If you think about it, 99% of the time that we refer to someone as being “successful” we are talking about money, right? I mean, we never refer to a beloved grandfather as being successful or someone that spends their entire day hanging out at the local pub as a raging success, but how do we know?
Success is not about having a ton of money in the bank or owning 15 retail outlets, it is about being satisfied with your life. While it is true that a certain amount of money is required to be comfortable, it is not a measure of one’s self worth. If you wake up early in the morning and eager to begin your day, you are successful. If you have people in your life that you deeply care about and they feel the same about you, you are successful. If you enjoy your daily activities and look forward to doing them, you are successful.
How many times have we seen people achieve an incredible level of financial success and maybe even fame but they are not happy? I agree that a lack of money can make us miserable but an abundance of money is not guaranteed to make us happy. Have you ever had a good paying job that you hated? Were you happy when you woke up on Monday morning? Most people in this situation are doing the same thing; they are waiting for the weekend to finally arrive. They spend 5 days a week waiting for the other 2. Regardless of how much money they may be earning, there is no way that I could consider them to be successful.
So how does one find true success in their life? The old saying that “we need to do what we need to do” is true. Financial obligations take priority in our lives and consume most of our time. Most of us are way too busy to figure out what makes us truly happy. We spend the majority of our time committed to those things that we must do instead of those things that we like to do.
Personally, I believe the only way to find success is to take a risk. Yes, a risk. You know that guy at the local pub that’s been in business for 10 years? He looks pretty happy, right? He probably is because he has realized his dream. He is doing what he wants to do every single day of his life. He is truly successful but I bet it didn’t come easy. If you have the chance, talk to him sometime. You might find out that he mortgaged his home to get started. You might find out how rough it was in the beginning but somehow he made it. You will realize that he risked everything he had to become successful, and more importantly, happy.
If you are not living your dream than maybe it’s time to take that chance. It’s completely possible that you might not make it, but how will you ever be truly successful if you never even try?