People’s ideas of success vary greatly, and so I cannot be a success to everyone. But I can be of value to each person. If God lets my path cross theirs, then I have within me the ability to be of value to them. It may be with a smile… or a hug… or help with schoolwork… or advice about dating… or how to have eternal life… or helping them break through writer’s block. I can be of value.
The key is two-fold:
1) Be sensitive to God’s voice as He directs your steps. If He nudges you to do something for someone, or say something to someone, do it. He will always make you of value to others.
2) Ask people what you can do to help them. You may have the knowledge… or the skill set… or the tools… or the wisdom they need to accomplish their dreams.
Forget trying to please people… and instead just try to help them. Value trumps success.