Try, fail, grow, and then thrive.
By definition, success means “…getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame” and “the correct or desired result of an attempt.” But with all due respect to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, that description feels somewhat hollow.
So, what does success mean to you?
Success can appear in various ways — a large savings account, a fulfilling career, a sizeable social media following, or a LinkedIn page full of honors and skills. It can also look like a stable love life, improved fitness, reduced debt, or eliminating a toxic habit.
Recognize success is an individual pursuit. It is custom-made, not one-size-fits-all. Your version probably shares some facets with mine, but there are surely countless differences.
Similarly, success is also not static. It shifts and evolves. Your current self views success differently than when you were younger and lacked the experience you possess now.
I have compiled six quotes from notable individuals who supply some choice lessons from their paths to achievement. Use these insights to amplify your vision, overcome obstacles, chase dreams, and craft an authentic version of success tailored to your value system.
“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” — Ray Goforth
Don’t allow timid people to define or alter your personal or professional trajectory. The whispers of haters and naysayers should not stifle your growth. Don’t let the words of others dull your shine or inhibit your momentum.
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan
People associate success with new heights. To ascend, you need somewhere for your feet to land as you head upwards. Failure can provide the stairsteps you need to climb as you rise to rendezvous with your goals.
“I never dreamed about success, I worked for…