Success is knowing what you want to do; because, if you know what you want to do, chances are you will do it. And, if you do it, chances are you will like doing it. If you are not doing it, it is probably because you are still worried what others may think of you. Or, to be fair, you may not have figured out what you really like doing.
Either way, I believe that the current mainstream definition of success is flawed. We tend to think that the more your name and craft is recognized and appreciated, the more successful you are or will become. But what is success? An accumulation of a lot of money into your bank account? Is it the number of people who now recognize you on the street? Or is it the respect you all of a sudden receive from people you never expected?
Being prosperous is not whether you get recognized for what you do. And if you’re doing it to be recognized, chances are you will NOT be, in the end. Think about it, as they say, “knowing is half the battle”. But I say it is the full battle. To know what you want to do is a mission on its own. And throughout history, those who succeeded in life, knew it very early and did not bother to listen to what others thought of their plan. If you know what you want to do, good. If you are consistently improving, great. If you are better than your peers at your craft, awesome. But unlike the current definition of success that puts it at the finish line, I put it at the starting line, at the start of the gunfire. If you are running in the race, you’re a success…not a spectator.
At this point in my life, I truly have not figured out what really makes me happy, to do it for a living. It is the “I don’t know” stage that I am in. Knowing what you enjoy doing is what makes you successful, not if society says whether or not it is: financially, economically, and socially worthy of doing. Like I said, they say “knowing is half the battle”, but I think it is the full battle. Once you know it, the rest is history!