What is a successful life?

Most people suffer from harmful definitions of success, but many are unaware. We seek success in our career, family, relationships and spiritual lives. But success is elusive, fleeting and addictive. We reach a high only to want more with the next upgrade, promotion or achievement. White

“Is your definition of success harming you?”

Some definitions of success are harmful. Defining success according to our achievements, popularity, looks, possessions and other outward symbols leaves us feeling disappointed, restless, inadequate, afraid, empty and craving for more.

Even among the religious. According to McCrindle Research* Australian churchgoers remain enthralled by possessions. Well-meaning people are crippled by debt, exhausted from working long hours, irritated in relationships and unfulfilled in their pursuit of success.

* (2019 Consumed report)

What is a successful life?

Omar Djoeandy "Redefining Success"

What is a successful life?

Most people suffer from harmful definitions of success, but many are unaware. We seek success in our career, family, relationships and spiritual lives. But success is elusive, fleeting and addictive. We reach a high only to want more with the next upgrade, promotion or achievement.

Is your definition of success harming you?” 

And some definitions of success are harmful. Defining success according to our achievements, popularity, looks, possessions and other outward symbols leaves us feeling disappointed, restless, inadequate, afraid, empty and craving for more.

Even among the religious. According to McCrindle Research* Australian churchgoers remain enthralled by possessions. Well-meaning people are crippled by debt, exhausted from working long hours, irritated in relationships and unfulfilled in their pursuit of success.

* (2019 Consumed report)

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For decades Dr Omar Djoeandy has been exploring what success means to different people. His work as a family doctor, church minister, CEO and entrepreneur has taken him from the slums of Nairobi to the comforts of Western prosperity. His passion to help others discover Jesus’ definition of success flows out of his personal journey towards discovering a secure identity in the midst of a world obsessed with outward symbols.

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Ch. 11

Ch. 12

Worldly Definitions of Success are Harming Us

The Dark Side of Consumerism – Degradation and Dehumanisation

Our Blind Spots and Blind Guides

Transformed by the Real Jesus

The Wealthy Successful Fool

From a Rebel to a Child of God 

Being God’s Children

Jesus Redefining Worldly Failure

Being Kingdom-Focused: Living with the End in Mind

Giving Generously is the Successful Life

Redefining Success in Community

The Heart of Redefining Success – Treasuring Jesus Most

Ch 1.  Worldly Definitions of Success are Harming Us

Ch 2. The Dark Side of Consumerism – Degradation and Dehumanisation

Ch 3. Our Blind Spots and Blind Guides

Ch 4. Transformed by the Real Jesus

Ch 5. The Wealthy Successful Fool

Ch 6. From a Rebel to a Child of God 

Ch 7. Being God’s Children

Ch 8. Jesus Redefining Worldly Failure

Ch 9. Being Kingdom-Focused: Living with the End in Mind

Ch 10. Giving Generously is the Successful Life

Ch 11. Redefining Success in Community

Ch 12. The Heart of Redefining Success – Treasuring Jesus Most

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