- The favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.
- The attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
Two different meanings to one common word. The first one is related to the accomplishment of a personal goal and the second one seems to be associated with what society has defined as successful. Have you ever thought which definition applies to you? Have you ever asked yourself what is success? And let’s be honest, have you ever judged someone’s success by the job they have, the car they drive or the house they live in?
In the last few years I’ve been working at random jobs so I can have flexibility and pursue my passion and I can tell you that I feel successful and happy. I don’t feel any less when talking to a CEO because I know what success looks like to me and that’s what really matters – how I live my life – that’s what I’m responsible for at the end of this journey.
I have my degrees, my experience, and plenty of things that could have led me to a high paying corporate job, but a long time ago I decided to be a full time mom and it has been the best decision of my life. To see my children grow into mature and responsible young adults is success and now that they are older I have more time to seriously pursue my passions.
What endeavor or goal do you want to accomplish? What is that dream in your heart that maybe has been put to the side because you’ve been too busy searching for “wealth, position, and honors”? All those things are good, but if you don’t have a purpose and you don’t go after it, all those things will feel empty because you know deep inside there’s more. Clearly defining what success means to you will help outline your daily steps. Each day will count toward something bigger- your purpose- and the best thing is that once you realize it, what others think or say about you will not bother you. There’s no right or wrong answer to the meaning of success. There’s your answer and that’s all you need.
*Definition taken from www.dictionary.com