How to Be Successful: An Understanding of Success.
(part 2 of 4)
If we quickly define 'success' by using Oxford’s dictionary it states:
“The accomplishment of an aim or purpose”
In most cases, as a stereotypical example, we have been brought up to define success as the things we have achieved, the amount of money that we make and/or the luxury things that we own in our lives. Therefore, according to the Oxford dictionary’s meaning if we do achieve these things then we are successful. In this instance, it’s true according to the definition of this stereotypical situation that nearly all of us can relate to
However, as entrepreneurs, we asked ourselves:
“Are we only successful once we’ve achieved this goal?”
“If so, what are we during the process of achieving it – if we are still working towards our goal, are we not successful then?”
We asked this because, on anyone’s journey to success, we are not absolutely sure when we will arrive at this pre-conceived destination. We are not sure how long it is going to take and this is especially true when one chooses to set extremely high ambitious goals and vision for themselves.
If we do set ourselves high and ambitious goals that seem to be completely “out of our realm” where we are not sure where to start, how we are going to even achieve it and/or what it’s required of us to achieve such an ambitious feat, at what point do we begin saying that we are successful?
For these reasons (not knowing how long it’s going to take, where to begin and/or how we are going to achieve it) it becomes unrealistic to state that we are only successful once we achieve the big goal and/or preconceived vision.
This is where it becomes extremely important to define our big goals and vision because it will start to guide us through this ‘unknown’ journey that we have to experience and work through in order for us to manifest these goals and vision into a tangible state that other people are able to witness.
This tangible state of goals and visions are the lifestyles of successful people that we witness – for example; Bill Gates uses his wealth to support his philanthropic lifestyle, Elon Musk uses his wealth to push the current boundaries of transportation and space travel and Warren Buffet grows his investment portfolios that support companies around the world that consist of many employees who have families to support.
This is the first step that we need to accomplish:
“What do I want to achieve in my life – what will people be able to witness when they see me at this ‘destination point’ and most importantly how will I feel when I arrive at this ‘destination point’?”
But again, are we only successful when we reach this point?