How Do You Define Success?

"Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire."
~Arnold H. Glasow

One of the truths that I find most frustrating as a coach is that many people believe that success, in whatever field of endeavor they are currently striving, is rather like winning the lottery. However, many people believe success is even more random because they aren't buying a ticket. They are simply, passively waiting for success.

Many people want things – they want to be rich, they want to be at the top of their profession, they want a successful marriage, they want to raise great kids, they want to be respected in their community, and so on. But what do they do to achieve this success? Are they working both hard and smart toward their financial goals and living frugally while they do so? Are they constantly learning and striving at their job? Are they showing their spouse or significant other love, consideration, understanding, and generosity? Are they spending time with their children both modeling how to be a good person and being generous with their love and understanding? Are they regularly proving themselves an asset within their community by being a good neighbor in every sense of the word?

How do you define success? Is it money, career, love, marriage, family, friendship, respect, community?

If we really want this success then we will set ourselves on fire. We won't wait for spontaneous combustion.


 

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