I believe personal success could be anything at all – it does not have to involve public recognition. Who is more successful? A millionaire who is unhappy, or an unnoticed person who lives a simple, happy life? The simplest definition of success I think is ‘to set out to do something and to succeed in doing it’. It really doesn’t matter what, or how simple the undertaking is…
Believe you can succeed and you will. Achieving success in whatever endeavor you choose may be the goal of life. Because it gives you freedom from worry.
Success means different things to every one of us. Some people believe it is measured in financial terms, ie.. having wealth; others believe it is helping others rather than helping themselves. A bit of both maybe! However, most people want and are motivated to a great extent by public recognition and a relentless pursuit of achievement. How many people are really happy? How many people are really doing what they want to with their lives? (Incidentally, the ability to imagine, makes us different from animals).
No matter what motivates you personally…whatever you choose to do with your life, don’t expect instant success. The years of struggle, commitment and learning in excelling at whatever endeavor or trade you choose, is no easy task. I would wholeheartedly agree with that statement. It takes a lot of courage, character and discipline to achieve success in any field. Nearly all successful people have doubted themselves at some point and wanted to give up. Yet they carried on. So many people give up within an inch or two away from the gold in the seam down the mine – a “whisker” away from success. One thing is for sure: success breeds SUCCESS, as it gathers a momentum of its own and you get on a “winning streak”, when everything seems to fit into place..
I like all of the following quotes. They all stand for what success means to me personally.
So I’ll share them with you…
“Success is the continuous journey towards the achievement of predetermined worthwhile goals.”
– Tom Hopkins, American Motivator
“To live your life in your own way
To reach the goals
you’ve set for yourself
To be the person
you want to be –
that is success.”
– author anon.
and another one on a similar theme…
“There is one only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way”
– Christopher Morley
Most of all, I believe success is a matter of personal growth. If every day you are developing or growing just a millimeter (or acquiring a “teeny weenie” bit of knowledge for improving yourself that you didn’t have before), I believe one is successful.