How do you plan to acquire success?

There are numerous individuals who want to be successful in life, but how many of these individuals truly know what success is? A lot of us tend to forget that we must pause and figure out what it means to be successful in our own lives. There are a plethora of versions of success, but it is crucial that you sit back and determine which version best applies to yourself.

 “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” -Jim Rohn

In order for us to discover success, we first must understand what success is not. In today’s society, when we think about “success”, illustrations of people such as: Beyonce, Michael Jordan, Oprah, and Tom Brady often come to mind. No, I am not saying this is wrong, but these individuals only display one version of success. 

If you have not yet realized, society’s view on the topic of “success” is extremely narrow. Everyone has become brainwashed to believe that being an outstanding professional athlete, becoming a well-paid and well-known celebrity, or simply having a large social fanbase is SUCCESS. Despite these perspectives, I am here to tell you that this social conformation does not depict the true meaning of success. Success is what you make it out to be, in the way in which it pertains to your lifestyle or the lifestyle that you aspire to live. No one can tell you what it means to “live YOUR best life”.

“Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” – Tony Hsieh

Growing up, you learn from teachers, parents and mentors that there are multiple versions of success.  So finally, what is success? 

Now, of course, I am unable to give you an actual definition of success because as I previously stated, life is what you make it, not what someone else tells you to make it out to be. 

In order to be successful, we must set personal goals (the object of a person’s ambition or effort). Everyone’s goals in life are going to be different, just as it should be, because the likings and happiness of one individual is not going to be the same as the next individual. Our personal goals cannot be duplicated. 

Your path to success will begin when you find out what is stopping you from leading the successful life you deserve. 

Ask yourself:

  1. Who or what would I be if I knew I could not fail?
  2. What do I value the most?
  3. What makes me genuinely happy?
  4. If I had a never ending supply of money, how would I live my life differently?
  5. What lifestyle do I want in the future?
  6. What legacy do I want to leave?

Once you are able to answer these questions honestly about yourself, you will truly understand which version of success aligns best with your personality and values, along with the lifestyle that you want to live; you will be able to define success for yourself. You will begin pursuing what you are passionate about, without looking at things from a materialistic point of view. Success is more of the process, than it is the results. We may reach one goal in life, but we cannot stop there. We must continue to strive for more. If we choose not to strive for more, we must still work diligently because if not, we will lose what we worked for quicker than we earned it.

Therefore, do not try to duplicate the success of Beyonce, Michael Jordan, Oprah, or any other individual you admire with money, power, and fame. Instead, create your own happiness because that is the only way that you will truly find YOUR “why” in life.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is your definition of success? What is your “why”? (Hyperlink)