Becoming successful and living the good life would be a dream come true, for many of us. Some of us work very hard at our jobs, and may not even be spending time with the people that matter the most to us. We are constantly driven by the desire to succeed, to the extent that everything else may not make a whole lot of sense unless we hit our definitions of “success”.
You see, success is actually a relative term, because what you may consider ‘successful’, may not fit my definition, or that of someone else. But the overriding principle for success is that, if your intentions for chasing after success is just to become rich, in order to satisfy your needs alone, that may be an awful definition of the term. Personally, I view success differently. For me, success is all about making a mark and impacting positively the lives of others in my community, with the resources that I have. That to me is the true definition of success- acquiring to impact.
However, you may be wondering and saying to yourself, I don’t have the resources to help anyone else, how then can I fit into this definition of success? You see, you do not have to be a Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg to be considered successful and impact others for good. Right where you are, you can make a difference in the lives of others, and this realization would save you from the anxiety and pressure of wanting to fit into some other definitions. This is not to say you shouldn’t aspire to greatness, or do what you need to do to get to the summit of success. The point I am trying to make is that you may have held on to the wrong notion of success for so long, which may have put you under intense stress and pressure. Success is relative and perceptional. Create your own definition, and begin to enjoy your life, regardless of where you are in life.For example, I consider myself successful, even though I may not yet have the wealth status of those big entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet or Oprah Winfrey. Every day, at the close of work, I leave fulfilled, because I know that I have been able to impact the lives of others and made a difference in my community. I mean, I work with Researchers and Scientists in one of the best Children’s Hospitals in the world, to make the conduct of research in pediatric genetic, neurologic and developmental disorders easier and smoother. Who knows, my efforts, may end up providing cures for different disorders which hitherto had no cure, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fragile X Syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, etc., and that realization fills me with so much joy and fulfillment, which makes me consider myself successful.
So, what is the entire point of this post? Success is relative and should be about adding value to others, not playing around with numbers. If your actions or work goes to impact at least one person positively, you should consider yourself successful. So, stop stressing about everything else, and stay focused as you continue to work on the bigger goals.
One thing is certain: you do not have to acquire a celebrity status in order to make a difference. Right where you are, you can indeed make an impact statement. And while working at that, be positive and open to newer opportunities which present every day, and that big break you have always wanted would show up on your doorstep, quicker than you expected!
To your continued success. Cheers!!!