So many people in the world stress out about being successful. But the majority of them probably don’t even know what “success” they’re chasing after. It could be financial, emotional, physical, etc, etc. But anyways, the dictionary definition of success goes something like this:
the accomplishment of an aim or purpose
the attainment of popularity or profit
a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity
the outcome of an undertaking, specified as achieving or failing to achieve its aims
But most people fail to see what the true meaning of success really is, and I am one of them.
For me, success is being happy with what I do. It’s the journey along the way to success that really makes it successful. If you think about it, the most successful people started out as failures. For example, Thomas Edison, who invented the lightbulb. He failed like 10,000 different times before he got the right combination; but once he got it, he was this crazy genius. Crazy? Yes, crazy, because that’s exactly what people thought he was. He was basically (up until the point of his success) seen as a crazy failure.
This leads me to my next point, the fact that people base their ideas of success off of the way the world sees certain things. I mean, maybe the extremely #successful people are just lucky, blessed, or they just love what they do. Or D, all of the above.
Another key to success is just simply finding out what you love, and keeping an open mind for things you’re unsure about. A lot of people don’t really have an open mind to new ideas or anything new really because they are afraid. They are afraid of failure, and I’m right there with them. But it’s okay to be afraid, just don’t let it control your life. At some point, you have to overcome the fear and uncertainties and just go for it. Just do you. And once you’ve tried something new, and if you decide that you don’t like it, then you know “Maybe this isn’t me.”, and you get to try something else.
Like I mentioned earlier, to really know what success is, we have to go on a journey, an adventure. Without the journey, we don’t know what failure looks like, and you can’t have success without failure. You can’t have one without the other. You just can’t. And that’s why a lot of people struggle with success specifically because they strive to have success and no failure. But that’s just unrealistic. Whoever thought up the idea that you can be 100% successful and never ever fail at anything has really set current and future generations up for doom.
So I guess what I am trying to say is that success is doing what you want and being happy with it. Money, fame, and whatever else you want is secondary. Nothing will ever surpass true success and happiness. Just enjoy the journey and don't wish it away. When you fall, get back up again. That’s how it’s supposed to be.