We tend to think of success in terms of impressive outcomes: advanced degrees, luxury homes and cars, executive and celebrity status. But consider the very simple definition of success: “The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” Every goal we achieve – small and significant, known by everyone or just ourselves – is success. Do we acknowledge the success we achieve each day?
THINK & DO
Define your own success. Peel away any grand expectations imposed by other people, your community or society. Apply the simple definition of success. What goal or purpose have you accomplished? Even just today, what aim did you achieve? When we consider our accomplishments and celebrate their success, we invite potential for higher aims and continued success.
What if we reversed the formula of hard work plus success equals happiness, so that happiness becomes a factor in our success? Psychologist Shawn Achor makes a strong argument for this shift in his Tedx talk, “The Happy Secret to Better Work,” that’s as entertaining as it is profound.
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"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."
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