I always had this frustration dealing with people who aren’t where they want to be and complain about it. I look at their life, and I don’t see a hint of effort put in to get themselves there. Yet, more pastoral people always tell me that the desire is there, even if they don’t say it. Hidden somewhere deep in the recesses of some god-forsaken-place-which-I-never-seem-to-be-able-to-find. Forever.
Things like how you can’t expect people to always be proactive like yourself… The problem isn’t that they don’t want it…
Fine. Let me restate the problem – They don’t want it badly enough.
Even beggars want a million dollars! But the difference between beggars and millionaires is that the latter want it badly enough to put their hands to it! To work it out, to slog it out, to fight it out!
Thus, please don’t give me another lecture telling me how people want to grow, do good, study hard, lose weight but are just not motivated. If I can’t see it, accuse me of being blind or just admit that they don’t want it badly enough.
Desperation, hunger, desire are all like the wind; no one can measure either one of them, but we all can feel their presence and taste their consequence.
I was about to rattle on more about this but thank God Steven Furtick did the job for me…
When selecting people to join your team, one of the primary characteristics you should look for is hunger.
More specifically: a hunger to see God do the extraordinary as demonstrated by humility, sacrifice, and perseverance.
None of our original core team members had the experience to do what I was asking them to do. But man, they were hungry.
And sometimes an ounce of hunger is better than a pound of experience.
Because a truly hungry leader will hunt for wisdom and experience until they find it. And they’ll learn it by living it out rather than philosophizing and theorizing about it.
On the flipside, I’ve found that experience minus hunger equals arrogance and cynicism.
“But we’ve always…”
“But we’ve never…” and
“Why should we bother to…”
are a sure sign that the hunger isn’t there anymore.
You can’t stay hungry when you’re full of yourself.
Jesus seemed to exemplify this in his senior management team selection process.
Peter wasn’t diplomatic…but he was hungry. (A little too hungry?)
Matthew’s profession wasn’t popular with the people, but he was hungry to make a difference.
Thomas wasn’t always sure…but he was hungry to search for truth.
Check the references. Value the experience. Probe for aptitude. And certainly validate the character.
But don’t forget about the secret ingredient called hunger.
It covers a multitude of incompetency.
Credits – Stevenfurtick.com