What is True Success?
by Phoenix Desertsong, All About Results!
You may believe success lies in getting results. Believe it or not, success is not always about winning. Success comes from doing your best. But, that doesn’t mean that you have to be the best in your field to succeed. It means you just to be the best at what you are best at doing.
Success is not driving the most expensive car or having millions of dollars in the bank. True success goes far beyond material things or your bank balance. Here are the four things you need to do to find true success:
- Live your life to the fullest
- Live life on your own terms
- Give everything you do your all
- Live without regret
These four things sound extremely simple. But, while many people understand what they mean, only a small minority ever realize all, if any, of these concepts. Let’s look at what it takes to meet each of these four things in daily life.
Life Your Life to the Fullest
While highly cliched, the core message of this phrase is still good. Always find a way to make the most of every day. No, you may not be highly productive or even accomplish something significant every day. What you can do is always find a way to improve yourself. That may just be reading something interesting, helping out a friend, or finding a recreational activity that you enjoy that also allows you to recharge.
Basically, don’t just sit around and wait for things to happen. Make things happen. They won’t always work out well. But, as long as you keep moving, you’ll always find ways to make the most of each day and spare moment that you have. That's how you start living life to the fullest!
Life Life on Your Own Terms
Don’t let people tell you how to live your life. There is no ONE best way to live. You need to discover for yourself what your best life looks like.
Many people believe that living life on your own terms means being your own boss and setting off on your own. While that's true to a degree, you can still find yourself subject to the whims of others. That's true even if you run your own successful business.
Living life on your own terms actually means being self-aware and self-confident enough to know when compromise is worth it in order to achieve success. You also have to recognize when it will only hold you back. You need to know yourself well enough to know when you are no longer moving forward, then are willing to take the risks and steps necessary to continue to grow. These steps are rarely easy, but no one ever said success was easy.
Give Everything You Do Your All
It’s actually very common for us to just do the minimum amount of work required to perform a certain task. It actually is better to give full effort to each thing that you set yourself to doing. That's because then you will naturally do the best job that you can.
It becomes a good habit to pour yourself into each task. Even the seemingly most mundane tasks have their purpose. In the process, you may find ways to make mundane tasks easier to do or even fun. So, giving your all has its benefits.
Live Without Regret
Regret is powerful, especially when you regret opportunities you could’ve taken better advantage of at the time or missed entirely. This is why it’s important to give your all and take full advantage of each opportunity as it comes.
Yes, regret is often the hardest of our emotions to overcome. That's why being able to put regret into proper perspective is so important. Once you are able to understand why it exists, you can gain a lot of power from that knowledge.
In applying these concepts to your daily life, you will find your own version of success. Even in failure, by doing these things, you will still find yourself still moving forward. You may well find success in ways you couldn’t have even imagined.
How can you apply these concepts to your daily life today?
by Phoenix Desertsong, Motivational Friends
"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work." - Stephen King
Many human beings are blessed with one sort of talent or another. Some are great at public speaking. Others are great at composing music. Others are very good at writing essays; some are even able to write entire novels.
Yet many so-called talented individuals have their talents consistently go to waste. Why is this? Stephen King once said the difference between a talented individual and successful individual is a lot of hard work. You can be exceptionally talented at one or more things. But, if you do not put the prerequisite work into growing your skill with your talents, you will not be able to succeed without a hell of a lot of luck.
You may have seen individuals that don't seem to have great natural talent sometimes succeed at very high levels. Granted, this is often done through the work of other talented individuals, You don't always know who's working behind the scenes, directing almost every step. But these not as talented individuals are willing to put the work in. Their successes aren't always sustainable, but they do happen more than you would think they should.
It turns out that far less talented individuals can succeed if they're willing to put in an incredible amount of work into what it is that they love. You also need to have passion, and lots of it, in order to succeed. Yes, some people seem to have the ability to get lucky and have their talent lead to immediate success. But, that's extremely rare.
Talented or not, reaching success involves a lot of failure first. Having natural talent can make some tasks easier. But many talented individuals do not seem to understand what effort is needed to translate their talent into skills that will bring them success. Plus, when putting in a lot of effort, you might discover another talent you didn't even know you had.
But without the effort, your talent is basically worth table salt, as King said. People might smile at the sprinkles of talent you display occasionally. But you're not going to live your dreams without truly living and breathing your passions. Let your talents complement the efforts, not replace them.