The Meaning of Success
How does one properly spell success?
Literally speaking, it will be as easy as S-U-C-C-E-S-S. It is quite easy to spell the word, right? 7 letters exactly.
Easy to spell, but is it easy to get? What is it for you in the first place? What does it mean to you? Do you have a different meaning for it? Is there really a common conception for this word
Look at the meaning of the word. The dictionary defines success as something that is achieved out of something planned or intended, with emphasis on attainment of WEALTH, POWER OR FAME.
But is it really all about wealth, power or fame?
Due to this mentality, many people have come to think that success is enjoyed only by a privileged few. You may encounter lines like “Share the Secrets of Successful People” or “Know the Secrets of Success.” Such ideas purport that success is such a big ideal that will not be within reach to ordinary persons. It seems like it cannot be easily attained, its secrets, for being secrets, cannot be easily shared.
How should success really mean to you? Should you bank on popularity or fame? Should you count the money you have in the bank or the number of friends who visit you every weekend?
Definitely people will have different takes on the word success, but how will one be able to evaluate his or her situation? How does one know what is the right success story for him or her?
Many success stories have been shared already. Before us, lifetimes have already witnessed numerous laudable achievements. These stories only showed that success can really be relative. There are many ways by which people base their degree of achievement:
Being wealthy or becoming a millionaire
Becoming famous and well-liked by the people
Getting married or having a family
Having a baby in the family
Earning a promotion or climbing your way up to the top of the corporate ladder
Quitting a bad habit like drinking, gambling or smoking
Losing some weight and having a healthy body
Even going out on a date on a weekend
Basing on the experiences of these people, there is no one straight path to success. There are different paths for different people.
The only certain thing in achieving success is to know its meaning. This meaning should be sought and this cannot be sought in one person alone. It does not reside in a single authority. Success should be evaluated depending on the specific situation and desires of a certain person. Anyway, this success is all about YOU.
What are the ways to know success?
1. Know Your Ideals
To know the meaning of success, you should evaluate things according to your own ideals and values. This will tell what will abide with your principles, what will fulfill your desires and what will keep you driven.
A parent will have a different ideal compared to an athlete. A writer will put more value on what he or she has written compared to the singer who may value more hearing his or her song played on the radio than seeing the lyrics printed on a sheet.
2. Be True to Your Heart
Another key to your achievements is to be genuine, to be true to what you really feel. The media now influences much of our daily choices and preferences. Media has convinced most of the people to like something, to want something. Desires are constantly reshaped and changed.
Sometimes what you really want may be different from what other people will approve of. That is why it is necessary to always be in touch with your true desires and wants. Know your true passion. Know what truly makes you happy. Know what you are good at. Know the things you truly enjoy.
3. Recognize Your Uniqueness
You have to be also reminded that you are a unique person. You are different from the rest. One’s success story will have different twists and turns than yours. So do not fret if things do not go exactly the way it did to the experiences of your idol. You will have your own mistakes and your own highlights.
4. Aim for Excellence
You must give your all in everything you do. Do not settle on mediocrity. You must aim high. You must do more. Be more. If you give everything your best shot, you are unlikely to fail.
Love what you do. It is love that keeps thing going. It will give you the drive you need for your everyday. If your heart is on something, you will give it all you can. You will persist. You will strive. You will keep on going until you make it to the end.
There is a quote given by Will Rogers that can properly summarize this search for what success truly means to you.
“If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.”
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