The definition of success is too broad and abstract for all of us to come up with its true meaning. It can mean different things for other people. In work we define success as achieving a goal or doing something great and being praised about it. In order to achieve it, we must work hard and try to believe in our own capabilities. People, who are successful in one project, tend to be more successful in other projects. This is because they get the feeling that their hard work pays off and that a goal is worth their time and effort. Success usually goes hand in hand with appreciation. If someone we know succeeds at what he or she does, we will most certainly congratulate them. This will make them feel good and motivate them even further.
To others, success means being the best in what they do. This is usually found in Perfectionists and Sports. This means that it requires a higher degree of effort in order to achieve their goals; just being able to participate and having a passing mark or a good grade just doesn’t cut it. In sports, you do not simply want to be good. You want to be the best, to be first in crossing the finish line and maybe achieve a new world record. People who always want to be the best are usually more disappointed if they do not achieve their goals.
Another truth about success is that it can create envy. If you are good at what you do, others will want to be good at the same thing, and if they are not as good as you, they will envy you. This means that success can create a bitter taste in your mouth, because instead of being happy about your achievements, people are mean to you. In this case it is important not to forget that you have done well and that there are many other people who appreciate what you have done. Just think about it this way: if people envy you, you have done something right. And if you are lucky, the envious people will see your success as a means of motivation for achieving their own goals.
Success means more to some people than to others. Some want to be successful by all means, others are satisfied by simply trying and giving their best, whether they succeed or not.
But through the years when you have achieved your goals; you achieved the amount of money you ever wanted, the material things you oh so longed for when you were a child is now just sitting by your side, and the profession you have worked on through the years is finally earned. You see your children playing in the yard living the moment you once had. All seemed so wonderful and blissful but why is there a feeling in your heart that makes you feel somehow hollow. That somehow the feeling of success is just the transparent joy of achieving your goals. That is the exact feeling you have when you forgot something; and the saddest part is that you don’t know what.
By being the best that we can be, we are losing the grip of what is truly important in the field of success. We disregard the road we are taking just to achieve that goal. We destroy homes, relations and fellowships that once were so important but now are just pieces of broken promises. We lose sight of what is truly important.
The success of the hero was never the best part of the story, but the friendships he made, the tears he had to catch and the pain and pride he had to swallow in order to reach that moment of glory. It is not the “happy ending” that makes the story worth reading but the happiness that goes along with the adventure. We lost track of what the real meaning of success is. Success is when you look back on your memories and have a smile on your face. Remembering all the hardships and foolishness you have done throughout the years and saying to yourself, “Wow! I did all that. I never thought that I could do thing by myself back then. But I did.” and then wishing just to be in that time again. That is the true definition of success.