Success is the ultimate goal for many of us. But, what could be better than discovering how to achieve that success in the quickest way possible?
I would tell you.
Over the past decade of my life, I have spent my time working very smart (hard), across 2 different continents. And I have discovered one very common pattern working in both regions of the world. And that is the desire to become truly successful, is a fundamental human right.
I mean, everyone irrespective of where they are located on the globe should have the ability and resources to live to the fullest of their endowed potentials. But is that really the case?
My answer I think is No. And here is why.
We live in an era where many of us want to truly become successful, but do not have what it takes to become that success that we want.
And although the reasons for this disconnect are myriad, one over-arching similarity I see across the spectrum is this idea of achieving overnight success. i.e. becoming successful by some over-simplistic process without having to do anything extra. Just sit, relax and success would show up on your doorstep.
Inasmuch as I know that some people were born with silver spoons in their mouths, a greater proportion of us was not.
We have watched our parents work hard for the most parts of their lives to give us a better chance at becoming successful. So, why would we ever think that we can achieve abrupt success on our own?
I do not believe in nor endorse overnight success. Rather, I believe in working your way up that ladder to the top.
Because, not only would that approach make you more responsible to actually use your success in the right way, but it would also make you understand what becoming failure entails. Therefore, you would have to become smarter at learning to maintain your level of success.
And as Bill Gates rightly said, “Success is a lousy teacher, it seduces smart people to think they can’t lose.”
Thus, for me, the concept of ‘slow and steady wins the race’, is more appealing, rather than daydreaming to make it quickly.
Learning to take one step at a time and doing what is within your capacity per time to achieve success, takes that serving of anxiety, worry, and depression off your plate. Which I bet, you do not want to deal with anyway. Because those come with their own negative consequences.
And this age of social media craziness has not made this topic any easier for many. We see pictures and displays of deception splayed all over the internet, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media platforms.
Therefore, if one is not careful you could be made to think that you are a failure. When the reality is that you are not.
I tell people all the time. Never judge your success or failure by what you see on the internet or social media. But rather, judge your success (or failure) by your own standards. And that translates to your peculiar situation.
Because what works for you may be counterproductive for me and vice versa. Thus, I would be doing myself a great disservice by trying to model my life according to what you are showing me in your social media posts.
So, what is the way forward?
Rather than work ourselves out with the aim of achieving overnight success, why don’t we adopt a ‘work in progress model’?
I believe that a more productive and healthy approach to living the lives of our dreams is by living one day at a time, making our experiences count, learning from our failures, committing to consistency and prioritizing “the process” over “perfection”.
All the very best,
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