Let's Talk About Success, Baby
Let's talk about success, baby. Let’s talk about you and me, let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be.
Alright, I know Salt-N-Peppa was actually talking about another 'S' word but we all know this is another important topic that plays a large part in our goals, dreams, and life. For most people, it always seems to be the end-goal and the destination, but one thing about success is that it has different meanings for different people. After all we all have different values and aspirations in life. At some point we go through reinvention phases in which you find yourself changing your own definition of success. Hey, it's totally okay!
In this blog post, I rounded up my favorite statements and definitions of this elusive thing called "success".
• Success is a feeling. Ever notice when you earn more money, your expenses grow higher too? It's kind of the same with success. The more you achieve, the higher your anxiety or self-doubt also gets. No amount of achievement, money, or praise can make you feel successful unless you already do so yourself. Don't just be successful, feel successful.
• Success is a result of accomplishing work that is of value and meaning to you. Other people do not always understand this type of success, especially if they have other opinions of how you should live your life. Let's just say those doubts occurs more with people closer to you, i.e. immediate family and relatives. Nevertheless, pursue what's really important to YOU, and you will achieve genuine success.
• "To succeed in life you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funnybone." - Reba Mcentire. Similarly, according to Sia: Thick skin and an elastic heart.
• This classic by Winston S. Churchill: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."
• And lastly a quote from the one and only Oprah, something very close to my personal values and is tied with personal passions. She said,"You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it." Whenever someone asks me how will they know what their passion is, I'd ask, "What is something you'd do even if you won't get paid?" To have the chance to do something that you are passionate about will most likely make you feel successful. After all, not everybody has the courage and resolve to do that.
This list could certainly go on and on but for now let's not make it a lengthy one. I am still in the process of reinvention, recalibration, and re-aligning my goals with my circumstances. I am yet to learn a lot of things so when I do, I will make sure to update this list. Hopefully you'll take the time to also craft your own definitions of what success looks like to you.