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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Deciphering Success

The word that has always intrigued me is “Success”. I have always wondered what it takes to be successful and what exactly success meant. The dictionary describes success as “an event that accomplishes its intended purpose”. If you went by the dictionary meaning, cutting up vegetables for the purpose of cooking is an example of success. But do we really see success in that? The answer is - obviously not.

I’ve seen people clubbing success with the amount of wealth and the kind of life style a person leads. So generally, it is assumed that a person who drives a luxury car, lives in a plush apartment and consistently travels to exotic locales is very successful. Has anyone really observed the kind of lifestyle such people lead? Are they really successful? Are they really happy? In short, success and happiness go hand in hand, happiness comes in the form of satisfaction. For the same reason, if you observe the lower income group, they tend to be more happy and satisfied as they find their success in having meals three times a day.

The general argument is that if satisfaction is termed as success, you end up limiting your goals. You have the potential, but since you are already satisfied with your life, you do not challenge yourself and in the long run, the sense of dissatisfaction sets in. So what is the secret to success? Surely there are no shortcuts and generalizations, it varies from person to person.

You need to be open to challenges, keep facing them, enjoy the entire process and never worry over the results. If you are able to crack the riddles, more will open for you. If you are unable to, you will surely clear it next time. In short, don’t complicate your life, make simple goals, and attempt the opportunities thrown at you. If throughout the process, a sense of satisfaction prevails and your face radiates a smile, you are indeed successful!


Anonymous said...

success may bring in satisfaction, however satisfaction may delay success or even scuttle it

വാല്‍നക്ഷത്രം said...

The point is all along its only satisfaction,success and dissatisfaction..Where is peace? I think peace is the absolute calmness of mind devoid of the need to be satisfied or succeed. And it can be just where you are. No need to run behind anything.