We have all heard of the great success stories that we read about in books and magazines. These success stories tell of people who were always in the right place at the right time. These are the ones who have won life’s lottery as some would describe it. I’m sure you’ve heard about these stories and you may even personally know one of these successful people at some level or another. And they do come in all shapes and sizes and I am not speaking of physically but of varying success levels and success tales.
What exactly is the definition of “success”, by the way? Some define success as large bank accounts or lots of expensive toys to play with. Others would argue success is a health issue along with eating regular meals. Still others might define success as being to make what you love to do your life’s work. Success might mean having a large family and everyone getting along. Obviously, success has different meanings to different people and does not mean the same thing.
It is up to you to decide what qualifies as success for you. The problem in determining your personal and professional success is the struggle of what is most important and of top priority. There are people who say that success is measure by money and material objects support that the freedom you gain from being financially wealthy is a level of success to them. For those who hold life and health as measurements of success, you may have decided that the basics of life are enough within themselves to you much happiness and satisfaction. Then there are others who say that being able to take frequent vacations to exotic places is a true reward of success. As you can see, there is no right or wrong when it comes to what someone thinks to be the correct definition of success.
In other words, if you lean toward the meaning of being successful as having big cars and nice houses which also allows for freedom to be there for your family and friends and think that those who call the basics of life “success”, then think again. Without these necessities of life such as good health and clean air to breathe, it’s hard to enjoy the fruits of your wealth. It’s hard to travel to see your loved ones to to help people.
And for those of you who think that good relationships and the bare necessities in life such as a simple roof over your head and hand-me-down clothing for your children is the definition of success while those who have massive material things are shallow, think again. Perhaps being able to make choices in your children’s schooling, contributing to charities, and being able to drop a work day to be with an ill friend might make the “shallow”, wealthier people seem more successful. Neither is right or wrong, as stated earlier. Obviously, there are many areas and levels in life in which each of us must balance and work toward gaining success in.
When trying to come up with the meaning of what it is that makes one truly successful for your own individual purposes, heed the caution in how you go about determining that success. Why is this important, you ask? If you focus too narrowly you limit possibilities. If you go too broad you reduce your chances for acquiring what is successful to you.
The understanding of success is always a driving force in each of our lives whether we admit it or not. It fuels our dreams and passions. Our understanding of success dictates how we dress and how we conduct ourselves in life. It molds our opinions of other people no matter how well we embrace other people and their decisions on how they choose to live their lives. The most important thing to remember is that you can, in fact, be a success story. The first step is embracing that you can be successful by defining the what success means to you.