Don’t Make Success So Hard To Achieve





Success really isn’t hard to find, if you know where to look. And how to look there. Unfortunately most folks consider the measurement of success is the abundance of ‘stuff.’ He with the most stuff, wins. They are the most successful, just look at them!

Actually, nothing could be farther from the truth. Think about the stories you have heard of folks living over 100, stress free, happy as a clam, and in what most would consider abject poverty. Even those smoking a corn cob pipe.

It’s not the ‘stuff’, or more precisely, the abundance of stuff.

There are those that will argue that their stuff brings them immense pleasure. A day out on the boat is better than any day on land, bar none. Traveling to different lands and meeting new people is an eye opener and makes people happy. I totally agree (having done both).


The Only Measure of Success You Need

So to be successful, you need to discover, determine, and answer one simple question. What makes you happy?

Really! What makes you happy. If you can answer that simple question, then write it down on an index card and carry it around with like a roadmap. You would be surprised how many people can’t answer that one question.

And here’s a clarifier. Do you anticipate that you’ll be happy doing that or having that which makes you happy, whatever that is, for the rest of your life? Good! Then if you want to achieve success, keep doing that.

No where on any job application does it ask you to list your stuff, or assets so they can accurately determine how successful you might be. Or what you bring to the table to make their company more successful.

Have you ever seen a resume’ with a listing of a persons stuff so the job they are going after will know how successful they are? NO!

Success is not measured by stuff. You are successful when you are happy with yourself, your surroundings, and your station in life. Your interpretation of those things, not comparing them to, or anyone else’s opinion of them.


You Say When You Are A Success

You say when you are successful. It’s that simple.

John Lennon relates that when he was growing up his mom used to say that happiness was the key to life. So when he went to school they asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. “John continues: “I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, I told them they didn’t understand life.”

At that point I don’t think John Lennon was dreaming of being in a worldly famous ground breaking rock band and thus being successful beyond his wildest dreams. He was 5 years old! But he knew he wanted to be ‘happy’.

And he became just that! The rest is history.

Now, what makes you happy? What really makes you happy?