“The road to success is always under construction” ― Lily Tomlin
I recently asked the question, “What is your definition of success?” I am not one to use the word success very often as I feel the word is just thrown around to any little achievement in an individuals lifetime. My theory was that I would get the same basic answer each time, but for the most part I was wrong. As expected, most explanations varied in the beginning, but each individual almost always had a similar ending. Some of the endings include, “It doesn’t necessarily come with financial rewards built in, but a sense of satisfaction and confidence that others will be able to see.” Another ending included, “To me, success is one’s final goal in life!” As I reflected on these responses, I decided to create my own definition of success.
Success is an ongoing process. It’s knowing I lived my life and did not throw away any opportunities. That I have left nothing on the table and created a life that reflects my greatest dreams and highest value.
This survey provided me with the opportunity to really dissect the word success and all the different scenarios that we use the word success, and my conclusion is as follows. Create your own personal definition of success. Determine individually when and how you’ll truly be successful and what you expect your life to look like each and every day. You will soon discover that the more you define your life, the more you’ll live the life that you truly desire.The time we all spend on earth is very short when you consider the scope of our universe. Far too often we don’t see the big picture and get lost in the minuet details of everyday life. What is your true purpose in the few years you have? The past will always be important because we can learn from it. It provides us with the resources to navigate through current choices in order to evolve our soul and surroundings.
I have provided a link to the question I proposed on Facebook and will also post it on our CuriousHumans Facebook page in order for you to respond with your personal definition of success. Just click on the question below. Thank you friends and family for responding and for providing me with great information and knowledge to reflect on and to allow me to produce this article. I couldn’t have done it without y’all!
How do you define success? Are you the person who wants to sit in a corner office making $10 million? Or are you the person who wants to go fishing? I do not like using the term success, but everyone uses it.
So what is your belief? Do you relate the words “life purpose” with individuals such as doctors, lawyers, or scientists? Have you fallen into humanity’s beautiful trap in thinking that only certain people are born with a higher calling to do more “meaningful” work? As CuriousHumans, we must accept that life is what you get when you’re born, but living is what you do with it once you are in control! We have the option to either sit back and wait for your life to happen, or you can make it happen yourself and never back down. Good ole Maya Angelou once said, “Life likes to be taken by the lapel and told, “I’m with you kid. Let’s go!” What we must understand is that purpose is not something we came here to do. All of us are here to experience the journey of becoming and expanding who we are as individuals, and as a community. It’s about growing. Life does not come with a slogan, no matter what Nike, Under Armour, McDonald’s, or any media outlet might try to slam into your head. Life is not a one-size fits all term, and should not be looked at this way. The same goes for any article that you read. Yes even CuriousHumans articles. Our ultimate goal is not to convince every reader that our information or theories are the ultimate answer. We explore ideas that others leave at face-value, and share our knowledge for the entire world to interpret and apply how they see it fit in their personal lives.
Now sit back and reflect on what you have accomplished so far this year alone. How many of those accomplishments will truly matter 5 years from now? How about 1 year from now?
Little are we focused on the future, but instead we are so wrapped up in the right now and we aren’t looking up and paying attention to where we are headed. Never let anyone convince you that you are incapable of doing something or “too young” to occupy a higher role within an organization. Plato, as we all know, began his political career well before he was in his twenties. Whenever you are excited about something you’ve done, you should not let someone else’s opinion limit you from expressing joy. One thing is for certain, I can guarantee, you are never as bad as they say you are. Charge into your future and apply the power of positive quitting. What do I mean by positive quitting? To simply explain, is is allowing yourself to stop doing tasks that aren’t creating desired results. Most of us might view quitting as a negative term, but in reality, it’s not. The phrase “Winners never quit” is far from accurate; winners quit all the time.
Finally, what’s your legacy? Our actions, language, and the knowledge we choose to share while living become the gift left behind when we are gone. Your actions are yours alone. You are the only one who makes the decision and you are responsible for the effects of those actions, both positive and negative. The possibilities are endless. You must experiment. You may find that you are much closer to creating your goals than you think. Stay curious!