What is Your View of Success?
It’s easy to find the definition of “success” in the dictionary, but we also have a subjective understanding of what success is. We each have an idea of what we regard to be success or what a successful person is. While it is important for each of us to strive to be successful in our lives, it is just as important that we don’t impose our idea of success on someone else – or let them impose their idea of success on us.
The idea of celebrity as success (giving little or no thought to what gives you your fifteen minutes of fame) or that the amount of money you have constitutes how successful you are, are rife. Within this success, more often than not, the focus is only on the self and has little to do with interpersonal relationships. There seems to be an idea of a homogenous success that is applicable to everyone – one idea (or definition) of what success is and should be. This one definition suddenly becomes the thing you should strive for, no matter what your idea of success has been all along. And, if you don’t, you should consider yourself a failure.
It seems that we have forgotten how important it is for everyone to have their own place in the world where they can decide for themselves if they are successful or not. Success is not some golden ticket we get handed when we make a lot of money or have our face on a magazine. Success is spending your life trying to make the world a better place for everyone, not just yourself.
Perhaps your place is at the head of a company. Perhaps your place is at home, caring for your children. Perhaps your place is in both these places. Or perhaps your place is somewhere completely different. But, if you know that this is where you should be – independent of what anyone else says or thinks – you know that you have reached true success. True success is living your life to the best of your ability.
Author: Carin Marais
Carin Marais writes web articles, guest and blog posts, and fiction. With interests ranging from pop culture and technology to literature, mythology and archaeology, her writing covers diverse subjects. To contact Carin for articles and guest posts, or to read her work, go to her home page, her blog Hersenskim or follow her on @CarinMarais.