At this point in my career, I have been blessed with a significant amount of outward success. I have been blessed to run a growing media empire now valued at over $100 million dollars. I am able to produce town hall meetings all over the United States, in which national and local leaders discuss important social, economic and political issues and get feedback from the public. I am also blessed to have wonderful relationships with friends and family.
A lot of people see the outward success, but they don’t really see the inner success that makes it all possible. It is that “inner” success that gives one the heightened vantage point from which to view life’s challenges and opportunities. At this point in life, I am able to see things from a 30-foot level. I can see things coming around the corner that many people, from their individual perspectives on the ground, may not be able to perceive.
The good Lord has given us all special talents and gifts, which we must discover and build upon over life’s ups and downs. I am not the smartest, most well-connected or the wealthiest person in my circle of friends and business associates. But what does set me apart – and what accounts for the majority of my success – is the moral “wealth” I have accumulated over a lifetime of moral striving. This starts with the choices we make every day. It is the choice not to give in to sexual temptation. It is the choice to avoid substances like drugs and alcohol that can weaken one’s moral resolve. It is the choice to conduct oneself with integrity and build strong relationships that grow and strengthen over the years. All of these choices grow your moral bank account.
The wealth that begins to accumulate in this moral bank account is not obvious at first. It does not pay immediate dividends. In fact, striving morally may even appear to put one at a disadvantage, as other people without such scruples appear to get ahead of the game in certain ways. But where moral wealth really earns its value is during the storms of life. It is during the storms of life, when things are difficult, that the moral bank account really comes in handy. These storms can take the form of business challenges, economic recessions and even technological changes that challenge existing assumptions and calculus about profit and loss in business. But more likely, the storms will come in the form of more personal challenges. You may confront situations involving your own character that you may not have been prepared to deal with. Or there could be people close to you who are going through challenging times, and it affects you deeply.