Usually when people use the word “success” they are referring to money. We would all agree that Donald Trump is a very “successful man” but what about the rest of us? While most of us cannot be compared to Mr. Trump in the financial sense of the word I am sure that we are successful in our own lives in many different ways. So what is the meaning of a truly successful life?
For starters I think the most important measure of success is happiness and that comes from a lot of different places. In my humble opinion if you are happy than you have achieved success, real success. I know that there are plenty of people in the world that have a lot of money but they are clearly not happy. How many times have you seen a famous pop singer or rock star destroy their selves by using drugs or a famous actor with a serious drinking problem? For me this is proof positive that they are not very happy even though they seem to have everything that anyone could ever want.
So what is the secret to leading a truly successful life? Some people achieve happiness by achieving goals that they have set for themselves. Others are content in their life because they are the best at what they do and take great pride in their accomplishments. Still others find contentment in a more personal manner such as helping others to achieve their personal best or contributing to various charities or causes to improve the lives of those less fortunate than themselves. Although I think that this is a wonderful thing to do I also think that giving of your time to someone else is the most valuable gift of all.
Time is the one thing that can never be replaced. When we give of our time and effort to help someone else than we are truly sacrificing for their benefit. It’s easy to give money (especially when you have a lot of it) but giving of yourself takes effort, commitment and sincerity. I believe that true success is not measured in what we think of ourselves but rather what others think of us. I remember a saying I heard many years ago that I have never forgotten. It went something like this: No one ever said on their deathbed, “Gosh, I wish I had worked more”. Maybe we can all learn something from this almost forgotten wisdom.