What is success?
It’s different for everybody.
There’s this old familiar brazilian story:
There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village.
As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish.
The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”
The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”
“Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.
“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.
The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”
The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink — we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”
The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman.
“I am a PhD in business management. I could help you to become a more successful person. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village and to Sao Paulo, where you can set up HQ to manage your other branches.”
The fisherman continues, “And after that?”
The businessman laughs heartily, “After that, you can live like a king in your own house, and when the time is right, you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich.”
The fisherman asks, “And after that?”
The businessman says, “After that, you can finally retire, you can move to a house by the fishing village, wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with kids, have a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and when evening comes, you can join your buddies for a drink, play the guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!”
The fisherman was puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”
Many have lost time, happiness with their families in the pursuit of happiness. You see, some have equated that success is the key to happiness. But it’s the other way around. Being happy is the key to success. What more joy can you get spending time with family and loved ones?
IN the last 30 days, I have outlined MY definition of ways to get to be successful. I look through all the days to see if I am still on track. Success is NOT a destination. It is a process. It is being the BEST that you can be, everyday!
It is being a value to somebody. It is adding value to somebody. It is making someone’s dream come to fruition.
We become the authors of our destiny. A destiny to reign in life. We become a tool in God’s hand.
Your attitude towards people determine your path. Your attitude to failure determines your path.
“Determine Success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you are proud to live”- Anne Sweeney