Integrity plus Skill equals Success

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Integrity plus Skill equals Success - Marcus 2229

Welcome to Three-Peat Tuesday!

Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each blog will contain three P’s: Pillar, Principle and Practical, all geared towards nourishing you on your personal and spiritual growth journey.


David shepherded them with a heart of integrity; he led them with the skill of his hands”-Asaph, the Psalmist.


Hands and heart; heart and hands. It really does not matter in which order these words are placed, they are two powerful leadership ingredients. The year 2020, for multiple reasons, has brought leadership into focus with even greater scrutiny than usual.

Responses to COVID-19, various national elections and the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games have all been factors which have caused people across the globe to evaluate global leaders. Everyone has his or her opinion on how these authority figures have performed and whether or not they have been successful. This is what it boils down to: success.

The Old Testament character David is known across the world, both religious and secular, as the man who slayed Goliath. In fact, many people today talk about “slaying the Goliaths” in their lives, referring to tackling seemingly insurmountable problems. He is associated with courage, boldness, passion and a deep loyalty to his God. He is also viewed as possessing admirable skill with his hands.

What may be less familiar about his leadership, though, was the integrity of his heart. On the inside, David had an integrated inner self, a wholeness that drove him to amazing heights in victory, yet honest introspection during defeats. Complimenting the skill of his hands was the integrity of his heart. The inner David and the outer David matched each other. This was the key to his success.


Practice one without neglecting the other. You need both integrity and skill to truly experience success.

To learn more about these pillars of personal excellence, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.

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