There’s nothing quite like that moment when you see your son, daughter, or spouse walk across the stage and you are filled with pride for all they have accomplished. This year I watched one of my children do that very thing. It was the ninth time I felt those feelings whelm up inside. It was amazing!
Accompanying the experience of graduating from any level of education, or from one area of life into another, the question looms: Where to from here?
Keep the following three ideas in mind and you won’t go wrong:
1. Who you run with in life is crucial to how well and how far you will go in life.
Someone once told me that who I run with in life is more important than what I do. I have come to appreciate the truth in that statement again and again. The people you connect with can make or break your efforts to have an impact in life. At the very least it can make life much easier or more complicated.
I can’t tell you how many times my wife and I have looked at each other and said “we are so glad we are in this together!” A huge part of that is because of who we are and how well we work alongside each other.
Prioritize relationships over rewards, and in the end you will have both. (Tweet this.)
2. Nothing has more potential to create joy or pain in life than relationships.
This is true when it comes to your marriage, your business partnerships, your friends, or even your neighbors. It is crucial to choose to be in relationship with people who value character. There is truth to the saying, “Bad company corrupts good morals.” (I Corinthians 15:33) and to the proverb: “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” (Proverbs 13:20)
- The person you marry–will they honor their vows when the marriage is difficult?
- The person you are in business with, will they be people of their word?
- Will your friends seek to encourage you to do what is best, not just what is best for you? (Tweet this.)
Choose your relationships wisely.
3. There is no greater investment to make in life than in people.
People are what matter most. You won’t wish you had made more money or been more successful in business, when on your death bed. What will matter most is who is beside you, and the impact you made in their lives. Make the decision today and every day to make your greatest investments in people.
If you are a believer in life after death–which I am–the people in whom you invest the most will be the ones you are most apt to spend eternity with. Who would you like that to be?
Being rich in relationships is infinitely more important than being rich in wealth.
In summary (or in case you skimmed all the above):
- Who you run with in life is crucial to how well and how far you will go in life.
- Nothing has more potential to create joy or pain in life than relationships.
- There is no greater investment to make in life than in people.
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