What is Success?
Success means different things to different people. What is success to one may be nothing near success to someone else. There are more than a thousand books that try to define success yet none has come up with a definite answer.
Here's what Robin Sharma, a canadian writer had to say about success, "To me, success is all about being in the process of joyfully creating a life that reflects your highest values, your deepest beliefs and your greatest dreams.
My simple definition of success is having a balanced life that supports your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health while catering for material wealth.
Define Success for Yourself
It is important to have your own definition of success. What is important to you? What can you not live without? What ignites your passion and makes you happy? Arriana Huffington, an Author and CEO described success as,"To live the lives we truly want and deserve, and not just the lives we settle for, we need a Third Metric a third measure of success that goes beyond the two metrics of money and power, and consists of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving.”
Success is a Journey not a Destination.
What is most exciting about being successful is not where you end up, but what happens on your way to success. The skills that you develop and the person that you become, your growth and improvement, the lessons you learn- these are the most important things.
One of the best definitions of success I have ever come across is from Jim Rohn. He said that success is not something that you pursue; it is something that you attract by the person you become. Instead of going after success, you should work on yourself through Personal Development. This touches all areas of your life from physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual health.
Success is About Happiness.
Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, believes that success is about happiness. Success is not measured by how much money you have but by how happy you are with what you are doing and how much you love it. Happiness springs up when you find your purpose. When you play on your strengths success is the result.
Success is also About Growth.
Successful people tackle their goals and dreams with growth mindset. Zig Ziglar once said that the League of Legends began with a single step. All great achievers had a beginning and they grew through that process by practicing their art daily and getting better. Failure is not a final event it is a feedback. Failure points to you the areas where you need to improve. Instead of avoiding failure, you should embrace it.
You can also Read, "This is How Your Inner Circle Affects You."
Success Involves Hard work.
There is no great achiever who was not a hard worker. Thomas Edison was a hard worker. One video that narrates his story pointed out that he worked as hard as the ants and he had a passion for invention. Ants are very industrious insects and there are very vital life lessons humans can learn from them.
Thomas Edison attempted more than 1,000 times before he was able to invent the light bulb. When a reporter asked him how it felt to fail 1,000 times his shocking reply was, ‘I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with a 1,000 steps.”
We can close this article with one famous quote from Zig ziglar that says, Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”
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