Greatness Doesn’t Just Happen

Camden Ross is an aspiring speaker and designer. His Reflective Bible Study website is designed to equip people to grow closer to Jesus. If you’ve ever met Cam, you know he has a sharp mind and an authentic heart for serving others. And from his responses to our SHOW UP AND SHINE questions, you’ll also discover he believes greatness doesn’t just happen!

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SHOW UP AND SHINE Questions:

If you boiled life down to one philosophy that brings meaning and adds value to your life no matter what circumstances you face, what is that philosophy for you?

The times in my life where I’ve received the greatest value, or feeling of value, is when I have helped someone else. The practical question that helps me grow in this area is asking: “What is one thing I can do to help right now?” By asking this question, I can reframe any situation from being negative to positive and move away from being a victim to being a servant.

What are one or two keys to success for you? 

When looking at the BIG picture, there are really only two things that matter to me:

    • Having a saving relationship with Jesus
    • Developing a strong relationship with others

As a man of faith, I believe the only thing we are able to take with us to heaven, outside of our character, is our relationships with others, provided they have #1 as well.

What is one of the biggest mistakes you’ve made and what did you learn from it?

This is a hard question for me. It isn’t as though I never make mistakes, but I am quick to move on and I don’t give much thought to the mistakes after learning the lesson I needed to learn. One regret I do remember happened several years ago. I received a call from work after having a really bad day and the call angered me so much I smashed a gift from my step-brother. The lesson: Our response is our choice. Others might “push our buttons,” but we control what each “button” produces.

What is your best advice for people who want to SHOW UP AND SHINE? What would you say to help people live into their bigger story?

Greatness never just “happens.” Our bigger story in life is the sum of the little choices we make each day!

Here are three questions I use to help me think about my bigger story:

    • What is the wise thing to do? (We can rationalize “smart” or “best,” but saying “wise” forces us to think about a longer span of time.)
    • If my grandchildren were listening to a story about me, what would I want them to learn?
    • What is one thing I can do today to succeed at answering questions #1 and #2?

 

Question: Cam’s success mantra is: “Greatness never just happens.” What’s your best advice for people who aim for greatness?