So, how do you define success? There are as many ways to talk about success as there are people who meet and exceed their goals. In other words, the definition of success that you end up with will begin with the person you ask. Every person you ask will likely give you a slightly different definition of success. Because of this, in the end you will end up with a myriad of definitions, each one as valid to the person who articulated it as the next.
So, how do you make sense out of all these competing versions and visions of success? It goes without saying that each person has to define what success is for them. There is no substitute for personal vision when it comes to overall happiness in life. Success, when you come right down to it, is simply a way for any one person to measure personal happiness. To paraphrase the song, if it makes you happy, then it can’t be that bad.
So, one way of defining success is personal happiness. The problem is that equating happiness with success doesn’t get us out of the woods. This happens because a large number of people don’t fully understand exactly what it is that makes them happy. You see while happiness is often thought of as a state of mind, it is actually a conscious choice. Continue reading
Those who have had to struggle in life generally make excellent, successful business owners. Do you wonder why that is? When you’ve struggled in life, you learn a lot about who you are, and what you’re made of. These life lessons translate exceptionally well to business.
Those who have experienced struggle know how to hustle. They have a sense of urgency in everything they do. One business owner put it this way: “I think of my success as if there is always someone waiting to take it away from me.”
When you know how to hustle, enough is never, well, enough. There is a desire for more – not from a selfish perspective, but because you never know when what you have will be unexpectedly gone. To ensure that never happens, you always strive for much more than you have. This perpetuates the extreme success that most individuals who know how to hustle will experience.
So can you experience this same level of success if you haven’t truly struggled in life? Of course you can!
The key is in not settling for enough. They key is in always realizing that your success could be gone in an instant – and with it, everything you’ve worked for. When you internalize that, you realize that you can’t ever become complacent – and therein lies the hustle mentality. Continue reading