What is Success?
The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
So what is success to you?
It could be anything. If your purpose or aim is to be the starting point guard than you will have success if you are the starting point guard. If your aim or purpose is to achieve straight A’s than you will have success if you achieve straight A’s.
It’s very easy to see HOW you become successful. The problem is, most people don’t know what they are aiming for. Most adults go to college, get a job and drift through life. We don’t have anything we are shooting for. So we coast through life on auto-pilot and end up completely off course.
Take it from me. I am so off-course from what my ideal life is it makes me sick. I should be by the beach somewhere in California. Or at least Florida! Instead I am living in Pennsylvania. Don’t get me wrong, I have a good job and a decent house with lots of family and friends. But it’s not exactly the ideal life. Not the life I would have chosen had I been given the chance to choose.
And that’s exactly where I’m wrong. I WAS given the chance to choose. We all are. It doesn’t matter where you come from. You can decide where your life goes. Even if you are in your 30’s like me. You can always grab the steering wheel and make a turn. Even the slightest turn can turn things around for you.
The best time to get started, though, is when you are young. The younger the better. The sooner you realize that you are in complete control of your life, the better off you will be.
So, that’s what Success is. It is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. It doesn’t matter how BIG or small the purpose is. You get to choose. But you must make a choice. Or else you will find yourself spending your time creating success for someone else. Time is your greatest resource. Do not waste it creating success for someone else when it can be used creating your own success.
How do we find Success?
Now that we know that Success can only be found if we accomplish an aim or purpose, we need to discover what our aim or purpose is.
How to find our aim or purpose?
This can be challenging. We all know what we don’t want or don’t like. We can all create a long list of those items. But what do we like? And, even furhter, what do we like so much that we want to make that or purpose in life?
There are several ideas for figuring this out. Here are a few…
What topic do you always look for in the Library or bookstore?
If you always go to books about sports or history than you clearly have an interest in those topics. Be aware of the things you are interested in and find a way to use that to determine what your aim or purpose is.
What do you have the most fun doing?
One idea on finding your purpose is to think of what you had the most fun doing when you were younger. Think of yourself as a young child. What did you enjoy doing the most? If you are an adult, what do you have so much fun doing that you would do it for free? Anything you think of can be turned into a successful career.
What are you good at?
What are some things that you are really good at? This is where your purpose in life most often intersects. What you are good at and what you have fun doing. When I was younger I used to love talking with my friends about life. Problems, theories on why we are here, God, is there an afterlife or not. I was also very good at listening to other’s viewpoints as well as expressing mine even if there was a disagreement.
What do others say you are good at?
Sometimes it is difficult for us to see what we are good at it. It’s human nature to have self-doubt. That’s when others can help. Do other people tell you that you are great at something? Listen to them, they most likely aren’t just messing around with you.
Identifying your purpose is absolutely essential for your achievement of success. Without a purpose you will never know if you are on course or not.
Identify your purpose. Why are you here? Who can you bring value to? Who do you want to bring value to? How can you change the world? We all have that power. Identify it and take action!
My name is Keith Laskey. I actually believe children are our future. I write articles about how we can empower our youth so that the world will be a better place for all of us.