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Are You Humbitious?

March 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 216

Humbition has been defined as you might expect: the blend of humility and ambition that drives successful people. It is a rarely observed character trait, simply because the two pervasive cultures in the United States, either teach the impact of one or the other, but usually not the potential influence of the combination.

The marketplace is greatly concerned with ambition. If you work hard enough, you can achieve anything. Pounce on every opportunity and take advantage of whomever and whatever is necessary to get to the top. Exploitation and manipulation are disgusting tactics of unbridled ambition. With this mindset, patience is not a virtue and "no" is never taken as an appropriate answer. After all, the American Dream cannot be obtained without engaging the virtue of ambition.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Church supports a life based on the quality of humility. This notion comes from the dominant perception of Jesus as nothing more that a humble, peacemaker. Unfortunately, many Christians portray humility to the world by becoming a door mat, ready and willing to be stepped on for God's glory. However, what were to happen if these two traits were infused? A humble person with an ambitious attitude of constant improvement and an open mind to collaboration with others would be unique to say the least. Moreover, what if this type of person injected this type of leadership into their business? An organization with a culture of humbition would be nothing short of successful.

A great example of the character trait of humbition can be found in Nehemiah. After many years of exile in Persia, Nehemiah received word that the Jewish remnant in living in Jerusalem were in great distress. The once impenetrable walls of Jerusalem had been burned and destroyed and had yet to be built back up again. Without a fortified city, there was no hope of the Jewish nation reuniting and experiencing a thriving culture once more. God laid it on Nehemiah's heart to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem by reusing the crumbled and burned rubble left behind in the destruction. Though they were insulted and jeered, Nehemiah and his faithful following took on the massive undertaking with one hand and carried weapons for battle in the other, just in case a surrounding enemy attempted to take advantage of them in such a vulnerable state. Further attempts to distract Nehemiah and the workers were to no avail, as they worked with great ambition in finishing the gargantuan wall in only 52 days. Nehemiah's reliance on God in the face of his vulnerable position revealed his inspiring humility. This trait combined with his stamina and tenacity at which he led the building project speaks to his strong ambition.

As recorded in Luke of the New Testament, Jesus tells the story of a shrewd manager that ironically embodies the elusive trait of humbition. A man forces his financial manager to show him the books, most importantly his investments and his debts. In feeling the manager had been dishonest, it seems as though the man was about to fire him. However, in a shrewd act of business accumen, the manager began calling in those owing outstanding debts to his owner and slashed their payments to as much as half of their debt. In this manner, the manager not only won the patronage of those indebted to the owner, but also gained respect and continued employment from his master. In concluding this story, Jesus makes a bold declaration: "The people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light." Though this is a traditionally difficult passage to interpret, it is obvious that Jesus commends the ambition of the manager over his humility and recognizes that this trait is rare among those in the Church. It is clear that the manager was called forth concerning his mistakes in mishandling the money he had been entrusted with, but he did not give up. He took advantage of the opportunity given him and allowed his ambition and wisdom to keep him in the game.

The building block of humbition must be woven into the culture of your business. It is a balancing act of both admitting and learning from your mistakes as well as making confident, aggressive decisions. Additionally, we must constantly rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance, while consistently seeking out more effective and efficient means of operations. It is imperative that we remain both driven and loyal. We strive to be mavericks that live from God's favor. We need to build our business on the Biblical principle of humbition.

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