We live in a world where….
Money, fame, and power. Society has deeply ingrained in us that in order to be successful in this world, you need to be rich, famous, or powerful. We build our dreams on the foundation of society’s definition of success and work hard all of our lives to possibly make it.
The reality is, society expects us to fit into its categories of success. We have this mindset that in order to survive in society, we need to be successful. We need to finish school, get a job or start a business that earns millions. We need to be the best in our field and be loved and supported by millions of people. And in order to make an actual change in the world, you need power, influence, and a whole lot of money. These types of success aren’t guaranteed for everyone. But give it a shot, and society might reward you.
Thank you for all your hard work…
In school or at work, you get awards or recognition for a job well done. “Congratulations” come pouring in, and this motivates you to keep doing better. You should be proud of your achievements and know that they are well-deserved. Keep it up and continue learning because you’ll do greater things in the future.
But what if you don’t win? What if you don’t have anyone around to recognize or appreciate the hard work you’re putting in? What if what you’ve achieved so far is not enough to meet society’s expectations? Will you not count your achievements anymore? Will you give up, and completely forget how far you’ve come? Let me ask you, who are you working so hard for? Are you doing it for yourself and your loved ones, or are you actually seeking validation from other people who hardly care about you, or from a society that is less forgiving?
What Does Success Mean to YOU?
Know that even if you’re not rich, famous, or powerful, it doesn’t mean that you’re not successful. You are doing a good job, even when nobody is there to tell you so. Reject society’s definition of success and realize that you don’t need the validation of others. Set your own goals in life and design an action plan for your journey towards triumph. Create your own personal meaning of success and be proud of your progress, no matter how big or small.
Every person is unique and living a life that’s most likely different from yours. This means that success has different meanings to different people. But even if we’re in different parts of the world or are currently at different stages in our lives, there are always valuable lessons to learn from each other.
In order to help you guys create your own meaning of success, and also widen your perspective, I’ve once again asked social media. I’ve asked my Growth Mindset, Emotional Intelligence, Communication & Leadership Mastery Facebook group the question: “What does success mean to you?”. And let me tell you, I got a lot of great answers!
Various Quotes About Success
“The progressive realization of a worthy ideal” – Dave Whitley
“Success is being able to look in the mirror and be completely honest with yourself by answering the question: “Have I done my best today?” If yes, then you have to be consistent and do your best everyday and if no, then you have to reflect on why and take action to be better tomorrow.
Obviously, things happen in life that will prevent us from showing up how we normally would, such as loss (job, loved one’s, relationships) and sometimes we have bad days. However, you can ask yourself ‘Have I done my very best under my current circumstances?’. That is success for me.” – Jake Connolly
“Reaching/achieving the goal I set. I like to set small achievable goals that work towards a larger one. This way as I meet them I feel compounding success and it keeps me motivated and inspired to keep going even when things don’t go to plan.” – Giselle Morgan
“Success to me is an holistic approach to being optimal. I remember one of my guests on my podcast spoke about how her definition of success has changed drastically in life. It was powerful.” – Bryan Saint-Louis
“Living your dreams. Creating, designing your life from your higher self.” – Arta Bāliņa
“Doing what you want, when you want with whoever you want.
Money is not success. Welfare work is success.
Success is fulfilling your dreams, accomplishing all your goals, living your life aligned with your morals and values. A job you like, family, friends, God, self growth. Love…” – Gary Gregory
“Inner Peace” – Gina Pabiania
“Uncovering your identity
Operating in your purpose
Enjoying valued relationships” – Dimitri Pieries
“Progress however small” – Jim Killon
“Some days it’s just getting out of bed. Others, it’s knowing when to stay in bed. Success is a state of being. A mindset. Not necessarily a goal or a means to an end. It can be following the rules, breaking the rules or knowing how to navigate both. Success for me is showing up for myself and seeking resources.” – Margaret Guilfoil
“Overcoming challenges and hurdles and achieving what you want to.. It’s about adding value to others life, and making your life count for a valuable purpose it serves” – Ridhi Arya
“Happiness unconditional to circumstances” – Day Matthews
“My children all grown up being productive people in society. Now I’m a gramma- the reward for my hard work.” – Marilyn Holloway Silvers
“Staying alive each day” – Dylan Kawalec
“To constantly grow” – Claudia Hesse
What Does Success Mean to Me?
Success for me is achieving the goals I set, and helping people through the work that I do. As overly ambitious person who tries too hard in everything he does, it’s frustrating to come up short. I’m chasing after success, and I seem to always end up tripping and falling face first. If you judge by society’s standard of success, everything I’m doing right now isn’t good enough. I don’t earn enough money. Not enough people read my work and I don’t have influence over people that would make brands or companies want to work with me. Does that make me a failure as a blogger? Does this mean that I should give up my website because none of the hard work matters? No, right?
I may feel like that way sometimes, but it’s important to remember why you started in the first place. I dreamed of becoming a writer to express myself. and I’m happy that I get to do that with my website. I’ve come a long way, and that is enough to be proud of, right? Knowing that I’ve touched the lives, and helped a number of people out there even for a short time in their lives is enough.
These challenges are hard to overcome, but failure is part of the process. My goals are still there. I just need to be more patient, forgiving and know that as long as I continue growing and wanting to become better, I will achieve my dreams no matter how big they are.
Know that you’re already successful…
Stop comparing yourself to other people and be happy and supportive of their success. Know that you are already successful no matter how near or far you seem to be from achieving your dreams. Not giving up is an achievement in itself. Trust that you will get there. Own your meaning of success, and take charge of your life.
We all have our own passions, sentiments and purpose for living. Find your purpose in something bigger than yourself by helping others. Continue to challenge yourself, to learn, to grow and to live every moment. Appreciate the things you have right now, and know that your past self made this happen. Congratulations, you did a good job! There’s nothing to worry about. It seems like you got it all handled. Good luck!
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