Love: A Foundational Principle to Success

Another year begins, and the promise to be a better person is almost on everyone’s list of resolutions. We hope that by changing our ways, we also build habits to become successful. But have you ever thought of love as a foundation to success? We all define success differently, but the core values needed to navigate through it remain constant.

In this episode, Tim unravels why love is a foundational principle to success. He also talks about how others define love and its relevance in creating a better world. Finally, Tim discusses his book and the lessons you can gather from it.

If you’d like to learn how love is an important principle to success,  tune in to this episode! 

3 Reasons to Listen:

  1. Understand the meaning of love.
  2. Discover the foundational principles of success.
  3. Recognize why love is the first principle to success.


Episode Highlights

[01:47] Love: The Foundational Principle of Success 

  • Before, Tim thought that sticking to your goals was the only thing necessary for success.
  • He later realized there’s much more to success than just reaching your target.
  • The first foundational principle to success is love, while the second is faith.
  • You must learn the meaning of love before understanding faith. Listen to the full episode to know how Tim’s viewers define love! 
[04:23] “You can achieve certain levels of success within the system that I like to call the world system or Babylon…But I've just come to realize there's much more to what success means.” - Click Here to Tweet This

[08:48] Love Is a Spectrum

[6:34] “...understanding of love needs to come before one begins understanding what faith really is.” - Click Here to Tweet This
  • There are no right or wrong definitions of love.
  • Some may equate love to a hearty, delicious taco, while others see it from the words of God.
  • Love is a decision and not an emotion.
  • Love is patient and kind. It does not boast.

[13:03] Becoming Selfless When Loving

  • When Jesus sacrificed His life to save us, it showed His tremendous love for people.
  • When we put another person’s sake before ours, we are sending forth love.
  • Doing what’s best for others even if they disagree is an act of love.
  • Love constitutes unconditional grace and mercy.  

[18:38] Love Is an Action

  • Love is something you do.
  • When you love someone, you see a person for his spirit and not his flesh.
  • Love does not measure. It only gives without expecting anything in return.

[20:24] Love in the Context of the Bible 

  • Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, said that all material things would be nothing if you don’t have love. 
  • Love must be Christ-centered. It must be selfless and unconditional despite all odds. 
  • God loves us so much that He sacrificed his only Son.
  • Love is from God. It’s an unrelenting pursuit by a perfect heavenly Father. 

[27:23] Greek Definition of Love 

  • Ancient Greek words were used to classify love: epithemia, eros, storge, philautia, and agape. 
  • Agape is found in scriptural passages. It’s the willful decision to put others’ interests above one’s own. 
  • Most of the love definitions gathered by Tim refer to agape.

[28:53] The Protagonist in Tim’s Novel 

  • The main character in Tim’s book had a difficult time understanding and showing love.
  • The novel’s protagonist was going through a crisis, and he knew he needed to change something in his life.
  • A mysterious character came into his life. He served as a coach who helped him redefine success.

[30:38] The Coach’s Definition of Love  

  • Love is unearned, unconditional compassion, and understanding for all people.
  • Love is not just a feeling or emotion. It is also an act.
  • We are commanded to love God and love others, as we love ourselves.
[30:39] “Love is unearned, unconditional compassion, and understanding for all people. It is not just a feeling or emotion. It is patient, kind and honoring to others. Love is an action. It is something that one does. We are commanded to love God and love others, as we love ourselves.” - Click Here to Tweet This

[31:26] Confessions Taught by the Coach

  • Show love and seek opportunities to honor those around you. 
  • We shouldn’t earn the love of others. 
  • Do not judge and be quick to forgive.
  • Be a person of compassion. 
  • Understand that your thoughts, words, actions are evidence of the love that flows through you.  
[31:27] “I will show love, I will seek opportunities to honor those around me, I have not earned the love that is shown to me. Therefore, I will not expect others to earn love from me, I will not judge, I will be quick to forgive, I will be a person of compassion, and understanding my thoughts, words, and actions will be evidence of the love that flows through me at all times. I will show love.” - Click Here To Tweet This

[32:17] The World with Love 

  • Imagine what the world would look like if people show love regularly. 
  • Sometimes individuals and organizations fall short of showing love. 
  • Make love a foundational principle in redefining success. 
  • Tim hopes that love takes over as many people as possible. 
[33:25] “As you begin the year or begin a process of redefining success…make love a foundational principle.” - Click Here to Tweet This

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Tim Winders

Tim Winders is a strategic coach, author, and host of SeekGoCreate, a podcast, and YouTube interview show. He has worked in the areas of leadership, business, and ministry for almost 40 years. Tim was the guy that looked like he had it all: the big house in a Country Club resort, two businesses valued at over a million dollars each, plus over $15 million in real estate. But, in 2008, the real estate markets crashed. After a slow and painful erosion of his companies, he and his wife were bankrupt and homeless living out of their Honda van by 2013.

Fast forward to today. Tim and his wife are still homeless, but they consider themselves essential nomads. They live, travel, and work in their 39-foot motorhome while enjoying the best locations North America has to offer. Through this journey, he is convinced that we must redefine success in order to live our best life. This topic is what he has explored with his guests on the SeekGoCreate podcast since 2019.