For most of my life, I have been chasing success, because my education taught me that my life was only worthy once I reached that destination.
Of course, I have achieved a few things along the way. But still, I didn’t feel fulfilled for a long period of time. Every spark of happiness was cut short by the little voice in my head telling me to get back up and go for more.
One of the biggest mistakes I made was failing to take the time to understand the true definition of success.
Of course, this definition is different for everyone. Yet somehow, even though part of us knows our definition is different, another part of us seems to adopt the same definition as the rest of society, which is about making money, being famous, or achieving things that other human beings would admire.
Lately, I have been seeking the definition of success that truly resonates with me. The definition that may not be very popular, but brings a high degree of inner peace and contentment within myself.
To me, success is a balancing act between giving the best of myself in whatever endeavour I undertake, helping others and the urge of endless learning.
I have realised that the more you learn, the more potential you can dig out of yourself. If there was a journey that was highly interesting, it was the journey of self-discovery.
I have also realised that the more you learn, the more you can contribute to others, and this contribution is what I believe makes life worth living.
Without learning and contributing to others, I don’t believe it’s possible to give the best of yourself.
This definition of success brings me a great deal of contentment and fulfilment, but I’m the first to say that this is not the only one, and this definition itself may only be right for me.
My message is that, until we find our own definition of success, we may waste our time living a life based on societal norms and the way humanity has groupthinked itself into a very impersonal definition of the word ‘success’.