In the spirit of the launch of the free Success E-book by 30 of the worlds most awesome bloggers! Here is my take on the all encompassing yet hard to define term “success”.
The Marriam Webster Dictionary defines success as the following:
favorable or desired outcome; also : the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence
Well Marriam and Webster whoever you are…I beg to differ…
Success is commonly defined as a destination, an outcome, basically a single point. That destination is typically determined by the money, status and/or power that the successful person has obtained. There are some obvious problems with this positioning of the concept of success:
1st: If success is a single point in the road, what was before it and what follows after it? Every successful person (by societal standards) knows that success was not achieved at one single point in their journey. It was achieved by failing, stumbling and learning a 1,000 times before you “succeed”. Telling successful people they have “made it” and now “succeeded” is a completely backhand bitch slap to the face of any person who has spent hours grinding, months flat broke and have had their decisions questioned by many of their loved ones. Those truly successful people have always known they were successful regardless of their external life situation. They also know that passion does not relinquish once you “make it”.
2nd: Who chose these metrics? Money, status and power not only focus on the outward and some what superficial nature of success but it excludes millions of successful people that work under a different set of metrics. Simply reflect on the accomplishments of Mahatma Gandhi. An individual with little money, status or power led one of the largest political and spiritual movements the world has ever witnessed. Marriam Webster would fail to declare Gandhi as a “successful” individual. Live by your own metrics of success not anyone elses!
Without future addo here is how I define success:
-Success is loving who you are and being proud of what you contribute to the world. Achieve it by doing what you love, surrounding yourself with people you love and not settling for ordinary.