|What is the meaning of true success? |
Giselle Hudson Personal Brand Developer & Alignmen Thursday, May 18 2017
When we consider success, we think in terms of goal achievement. In an article in “Planet Success”, after describing success in terms of achieving desired goals, writer Steve Mueller shared this: “Furthermore, success can be a certain social status that describes a prosperous person who could also have gained fame for its favorable outcome. The dictionary describes success as the following: “attaining wealth, prosperity and/or fame”.” When success is described in that way, it suggests that it’s something external to ourselves that we are striving for. I like Napoleon Hill’s definition. He says that “true success is marked by the satisfaction of knowing you have done a job and done it well – that you have achieved the goal you set for yourself.” This definition makes success very personal. The measure as to whether you have achieved success is determined by you and you alone.
In an essay titled “Motivate Yourself to Achieve Success” Hill says, that Einstein never attained great wealth in his lifetime, but could anyone say he was unsuccessful? Einstein reached the top of his profession and changed the world because he knew what he wanted to do and had a plan for achieving it! How many of us do our jobs and do it well consistently? I’ll go first: There are times when I have done a job that I could have probably done better but thought “it’s good enough”. Here’s the thing with dropping the bar in your life: once you start to drop in one area, you tend to transfer to other areas and before you know it, you’ve dropped your standard of operating across the board.
How many of us can truthfully say that when we set goals, we achieve what we set out to do? This is another area where I sometimes find myself accepting “good enough”. It’s not what I wanted but hey, it was better than where I was and so I feel satisfied. But am I really satisfied? I tell myself and others that I am, but in the stillness within, I know where I intended to go and am fully aware that I am not there yet.
So how do we truly attain and enjoy success on our own terms? We adopt a mindset of experimentation. What do I mean? First let’s nix the word expert. Inc.
columnist Mandy Antoniacci shared this story: “I was recently interviewed on a podcast that offers advice to budding entrepreneurs. One of the questions posed to me by the interviewer was, “what advice would you give to people looking to become thought leaders or experts in their field?” My immediate response was...
“remove the word expert from your vocabulary.” For me, referring to yourself as an ‘expert’ in any field assumes the position that you have reached your fullest potential. It implies you have attained a thrilling pinnacle in your career and that your thirst for knowledge in a particular subject has been quenched.” What if we simply replaced the term “expert” with “student”? Insight’s founder Justin Bariso says “When you’ve switched your focus from expert to student, instead of limiting yourself or becoming overly concerned with how you are viewed by others, your primary concern would be one of growth.” Mistakes would no longer be viewed as “failures”; rather, all mistakes would become “learning opportunities.” Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella has implemented this mindset at Microsoft: “Some people can call it rapid experimentation, but more importantly, we call it ‘hypothesis testing.’ Instead of saying, ‘I have an idea,’ what if you said, ‘I have a new hypothesis, let’s go test it, see if it’s valid … ask: how quickly can we validate it?’ And if it’s not valid, move on to the next one.” There’s no harm in claiming failure, if the hypothesis doesn’t work. It’s through a series of failures, a series of hypothesis testing, that we make progress.
So, whether you’re a CEO, an employee, entrepreneur, business leader, a parent, or a child, try it out today: decide on your goal and figure out a plan for achieving it. Put your plan into action immediately. Test the waters. Look and learn: figure out what’s working and what’s not working.
Put your all into it. Do this to the best of your ability.
Make changes. Go at it again from a different angle. This is your success we’re talking about. No one can determine how you’re going to measure it, but you will know when you get there.
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