When you speak only of your success but fail to share what you went through to achieve it, you leave people feeling like they'll never be able to rise as high as you have. Jesus was infuriated when the strong took advantage of the weak; it's why He threw the money-changers out of the temple. Yet He wept over the people of Jerusalem because He knew what the consequences of their rejecting Him would be.
Now we're not talking about displays of uncontrolled temper, or dissolving into tears each time trouble comes. But unless you have the ability to show an appropriate level of empathy and transparency, you will have no credibility.
The Bible says: 'For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven...A time to cry and a time to laugh(Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 NLT). If you are able to be tough but not tender, people may admire your achievements, but they will keep you at a distance. And you will be lonely. But it's a self-imposed loneliness brought on by your unwillingness to open up and let them in. Jesus showed honest emotion; you could follow Jesus' example.
Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him
- Bob Gass (Word for Today)