CAN SUCCESS BE DEFINED OR STANDARDISED
What is success?
Is it riches? Is it joy? Is it being famous? Is it power? Is it achieving goals?
Coach John Wooden, defined success as follows: “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
Our society has stereotyped many ideas like how a woman should behave, man to be the bread-winner, the definition of success is to have more money, affluence, power but if we take a reality check then the real definition of success may vary from one individual to another as we are exposed to a diverse environment and surrounding conditions.
For one person waking up at 5am in the morning and carrying out his daily tasks may be regarded as success and for another it maybe cooking a particular dish to perfection. A mother may feel successful with the good scores of her children. Cycling at the age of 65 maybe a sign of success for one and loosing ten kgs of weight maybe regarded as a success story for another.
Thus from the above examples we can take the liberty to conclude that success is basically achieving the big or small targets or goals set by us. The happiness and feeling of pride which ensues after achieving our goals can be said to be success.
Thus, we should be careful about setting our own goals without any peer-pressure or stigma from the society to meet certain set standards to be called successful.
And once we are successful in our own perspective, it gives immense satisfaction and peace of mind, hence we need to challenge, create and recreate our own definition of success in sync with the changing needs and not measure the talents with the set stereotypes.
There are some success stories which have led everyone to believe in hard work as the key to success.
Many people think that they’re already too old to succeed. Let’s consider some facts:
- At age 23, Oprah had just been fired from her first broadcasting job.
- At age 40, Stan Lee achieved success with Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and X-Men comics.
- At age 50, Julia Child wrote her first cookbook.
- At age 62, Kernel Sanders’ fried chicken business KFC finally succeeded.
- At age 77, Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s president after spending 27 years in jail.
If we can learn anything from these people who succeed later in life, it’s this:
Success has neither definition nor deadline