What is success?


Success can seem like such an unachievable thing to us at times but it doesn’t have to be; Success is such an easy thing to breach. Our issue is what society perceives success as. For so many, success is having lots of money or being a household name, but I don’t believe that is what we should be pushing for. We’ve heard an endless amount of famous people say that money does not buy happiness and I think this is where true success comes into play.

I think that true success comes in two different forms; the first one being the importance of what you leave behind you after your last day here on Earth. This, in my opinion is, what kind of impact you make on the world you leave behind you and can mean different things to different people. You don’t have to have a scholarship in your name to be impactful; you could just always be there to help other people grow. You may be a missionary, or a philanthropist, or you may go to work everyday and make someone’s life a little bit easier. It’s more about making an impact than who makes the biggest impact; Life isn’t a competition.

Another way that I define success is happiness. I know this can seem unachievable at times but it isn’t in the slightest. Don’t take this as meaning that things aren’t going your way. Let’s say you just got out of a relationship and are struggling; maybe that relationship wasn’t what’s best for you and you’ll find true happiness away from that person. I’m a firm believer that you need to be happy with who you are before you try to bring another person into the equation; love your flaws but always try to grow.

Passion goes a long with this too, are you passionate about cleaning the floors at a movie theatre? Then do it! Your career path doesn’t have to be something that’s glamorous, it needs to be something you have a passion for. Never keep entrepreneurship off the table; I know so many people who own there own businesses, especially photography, and are extremely successful at it. It doesn’t have to be photography though, as there are so many options: basket weaving, writing, baking, cooking, tie dye, and so many more! It’s not worth staying in a career path you aren’t happy with just because the money is good. Money doesn’t last but emotions do, whether it be happiness, anger, or sadness.

THE BIG IDEA: Success isn’t cut and dry; it’s different based on who you are and what you want. The first step is to define what success means to you, the second step is to create a goal to get there, and before you know it you’ll be achieving things you never thought were possible!

What do you view as success? Feel free to leave it in the comments below.

As always, I hope you have a great day! 🙂


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