Thursday, 4 September 2014

What Success is Not



Success inspire many thoughts, preponderant among them is financial success. Money must not be the measure for everything. In today’s world if you have a nice house, a car, a spouse, kids, and a good job, you are deem successful. Almost everyone is struggling to hit that mark; they say men will respect you for these! But is that true success? Don’t get me wrong. It is not bad to want to have kids, a partner, and a good job etcetera, in this life. I wouldn’t reject these “blessings” when they come my way.
The truth is that having what I have listed above is good, but it does not define true success well.  Jesus of Nazareth puts it this way: "Watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed; because your true life is not made up of the things you own, no matter how rich you may be." (Luke 2:15, GNB) The Bible in Basic English of the same scripture asserts, “Take care to keep yourselves free from the desire for property; for a man's life is not made up of the number of things which he has.” 
If true success simply meant, ‘the ability to achieve and gain possessions’, then someway somehow everyone is a success. We can believe that because at any point in time everyone achieves something and get some sort of possessions hence we can say that there are no failures in this world. But we all know that is not true. We have heard stories of and know people who are extremely accomplished professionally or have vast riches or opportunities yet are still incredibly unhappy. Most people spend their last penny and efforts on winning that lottery; only to win and end up miserable after some few years.
If being famous meant success, then very few will gain the respect of God. Being known by many is not bad but it really does not add much to your life, one can be famous and yet look miserable and feel empty. It is better to have a few genuine friends than a million fans. Which one do you prefer?
True success is making things happen for others by applying the best of our efforts – things that are positive and valuable. If it has to do with success then it must help and make the life of someone better – someone closer and dear to us – and that can happen without you been famous or having vast wealth. Success is not just about personal achievements; rather it is the conscious effort to add value to others, most especially those that are closest and important to you. You can gain that needed respect, cheers and importance from those closest to you.
You can be a star in your own backyard. Chose to brighten the corner where you are. Though you may not be famous in your country, you will be a star in the sight of God and those closest to you like never before when you truly succeed. True success is doing or achieving your daily agenda. Apply diligent effort over time in your own small way with those closest to you in mind. Such efforts can bring mind-blowing success. If you gain the cheers of a thousand acquaintances and you lose the cheers of family, friends and other love ones you have lost it.
I believe successful people are those that wrap the definition of success around those they loved most and are most important in their lives. Such people include these loved ones in their daily agenda and they do those agenda. Daily doing such goals will bring you that recognition, reward and respect from the people who relate to you on a face-to-face basis, your family. Such recognition, reward and respect are more precious than a rustless medal that easily gathers dust from a million fans you will never get to meet. Which one do you prefer; the fickle love and cheers of a million fans or the respect and love of those who matter most? Fulfillment lies in those who are closer and not those who are afar. Who are you paying much attention to?
Copyright © 2014, Jacob Nana Kwesi Dapaah.

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