I don’t know the key to success, but I do know the key to failure is trying to please everyone. (TV comedy actor)

In the midst of a variety of possible “keys to success,” it might be helpful to look at just one negative key, the one quoted above. How many politicians have failed because they’ve tried to “please everyone,” changing positions on various issues because of the pressure of different influencers? It’s better to adopt your standards and goals at the outset and stick to them regardless of outside pressures.

As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority … It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide . . . Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due (1 Corinthians 4:3-5).