Success. Here is a word or goal that has many meanings and what is success for one is not success for some one else. You will have to define what success is and how it is incorporated in your life and your journey. An example is the following story:
The businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow-fin tuna. The businessman complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while.
The businessman then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The businessman then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time? The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos; I have a full and busy life, señor.”
The businessman scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats; eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the processor and eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City where you would run your expanding enterprise.”
The Mexican fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?” To which the businessman replied, “15-20 years.” “But what then, señor?” The businessman laughed and said, “That’s the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.” “Millions, señor? Then what?” The businessman said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”
The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “Isn’t that what I’m doing right now?”
How to find and evaluate success:
Reflect on your beliefs. Examining the nature of your reality is a foundation for discovering your purpose in life, and only when you find a purpose will you feel a deeper meaning of life. Consider the following:
Higher power. A meaningful life involves understanding your role in something bigger, whether it be Christianity, mother nature or the universe.
Human nature. Consider how you feel about the positive and negative aspects of human nature, and what you believe about human equality or inequality.
Identify your purpose. Take into account your beliefs and values, then decide how you may apply those to your lifestyle in a productive and positive way.
What are your values. You need to decide what values important to you. Values like: honor, honesty, leadership and determination are just several examples of values that you may believe in. Define them.
Dimensions of wellness and how you might develop each in a way that will increase your feeling of purpose in life.
Social wellness involves how you interact with people and how you relate to your community.
Spiritual wellness has to do with developing your sense of a higher power and defining your moral values.
Intellectual wellness involves expanding your knowledge, understanding and mental ability.
Environmental wellness has to do with how you interact to your surroundings.
Physical wellness encompasses your physical health and fitness.
Emotional wellness applies to how you feel about yourself and how you handle those challenges in life.
“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be”