The opposite of succeeding is a failing. So if failing is learning, then why is it that the opposite of learning is ignorance? Confused? Great, because there are too many people confused with what success actually is.
Over the past decades, I have come to understand that priorities do change.
What was once important could be inconsequential today.
What if your definition of success changes in the future? Does that mean you’ve wasted priceless time in pursuit of nothing but air?
“Time is more valuable than money,” the late motivational speaker Jim Rohn said. “You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”
No two people are exactly the same. My definition of success is different from yours. Regardless, having a fundamental understanding is the key to ensuring you are on the right path.
8 Traits of Successful People
Richard St. John presented an overview of the 8 traits of successful people at a TED-Ed conference. He spent more than ten years doing research, as well as interview more than 500 successful people. After collecting thousands of success stories, Richard came up with the following 8 traits. He believes these are the foundations of successful people.
- Love what you do
- Work really hard
- Focus on one thing, not everything
- Keep pushing yourself
- Come up with good ideas
- Keep improving yourself on what you do
- Serve others something of value because success isn’t just about me, me, me
- Persist because there’s no overnight success
Have you watched the video?
Now, it’s great that you know the 8 traits of successful people. All you have to do is to develop those traits.
But one question remains, have you figured out what success is to you?
Journey to Success
International leadership coach John Maxwell has an interesting though on traditional definitions of success. Either it requires some magic formula or it is a destination to reach.
John has spent almost five decades knowing successful people and studying the subject. He doesn’t see ‘success’ the same way as most people do.
“I began to see success as a journey, an ongoing process of growth,” John explains. “Success is knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.”
Purpose in Life
A lot of people I asked attributes happiness or wealth to success.
Unfortunately, my impression is that there are only a few people who are both happy and wealthy.
What use is it to be wealthy but unhappy? Besides, how can one be happy if money for even only necessities is scarce?
It may as well be true that you need the money to cover your basic needs. Furthermore, indulging in small luxuries could give you the satisfaction.
But more than wealth, you need to know your life purpose. Happiness is a state of mind. It is when you know you fulfilled your purpose that leads to long lasting happiness.
On your journey to success, there are countless roads you could take.
“It’s impossible to map out a route to your destination, says motivational speaker Suze Orman. “If you don’t know where you’re starting from.”
Knowing your life purpose is a good starting point. Think of the roads as the choices you make. Some roads lead you to success, while others lead you far away. Whichever road you take; you are bound to arrive at a crossroad.
Do you know people who are not thrilled with their life and have not done anything to change their situation?
Perhaps it is completely understandable.
After all, with so many roads and not knowing where each leads to, it may as well be better to stay where they are.
Companies continue to invest in improving products or services. It’s a given fact that this is the only way to remain competitive.
Likewise, you need to invest in yourself. Learn where each road leads to. Know how to navigate the roads. Put yourself in a position to succeed.
Today, you are standing on one of the countless other roads you could have taken.
Are you on the right road?
Is this the road that leads you to your dreams?
So what is ‘success’ to you and how sure are you that your definition of success will not change?
Is it happiness for you? Will you be as happy as today ten years or twenty years down the road?
Is it wealth? Sure, the benefit of money can bring happiness, but would it be long-lasting?
If happiness and wealth are on polar opposites, then let me leave you with a message from a legend. I think his message is the bridge that will bring both happiness and wealth together.
“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires,” says Bob Marley. “But in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”
So … have you figured out your definition of success?