I wrote a post about real success more than a year ago. I believed then that real success can only be achieved when you're happy and healthy.
While my belief hasn't changed, I've come to realise that there are three key things that can help you succeed in life.
Of course, I don't believe that I've succeeded. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. But that doesn't stop me from working towards my future with the help of these things.
Let's see what they are.
To succeed in life, you have to be kind. You need to be kind towards yourself (by being happy) and you need to be kind towards others (by making others happy). You need to find the perfect balance between these two components, and trust me, that's when you'll really feel like you're making a difference in the world.
If you're earning lots and lots of money but you're unhappy at the end of the day, you've failed. If you're really rich and really happy, but there's no one else you care about, then you've failed.
Don't give up hope if you're in either of these categories. Start being kind. Start smiling. Start making others smile. Be grateful to yourself, your friends, and your family for everything you are and everything you have.
And then see how you succeed.
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
The only way you can grow as an individual is by learning new things. And to learn things, you need to want to learn them.
It's very important to ask questions. Even if the answer isn't obvious, even if the question is preposterous - you have to speak what's on your mind and you need to be willing to listen to what's on other people's minds.
The more you wonder, the more you speculate about possibilities. And the more you speculate, the more you realise how much you can do - and what you have to do to get there.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
I've written about bravery before, but here I'm talking about the courage and the will to keep trying. You may have ideas, and this idea may help you end poverty - but if you doubt yourself or your capabilities and think, "Well, I just can't do that," or (even worse) "What if people laugh at me?", then you're never going to do what you set out to do.
Even if you fail a million times, you have to be brave enough to keep going. It doesn't matter how far-fetched your dream is or how difficult it is. If you believe in yourself, and if you aren't afraid to do whatever it takes to get there, you will. I can guarantee that.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston S. Churchill
Success, of course, doesn't come easily. And everyone defines success differently. You may say there are other factors to consider when it comes to succeeding in life, and I agree. But the idea of 'success' that doesn't include these three things is very unappealing to me.
As I mentioned earlier, I'm not entirely sure what I want to do with my life, but I'm curious every day. I'm kind to others and myself every day. I fail at many things every day, but I'm willing to keep trying.
I'm on the road to success, dear Geeks. And I hope you are, too.