Success is not crossing a finish line. To me, success is the ability to produce joy and gratitude while digesting lessons that create change and growth while working toward whatever you’re trying to accomplish. If you have this ability, you are successful no matter the outcome.
If you make it to the Olympics, yes most would consider that a huge success. But if on the way there, you were angry, resentful, self serving and learned nothing about yourself through the process, I don’t believe you were successful. You may have been disciplined. But you weren’t successful.
In a relationship. You could be married for 40 years but if the marriage did not produce joy and gratitude while each individual learned lessons that created change and promoted growth, that is not a successful marriage. That is two people that are afraid.
At work, if you make a boat load of money or create multiple companies that go public without producing joy and gratitude while learning lessons that create change and growth, you were not successful. You may have been lucky. You may be smart. You made be great at what you do. But you were not successful, in my eyes.
For me, success is never about the product. It’s about an ability. And if you possess this ability, you can be successful in everything you do. The reason is this ability produces fulfillment. Without fulfillment, there is no success. Only a score.
What is your definition of success?
Keep leaning forward,