That thing called ""SUCCESS""  

Posted by: Juan Marco

The picture of success isn't the same for any two people. Different authors have written different concepts and views about that thing called "success". Quotes from many famous personalities has been culled during their speeches or in their written article. The ceaseless intellection of man would definitely bring forth diversity of views as experiences of each being where they infer those thought is unique.

Success, an everybody desired and a frequently used word. But is it virtually understood by most of us? I don't think so. Oftentimes it is wrongly equated to wealth, special feeling, specific and worthwhile possessions, power and achievements.

During the fame of Mike Tyson a future hall of fame boxer, he has all the money to buy what he wants and have lived an opulent and vicious life. Not so long ago he has filed a bankruptcy and is now back to his old poor days. King Solomon asserted " Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income."

Another misconception is that people achieved success when they feel successful or happy. Trying to feel successful is probably even more difficult than trying to become wealthy. An author said "that the continual search for happiness is a primary reason that so many people are miserable". If we make happiness our goal we are almost certainly destined to fail. We will be on a continual roller coaster, changing from successful to unsuccessful with every mood change. Life is uncertain, and emotions aren't stable. Happiness simply cannot be relied upon as a measure of success.

When we were a kid, chances are that there was a time when you wanted something badly, and you believed that if you possessed that thing, it would make significant difference in your life. For me, it was having a BMX bicycle that i can use during my grade school days, my peers would envy me while they're walking to school and i'm driving a bicycle. Later those years some of them have already got their own bicycle and i soon discovered that it didn't bring me the success or long-term contentment that i hoped for and expected. That process has repeated itself in my life. Possessions are at best a temporary fix and success cannot be attained or measured that way.

My favorite author, Abraham Lincoln said, "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power". In the hands of a person of integrity, power is of tremendous benefit; in the hands of a tyrant, it causes a terrible destruction. By itself power is neither positive or negative. And it is not a source of security or success. History tells us, all dictators and even the benevolent one eventually lose power.

Before i became a licensed accountant i had this view that if i passed the board exam and eventually become a CPA I'll be successful. But overtime i realized that my view fell short of the mark. It didn't provide me contentment, and i should say that success is not reaching destination..

In my own little way, i would like to adjudicate this misconception by giving a very good view which i came across in one of the books i read. James Maxwell in his book " Your Road Map for Success" said that though success differs for each people because we are all created uniquely as individuals, the process of getting there is the same for everyone. It's based on principle that do not change. He goes on further in his definition of success as a journey, knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.

It is very true indeed, no matter how long we live or what we decide to do in our life, we will never exhaust our capacity to grow toward our potential or run out of opportunity to help others. When we see success as a journey, we will never have the problem of trying to arrive at an elusive final destination. And we'll never find ourselves in a position where we have accomplished some final goal, only to discover that we're still unfulfilled and searching for something else to do.

Success is a never ending battle, if it's a journey, aim to make the most of your present one. After all it's ultimately you who will decide if you want a piece of that thing called "SUCCESS".

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