Many times, I am asked to share my feelings about my “road to success”. I am always left at a loss for words when faced with questions like this one. I think this is mainly because the word itself means different things to different people, and different things to all of us at different points on our timelines.
When I was starting out in this business, success meant getting my first job. Then it meant getting a second and third one. As time passed, it took on a different meaning, one that incorporated being able to challenge and express myself while staying true to the vision of my clients. Then, of course, I had to learn to balance a strong business with a meaningful personal life while finding time to tend to my mental, emotional and spiritual health. The years have taught me that there is no road to success, for it is not a destination we arrive to, but making the most of the journey and effectively using the tools we have at our disposal. It’s also about knowing how to embrace reflection and reject an often innate desire to deflect the talents we have honed and the successes we have experienced.
Today, I would like all of you to think about what being “successful” really means to you. Is it doing what you love for a living, making millions of dollars, or leaving a legacy you can be proud of?
Does your definition work for or against you? Is it motivating and positive or do you use it as a measure to showcase your shortcomings? How flexible are you with your definition? When we really sit and think about how we define our goals and even the words we use, we learn more about how we define ourselves. That can be a very powerful tool.
In closing, I will remind all of you to stay the course and never allow a perceived “failure” to be the knock-out punch. Getting up and moving forward that last time may be the the final step in getting to where it is that you want to go. In the words of Winston Churchill, “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
How do you define success? How has your definition changed over the years? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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