Sunday, February 2, 2014

WHAT SUCCESS REALLY MEANS

 Most people have a vague picture of what success really means, they don't really know what it means to be successful.
And if one doesn't know what success really means how can one possibly achieve it.
Most people tend to equate having what they don't have as a success.
For example, d unhappy rich man may think d happy man is d successful one while d poor happy man believes d rich man is successful one, Or d unmarried woman believes d married woman is successful while d barren married woman believes d fruitful woman is successful and d illiterate fruitful woman believes d educated woman is successful, e.t.c.
Another assumption is to equate success to something u hope to be one day.
But these are all illusions because success is a journey and not a destination. The secret of your success is written on your daily agenda and not what you resolve to do or become some day.
The bible says in Genesis 39 vs 2 "The Lord was with Joseph and he was a SUCCESSFUL man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian" Even as a slave in Potiphar's house, Joseph was regarded as successful. A slave can even be successful, can u imagine.
Vague pictures people equate as success could be;
the wealth of Bill gates
the physique of Arnold Schwarzenegger
the intelligence of Albert Einstein
the athletic ability of Micheal Jordan or Usain Bolt
the business prowess of Donald Trump or Aliko Dangote
the imagination of Walt Disney
the heart of mother Theresa. e.t.c
Many of us picture success as looking like one other than who we are.
If u tried to become just like even one of these people above, u wouldn't be successful. U would just be a bad imitation of them and u would eliminate the possibility of becoming d unique great person u were meant to be.
It should be noted that there is no stereotype pathway to success but there is a unique pathway for everyone that aspire to succeed.
SO SUCCESS IS KNOWING UR PURPOSE IN LIFE, GROWING TO REACH UR MAXIMUM POTENTIAL AND SOWING THE SEEDS THAT BENEFIT OTHERS.
By this definition, u can see why success is a journey rather than destination.
No matter how long u live or what u decide to do in life, u will never exhaust ur capacity to grow towards ur potential or run out of opportunities to help others.
When u see success as a journey, u will never have the problem of trying to arrive at an elusive final destination. And u will never find urself in a position where u av accomplished some final goal only to discover that u re still unfulfilled and searching for something else.
The very moment that u make the shift to finding ur purpose, growing to ur potential and helping others, successful is something u re right now and not something u vaguely hope to be one day or someday

Culled from the book, Your roadmap to success by John C.Maxwell

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