Did you know there is an order to success?  According to Samuel R. Chand, author of the devotional “The Sequence to Success: Three O’s of Life”, there are three pertinent steps required for success which he calls the three O’s of life.

The three O’s are as follows:

  1. Observations
  2. Opinions
  3. Opportunities

I saw this on the Bible app as a 3-day devotional.  I was so intrigued by the title I finished it within an hour or less!

I personally had always believed that success was a solo goal.  I rejected anyone who said otherwise.  But in recent years I’ve discovered that I was wrong.

Nobody achieves success alone.  It always takes other people whether it be people you know or people you don’t know.

Here is what Chand says about the three O’s:

  1. Observations – “Others’ observations of us can be launching pads that propel us to places we never imagined we could go.  God has put people in our lives – perhaps people we wouldn’t have expected – to observe us form opinions of us, and open doors of opportunity for us.”
  2. Opinions – “A few people insist that they don’t care about anyone’s opinion of them.  That’s absurd.  God has made us relational creatures.  We live and die by the opinions of those around us.  The question is: whose opinion matters the most?  … The good opinion of people we respect inspires us to do our very best.  Because they believe in us, we reach higher and attempt to do more – not to win approval, but because we already have it and we want to be worthy of it.”
  3. Opportunities – “Every opportunity is the product of observations and opinions that opened doors of possibilities.  Opportunities, though, are just that; they aren’t guarantees.  Sometimes, things work far better than we could have dreamed, but occasionally, they bomb.  It’s our responsibility to cultivate the opportunity and make the best it.”

Taken from the devotional “The Sequence to Success: Three O’s of Life” by Samuel R. Chand found on the Bible app (YouVersion)

As children, pre-teens and teenagers we are taught not to care about what other people say or think about us.  During those early formative years, as I believe that we’re always in some phase of formation, I believe that teaching was probably the best route to go.

It can be very difficult trying to navigate the feelings of wanting to be liked by your peers and wanting to fit in.  So, I believe that school of thought was the best “coping” mechanism to be used.

But as we go into our young adult years, things change!  We need to start being conscience of how others view our character.

My takeaway from this devotional was the realization that Jesus cared about what people thought about him.  He cared about how people viewed his character.

He asked his disciples, who do people say that I am?  Then he asked them, who do YOU say that I am?

Certainly, today we are living in a time when our society as a whole is devoid of having good character.  None of us are perfect.  We all have things we need to work on in our lives.  But I’m speaking of having a good character as a whole.

If you were to ask someone what type of person they thought you were, what would they say?

I guess more importantly, if you are really honest with yourself, what type of person would you say that you are?

Having a good character is a big part of having success that won’t be tarnished.

I would encourage you to find this devotional and read it.  It’s very interesting and it won’t take you long to read it.

Have a Good Week and Be Blessed