In a high-tech world, there is sometimes gross negligence on the part of management to effectively utilize the most important asset available; namely human resources. The Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina, studied 105 successful executives and concluded:

  1. They admitted their mistakes and accepted the consequences, without blaming others.
  2. They were able to get along with a wide variety of people.
  3. They had strong interpersonal skills and were sensitive to others.
  4. They were poised, rarely moody and volatile.

There was a time when, the Scottish immigrant, Andrew Carnegie was the richest man in America. He had achieved that status of multi-millionaire, during an era, when a million dollars would be equivalent to twenty-million in today's economy. Indeed, there were few millionaires around in those days. So, you can understand the interest, when it was realized that Carnegie was not only wealthy himself, but had forty-three millionaires on his payroll.

One reporter asked Carnegie how he had managed to surround himself with so many men of awesome influence and financial clout. The great industrialist explained, "They weren't millionaires before they started working with me." He described the process of developing his team by comparing it to the mining of gold. Carnegie made it clear that tons of dirt must be moved to find just one ounce of gold. He added, "Miners are not looking for dirt; they are after that one ounce of gold…and so am I."

The message is obvious, if you would be successful in life, you will search out the good in others, help them realize their potential, and in turn be pushed forward, yourself.

Jesus said, "Let each man esteem others more highly than himself." We all know those who are "legends in their own minds." We also know those who are legends in the minds of others, because of the life-lift they gave to those around them.

How do you want to be known … BE A LIFE-LIFTER, for Christ's glory!

Make Today Count,

Pastor Steve