“With success, my motives may be selfish; with significance, my motives cannot be selfish. Success asks, “How can I add value to myself?” Significance asks, “How can I add value to others?” If I pursue success, my joy is the result of my success; if I pursue significance, my joy is the result of others’ success. With success, my influence is limited; with significance, my influence is unlimited. Success can last a lifetime; significance can last several lifetimes”- wise words of John C Maxwell
We have to be people -minded in our pursuit for greatness. A classical example of this statement was one demonstrated by Jesus. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. During a moment of decision, Pilate also picked a basin but because of his selfish motive, he washed his hands first. He placed himself first before the people. You can tell the kind of leadership they both represent.
You only become significant when in all your dealings you put other first. Even in the dictionary, “significance” precedes “success.” But the truth is that you can’t give significance if you don’t already have it. And you can’t lead people to where you have not gone yourself!
It is important to aim for greatness by having personal goals and dreams. But don’t lose sight of the bigger picture; learn to give back to society. When you put others first, you are on your way to attain significance.
You will not be remembered by your cars, houses, money in the bank. You will be remembered for the positive things you did to humanity and society.
Think about others!