What's more important than success?

Believe it or not, anointing is not an indication of your character. In other words, the presence of God's anointing on a person to do something, does not guarantee good character.

Unfortunately, we've seen a few examples lately of people who were operating in the power of God's anointing, but who's hidden lives were a mess.

John Wooden says this:
Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

Biblical examples include King Saul, who was anointed as Israel's King. If we look at King Saul in 1 Sam 19, we see old King Saul on a mission to go murder David, when the Spirit of the Lord comes on him, and he begins to prophesy!

King David also was anointed! As a musician, a King, a warrior, and a poet. He had some pretty significant character flaws of his own.

Remember, your character is your responsibility. Don't assume that because you operate in the gifts and anointing that God has placed on your life, that you can forget about developing your character.

Focus on character development above seeking anything else, whether it's a platform, a stage, a career.  Your character is the foundation that you build your life on-it will sustain you however high you rise.