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Having the right person on your team can make the difference in being successful. If you ask someone how they became successful in life or how did they reach their dream, they will tell you that they had the right people in their life. Success can be achieved by most anyone. It all depends on what kind of people you surround yourself with.

To achieve any goal in life you must know the people you work with. Whether they are partners or patrons, bosses or colleagues, clients, constituents or critics, people need to be aligned according to their talents and temperament.

So, what kind of people belong on your team? How are they aligned with what matters to you? Author and pastor John Maxwell writes, “Some people have a dream but no team—their dream is impossible. Some people have a dream but a bad team—their dream is a nightmare. Some people have a dream and are building a team—their dream has potential. Some people have a dream and a great team—their dream is inevitable.” Ask God to assist in connecting you to people who will strengthen your team for success.

My point is this: “self-made person is a myth.” Whether they acknowledge it or not, all successful people had help along the way. Only when you can admit that you need help, will you begin looking for it. This is the first step in achieving success in your life. The next steps are knowing people’s strengths, communicating your vision to them in such a way that they buy into it, bringing out the best in them and rewarding them.

When we examine the life of the late Colin Luther Powell, who was an American statesman and the first African American Secretary of State, we can acknowledge that he surrounded himself with the right team as he rose to the military rank of four-star general in the United States Army. This was his success legacy. The great biblical character Moses had Joshua on his team for success. The Lord of Lords had disciples on his team.

Success depends on having the right team with God as the head of the team. If he is on your team, you can be assured that you will not fall short of your vision. A famous quote reads, “success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” So, Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten