Thursday, April 22, 2010

Discipline For Greatness

A few posts ago, I shared about the fact that some of our Truth At Work groups watched Bill Hybels interviewing Jim Collins, author of Good to Great. This interview took place at the 2006 Willow Creek Leadership Summit.

While discussing what makes companies great, Collins shared this formula for greatness, "Disciplined people produce disciplined thought which produces disciplined actions which produces greatness."

I think it would be safe to say that most of us want to be great (I would also bet that everyone would have a different definition of what "great" would look like to them). Yet, so few want to do what is necessary for that to occur. Not many are willing to pay the price, whatever it might be.

Collins is sharing something that shouldn't be surprising to us. In order for greatness to occur, it must start in the individual, with discipline. That's a word that very few people like. That means hard work and effort and giving up things we really don't want to give up.

Over 3,000 years ago, Solomon shared some similar nuggets of wisdom (all from the book of Proverbs):
  • Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth (10:4)
  • He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son (10:5)
  • Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor (12:24)
  • The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied (13:4)
  • The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty (21:5)

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