If 16 years of education can’t bring you success, then what else can?
When talking about success, people mostly think of multi-billionaires running companies with thousands of employees, or writers of bestsellers, and real estate moguls. For free-thinkers like me, success is total balance of life above the status quo. In other words, I believe that even dreaming BIG is an early sign of success, and those who never dream will never reach “success.”
Entrepreneurs, who work day and night for years but still struggle to make ends meet, are not successful. Just because you try, doesn’t mean you’ll succeed. For example, if your business has been struggling for over five years, it means that you are missing some crucial recipe for success, or are not motivated enough.
Imagine success as a ladder – each step up is a small achievements which slowly, but surely leads to the top, which is your main goal. Hence, if I keep patting my back for merely paying my bills on time or maintaining a good credit score, then what good am I for my business? How is my attitude helping me grow towards success, when I am not even willing to embrace new challenges?
When I started my business, I only had a wish and a song in my heart. Oh, wait… not even close. I had an idea founded in my passion, then I created a plan. Note that I didn’t say “I had a plan.” I created. I learned. I read books. I reached out to people for help. The first few years of opening my business were very tough. At the time, I felt successful merely because I could meet most of my payments on time. Over the next two years, I decided to constantly challenge myself with new goals and targets – for example, from 2012 to 2014, I decided to generate more leads and expand my customer base by at least 200%. Yes… 200%. Not twenty, not thirty. That’s tiny thinking. Each year I would set a different target while working towards the previous one.
Sometimes, hard work can bring you fulfillment and satisfaction, but it might be of no use if it is not helping your business to grow. Other times, the meaning of success can be to prevent failure or loss, like identifying an unsuitable product for the market.
Simply put, success is accomplishment towards a goal! However, what exactly do you need to accomplish to be called successful? To answer this question, I would say success can be divided into two different categories; how people perceive your accomplishments, and how you see your achievements. A billionaire could feel unfulfilled in his life, but for other people, he is a successful person. For entrepreneurs, accomplishment/fulfillment comes from overcoming short terms challenges.
I believe that success comes to those who keep moving and never stop, no matter how high the chance of failure is. If you believe in your business, then it is important to overcome your fears and challenges, and prepare yourself to face challenges head on. Tangible accomplishments, like increased sales, better leads, bigger profits, higher number of employees etc, are certainly indicators of success. However, real success only comes to those who learn to set the bar higher and higher. Success comes from the process, not the result.