Society has defined success as the attainment of wealth, status and fame. Do you agree with this definition? Using this definition, persons like a CEO of a company, a multi-millionaire, a head of state and a popular actor are all considered successful. But how about a housewife? A skilled carpenter? A public school teacher? Do you still consider these people successful? How about yourself? How do you see yourself? Do you qualify under society’s definition of a “successful” person?
If you are going to ask people who fit the conventional description of a successful person, you will be surprised that they see success differently.
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill
Success is to live your life with integrity and not give in to peer pressure to be something you’re not. Follow your passion and stay true to yourself. – Ellen DeGeneres
Success is doing ordinary things extraordinary well. – Jim Rohn
Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives. – Michelle Obama
Different people have different ways of looking at success. To measure success based on one’s title, job description or the amount of money in the bank is very limiting. Rather than a standardised measure of success, we all should have our own definition based on our specific goals and what’s important to us. Thus, success should be measured on whether or not we were able to accomplish our own set goals NOT the goals that society expects from us.
- A woman who dreamt of taking care of her husband and children who later became a housewife should be considered successful.
- A person who wanted to work with indigenous people lives later lives a simple life in the mountain with the indigenous people should be considered successful.
- A student who dreams of passing the exam later passed the exam should also be considered successful.
An important factor to measure your success are your goals. Your goals should be SMART:
You can never be considered successful without a goal for success is the attainment of your goals. Once you achieved your goal, then you are ready to move on to your next goal and the next goal after that and so on.
Based on this definition, let me ask you again, do you consider yourself successful?