What is Success?

People have many different views on success.  We all have our different outlook on what success really is.  Is it having a nice car?  A big house?  Money?  One big question I have for is this:

How come when you type in “successful man” into Google, pictures of a men at their jobs, in suits, with money in their hands appear?  Yet no pictures of a proud parent watching their child doing something good, or someone doing something they absolutely love?

Success is not just having a job that gives you money.  Now, its a great thing to have, and can be very rewarding.  In fact there are quite a few people who have a job that they are passionate about, and that’s amazing.  However, when I looked up the definition of success, I saw many different definitions.  The problem?  Every definition had the word wealth in it.

Success is not how much valuable material you have.  Now, I’m not saying that you should try not to be wealthy, its something that we all naturally strive for and its a good thing to go after.  What I’m saying is that we need to change the definition of the word “rich”.

The very second you become grateful, you are rich.  When you become grateful for the dinner you just ate, or the mailman, coffee, the fact that you’re alive, you will be the richest man you can possibly be.  And when you become rich in that way, you will have success.

Success to me is being able to come home to a great family, doing things I enjoy doing, and knowing that I am very happy with the life I have.  A job that pays money, well, its nice.  But it doesn’t fill my body with joy like other things do.  In other words, success is being able to be happy.

To be successful we need to try our best in life, find joy in everything we do, be grateful we have the opportunity to be doing the things we’re doing.  These things can make life so much more rewarding, and when you decide to let these roles play a big factor in your life, it will change drastically for the better.

So the next time you get a paycheck, think about what you will do with that money that will make you truly successful.

Explore New Things: Why you should

Life can get pretty boring sometimes, I’m not gonna lie.  Some of us are unlucky to be working a job we don’t like, or having to go to school day after day when we just don’t want to.  There can be a lot of repetition and you can feel like you just don’t want to do this daily routine anymore.  But, good news, there’s a cure.  And that’s going out into the world and trying new things.

It is so important that we live life with joy and happiness.  One fantastic way to accomplish this is doing totally different things!  Never found your passion quite yet?  Go out and find it.  Do something random, dance outside when no ones looking, anything that’s new to you.  Find a sport that seems fun and play it with some friends, write a book, play an instrument.  Sometimes we don’t realize how many things there are to do in this world.  There’s millions!  You just need to go out and explore.

Life is a roller coaster, and the best part isn’t at the end, its the small moments you have in between.  Family movie nights, watching fire works go off in the night sky, going places we like to go, everything.  What we need to do is to expand those small little things that bring us joy.  It’s important we find as many of those things we like to do as possible.

People have developed a mindset that shouldn’t exist:  We go to school, we go to work, we work for a long time, and then retire.  Its as if retiring is a great accomplishment and then that’s the end of life.  But once you retire that’s it! There is of course still great activities to do but there can be a lot of physical boundaries.  And we don’t want boundaries in life.

Yes, there is a routine we must follow.  But we need to add interest into them.  We need to have activities that we look forward to do every day.  But how are you going to find that activity if you’re doing the same boring thing everyday?  You can’t.

So go out, don’t waste your life.  Join a club, I went farther into looking for one and it amazed me how many organizations there are for different activities!

New things can bring so much joy into your life.  Life is a small opportunity for YOU to have fun.  Not just to go to work and retire.  I’ve started trying new things like Mountain Biking, jogging, and even chess.  Now I have so many things to look forward to and to think about.

In the end, it makes life something to live for and its a great feeling to have.  So get out there, find something you like doing.  Do that activity but still explore others!  There’s so much to do out there and we need to strive to do it all!