Winners focus on the result. The process of getting there matters; however, in the end, the results are the only measure of success. Military personnel are trained to win, in the final result that is all that counts. Hong Kong is the bastion of capitalism; money is all that matters. The general sentiment is that as long as you make money everything will work out! In contrast, Japan focuses much more on honor and face.
The scary part of my analysis is that I want to win. There is no other way to say it, or express it. At any cost, with every sacrifice, and using all disciplines to achieve the goal, I need, desire, focus on, value, and obsess about winning! Death is not a limitation. Costs are automatically assumed to be part of the equation. Pain, while not desired or hoped for, is often a necessary ingredient. Win, win, and win is the only answer. The question is, how?
I know that “ill gotten gain gets your nowhere; an honest life is immortal.” (Proverbs 10.2) However, what does this mean for a person struggling to make it in the world today? Hoes does this translate to the street of New York, alleys of London, or four lane roads of Florida? Does this make sense to those struggling in Hong Kong and Chennai?
I can suggest and answer based on two observations today. First, my answer comes from my experience and God’s feedback. Second, it is consistent with the Biblical God I know. The answer is that the ends, in living life to the full, never justify the means.
The key question one needs to ask is this; what is the measure of success in the end? Is it the arrival at a destination or achievement of a goal (example: quantity of money)?
My success will be this. To what end can I say that I gave away as much compassion as I received from God? To win is to have given as much as I have received. I am already way behind, compassion rules!