How is success measured?
What does it mean to you?
Are you only successful when other people think you are?
What defines success?
There is no defining answer on what success truly is. Most people I've come into contact with view success as only attainable when you reach a certain age or status in life.
But everyone defines success differently and there is nothing wrong with that. What is wrong, is when people try to push what they think success means onto someone else and say that that other person is not successful. Now let’s take a mother for example, it doesn’t matter how many kids you have, if you have one or ten, you are still a mother. But in the world we live in I have heard people say “She’s not going to be successful in life”, “She’s going to have to take care of her kids for the rest of her life” or “She’ll be too busy to accomplish anything”. Now these statements just make me want to punch someone in the face. How did you get so ignorant to not see the great accomplishments of a mother? Anyway let me ask you this question, who do you think is going to be happier with their life? Which by the way, for me that is where true success is measured; it’s our “HAPPINESS”. I can tell you that that mother with those ten kids will be a much happier person for the simple fact that for the rest of her life she has a network of friends to be proud of and to hold on too when things are not going the way she planned. Think about it for a second, how many friends from high school do you still have?
I can go on and on about the accomplishments of a mother and I probably will next time, but for now I’m talking about the meaning of success. So what’s the point in life if we are not trying to obtain happiness? Now a lot of people say I can never be happy unless I’m successful. BULL CRAP, how the heck would you ever have success if you first didn’t have happiness? So how do you measure success? Answer: Happiness!!!
Below is what success looks like in our House