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What Is Success?


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What Is Success?

What Is Success?

Orpheus, although he lost, was not a loser.

Hamlet is not a loser, although he has lost.

Success is in choices. In phases. We choose the sections of our life to be successful in – health this week, love today, work tomorrow, poetry tonight, lover right now.

There are only so many hours in the day, that we can break it up, we can choose the areas of our life to be successful.

We are the authors of our own ambition.=

In America we have two categories – Winner / loser

We reward our winners more than anyone else and at times we punish our losers.

Loser is an American word

Throughout history those who didn’t win were the unlucky.

I’m often amazed at how many people define success as making (or having) a lot of money.

It’s very strange, because many of the people who think this way are harried, stressed and, frankly, pretty miserable.

The way I see it, everybody’s definition of success can be mapped on a simple grid, with one axis being the amount of money that you have and the other being the amount of happiness in your life.

There are two reasons why this definition is better.  First, there’s no point to being rich if you’re not enjoying yourself.  Second, you’re more likely to get rich if you’re happy doing whatever you’re doing.

Being unhappy, of course, can definitely spur people to action.  However, the action should be pointed at trying to become happier–not trying to become richer, in the rather naive belief that being rich, in and of itself, will make you happy.

Needless to say, if you’re struggling to put food in your mouth and keep a roof over your head, none of this applies.  When you’re just trying to survive, you’re not thinking about happiness.

Even so, I’d rather be poor and happy than rich and miserable.

Of course, all things considered, I’d prefer to be rich and happy rather than poor and happy. However, I believe that it’s easier to get rich if you start from a place of being happy–with what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.

When I made the leap to writing full time, my income dropped to almost nothing. Even so, I was far happier doing what I knew I was supposed to be doing rather than pursuing a career that to many people would define “success.”

But here’s the thing. I now make more money than I made back then (even adjusted for inflation), and I work about half the hours.  I’m 100% convinced that this is because I defined success as being happy rather than being rich.

I’ve noticed this pattern with almost every really successful person I’ve met. I can’t think of a single person who’s pursued a career purely because it’s lucrative and who’s happy as a result.  They may be rich, but they’re losers.

How about you?

What is success for you?  We’d love to hear from you, please share your comments with us in the comment section below


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Christopher Rivas

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