.