A Little Secret About Success

April 10, 2015 Colin

Hello everyone! Sorry about missing last week. Fortunately Riley gave a great article last week that made up for my lack of one.  Deciding what to write about this week was a little hard, not because I didn’t have anything to write about rather, I couldn’t decide which topic I wanted to write about. I have so much to say and share as I grow and learn myself.  I Don’t just write these article to share, I also write them to help me dive deeper into my thoughts.  If you ever want to get a better understanding of a concept, write about it or teach someone else. Teaching is one of the best ways to learn. Even if your just teaching yourself by writing in a journal or on a blog.  So I was contemplating what to write about and the reason I was on the fence is because all of my article have been geared towards the uplifting and motivational genre and I wanted to start giving out some, more, technical content,  you know, some business applications and solutions. But I ultimately decided to go with a little different type of article then either. This is a definition article. What I mean my that is, I want to go into defining a word – ‘SUCCESS’.  Actually describing success by simply calling it a word is a little narrow considering it’s power in our world. success2

Success is a concept that has unfortunately been jaded my the monetary side of achievement. So When you hear someone say “that person is super successful”, most folks will automatically consider that person to be rich.  And usually it doesn’t stop there.  We tend to start a whole assumption snow ball that builds as it rolls down the hill, we write our own version of that person’s life, basically. “Oh they got money from mommy and daddy and that’s how they were able to get where they are today”.  Which is the case sometimes, but not so much with the most successful people in the world.  But that’s another topic in itself.  So let’s get back to defining success.  This concept that we all dream of having but we think it’s too far from our reach.  Well what I’m learning is, that it’s not! I can have it, in fact I have had it. Because under the true definition of success we can all achieve it. This definition is best articulated by Earl Nightingale, who by the way is an incredible person who has discovered a lot of life’s big secrets. He says the definition of success is “The progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal!”  That’s it!  Incredible isn’t it?! It’s so simple, all we have to do is have hope and dreams, put them into goals and then work towards achieving them. Nowhere does it say that you need to get rich to be successful. I know that some of you are thinking, “Well my goal is to be rich” , well I hate to break it to you, but I not think that falls under the definition of a worthy goal.  I will say this though, we as people have it backwards I think.  We think that, with money comes success, well in most cases it’s the other way around, with success comes money.  This seems to be the consensus across the board of successful people.  It’s unfortunate that the concept of success has been pigeon holed by greed and lust to just be a result of getting rich.

It may be a hard thing to wrap our heads around since it’s been hammered into our heads for a long time now. But that’s the beauty of life, we can grow! But when the scope of your reality is limited by your experience, it’s hard to imagine anything beyond it. So I suggest we widen our scope then we can experience more and achieve more! With more experiences our scope of reality will widen on its own. But without some faith and understanding of certain god given rights, we will just sit and stare at our life go by. So once you have decided to have a life, go out and get it!

Life Decided

Your world is the living expression of how you are using and have used your mind.

Earl Nightingale