Many describe it as climbing, an uphill struggle to reach the summit. Like any climb, it helps to know what we’re reaching for exactly. Or else, how do we know that we’ve made it?
Some measure genuine success by awards, income or position. Truly ‘successful’ people disagree. Billionaire maverick, Richard Branson says, “It’s a common misconception that money is every entrepreneur’s metric for success. It’s not, and nor should it be.”
So, if pay, position and prestige don’t equal ‘making it’, then what is the measure of true success? Here are five ways to achieve the real deal:
Does what you do help others? Answering ‘yes’ to that question means you’ve got purpose. Indeed, tech-visionary, Steve Jobs, made it his life’s priority. “Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful, that's what matters to me,” he said.
Shake off the ‘win at all costs’ attitude and try kindness. It works because it’s impossible to achieve anything worthwhile alone and a nasty attitude doesn’t win friends or support. It’s also particularly useful because it helps fuel energy and esteem—two essential ingredients for doing great work.
Success isn’t a fairy tale. So, the advice to ‘keep dreaming’ could be mistaken. While it’s important to visualise what success looks like, that’s only half the task. In reality, any meaningful achievement takes effort.
Failure isn’t the opposite of success, just a pit stop in your climb. Author, JK Rowling, once said, “failure meant a stripping away of the inessential… rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt.”
Psychologists agree. They believe that failing forces us to adapt and improve. So, don’t fear failure. Instead, use letdowns to learn, try again and do better.
Look after yourself:
An old saying goes, ‘A live dog is better off than a dead lion’. Are you so busy climbing the so-called success ladder that you neglect your health?
A sound body and mind are vital to success. It’s well-known that exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle not only lowers your risk of diseases but also boosts intelligence and creativity while reducing absences at work!
In Richard Branson’s words, “true success should be measured by how happy you are.” Stop looking at superficial measures and win by having a clear purpose, being kind, working hard, learning from failure and looking after the most critical key to success and happiness—yourself.