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What Does Success Mean: Is It Just Money And Power?
Fulfilling emotional life with respect to friends and family-How may of us consciously spend time with our loved us deepening our connections with them?
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When we say success, many of us immediately think of money and power. While money and power is absolutely fabulous and gives us the ability to make our life very comfortable, secure and even exciting, what if we expanded success to mean more than just this.
What if we redefine success to mean all of the following along with Money?
-Great Health- Ever wondered what the point of having great financial success with failing health is? In the quest of more financial growth very often many ignore the overall state of health and well-being and eventually reach a point of fantastic material success but an inability to truly enjoy it all, which the freedom of great health permits. Can the two go hand in hand? Of course yes, if we prioritize it so.
-Fulfilling emotional life with respect to friends and family-How may of us consciously spend time with our loved us deepening our connections with them? This again becomes a much ignored aspect in the rat race of life. Needless to say, so many relationships today are bearing the brunt of this with the gaps between individuals ever widening. This is certainly not what Khalil Gibran, a Lebanese writer and poet, meant when he said " Let there be spaces in your togetherness'.
-Mental growth- How much are we expanding our mindset? The learning and growth that occurs by opening our mind a little more than before, expanding our perspectives by understanding the perspective of those that are very different from us, meeting people vastly different from us, reading books, listening to podcasts, challenging ourselves to face our fears, travelling to new places and constantly exploring higher and newer versions of ourselves that lie suppressed in us until we tickle it awake.
-Positive Impact on others- I like what Anita Roddick, a British businesswoman, human rights activist and environmental campaigner, best known as the founder of The Body Shop, said-' if you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.'
No matter where we are placed in life and at whatever level, if we can have a positive impact even on one life, it adds tons to our own feeling of happiness and fulfillment. Hence, uplift and encourage others, fuel others dreams, give back to your community or society in whatever small or big way you can, alleviate the suffering of even one other person, help someone, say a kind word. Impact again is not just through monetary means. It could be at an emotional and mental level even or just couple of minutes of your complete presence for another person.
-Peace of mind- This is the most valuable asset any one of us can acquire- A peaceful nights sleep, a calmness of being, a 100% presence in the NOW without the baggage of the past or the worry of the future, and a peaceful and positive acceptance of life's curveballs. I love what Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher, said, in this regard, 'If you are depressed you are living in the past, if you are anxious you are living in the future, if you are at peace you are living in the present.
I hope we can redefine wealth creation and the meaning of success to include other facets as well besides just money and power. As Henry David Thoreau, an American essayist, poet, philosopher, said- 'wealth is the ability to fully experience life'.
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