‘Success is no accident. It is hard work, perserverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all love what you are doing’…..Pele
How do we measure success?
Is it how much money a person has?
Is it how popular someone is?
Is it how many material possessions they have?
Is it that they are just happy and contented?
Whatever your interpretation of success is, the word means the same “The accomplishment of an aim or purpose”
Success does not just happen and it doesn’t happen to everyone; although everyone can attain their version of success in life.
As Pele suggests, Success is made up of many components. We don’t necessarily need all of these but combined, we greatly improve our chance of success.
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The Oxford Dictionary describes Passion as ‘an intense desire or enthusiasm for something’; ‘a thing arousing great enthusiasm’.
Love what you do and it seems so much easier. How many times have you heard someone speaking passionately about what they do. They are infectious with their enthusiasm and they truly believe in what they are doing. The passion and belief keeps them going when times get tough. They may have several attempts and keep getting knocked down but the passion makes them get up and try again.
Passion, however, is not enough for success. Determination and a ‘never give up’ attitude are required and these are traits which successful people have. Anything worthwhile achieving does not just happen.
I use the example of a successful athlete. An athlete who wants to succeed, does not appear at the Olympics and win gold just because they are a ‘natural’. Sure having the right physical attributes helps but that doesn’t guarantee success.
A successful athlete, puts in the effort and they work hard. The countless early mornings and hours spent training that are involved to win a race which can be over in a matter of seconds, requires preparation and effort but it is all worth it to attain the goal.
Successful athletes, keep learning and surround themselves with mentors and coaches who can help them achieve their goal. They devour as much information as they can to help them achieve their goals. They also learn from previous mistakes and try again until they have it right.
Successful athletes make sacrifices. They realise that if they want to achieve their goal they must put all their efforts into attaining that goal. This means giving up free time, perhaps not having a social life, in the case of athletes, giving up favourite foods. They have the ability to stay focussed and look for the end goal.
Running a marathon before I was 55 was on my bucket list. I had started running at 50 and am certainly not a natural runner, however I DID run my marathon two weeks before my 55th birthday and in the time I wanted to.
So how could I achieve my dream?
1. I set my goal
2. I was determined to achieve it
3. I sacrificed time with my husband and family to train
4. I never gave up
5. I had the passion and enthusiasm to keep my dream alive
6. I achieved my goal and have the medal to prove it!
Success comes in many forms
We don’t all aspire to be successful athletes or successful in business BUT we can be successful in what we want in life.
I used the example of a successful athlete, and there are successful people in business, however to me, a successful person is one who is happy and contented in their life. They have worked hard at discovering who they are and love their life. They live life to the full, have a passion for living and are brave enough not to conform to society’s general interpretation of success.
Being happy and contented is not really as easy as it sounds. Society is so focused on money and material possessions that if you don’t have these, you are not regarded as successful. This puts pressure on people to perform. They work in jobs they aren’t happy doing. They put up with relationships they aren’t happy in. They continually try to please other people in an attempt to be accepted. They battle through life and then at the end wonder what it was all for.
How often do people say I’ll be happy when……
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This type of success eludes so many people. Yes, they may have more money or material possessions than you, but they still feel something is missing and go through life discontented and unhappy.
So whatever your benchmark of success is, know that is doesn’t happen by accident but by a combination of passion, determination, sacrifice, hard work and learning.
Let’s Keep Sizzling!
This article was first published at #FridayReflections