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Meaning Of Success

Aug 18, 2007
Long ago a wise person said: "No matter what I do, I just can't seem to figure out this thing called -"Success".

I don't blame him, because sometimes the meaning of success is not understood even by very successful people. Success isn't something you can define. You can't express it. You can't see or smell it. You can just experience it!

I referred the dictionary to check for the meaning of success and it described the word as "An event that accomplishes its intended purpose". It is by far the finest definition of Success I've ever come across. But is Success only about the accomplishment of your goals?? And if the answer is 'Yes', then why is Success termed as the "Indefinable"?? Success comes in myriad forms. The meaning of success is different for every individual. It depends on the quest of your life. People strive for attaining it for their whole lives.

Some people are lucky enough to achieve their goals and become successful while for the others success remains a mystery, an elusion!! You'll come across several successful people in your life: entrepreneurs, actors, political leaders, sportsperson. If you ask them what is the key to success, the most common answers you will get are hard work, perseverance, proper planning and goal setting, a confidant psychology and self image, positive attitude. There's no single sure-shot key to achieve success in life. It's a blend of a number of "ingredients" in the right proportion which creates the best recipe for success.

If you want to become one of those successful people in life, first try and understand what is the meaning of success for you? What are your achievements and what more do you want from Life? What would make you happy? Once you answer these questions, spend some time for Goal setting. Plan how you want to achieve your goal. Are you ready to put in the effort and do you have the proper resources? And the most important: Are you confident enough to reach your aim?
Once you've brainstormed and are ready to begin your journey of success, the only things you should keep in mind are: Your goal, Perseverance and a High self esteem.

Trust me, there are only 0.01% people who become successful in their first attempt. Infact when Thomas Edison was trying to make the electric bulb, after thousands of unsuccessful attempts, he said: "I haven't failed, I've identified 10,000 ways of lighting the bulb that doesn't work." This self-confidence and Persistent determination was the key for the success of this great scientist. Always achieving what you want is not the true meaning of success.

The meaning of success lies in the courage of overcoming your fears and failure and continue doing your work without being disheartened. Always remember, if you have the faith in yourself and if you keep working towards your goals without letting failures affect your self esteem, one day you'll reach the stars. And even if you don't, atleast you'll have the satisfaction that you were honest with your efforts.

Once you figure out your personal meaning of success and have a clear understanding of what is important to you, you will see that your dreams are within arm's length. You can achieve anything and everything once you are sure of what you want to do and the most vital part of being sure is to have confidence in yourself and what you plan to do. This is only possible once you start loving yourself and your work. Loving yourself is important because if you don't love yourself, you'll never have the confidence to grow. Loving your work is important because Success is driven by passion. Unless and until you are very passionate about something and crave for it, you will not be able to put your 100% in accomplishing it.

"Success is a journey, not a destination". Its not just the accomplishment of a single goal. It is a continuous process of accomplishments that collectively amount to a major achievement in life.
So, go ahead, explore the meaning of success, work sincerely for it and achieve what you always wanted to and you'll soon find your name up there in the list of successful people!
About the Author
Stephen C Campbell (Business Consultant, Master NLP Practitioner) has published more information on discovering the secrets to living a truly prosperous life at
http://www.handbookfortheambitious.com/
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