WHAT IS SUCCESS?
For a lot of people success is defined by a lot of different things. No one person has the same definition of success.
Well, that’s not how I see it.
I would argue that success has a very definitive definition, it’s the parameters that are ambiguous. Success simply means to accomplish one’s goals. Massive success means that one has accomplished the massive goals that one has set up for oneself. If you have a goal of painting a picture by next Friday and you do that, then aren’t you successful by definition? Yes, yes you are. So why is it that success isn’t truly achieved by people? I believe that is because the parameters aren’t defined. When it comes to achieving your goals, you must know what they are before they can be achieved. I think most people that live in America want to achieve the American Dream. Well it is often spoken about and inferred but never actually defined.
So, allow me to give you a definition of this “dream.” Simply put, it is money, power, respect, influence, and creative freedom. The rich and famous have these things to a degree, such as Barack Obama, Justin Beiber, Beyonce, and other public figures, regardless of the industry or field.
The point of this article isn’t to give a formula to success but simply to understand how to become successful on a foundational level. I learned from a man who has educated millions to understand and master the fundamentals. Fundamentals are what you need for the building blocks of anything. It may appear basic, but fundamentals aren’t always simple. Even arguably, noting that people with high levels of success and achievements in life and their fields of expertise simply master the fundamentals and consistently train themselves to be the best at those things.
So why does this make sense to you? WELL if you are on a fundamental level, know and understand that to accomplish a goal it must be CLEARLY defined, well then you would begin to outline and define these goals for yourself all the time. Success will then become demystified and no longer elusive. Instead of saying “I want to have a good life, be happy and make a lot of money.” You would start saving, “I want to make $80,000.00 a year, have a career doing something that is meaningful, helps people at something I love to do. I want to have a family with at least two children, an amazing marriage and live in Boston.” Obviously the more specific you are the better, and it becomes easier to accomplish these goals because you know exactly what they are. Those big successes are achieved the same way the small ones are, so now that this whole “American Dream” is demystified, how will you clearly define yours? Beyond that what other elusive goals do you need to define for yourself?
Only by understanding these goals clearly can you begin to move towards achieving them and understanding comes from a definition and a breakdown. So, do yourself a favor and breakdown and define what success is for you.