My Definition Of Success
I am writing this post on my Caribbean cruise on Freedom Of The Seas ship. Today I met many SBI-ers and Ken Evoy was the first to give an opening speech.
One thing that he asked everyone to do is to define success.
So here’s my version:
You are successful when you have reached the limit of your potential.
This is of course totally independent of everyone else.
And the most important thing to keep in mind is that we are all limited.
We are limited in our IQ, in our communication skills, in our ability to decide, in our ability to stay focused on a certain task and so on.
Some of this abilities or skills can be improved with practice and some cannot.
There is nothing more that you can do that give your best effort. That’s it.
Everyone that demands from you (this includes YOURSELF) to achieve a certain result is not realistic.
Results are not under your control. Nothing in life is. Only your effort and (for the most time) your attitude are under your control.
So that’s what you can do.
You can of course set a goal of achieving something but it’s not under your control. And if you set up this goal too high, you may become frustrated because you’ll never reach it.
So it’s better to set up medium, reachable goals and give 100% effort to reach them. Once you do that, you can set up new, higher goals.
But remember to define your success in your own terms.
Make yourself the best of what you can be and IGNORE all the noise around you. No one can tell you how good you can be in a certain field. No one can know that for sure.
My own choice is to listen to encouraging messages and ignore the negative ones.
What’s your definition of success?