Success is actually a Journey
Want to succeed-I mean, really succeed-in life? If that’s the case, remember to keep in your mind that you’re going to have a long journey to the city of Success. You are going to travel across 1000s of miles yet before you can get there. As it is located so far away from your abode, so you will spend your entire life journeying, always keeping up to the many routines. Only only a few people would give their all to this journey. As soon as their comfort zones are drawn, some joiners of this life-challenge wouldn’t go on any deeper. Columbus didn’t just sail; rather he sailed west. To achieve success is to adhere to the goal by any means: the very factor to successful achievement which the quitters and failures amongst us don’t possess. Keep in mind that success is a journey, not a destination.
On Dead-fish Mind-set
This really is one essential lesson our little ones need to find out about: that success is really a journey. It is establishing a goal as when you’re traveling. And, yes, there’s no flipping back-no dead-fish attitude-anymore. Dead fish don’t swim up against the current. Like dead leaves, they’re just tossed around at the whim of the waves , beaten and lifeless. We are not like that. That is not our attitude, for we are winners. We don’t quit. In case there are stumbling blocks along our way, we won’t turn our backs on them like pure cowards–like the failures around us. We rather treat them as a challenge; as being a problem that we must solve one after the other. In our success journey, we are going to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones. We are taller than our task!
Follow your Goal and Have Passion for It
We all know Thomas Edison, the founder of the incandescent lamp, the origin of these beautiful lights we are enjoying during the night. Wherever you go in the civilized world, you’ll be able to feel his great contribution to civilization as you see skyscrapers so vibrant with a thousand lights during the night. Without Edison we couldn’t have said that New York is the city that never sleeps. It was Edison who stated that: “Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” But hard work isn’t his only secret, for he was deaf-and that was his biggest secret of all. He was deaf to the negative opinions, the sarcasm, of all the people around him. That’s the other secret of success: to stick to your great passion of accomplishing your goal.
Is Success Simply the Accumulation of Money?
Make an effort to read some really good books about success if you wish to realize that success principles are the same, namely, that success is actually a journey; it is goal setting; it is attitude; it is passion; it is hard work; it is positivism! As a student of the “University of Success,” to use Og Mandino, I believe that in order to succeed truly we need to understand whether or not success is simply the accumulation of wealth. Mark Zuckerberg of FaceBook and Bill Gates of Microsoft are considered just about the most successful men in our century.
Again, our barometer in saying it is the billions of dollars that they have rolled up as wizards of the computer industry. In Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World,” he said that money-success without love is not a success at all. Will you consider yourself truly successful having lots of money in your vault, but without a family to call your own? Plato once stated that to be remembered man needs to father a son, build a house, plant a tree, and write a book!
Turning Stumbling Blocks Into Stepping Stones
We don’t quit. In case there are stumbling blocks along our way, we won’t turn our backs on them like pure cowards–like the failures around us. We rather treat them as being a challenge; as a problem that we must solve one after the other. In our success journey, we are determined to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones. We are taller than our task!
Success isn’t a Destination
Qualifying the meaning and essence of success is extremely important. I like the story of Yaro Starak in the blogosphere. He said that after long years of inventing and reinventing how to succeed as a blogger, he now finds himself blogging just around two hours daily, and then doing some other things that can make him happy such as travels and buying things. He now has money enough to grant him financial freedom. To put it differently, money per see doesn’t make one truly successful, for success, in its truest perspective and essence, is a kind of achievement that makes man enjoy a peaceful and happy existence. I just read somewhere about a beggar who said to the King: “Your Majesty, you are better than me in everything, but you can’t be happier than I can be.” Success is a journey, not a destination. Success is something that makes life truly exciting, honest and dignifying.
If success is measured by the amount of money you have in the bank, then Mahatma Ghandi (or even Jesus Christ!) was obviously a big failure in this world.
Don’t Redesign Success
Sidney Bremer once stated that we don’t need to reinvent success. All that we need to do is follow the footsteps of those people who are ahead of us. Bremer then discussed at length about Charles M. Scwab, the first president of the U.S. steel corporation. Scwab was known to have been the highest paid employee in the world during his time. He was only a laborer who turned president of one of the biggest corporations in the world. His philosophy was: work more than the pay. I like Scwab’s work motto. I’ve been sharing it to many people in my lectures. But there’s one thing about him: he “died bankrupt, living on borrowed money for five years before his death.” Hence, success is not merely “money, money, money.” Rather it is life itself–the long journey of having a happy family, of being a peaceful and happy person, and of having enough bread in order not to live on borrowed money until death.