Today I want to talk about success. But I do not discuss about tips or ways to be successful because it has been many books and articles that discuss about this issue. I would like to discuss the issue of success from the other side. That is the meaning of success. Why? Just because day by day many people looking for information about how to success, how to make it, or many of us trying to look the best tips or ways to be success. But unfortunately, most of us actually don’t truly understand what success implies or they have a wrong idea of what it is to be successful in life.
Most of us are oftenmeasure thesuccess from the material terms. Success is to have a big and luxury house, luxury cars, has a very big income, etc. That’s called success…!! Then what about the people around us who do not possess all of it but have a happy and harmonious life? If they cannot be called success?
I would like to give a case example; I have a driver who coming from a military, He is married and has two children. Someday I asked him a simple question: “Do you happy with your marriage?” he replied with a steady voice: “Yes, Ma’am…!! I am very happy with my marriage life “I asked him again: “with your work and with your current salary if you have financial problems? Can you meet all of daily and special needs in your family?” And then he said: “No, Ma’am…Not at all…!! So far it running good and I still can save my money although not too much.” “ And you happy with your own life?” I continued. “Yes, Ma’am… I dare to say I am very happy with my own life and my family”
I called it: that’s success…! So, what does it mean to be successful in life? Certainly it is difficult to define what makes a person successful and other people losers but – in the end- the large majority of people view success as the acknowledgement of others that a person is successful. This means that in order for most people to consider themselves successful, there must be a general – even if tacit – acknowledgement of people considering them as such. Let’s take – without any means to offend anyone – a hypothetical successful Rock star as an example. All people will – without a doubt – label him as successful because he achieved fame, fortune and a place within human history as a great musician.
Could you say that he was successful in life? Definitely fame and fortune do not grant success in life, because success in life is something personal and does not depend on the approval of others. To be successful in life means that you are happy with whom you are, you are happy with what you are doing and you have achieved a place where you simply wouldn’t trade yourself for anyone else. In the end, success in life is simply summarized as having lived happily. Does this need fame and fortune? Does the general agreement that a person is successful make a person successful in life?
In the end, most of us have sometimes focused our energies on the production of money and wealth when in reality success does not have a lot to do with this factor. Certainly, in order to be happy, to enjoy things with the people you love and to achieve your dreams you will need money but money will be a vehicle towards your success in life and by no means your goal. People who have money are many times unsuccessful in life; they have lives plagued with depression, sadness, grief and loneliness. I also guarantee you that those who have money and happiness do not consider money the main source of their success in life. There are certainly a lot of things that money can’t buy that make a large amount of people successful in life, even if their peers would consider them average or unsuccessful.
Success cannot be measured only by the material or the things that we have. Success is not about wealth. Success is when we have life happiness with doing everything that we love and we do with love and fully passionate. Definition of success should be personal because it’s so transitory. It’s about shaping our own destiny.
“Success has come in several different areas (thankfully) and I consider myself successful in life as I work independently in an area I love -being limited only by my efforts and potential-, I have a great healthy relationship with a beautiful woman and I have a close group of family and friends who love me and appreciate me for who I am. All the money I have and what others think about me doesn’t make me successful, the fact that I am happy with my life and with the way in which I do things is what gives me that feeling.” Aldous Huxley
So, what does it mean of success for you ?
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