What is Success?
On being asked to name a successful person, most people would think of Sachin Tendulkar or David Beckham. This is because success is normally associated with either being rich, famous or powerful. Yes, these are examples of people who have worked hard to reach the level of success that they have attained; but success should not only be measured in terms of the amount of money we have or the power we wield.
At the smallest level, success comes in achieving the everyday goals we set for ourselves. It could be learning to swim or getting over stage fright. When we strive to do any job that we undertake to the best of our ability, be it something as simple as cleaning our desk or as complicated as a science project, we are taking a step in the direction of success. Every step that we take to make ourselves better than what we were before is a stepping stone to success.
Success can also be measured by the difference we make in other people’s lives. Teachers who help their students overcome failure and achieve academic goals; doctors and nurses who care for patients’ health and parents who help children grow into caring individuals are all successful in their own right.
True success can be therefore defined as the realization of ones goals; however big or small.