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Meaning of Success
Meaning of Success
So many people today are still in this error of what success is. Having a lot of money, houses, cars, etc, is a
good thing but it is just an aspect of success. You can have all the above mentioned items and more but
you are not close to being successful. On the other side, you may not even have a dime in your bank
account and yet you are successful.
What then is Success?
The Encarta Dictionary defines success as, “The achievement of something planned or attempted”.
From this definition we can infer that for you to be successful, you must attempt (to do) something.
So many people go through life without really having a
blueprint of what they want, what they want to achieve. Some people think that their lives are on autopilot
and so they have no control whatsoever over what happens to and around them. Some believe God or
some ‘super invincible power’ controls their lives and so they ‘just live’ because they can do nothing to
change their status quo. This school of thought is not correct and little wonder why these people keep
going round circles and end up their lives miserably. You need to diverge from such because it leads only to
an unfulfilled life of regrets.
Brian Tracy defined success as goals. He said, “Success is Goals and all else is commentary”.
Success can thus be said to be “the achievement of your goals”. In other words, if you don’t
have a goal or a target, you may never be successful. What will you use as a criterion to measure ‘your
success’? Every human being is different and unique, so are our needs and desires. What is it that you
desire? What is that thing that you want to achieve? What goals have you set for yourself?
Success means different things to different people and so you must define “your own success”. To some
people, success means having a lot of money. To others, a good marriage, to another group, is attaining
academic excellence, the list can go on. Some people feel successful only when they put through a
business deal; it’s not just the money but the feeling that their tactics won out. There are yet others who
only feel successful when they do something with their hands; painting, drawing, knitting, etc.
You need to ask yourself what it is you want to achieve. What it is that will make you feel most joyous, most
alive? Often times, people are so conscious of what others expect of them, what others will like them to
think or do. They even go extra miles to pattern their lives according to some other people. Like the movie
stars, Musicians, Models, etc. these people see themselves as not successful because they are not famous
movie stars, musicians or models. The biggest mistake you can make is to make someone else’s success or
achievement your target. He is an entirely different person from you; his passion is different from yours,
what makes him feel most joyous, most alive is different from yours. Trying to be like some famous star
only leads to frustration and an unfulfilled life. It can only make you a number two (2) when you are
designed to be the number one (1).
Forget all that fuss and think for yourself. Only you can know your meaning of success. Only you can
achieve that which you were destined for. Believe in yourself and you will succeed. Ralph Waldo Emerson
said, “Self Trust is the first secret of Success”. You must learn to believe in yourself irrespective of what
others think or say about you. You don’t need their approval to be successful …