It so surprises me how people appreciate and specially respect successful individuals. I myself have been appreciated on my successes and I always wonder – Is success earned or granted? Why is success attributed with the many virtues of patience, hard work and diligence. Is it not written that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
A successful man means nothing to me as much as I credit my own success to just chance and grace. I know and I am honest when I say I have not done anything that makes me deserve what I have seemingly earned.
My delight is rather in knowing and discerning a skillful man! For it is written, “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men“. I know of a certain man whom every HR failed but every CEO longed to own.
It marvels me over and over again, that we are re-learning in leadership lessons to recognize capability and not merely accomplishments when scriptures prophetically have quoted them centuries ago!