I really appreciate the heart and teachings of Larry Osborne. This was just one reason why I was so excited to receive his latest release, Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret, from another leadership guru by the name of Mel Ming.
My favorite quote from this particular work is when the author warns, “Success is a great thing. It’s what we’re all aiming for. But it has its dangers. They remind me of a principle from mountain climbing: the closer you get to the top, the greater the danger you’re surrounded by. Every mountain climber would rather be approaching the peak than stuck back at base camp. Every leader would rather have success than failure or mediocrity. But only a fool forgets that the higher you go in mountain climbing or leadership, the greater the risk to your future. It’s not a time for cockiness. It’s a time for gratitude and caution. It’s a time to listen to those you might be tempted to write off” (116).
A few questions that I wrestle with…
- How do you define success as a Christ follower? Does success differ from significance?
- When opportunities present themselves, how do you discern if this will increase self-promotion or God-glorification?
- With increased influence, how do you ensure that you will continue to have increased guardrails on your integrity?
- What do you do to ensure that you do not always believe the chants (or criticisms) coming from the crowd (and that you are able to continue to direct attention and adoration to Christ)?
- Who do you have in your life to say the difficult things? Are there those people who cannot and will not be ignored?