Success: noun 1. the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
Success is one of those slippery terms that seems to mean different things to different people. That is O.K., but if you are going to go after it, you’d better have a clear sense of what it means to you.
What is it you are aiming for?
What is your purpose?
For me, success is built around time. I want to have enough of it to enjoy my kids while they are young, enough to spend time with my wife, enough to pursue passions of my own. As best I can, I purposefully build my life around the concept of time. I continually ask myself, “Is this project/task/work worth the time it will take?”
My definition of success is what lead me to embark on a career as an executive resume writer. If I have to, I can get my work done at 2 in the morning while the rest of my family is asleep. (Luckily that doesn’t happen too often.)
However, your definition of success may be quite different. Perhaps you have a 5-year plan with concrete goals you want to hit. Maybe you have a dream job that you are carefully laying the groundwork for. Maybe your idea of success is helping others reach their goals.
Whatever your concept of a successful life, sometimes it helps to stop and really think about what it will take to achieve your goals. With that in mind, what follows are the 5 most searched quotes on success with a brief explanation of what they mean.
1. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
Fear of failure is a real, honest-to-god, stumbling block for many of the most successful people in the world. What sets them apart is that they want to succeed more than they are afraid to fail. Cultivating a desire to succeed should be the first step towards becoming successful.
2. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. ~ Vince Lombardi
Once you have the desire to achieve your goals, you have to build the will to keep at it no matter what may come. Because trust me, you will hit road bumps, blocks and outright detours a long the way. When that happens don’t think you are too weak or too uneducated to keep at it. It is will more than anything that allows successful people to make it.
3. To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. ~ Mark Twain
Everyone should have someone in their life who has their best interests in mind and will be straight with them when they need it. But, for the most part, you should hold fast to your goals no matter what others think. Sometimes others will criticize you for continuing along your path. A little self-imposed ignorance goes along way. Don’t let yourself get rationalized out your you idea of success. At the end of the day, this is about your story, not everyone else’s.
4. If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it! ~ Jonathan Winters
Your dream isn’t going to just show up on your doorstop one day. More often than not it won’t even meet you half way. You need to go get it. To succeed requires action, the more the better.
5. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston Churchill
Finally, keep reminding yourself that each failure is another stepping stone on the road to success. Edison failed over 1,000 times before inventing the light bulb and I am pretty sure everyone would consider him a success.