How does one even defines success? What are the measuring categories? Are there universal rules and laws? Most will say money and fame will be a play here. But how much money is enough money to say you succeed? How famous do you need to be? And why do we use those things to tell us if we “made it”?
Until you have come up with your own explanation for success, it can seem like no matter how much you work you never get anywhere. And most of us don’t stop to come with our own definition for success, we accept that we will know once we have it. But it’s not that simple. Many famous and rich artists for example, when interviewed still talk about themselves like they are nowhere close to success. Yes, they have sold paintings and accumulated money. But they still don’t feel it. Why? Maybe because their idea of success is achieving a master piece like their mentors. Maybe they haven’t stopped to see how far they have come. Either way, money and fame are not all that matters.
When I try to come up with my own measuring rules, I keep coming back to 2 things. Happiness and effort. When will I feel like a successful artist and writer? Which prizes do I need to win? Which magazines need to write about me? But even if I am on the cover of the NYTimes, that won’t be enough. Would that be nice? of course. But the voice in my head, that guides me saying, you could have done better, will never be shut by money or fame. I know that much about myself. And there is one person I can never fool, me.
The only things that will matter in the end are: how happy do I actually feel and did I give my absolute best? And knowing this, I can plan accordingly and stop chasing the wrong achievements.
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