“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” ― Eric Hoffer
Interpreting the interpretations of success turned it into a holy goal that created a thriving industry around confusion. One that generates a lot of pressure on each of us regardless the jobs we have and the lives we live. The only thing that’s holy about success is its definition.
The reason you think you are not yet successful is confusion. Down in your seeds, you don’t want success, you want power and you want glory. Like it or not, it is a truth written in Caps in the hidden thoughts of many of us.
There is nothing wrong with that, but for the sake of your happiness and wellbeing, be clear about it, learn the rules of the game and pay the price for the ride, a price that often makes you doubt your choices.
Going back to the roots. A choice that never fails you.
Each time I feel I lose contact with the meaning of things and of what I truly want and need, I stop reading everything I read, I stop listening and watching everything I listen and watch and I just go back to the definitions. It is a very helpful technique. In fact, it is a detox technique for the mind. At the root of definitions is where simplicity is. Simplicity dissolves confusion and allows clarity to settle in and grow. Definitions are at the core of all interpretations. Very few things were structurally redefined in this world and none comes to my mind now. If you like diving deep, then look over definitions in more languages for a broader understanding.
Success: the accomplishment of an aim or a purpose.
Power: the ability or capacity to do something or act in a particular way.
Achievement: an activity that a person can do well. Skill or ability in an activity.
Both power and success have nothing to do with money, popularity or social status. They have nothing to do with ethics, morals and other things related to integrity. They have nothing to do with good or bad and right and wrong notions. Fundamentally, they are both skills.
Success is the bridge between point A and point B.
You don’t need to have a world changing purpose to be successful. Having a clear purpose is enough. Small or big, just make it clear. It is enough to well define your point B and to align it with your needs, dreams and values, with your overall vision. You need to crystallize this inner alignment because the challenge of reaching to point B is often incredible hard and you need commitment, determination, focus, energy and vitality to do the work.
You don’t have to be a good person to have success, whatever good means according to your interpretations. There are both nice and not so nice successful people out there in the world. What they both have in common is clarity about their goals and willingness to learn and do whatever it takes to turn them into tangible outcomes.
So, if you think you are not successful because you are not good enough, that is a trap. Better than thinking in low terms about yourself, ask yourself more interesting questions, like: How can I use my intelligence in more uplifting ways?
What generates confusion?
Besides hyper-marketing and loads of noise, the spot where we get stuck is in the question.
You see or listen an individual sharing his or her journey to a story about success and you start asking yourself behind your back: How can I reach to the point where that guy or girl is? How can I live his/her life? How is it to live such a glorious and free of struggles life?
That is not necessarily a wrong question, but it is not a generous one. That is the point B of somebody else. That is the purpose of somebody else. You have your own pathway and your own time and pace in the world. A very particular one. Trust your particularity, your uniqueness. Allow it to teach you and to show you the way.
The question is not how to reach to point B, there are plenty of consultants and tutorials for that, but what is my point B?
The ingredient to success is clarity. Clarity generates precision. Precision leads to inspired tactics and strategies.
What is your point B?
Answer this question. Once you are clear about that, the rest is strategy and execution. Pure action. Operations.
P.S. Keep in mind that point B is just the next stop, not the final one. It is just a piece of the puzzle.