Success is simply the feeling that you have enough.
You need to have enough in 3 major areas of life:
Of course the argument is that success is different for each person. No- how much is enough in each area is different for each person.
Let’s start with the most contentious, yet the easiest to measure and understand: Material.
It’s impossible to have a feeling of success and poverty at the same time in any one area. Nowhere do we feel this more immediately than when it comes to money.
How much is enough for you? Seriously think about that for a few minutes. Factor in any material assets you might have- your home, business equipment, your car, collectibles…anything you can put your hands on, place in a pile and count.
Now even if you’re relatively satisfied with how much you’ve got, you may want more. Is that wrong?
Only if you’re taking it from someone else or abusing someone else to get it.
Rich people are an easy target these days. There are two problems with vilifying the wealthy.
First of all- it’s not a “zero-sum-game.” Again, unless someone is stealing from you their gain is not your loss- as satisfying as it may be to buy in to that belief.
The second problem is that unless you genuinely lack the ability to care for yourself, you have the capacity to change your circumstances.
I was once one of the “young believers.” I believed that “the man” was keeping me down and that life had dealt me a bad hand. I believed I was a victim of circumstance.
My circumstances at the time were that I was broke, two-time college dropout junky living in a decrepit mobile home.
Wasn’t my fault! The MAN was keeping me down!
Eventually I would learn that there is no “the man.” Or more to the point, the only man that was going to change my circumstances was the one brushing his teeth in my bathroom mirror.
The only meaningful way to become successful is to earn it. The only fair way to wealth is to earn it.
The only other way is to take from those who earn it and give it to those who don’t…or won’t. That’s been tried many times without success. Whether you’re a thief or you use a government to steal for you- it’s still stealing.
Want to get rich quick? You could simply adjust your expectations!
It’s not about how much you have compared to someone else- it’s about how you feel about what you have.
If you can feel successful with less, you may be wealthier than the richest guy on earth!
How much is enough?
That’s entirely up to you. Go after as much as you want- just do it legally and ethically. Produce your wealth by offering genuine value to others and you will be wealthy- every step of the way.
Nothing wrong with that.
Well- if you believe that…
- and Excellence
…are key ingredients in building personal and professional success!
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