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Trade-off: Security for Significance

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 (ESV)


Trade-offs are usually not driven by time. They should be thought of as choices, not as

opportunities. Bad trade-offs are rarely the end of the road. Typically you can make other trade-offs to course correct. I think this is captured well by Carl Bard, “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, my friend, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”


In some rare instances, trade-offs are opportunities, that if not taken at the moment will never be available again. These opportunities present themselves as security versus significance. In my blog for September, I asked readers to think about historical figures that made a positive impact on the world and to reflect on what made that impact positive. The vast majority of historical figures that made a positive impact lived a life of significance. They chose to take a trade-off that most likely cost them security.


The best way to take advantage of these trade-offs is to decide if your potential sacrifice is worth the benefit to others and is in line with your core values. If it is then have a positive attitude and focus on the future outcome. By taking advantage of trade-offs that lead to significance (usually over security) you will set yourself up to have the greatest impact on those you disciple.


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