What is Success?
By Rassin Roshan | SEO-Social-Marketing.com | February 12, 2015
Every person worldwide understands the noun “success” differently. Many dictionaries describe “success” slightly different. Per Oxford Dictionariesin simple terms, “Success is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” Or in other words, a person who achieves desired aim or attains prosperity.
Is every person successful? Do we all come from successful families? Do we all agree on our parent’s version of success? How do we measure success?
Each question can be an essay of itself! In order to respond to these three questions in one setting, yet not to exceed our readers time and concentration span. Each reader has to analyze him or herself in order to understand the word “Success”. What was our starting point in life? Has each of us educated ourselves to overcome our obstacles?
Perhaps this is not the best approach to answer a question with a question. Yet, it is food-for-thought!
Our human race starts from the day we are born. Each of us has to struggle to stay a life. Once we overcome the first obstacles in life, majority of people worldwide are given a free public school education. Few youngsters would understand the importance of early education. Other youngsters have to be coached by parents and family members on the importance of education. As we all grow up, some take life serious; others lack guidance and fall behind in life. The first 18 years of our lives can determine if an individual is well-educated to become the next successful leader in his or her field. Not every person has to study at a university to achieve success. Success is something that is embedded into our mind.
When a family concentrates to unite and educate their children toward culture, beliefs and morals, that child tends to have a head start in life, to achieve success. To build up self-confidence and respect toward others are deep rewarding qualities, and components in any person’s life.
The Basis of Success
Based on Harvard Business Review, Professor Clayton M. Christensen summarizes success in terms of,
“…not telling what to think, teaching how to think…and allowing other to reach a correct decision on their own.”
Once practicing on “how to think” we understand and respect our environment, family, coworkers, to build ourselves and others up, to become equally unique self-confident individuals, and we achieve recognition!
How to measure success?
Every individual needs to create a strategy for life. To recognize your purpose and set goals and strive to reach them is highly recommended! That is one way to measure success!
Today people think by obtaining material gain may it be a house, car, an education from an accredited school, and a high paying job, these are signs of individual success.
In every culture these material factors are differently rated. In a capitalistic society, these material factors will determine your status.
As you move to the East, countries and societies are all different. Bhutan is best known for its policy of “Gross National Happiness Index.” Based on the Guardian, “It is based on equitable social development, cultural preservation, conservation of the environment and promotion of good governance.”
To implement Gross National Happiness (GNH), in a society, it goes back to a healthy government with a humanistic philosophy, to govern every aspect of its society. This idea is a challenge to execute in a capitalistic society!
Therefore, the meaning of “success” and how to “measure success” is a journey individuals have to take by themselves. We hope to meet a leader, who can teach us how to think, in turn we make sound decisions, not only for ourselves, but also for a better healthier society.
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