What the heck is success, anyway? Everyone talks about it – all the self-help gurus want it for you (and them) – but what exactly are we talking about it here?
What does success actually mean to you?
Well in this success article I’d like to explore what success means to me, why it’s important, and how this might help you in your ‘quest for success’.
And, as ever, to help me I’ve enlisted the services of 3 inspirational quotes – they successfully made it here where thousands of other success quotes failed (if ya get me!).
So these success quotes REALLY should be able to help, here, then…
Success Quotes #1:
“A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.” — Elbert Hubbard
Yes, I believe that one of the myths of success is that it should be about avoiding failure. Failure to make a great impression with that pretty woman (or interesting man) you just met. Failure to complete that project at work as well as you’d liked. Failure to be the ‘fun person’ you think other people are.
None of these ‘failures’ are really failures, they’re just things that happened differently to the way we first imagined.
The great thing is, though, that people that succeed actively seek these so-called ‘failures’, so that they can learn. Any dating guru you can think of went through a whole series of ‘failures’ before they found their success. (And most personal growth gurus usually got their start from some kind of massive ‘failure’ also.)
As with most things self-help it ain’t what happens to ya that matters but how you respond.
And maybe the only ‘failure’ going on in your lack of success is not learning well enough from your failures (or, maybe, not failing enough).
Food for thought, don’t you think…
Success Quotes #2:
“Success doesn’t come to you… you go to it.” — Marva Collins
Yes, you need to get out there and give it a go. Think that thought – outrageous or otherwise – and put it into action. And learn from the experience; each experience taking you close to ‘it’, to success. (Think of Thomas Edison’s famous 10,000 ways something won’t work, in his quest for success.)
So you need to turn up, when it comes to success. And that can mean failing more, but it definitely means giving it a go. So, making this a little personal, things I’ve thought but done nothing about in the last few years include:
* Learning to play an instrument (had a few singing lessons, but still)
* Learning to speak a new language (been on-and-off with learning Spanish for nearly 20 years can you believe!)
* Becoming a ‘performer’ (did my first open mic stand-up comedy this year, and I go regularly to Toastmasters, but I’m a long way off from even knowing what kind of performer I want to be)
See? It’s easy to have ideas and then give up at the first hurdle, it really is. Success comes from not giving up on these ideas, from finding ways of reminding yourself of your thoughts on a regular basis so you end up taking action (even if it means having to write a success article, like I’m doing).
Success finds a way, IF you turn up – day in, day out!…
Success Quotes #3:
“There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” — Christopher Morley
Which leads me to that thorny question of what success is anyway. Which is quite easy, really, because success is this…
* Success is whatever it is YOU think it is
Which means success is NOT thinking other people’s thoughts, and living out other people’s dreams. You have to work out what you want, and make it happen. Even if, at the end of it all, all you end up doing is ferrying passengers from one part of the river to the other (as Siddharta did in my favourite novel of the same name by Herman Hesse).
Success is for you to define! And I hope you will, starting today…
From Steve M Nash – Editor of http://www.SelfHelpCollective.com
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