What is success? The dictionary says that it is the result of reaching a goal. However, I think success is more than the result. It is about how you enjoy your journey through life. Here are a few ideas on what success means to you.
The definition of success varies greatly from person to person. You could view success as reaching a goal or even living life to the fullest. Success could also be defined as overcoming challenging situations, or feeling like a person who is in control of their situation. For many, success could also mean achieving significant educational or financial goals. Success is often a spectrum, with what some people consider to be “success” on the extreme end, and what another person considers to be a total waste of time and energy.
What do we mean by personal characteristics of success? There are a number of personal characteristics associated with being successful, but I will limit the discussion to three. First, personal success is related to a person’s ability to succeed. The definition of success is very relative and could depend on a person’s context or perspective. However, the three personal characteristics associated with success are:
In addition to having the ability to reach and exceed goals, success means having a sense of meaning and purpose in one’s life. I think this idea has a lot to do with personal values, as it relates to having long-term success. My core values are: having a sense of humor, the ability to take risks, having a strong desire to learn, and most importantly, being a sponge. When I say I am a sponge, I mean that I absorb information slowly and keep all my options open. This allows me to think critically, weigh options, and make decisions that are in my best interest.
Next, when I use the definition of success as it relates to the definition of a person, I also think that it includes a person’s talents. I know of many successful people who didn’t start out to be successful. In fact, I don’t think Oprah Winfrey or Ariana Huffington or even Billy Graham ever had the career success that they have today because they never started out thinking they were successful. They simply took action and built upon their talents, which I believe is the key to success.
Finally, I feel that the definition of success as it relates to the value system that a person has determined if that person will ever feel successful. If you don’t feel successful, it doesn’t matter how smart or talented you are, you won’t ever feel successful. I believe that the value system a person has determined if they will ever feel successful, and how they’ll perceive things if they do feel successful. If I learn and apply these three principles, I believe I can help you become an extraordinary success. If you need more help, you can visit my website by following the links below.