I’ve always been a shy person when talking about my own achievements. As you can imagine, winning an industry award does not allow you to hide from the spotlight. I’ve had to step outside of my comfort zone recently, to take centre stage in San Diego where I received the inaugural Emerging Leaders Award at PCMA’s Convening Leaders.
Now that I have come back home, I have a lot of students and young professionals are asking me how they can be as successful even though they have just started out in their careers. So, I thought this would be a good opportunity to share my view on success:
I think the key to success is quiet simple. To be successful all you have to do is achieve a certain level of self worth. We like to overcomplicate the matter by attaching a dollar sign and/or a status level to what is, and what isn’t considered successful. Traditionally we strive to become successful through the acquisition of wealth, power or respect. I believe success should hinge on one fact alone. At the end of the day, when you look at yourself in the mirror, are you proud of what you see? Success is a matter of inner strength and confidence.
I would suggest that success should not be defined by wealth, but the sums of your confidence, individuality and resiliency through the knowledge and experiences you’ve gained and shared with the world. This may seem quite complicated, but the path to unlocking all of these key components begins with happiness. I believe that doing the things you enjoy helps you climb the ladder of success.
In my opinion there are many ways someone can succeed. Making a lot of money and having a lot of expensive things should not be the motivating force driving what you do in a day. Always maintain your passion to satisfy your own creative appetites. Don’t become driven by money or status.
Success should be measured by the way you can positively influence and inspire others to bring out their best potential. We should be striving to be leaders, not just in industry, but in our communities and the relationships we have. What we need to do is focus on strengthening of our sense of satisfaction with the resources we have and being content in the work we do.
Don’t try and live your life based on a path someone else has already taken. Individuality is the single most precious thing you have. Rather than dwelling on your downfalls inadequacies, you should embrace them and work to make them your strengths. Not every day will go exactly as planned; there is always an element of surprise. Success can also be the ability to reach the lowest of lows but still bounce back resiliently.
The path to success is long but the journey does not have to be insurmountable. Success comes in all forms and at all times in life. Feel free to explore the possibilities of “what if”, take risks and enjoy the small things in life. Always remember that success is a point-of-view – so start to embrace your own story.