How do you define success? I think most people view success as defined above. The problem with this definition is if profit and popularity as all your after your going to have a shallow life (that I feel you deserve). Now, lets say we redefined success.
Success – The act of helping and adding value to the life of others without seeking personal gain to help other accomplish progress further in life and to be better versions of themselves.
What If success was based on how many people were better off because you lived. If you asked yourself if you were really succeeding, what would your answer be. If your income was based off of positive seeds sown and heart stings (the connection made by an act of kindness from one person to another) tied, what would your bank balance be? How often do you make deposits? Or are you constantly making withdrawals. The point is you’ll never see the big picture if you always only focus on yourself. The most rewarding part of growing yourself is so that you can become strong enough to support others. Even as a tip to the selfish people, if you want to feel better about yourself, do a random act of kindness for someone else and see how it makes YOU feel. You will always feel better about yourself, doing something good for someone else. If your definition of success is wrapped up in money or fame, even when you get that you wont be truly happy. That’s not true success. A life that’s 80% full is still 100 unfulfilled. There will always be a void place empty space when your not living a full life, and its only Proverbs 11:28 says “whoever trusts his riches will fall”. Your life has to be more then simply the dollar bill. I’m not saying money isn’t important, its very necessary. It just shouldn’t be the most important thing. I read a story in a book, it was about a guy that was a big wig of a company. It talked about how the guy was one of the fastest growing guys in the company.The story took place at his funeral, where his coworkers had to tell the guys kid what type of person their dad was, simply because they never knew him because he was always working. I don’t see that as classifying under success. Deposit into your bank of life, by sewing into the lives of others.
I feel if there was a second part to add to success it would be “to possess the confidence to do what is right and/or different, despite popular or contrary opinions or circumstances”. The voices and opinions of insignificant people saying you cant, should never be louder then the one telling yourself that you can. A success is an inner city kid who makes it through high not getting involved in guns or drugs, and making A’s and B’s. A success is a single mom working multiple jobs but making sure their kids homework is done. A success is a young lady who realizes (despite what tv or magazines say), she’s beautiful and knows her worth and carries herself with confidence and class. Success is doing things that may be an inconvenience for you, but you know they will benefit someone else, so you do it anyway. Successful people (by this definition) change the norm. They give other people the courage to do what is right or to overcome obstacles, because they’ve shown that its possible to do and therefore has removed excuses of why they cant. To be successful by this definition means that you are going to have to be strong enough to push through resistance. It might be naysayers, might be financial, might be relationships, whatever it is you have to push through it. There are people out there who are waiting on your success, because it gives them the ok to step away from their life of mediocrity. Love yall, Stay blessed, and Grow yourself.