“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill
Define your own version of success that fulfills you. Avoid listening and following society’s standard of success that regards money and fame as the end, which is not to try and demonize financial wealth and status. Rather, understand that money and labels are persistent rulers, if given the chance. Seek your truth first instead. No one else will experience the joy or misery that results from your decisions in pursuing your kind of success. Therefore, reason does not exist to listen to others’ opinions or categorization of your personal, financial, and professional choices.
The more individuals who subscribe to defining their own success, then the more society or the collective mindset will shift toward holding intangibles such as happiness, purpose, and meaning in a higher light. In other words, avoid subconsciously attaching degrees of success to others’ pursuits of their authentic success, and perhaps judgment shall not pass upon your choice of success. Then, collective empowerment of lifting and supporting our neighbor shall replace judgment and condescension.
Furthermore, success is more than achieving the end. Success is about not giving-up and about always moving forward. Remain courageous and bold.
Exercise: List personal projects (projects you think about, plan for, carry out, and sometimes (though not always) complete. Ask what do you think about what you are doing?
Bonus: Rate each personal project on a scale of 1-10 in level of importance, visibility (do people know you are working on this), control (ex: if I want to be a better a sister, then I also need my sister’s participation, which reduces my level of control in part), outcome (likelihood of success), progress, challenge, support, and competence.
~One of my personal projects is to listen mindfully in order to better serve others as a friend, colleague, family member, and citizen: 10, 7, 9, 8, 10, 5, 5, 8