The Reluctant Missionary

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Defining success for real

personal growth Dec 18, 2018

Twitter is flooded from a now famous tweet by JK Rowling on what successful people do. Her response got us thinking, what do successful people do? And what we found on the internet did not make us happy. So we are defining success for you today and the two things you can do to be a success.

The Distraction of the Day:

Did you see JK Rowling’s response to Inc. tweet, “The world's most successful people start their day at 4 a.m.”

Honoring News of the Day:

Brit surfer sets new world record for taking on the biggest wave ever! “29-year-old daredevil Tom Butler took on a huge swell estimated to be more than 100 feet tall (30 meters) at The Nazaré in Portugal earlier this week.” 

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Show Content:

I just want to read off the titles of articles when I googled, “what do successful people do”:

11 Things Very Successful People Do That 99 Percent of People Don't

14 Things Ridiculously Successful People Do Every Day - Entrepreneur

The 3 Things the World's Most Successful People Do Every Day

The first thing 15 highly successful people do each morning - Business ...

10 Things Successful People Do Differently to Achieve Greatness


We argue there are only two things you have to do to be truly successful, and we are about to hyper spiritualize this thing baby!

  1. Honor God
  2. Honor others

The success that matters has nothing to do with fame or finances, it’s about how well you love the people around you.

Now here are the worst ideas:

  • They drink lemon water. Thanks
  • Embrace ambiguity. Thanks
  • They focus on minutes not hours. Then the next one in the dang slide show was They focus on only one thing. But wait, I’m already focusing on minutes not hours… Thanks

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