I know the secret to success. At least I think I do. But before you can truly embrace the secret, you have to define what success means to you.
For some, success means money. The more the better, right? I mean, who wouldn’t want to be able to buy anything they wanted with no worries, travel the world and also have the opportunity to help others? I wouldn’t turn down a pile of money, yet I wouldn’t call myself successful because of it either. But, some would. And, to each his or her own.
For others, success means fame. The evolution of reality TV has made fame all the more possible for just about anyone, especially those who are willing to be exploited. So is it cool to be recognized at the supermarket checkout and asked to sign a tabloid? Based on the millions of people willing to share just about anything online, I think it may be. If being famous, or infamous, is how one defines success, I have no right to argue the point.
In truth, feeling successful is quite personal. Wait, so then how can the secret to success be the same for everyone?
Because it’s about a universal need we all have: to be happy. And, surprisingly, we can give this very feeling to ourselves. Imagine that? We don’t have to rely on others to do this for us. We can choose happiness, and therefore choose success.
Sounds easy, right? It’s not. Especially when life throws rocks at us at every turn and it we see no end in sight. What we need to know, is that we have the power to pick up the rocks and throw them back.
When something happens, go on and get upset, because you are human. And then brush yourself off and move on. Smile and choose happiness. The more you do this, the easier it will be. It’s amazing how successful happy people are, not just the other way around.
Want to be successful? Be happy. Start today. It’s easy. All you have to do is remember that no matter how terrible you think a situation is, it could always be worse. Then watch your happiness, and feelings of success, follow.
It’s not really a secret at all.