To me personally, living a happy life, with peace and quiet in my heart, is success!
Success is not what other people want us to be. It is not building an image of someone we are not.
In order to really be a success... successful in life... we need to look inside and find our goals.
Everyone will find something... and if we reach these goals we will feel successful.
We might get there after a while... and find that this particular goal was not it....
But this is another story.
The definition of success - is really quite simple:
'Success is the realization of our dreams, goals, and ideas.'
Since everyone has somewhat different dreams... the achievement of success will be related to these individual targets.
Success means achievement, accomplishment, victory, and triumph.
The dictionary states that success is “The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted; the gaining of fame or prosperity."
or "the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors."
Success will not stand alone, it is always connected to something we set as our goal... something we want to achieve.
So the first step to being successful is to HAVE A GOAL.
A goal is really important!
The idea of goal setting is important. But we shouldn't set our goals somewhere in the far future... and in the meantime... wait for success...
The way, the path itself towards the achievement of our goals - is part of the success.
Never put your life on hold.
Deepak Chopra explains True Meaning of Success in the video below:
We need to find the best - and most relevant - goals...
Set Priorities - Which goals need to be addressed first - for quickest achievement of success?
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Steven Covey describes a prioritization scheme in his book: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
In this concept, tasks are divided into four quadrants - when asking the Q1- Q4 questions we can quickly find the priorities for tasks leading to our goal:
Q1 - Important and Urgent
Q2 - Important but Not Urgent
Q3 - Not Important but Urgent
Q4 - Not Important and Not Urgent
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Q1 - Here are the tasks that cannot be delayed, there is no real choice... it needs to be done!
Q2 - Important but Not Urgent - This area is the most interesting quadrant - Why? because we have choices! The things in our lives that fall under this category are the things we often put off.
We say: 'If I had the time I would... (fill in the blanks)'.
If we want to get closer to our goal... this is the area we should invest energy in... with Focus.
... things like - start a healthy diet, make new friends, write a book, start a savings plan, write a business plan...
These are important changes and they will lead to success.
Q3 - Not Important but Urgent - there are not many tasks that fall under this quadrant - in any case we don't really have a choice... it has to be done and so takes care of itself.
Q4 - Not Important and Not Urgent - The area of life were we just waste a lot of time... these tasks are not important... they are effortless tasks like watching TV, playing computer games, chatting on Facebook, etc...
Much of the time we spend in Q4 can be used in the Q2 areas of life - then we are on the path of achievement and success.
Is it by how much money or stuff we have amassed, or is it by the legacy you leave behind? Should we equate a successful life with material possessions. There are millions of people who lead successful, fulfilled lives with modest means...
I might see my life as a success, while the world around me thinks I'm a failure...
True Meaning of Success - I personally like Maharaji's approach:
You are alive... this is your opportunity... take it!
This is success!
Is it because they're smart? Or are they just lucky?
Neither and both...
Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into a 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.
It's funny and... true!
The first thing is PASSION.
Freeman Thomas says, "I'm driven by my passion."
Do it for love;
Don't do it for money.
Carol Coletta says, "I would pay someone to do what I do."
And the interesting thing is: if you do it for love, the money comes anyway.
Rupert Murdoch said to me, "It's all hard work. Nothing comes easily. But I have a lot of fun."
Did he say fun? Rupert? Yes! Have fun working. And they work hard. I figured, they're not workaholics. They're workafrolics.
Alex Garden says, "To be successful put your nose down in something and get damn good at it."
Practice, practice, practice...
Norman Jewison said to me, "I think it all has to do with focusing yourself on one thing."
David Gallo says, "Push yourself. Physically, mentally, you've gotta push, push, push."
You gotta push through shyness and self-doubt.
Goldie Hawn says, "I always had self-doubts. I wasn't good enough; I wasn't smart enough. I didn't think I'd make it."
Now it's not always easy to push yourself, and that's why they invented mothers.
Frank Gehry said to me, "My mother pushed me."
Sherwin Nuland says, "It was a privilege to serve as a doctor."
Now a lot of kids tell me they want to be millionaires. And the first thing I say to them is:
"OK, well you can't serve yourself; you gotta serve others, do something of value. Because that's the way people really get rich."
Bill Gates says, "I had an idea: founding the first micro-computer software company."
I'd say it was a pretty good idea. And there's no magic to creativity in coming up with ideas -- it's just doing some very simple things.
And I give lots of evidence.
Joe Kraus says, "Persistence is the number one reason for our success. " You gotta persist through failure. You gotta persist through crap! Which of course means "Criticism, Rejection, Assholes and Pressure."
Do these eight things - and trust me, these are the big eight things that lead to success.