The definition of success is really a very subjective thing. No one in this world other than yourself can define the success of your life. Does success mean:
- Make more money?
- Gaining a sense of inner peace or happiness and a feeling of self worth?
- Balancing work, family, time, money and wisdom?
You may think success is to achieve your goal but I have different thought. In my opinion, success is a journey, not a destination. Achieving a goal is a destination. To reach the highest that’s within us and give the best we have during the journey towards achieving your goal is success. This is my definition of success.
Let’s look the following quote how these famous people define success:
"I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." by Bill Cosby
If you don’t know the key to success, it is still okay but you must know the key to failure which is trying to please everybody. In real life, you can’t please everyone no matter you are in business or employed. One of the mistakes throughout my journey is to please everyone will eventually end up a great failure. I would say if we could please 70% of people, I will consider it as a success. A great successful person has quite number of haters anyway. Don’t you think so?
"What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do." by Bob Dylan
Doing what you want to do is a success according Bob Dylan. It looks similar to the way I define millionaire which is to do whatever I want, when I want, where I want and with whomever I want. This can only be done when I achieve financial freedom at the age of 40. Completely freedom is the way to go! :D
"Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life." by Dr. David M. Burns
I noticed a lot of people focus on perfection rather than success. The worst part is they don’t allow themselves to be wrong. It either makes them a very defensive person or pessimistic person when something goes wrong. The sad thing is in Asia mind-set, majority of the parents or bosses punish those people who make mistakes and it ends up they don’t learn from their mistakes and take the ignorance approach. A real successful person learns from the mistakes, and not continuing to make the same mistakes again.
"A successful person is the one who can completely focus at the present in any situations." by ChampDog
Yes, this is my definition of success. As I mentioned earlier, success is journey and not destination. We are successful when we reach the highest that is within us and give the best out of ourselves. The only way we can reach the highest that is within us is 100% focus at the present. Focusing at the present sounds simple but especially in bad situation, it is not as easy as you think.
Does my definition of success make sense to you? What is your definition of success?