“”Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” __ John Wooden
To be successful is the desire of almost every human being upon the face of the earth. Success denotes accomplishment, purpose, a rewarding journey in one’s career or personal life. Nonetheless, success often eludes people, or the wrong ‘type’ of success is acquired, one which does not resonate with our true calling. In a society that is constantly bombarding us with preordained, tailor made versions of success; it is easy to fall into the rat race trap. Each person is (or ought to be) an individual with particular abilities, likes and dislikes. It makes perfect sense not to want what everyone else considers “success” to be, but to strive to find YOUR passion. The calling or activity that brings you most happiness, that resonates with your heart, and to turn that passion into a career. Maya Angelou, told us in a simple, yet powerful way her own view of what success is, one that I agree completely with, she said: “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
In order to accomplish that much desired success, the first thing on the list of things to do is: find who you really are. It may sound basic or even silly, but you’ll be surprised how many people lead a life that is alien to their true selves which they have been unable to find because of being too “busy” doing or being what everyone else wanted them to be. Therefore the very first thing one must do to achieve success is to find out who you truly are, and what makes you the most happy. You have to be unique, to have the courage to step where no one else has stepped before, to go for your dreams no matter how outlandish or inconceivable they may seem to others.
This is YOUR life and you deserve to live a successful life. However when we don’t know our true selves, success comes at a very high price. Be a person of quality, principles and honesty. Your should never bargain with your dignity or integrity. No amount of money, prestige or fame can compensate for a life of integrity, for a life well lived.