What is success? Ask a thousand CEO’s and you will receive a thousand different responses. Success is personal, internal; unique… it takes on a different meaning for each of us. Each of us has a different perception of success. To achieve personal success you need to first define it… just like a goal. Without understanding what success means to us as individuals, success may never be achieved. So, the first step towards achieving success is deciding on what that seven letter word means to you — Do you equate success with wealth? Achievement? Running a profitable company? Or leading a business that makes a difference in the world? Or, having a wonderful family? Etc.
No matter what your definition – take the time to think it through and write it down. Then, review it daily. By taking pen and paper to your definition, it becomes tangible… something you can look at on your nightstand … something you can carry in your wallet… something you can put down next to your morning coffee. By reviewing it each and every day, it becomes a part of you… ingrained in your head. Then you can begin to create goals around your definition and your journey towards success truly begins.
I will leave you with one of my favorite poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson, entitled “Success”:
“To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”
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