I've been in lots of conversations about success recently. (One of the recent posts here touched on that.) The economy remains so horrible. Occupy Wall Street raises all sorts of issues that provoke either sympathy or hostility on success lines. (Either "the system is broken and corrupt and only offers the hope of success to a small minority" or "Steve Jobs started from nowhere! Why can't you lazy whiners get moving and do the same?") And it's come up again and again that Blue Ocean thinking/centered-set thinking doesn't press towards success techniques. What does that mean? Is this perspective on things uninterested in craven "success?"
Of course, being a committed Blue-Oceaner, my response could only be "beats me." But I wonder if the starting point in answering this question would start with a few premises.
First, while of course we'd all be advised to learn as much as we can and do whatever's in our power to fulfill whatever we think God has for us in our lives, we also keep in mind that outcomes are beyond us. "You can't make even one of your hairs white or black," Jesus says. After our diligent efforts, outcomes are reserved for God.
So, second, what is within our power? It seems as though our heart response to God is something we're encouraged to give some attention to. "Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks at all times, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
So I wonder if the beginning of all centered-set success is in our own thriving in God, our own praise and trust in good times and hard times. If we thrive in God, it seems to me that (a) well, at least we've thrived in God, whatever else can be said about our success or lack thereof and (b) God often seems encouraged to bring surprising possibilities our way. (Or not, in many cases, in which case we return to (a).)
So my proposal: The starting-point Blue Ocean success strategy is "rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks at all times." What do you think?