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A New Measure of Success: Prolific + Brilliant + Healthy

I attended the Global Leadership Summit in 2019. One of my favorite talks came from Todd Henry who is the author of Accidental Creative: How To Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice.

Todd's challenge was this:

If being Prolific + Brilliant + Healthy was your measure for success how would you be doing?

Todd went on to explain the importance of having all three as he shared these equations. 

Prolific + Brilliant - Healthy = FRIED

Healthy + Brilliant - Prolific = UNRELIABLE

Prolific + Healthy - Brilliant = FIRED

Let’s see what the Bible has to say about these three aims:

PROLIFIC = marked by abundant inventiveness or productivity

Our culture says work is for self-fulfillment. The Bible says that work is about glorifying God:

  • Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
  • Colossians 3:23 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

Martin Luther King Jr. put it this way:

  • “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

Recognize that God created you to be productive.

  • Genesis 1:28 - And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion

Know that Jesus requires a return on your life.

  • Matthew 25:24 - Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”

BRILLIANT = exceptionally clever or talented.

You are created in God’s Image, you are His Masterpiece, filled with the Spirit of God and the brilliance of heaven.

  • Exodus 35:30-33 - Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—32 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 33 to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts.

Become a Solomon not a Saul. Seek God and His wisdom. 

  • 1 Kings 3:12 - I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.

Be the Prolific & Brilliant son and daughter of God you were created to be.

  • Proverbs 22:29 Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.

HEALTHY = possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality.

God wants you to prosper in your health

  • 3 John 2 - Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

Honor God with your Body

  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
  • Romans 12:1 - I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 


So I encourage you to consider this challenge. If being Prolific + Brilliant + Healthy was your measure for success, how are you doing? I know when I examined my life there were areas that God helped me redefine.

God doesn’t want you Fried, Unreliable or Fired, your calling is way too important, there are lost souls at stake. God’s desire for you is to be Prolific + Brilliant + Healthy!

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