segunda-feira, 24 de outubro de 2011

What means being successful?

October issue of Success Magazine brings a great text of Darren Hardy. About being successful. The meaning of success came up again in our times of crisis. It is strange seeing successful people from whom we don't recognize any significance in life. They are only famous people or rich people.

Darren expands the idea: «As a society I think we often misunderstand the word success. Our society celebrates those who obtain fame, wealth, power and celebrity, no matter the means - ethical or not - and we call them successful. Success is often equated to an achieved status, rather than to a measure of value or contribution.
We are taught early in life to strive for success, to achieve the status - win the trophy, get the notable degree, land the big position, win the impressive title, acquire the bigger house, bring back the enviable vacation and collect the cars, boats, jewels and bib bank account (...).»

It is a fact, a different perspective of being successful, «we might have acquired everything we ever wanted, except the one thing that really matters - significance».
And Darren writes more, «You can be successful but not significant, but you cannot be significant without being successful (...).
A successful person, by our definition, is one who has achieved five pillars of excellence: business, well-being, relationships, wealth and contribution. We call this "whole-life success", and one who has achieve it has attained a life of significance».

Wise words to think about...