The word success is often associated with a full bank account and lots of cash, but if that is true then the term success is limited. If we put success and money on the same level and everything else on a less important scale, I think that we’d be setting ourselves up for lack in life. There are more ways to define success, and although money is certainly one of them, it is not the only one.
The problem is that society aims to equal success with financial wealth.
The successful businessman with his private jet
The influential politician in his/her big mansion
The Hollywood actress in her 18-bedroom villa
Although nothing is impossible, I think that many set the bar for success too high.
What is Success, Really?
Success is getting up in the morning and living another day, watching that first fruit grow on a tree that grew from a seed you planted, seeing a dog you rescued from the street and nursed back to life go to his/her furever home, seeing an innocent man walk out of prison after all the hard work you and others put in to accomplish that, achieving a goal.
Success is so much! Money is a part of it. Oh, I definitely want money as part of my success. Achieving my financial independence will be a celebration of success for sure!
Success for me are also the following things:
1. When I watered my plants the other day I noticed the first cranberries grow from my cranberry tree, the first limes from my small lime tree, pomegranates from my tiny 8 or 9 inch tall (or rather, small) pomegranate tree, and the first guavas from my small guava tree. All those trees are not fully grown yet, and yet they’re sprouting fruits. I planted them 3 or 4 years ago. The pomegranate tree was planted 5 or 6 months ago.
2. The first egg one of my rescued chickens laid. Picking up that egg felt wondrous to me.
4. Paying off your car! I only got a few months left, hooray!
5. Receiving your first payment from your online work – it could be affiliate marketing, a writing job, online teaching, it doesn’t matter, you got it and that’s a small success!
Small successes can lead to big ones!
6. Helping a dog give birth to 9 puppies (true story)
7. Steering a 42 ft boat between rocks by the light of the full moon (under the captain’s guidance – also a true story)
8. Closing down a decrepit zoo (true story too)
9. Climbing mountains that are over 2000 or 3000 meters high
10. Your first time scuba diving
Success is anything that gives you that feeling of accomplishment.
Life has so many successes. It cannot only be defined by what the media constantly shows us. Wealth, status, and the big house are surely a big success but they are not the only success. There is much more to it.
Do not limit yourself to what society presents to you as success. You could be dirt poor and still be successful, by knowing who you are, being your neighbors’ rock, and living your life to the fullest; by guiding your family, watching the fruit come from seeds you planted in your garden, and going to bed at night knowing that you had a good day. It could be anything.
Sure, life is easier with a full bank account and not having to worry about expenses. Having to budget every month is a pain in the royal behind and a reminder of a limited financial situation. I agree, having much money makes things a lot easier.
This post, however, is not about being successful without money. Money is welcome here too 🙂 This post is about finding success in places besides money, in everything we achieve, in our daily lives.
Leaping to our Conclusion – Pun Intended 😉
Today, for example, I took a break while I wrote this article and I went outside to check on some tiny frogs in the dog pool. Every year after the rains in hurricane season, frogs lay eggs in that pool after the rains have filled it up with mud and water. After the tadpoles grow arms and legs they need to be on dry land for some time. Being in the water exhausts them and it can do so even to the point of death. So, like last year, I placed some rocks and wooden planks in the small pool to give them space to rest.
This year, though, the tiny frogs – as tiny as the tip of my finger – couldn’t figure it out and they needed a little help. Many were already floating face up, either exhausted, or dying, and a few were dead. So, it was me to the rescue. I swooped up dozens of tiny frogs – for sure close to a hundred – and left them on the rocks and wooden planks.
It took me forever, 😉 my goodness, so many frogs, and my back started hurting from bending over the doggie (or froggie?) pool, but I was determined to save as many as I could.
And I did, and that is also a success.
Am I going to have many frogs soon? You bet! And I love it! Besides being incredibly cute they also keep the insect population in check. So, that’s my success story of today. Which one is yours?