Success vs. Significance

Success vs. Significance

Success or Significance – which is more “profitable”?  I’ve met many people over the years who have asked themselves this very question.  They’ve built some measure of success in their lives from the world’s point of view but they get to a point where they wonder what it’s all been for.  Somehow, “life” just took over and became the silent dictator of schedule and priorities and when they finally stop to examine their life, it doesn’t look anything like what was planned.  Personal lives are not what they envisioned, marriage partners are more like roommates, children are grown and gone, and all the things that were supposed to matter most are suddenly less connected…less intimate…less of everything they should or could be.

To be sure, most people I meet who are asking this question don’t start out with the intention of neglecting the important things for the success they have achieved.  So what do we do about this and what is this season we come to where we begin to feel a pull and a desire to determine what’s really significant and then go after those things?  In my world, we call it “halftime”, and it’s a term coined by Bob Buford, a billionaire Texas business mogul who, over 20 years ago, asked himself this very question and then embarked on a journey to create a “second half” of significance.  Not only did he create his own second half of significance, but his journey brought him to realize, as mine did 20 years later, that a big part of that second half was to help others in a similar life-place find their second half calling.

The most common challenges and desires of a “halftimer” are:

  1. Finding more joy
  2. Finding more peace
  3. Making a difference
  4. Gaining greater clarity
  5. Finding more balance
  6. Finding a guide for wisdom and accountability
  7. Realizing spiritual growth
  8. Receiving encouragement
  9. Making connections
  10. Finding a proven process and structure to help with all of the above

How about you?  Do you fall into this “halftimer” category?  You don’t have to be midway through your life expectancy in age to have a halftime mentality.  Are you looking for any or all of the above items?  Do you want to be more intentional with the remainder of your life?  Do you want to target your unique God-given potential and flourish in your faith, your relationships, and your eternal impact?  If you do, we can help.  It’s what we do every day at The Halftime Institute. Admittedly we don’t have all the smart answers; what we do have are great questions, helpful accountability, and positive encouragement along with a box of tools and connections to others who are going through or have been through the same journey.  It would be our privilege to partner with you and the Creator of the universe to help you find and fulfill your second half calling.

“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.” – Galatians 6: 4-5 MSG translation