The Truth about Success
To a large extent, your success in life isn’t defined by what others say about you; rather, it is determined by what you feel about yourself. Success is local, not general. Success comes from within, not from outside a person.
First of all, let me make some clarifications about success. Becoming successful in any given area isn’t about having a lot of money. You can’t buy success. For instance, you may desire to become the best surgeon in the world. But having a lot of money isn’t going to make that happen. Politicians may use their money to win an election. Though they won the election with their money, they can’t use money to become successful in that office. To become a successful politician, you must have effective leadership attributes. Those who become successful in any field of endeavor did so because they learned how to make use of effective leadership attributes.
It is important to realize that riches or money isn’t the benchmark for gauging success. No doubt, money is important but isn’t the yardstick for measuring success. Also, you shouldn’t use material things to measure the level of anyone’s success. Having money may be a part of becoming successful, but it isn’t all of it. Success is much more than that. Success is defined as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” The Cambridge Dictionary also defines success as “the attainment of the results wanted or hoped for.” From these definitions, you would agree that having money shouldn’t be the standard for measuring success because our aims and purposes may vary. What you want to achieve may be different from what the other person wants to achieve.
For someone, success is about winning an Olympic. To another, it’s about saving lives in the hospital. While a poor person may define success as having a lot of money, a wealthy person, may at the same time think of success as having good health. We all have different aims and purposes. However, it is the attainment of our own aims and purposes that should be the yardstick for determining the level of our success. You become successful not by what others think you should accomplish but by what you were born to accomplish. To a large extent, your success in life isn’t defined by what others say about you; rather, it is determined by what you feel about yourself. Success is local, not general. Success comes from within, not from outside a person.
Success, to me, means the ability to become the leader you were created to be. In other words, it is the “arrival” of the leader within you. If you can bring out the leader within you, then you are successful. To put it another way, success is the realization of whatever potential God has placed inside of you. No matter what you’ve attained in life, if you are incapable of utilizing the enormous potential that the Creator has buried inside of you, then you are not truly successful. Success is the ability to accomplish our life goals, in accordance with the assignment that God has laid in our hearts. In other words, it is the effective use of your God given gift.
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