Recently I have spent a lot of time considering success and significance, not only in my life but also in others. What makes someone successful and what makes them significant and is there a difference? If you get Success Magazine, go back to the CD in the October 2011 issue and listen to the interview with John C. Maxwell. Maxwell describes significance as the ability to “make a difference with people that want to make a difference doing something that makes a difference at a time when it makes a difference.” I would add to that “while empowering others to become significant so they can also make a difference.”
So, on my journey I have found myself continually surrounded by people that are significant to those in their lives, bringing success and significance to others. One of those people is Rev. Karen Russo.
I am so grateful to have been introduced to Rev. K, the author of “The Money Keys“. When she was in Toronto a couple of weeks ago she made time to come and speak at my event. Her message was so powerful even I had to purchase her book and CD’s to further my own money mindset and the traps I have around money that stop me from becoming more successful.
In chapter two she has an exercise that had me write two columns: one titled “Money is” and the other titled “Money is not”. Under each title I wrote what I felt money is and what I knew money was not. The interesting thing was that success fell under money and significance fell under what money is not. Here are my two columns.
Money is – Food , House, clothes, shoes, Success, vacation, Cottage, bike, car, membership, people that you know
John C. Maxwell describes success as money, position, expertise, and that it is all about me – Selfish
Money is not – Happiness, time, learning, ability, relaxation, significance, creativeness, love, fun, people that know you
John C. Maxwell describes significance as “something more than success”, what I can do for others – unselfish
Work towards having money, because the challenges of having to deal with life on a minimal or limited budget can be more stressful and a lot less fun than if you do have money. But once you have money start working towards significance. What can you do for your community, your city, your country, others without success or significance in their lives, locally and around the world. What are you passionate enough about that you will make a significant difference to someone else? This is what money is not.