I think you would agree that we live in a world where everyone is chasing something they believe could possibly make them feel content or fulfilled. What that something is, varies from one person to the next but everyone is in a constant search of something.
The problem is not so much that which we individually chase or strive towards but the fact that in the process, we more often than not benchmark ourselves against others who might be perceived to be in a ‘better’ place or more successful which leads to frustration and self degrading or destructive behavior.
Success is a phenomenon that does not have a clear and definitive definition for it could mean many things to different people. Hence, the answer to the question whether someone is successful or not is vague at best. Do you consider yourself successful? Well, you’re the only one who can answer this question truthfully.
Given that in our world a success is usually associated with money, fame and power, one would think that most people worldwide are missing out on success. But does the money, fame and power truly constitute success? Hell no! It does not, in fact nothing can be further from the truth.
Case in point are many so-called successful high-profile celebrities, athletes and business people who lead empty and sad lives, so sad in fact that many of them seek comfort and fulfilment in alcohol and drug abuse. On the other side of spectrum live so-called ordinary people of modest incomes, without fame or power, yet many of them lead a very happy and fulfilled lives.
So what is a true meaning of success? Well, success can be thought of as a fulfilment of one’s desire or achievement of one’s dream. In other words, if a person’s dream is a happy marriage and healthy kids, that person is considered successful once she fulfills and achieves that dream. Likewise, if a person’s desire is to travel the world and she ends up actually doing it, than that person is considered successful.
There you have it, success has got nothing to do with one’s net worth or a stature in a society but rather the alignment of their dreams and desires with their state of being.