For me, the concept of success instantly conjures up all these random thoughts. I immediately think of late-night infomercials of people promising you real estate riches or showing you how to unlock the secrets of the universe for your personal gain. I also see images of Oprah, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.
Then, I also think of the American Dream and how everyone has a chance to pursue great success in the land of opportunity. But is this all just one big cliché, or maybe I just don’t get it?
You see, in the earlier part of my life, my perception of success was simply having lots of money. Society furthers this notion since the media places individuals who are rich, famous, and powerful on such a high pedestal. It’s pretty easy to get brainwashed about the materialistic version of success.
What does it mean to be successful? To me, it means finding your purpose, which is doing something that you are supposed to do based on your passion and skills. Maybe that comes with a whole bunch of money or enough to get by. The point is that this journey to success starts with finding your purpose.
Your purpose is a path to self-fulfillment, and one thing that I have learned through the years is that you shouldn’t underestimate the value of self-fulfillment. There is more wealth in being fulfilled than having a large bank account, as hard as that may be to believe at times.
An article by Entrepreneur Magazine titled, “How to Read the 3 Signs Telling You Your Purpose in Life” discusses some relevant information from a book titled, “The Art of Work” by Jeff Goins, which helps identify your life’s purpose.
The article states that the key to finding your purpose is “finding where your abilities and personal drive intersect the needs of others.” Goin’s three life-changing questions to ask yourself are:
These questions are simple in apperance but require some significant introspective thinking. Once you have put in the hard work to find your life’s true calling, your journey to create a more meaningful life has begun. You can start living with a purpose.
With your newfound purpose, you have to learn some important ways to further the progress of your purpose and develop your pathways to success.
To me, being successful means loving what you do for a living. It’s so important to never lose sight of that. We all know that money is necessary to survive. However, it shouldn’t be your main reason to strive for success.
Your life should be meaningful. Are you living with a purpose? How do you define your pathways to success?
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