If you look for a definition of success you will find multiple explanations or interpretations that usually lead to more questions. The general acceptance of success is defined as…
“the achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted…the attainment of fame, wealth, or social status”.
The most interesting question is the simplest of all “What does success mean to you?”
Success is not the same for all people…the most common perception is…the attainment of fame, wealth, or social status. The other side of the coin could be described as self-confident, contentment, awareness, fulfillment…knowing “who you are” is more important than “how other people perceive you”. We are all wired differently and it’s not that either of these two or correct or incorrect…and if a person possesses a combination of these…so be it. I believe that personal success is only obtainable when you “reach” an understanding within yourself.
Here lies the purpose for this thought:
We are taught at an early age to strive and plan for success…and specific people were pointed out as examples that had reached that plateau…only to find out later in life that some of those examples were the most insecure, unhappy and self-destructive individuals that you could possibly imagine. Perception does not always reflect reality…contrary to the over used phrase of “perception is reality”.
Surface observations do not always reveal the truth. It reminds me of the old line “are you going to believe me or you’re lying eyes?” If you judge an individual only by fame or fortune rather than by ones’ self contentment …then you may be judging a false sense of success. I have seen individuals that have achieved monetary wealth and fame…and yet still strive for other people’s approval and acceptance because of their own insecurity. Success is not a group-awareness but self-awareness. In my opinion the more important question.. as it pertains to “success” is simple… “Have you achieved self-confidence and happiness within yourself”?
It is never too late in life to achieve success…sometimes the achievement is the “discovery” not the intended journey.
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