Friday, March 7, 2008

Michael Jordan on success:: Friday E-Devotion

I read from a lot of angles and from various leaders and theologians.  Didn't quite expect it from the person you about to hear from.  The following blog post is from Kent Shaffer, a marketing guru and a Christian leader:
 

"From Good to Great According to Michael Jordan"

Michael Jordan is considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time. But his road to success has come a long way since he was cut from his high school basketball team. He once shared his secret to greatness:

"Heart is what separates the good from the great."

Natural ability will make you good. Big budgets will make you good. Fantastic marketing will make you good. But it takes heart to be great. Greatness lies in diligence, perseverance, and drive. Greatness lies in the intangibles.

Heart is never content but always pushes you to a greater level. Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, explains:

"Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life."

Just because you experience a sales success or management success or any success, don't trade your heart for contentment. Greatness does not come in the leap of one sole success, but it comes from the inching forward of one success after another.

Heart is not about comparing yourself to others but about comparing yourself to your past. It is about constant self-improvement. There will always be someone smarter than you, stronger than you, and faster than you. But your heart will determine how you measure up in the long run. Your heart is your key to greatness

Not what I often expect from Jordan, but there is deep insight.  Think about how God has gifted you and how your heart plays a part in what you do.
 
Why is it that Jesus talked so much about our hearts?  Proverbs 4:23 tells us to "guard our hearts".  Listen to what Jesus said:
 
Mark 7:15 (nlt) --- It's not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.
 
John 7:38 (nlt) --- Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, 'Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.
 
I recall something I heard a while back...one leader said something like "I'd rather have 5 people with vision and heart than 10 people with great ability."  Think about it!

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