Are you successful when your bank balance is longer than your phone number? Or are you successful when you are doing things that make you happy?
Is success your net worth, or your self worth?
Of course, the answers to these questions vary depending on your outlook on success, but to me, success is internal. My personal definition of success is doing things that make me happy, and doing things that help or inspire other people.
Because I believe this, success will never be about how many people know my name – it’s about who knows my name, and what value and memories they hold to it. I will never look at success as an end goal – a number, a title, an achievement. I will look at it for what it is: a journey, and an embodiment of all of my experiences on that journey.
The idea of success is a great motivator, but it is equally, if not more, motivating to know that you are already successful, and that all of the tools to become the person you want to be are already in your possession.
Some people think success is achieving a dream. To me, success is having the courage to chase that dream. You’ll never know unless you try, so why not try and take a chance? Everyone who has ever achieved their dreams started out by chasing them down, running to keep up. They might have doubted themselves and their abilities along the way, but they let that negative voice in their head be overpowered by a positive one.
Achieving your dreams isn’t a myth: asking anyone who has ever cried of joy after completing something, or fell asleep smiling because they knew they would wake up happy.
The truth is, success lies inside all of us. We all think of it differently, but at the end of the day, we are all on the journey together.