Success for my parents, was having a fair day’s work to do, for a fair day’s pay. Success was having money left in your pay packet at the end of the week after the bills were paid. Success was being able to take care of your family and helping those around you – and mostly in ways not measured in pounds, shillings and pence. Success was having pride in a job well done.
So often nowadays, success seems to be measured by a data point on a chart, or the things you have or how many things you have compared to someone else.
You know, success doesn’t have to be a dollar figure that makes your accountant happy. It doesn't have to manifest itself in the car you drive, grander titles, the most followers on Facebook, lavish holidays or being able to sit in the business class lounge.
Loudest does not always win.
In fact, for many successful people, their wealth whispers.
So what does success mean to you?
In business, for me success is how my clients feel. The results we deliver. What we helped them to do.
In life, success for me is to do what I enjoy.
If I asked you to describe what success meant to you, you might find it hard to come up with something like that.
We are conditioned to pay attention to the popular metrics of success.
Money, looks, things.
It's the notion that we'll be successful when other people think we are.
In the hope of convincing ourselves that we’re successful, we overwork and overextend ourselves, often financially. We are exhausted and constantly stressed trying to keep up with everything and everyone around us.
Now tell me, does that look like success to you? I’d say no.
To be clear, I’m not knocking wealth creation or driving a nice car or looking good.
What I’m saying is that you should define what “real” success looks like first.
Developing a broader and more balanced version of success takes time, reflection, personal insight and a bit of courage.
The life you want doesn’t have to be defined by what’s easy to measure—things that don’t tell the whole story about what you have built, the impact you have created, the legacy you will leave, the kids you've nurtured or the things you had to give up along the way.
Just because the traditional metrics are not your primary goal doesn’t mean you’re thinking small either. It means you’re running your own race and you know what the finish line looks and feels like.
When we set the right goals, we go straight and true. We develop purpose, we develop direction, we develop focused and channelled energy.
Keep this up, and you can't help but be rewarded emotionally and financially.
So are you game to share what ”real" success looks like to you? Don't be shy!!
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