What is success? Is it when you get more money? Is it when you find growth in your personal and career life? Is it when you have stability in everything? Honestly, I don’t know… Sometimes, I get confused when I think about my success, am I successful or is it the need for success that drives to do all of this.
When we see big entrepreneurs and business owners in our real life, we dream big and we forget the small achievements that we have made all along our lives, dreaming is not a bad thing, but it might be at a certain point confusing. Why we don’t enjoy the small parts of our lives. G.Brian author of Habits For Success wrote in his book: “success simply means the attempt to move forward. I think many of us have been taught by society and our loved ones (as they were taught as well), that happiness, success, and fulfillment come from fitting into a certain societal mold. More often than not success meant having a good job and making a good living from it. Be wary of being seduced into prematurely accepting some role that doesn’t have much to do with your nature or values.
I ran my family business for 11 years finally leaving after owning up to the fact that it didn’t truly interest me or feed my creative being. It wasn’t easy at first because I felt like I had the weight of society and my family pushing against me because I wasn’t abiding by its definition of success.
Since then I have come to realize that success isn’t defined by money, job status or keeping up with the Joneses. Success simply means that you are showing up, attempting to move forward and open to the self-growth process. In my book, if you do that you are a success.”
Here is something I recently started doing that has helped me reframe my idea of success. All you need to do is get a jar or a can and every time you do something successfully, you write what it was on a slip of paper and put it in your jar. That’s it. I know you are probably asking me why you should have a success jar.
“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” — Thomas J. Watson