Without knowing it, the question “What is Success?” drives you. It is the reason that you do or don’t do things.
Unfortunately most people have not decided for themselves what success is.
One of my long-time favourite definitions is from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“To laugh much; to win respect of intelligent persons and the affections of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one’s self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition.; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived–this is to have succeeded.”
But it is still not MY definition.
I have a new exciting project coming up called Get More Success. The first step is to define what success is. Is it:
- To earn a certain level of income
- To have regular travel
- To have a family
- To remain single
- To spend more time with certain people
- To have certain assets
- To live in a certain location
- To contribute to others
- To do all of these
Can I ask you to do me a favour? Can you please spend 15 minutes over your favourite beverage and define for yourself “What Is Success.”
Once you know it will be a guiding beacon for all of your actions.