It yields a virtual sea of books, talks and podcasts; classes, seminars and sermons; pointers, tips and 10-step lists; and gaggles of guides that promise the seven secrets to it.
The “it,” of course, is success.
A dictionary definition? Easy: the achievement of something desired, planned or attempted. Success is the ability to say, like my 3-year-old often does, “I did it!”
Measures of success vary dramatically. For some, like that 3-year-old of mine, success is writing the letter “E” for the first time. For others, it’s measured by a sizeable bank account. Some days I measure success by the simple fact I did not hurt myself or someone else.
We all have days for which achieving the bare minimum — or, at least, not going backward — is, in itself, success.
I often get the question, “How do you do it all?” First I always note: I definitely do not do it all. If anyone does it all, that would be my husband. In our household, I’m the mouthy, busy-bee project manager, but my husband is the work horse.
That said, I would acknowledge I am successful in many ways. Like everyone else in the world, I have daily, short-term and long-term achievements of things desired, planned or attempted. I enjoy success.
So I was thinking recently: What would I include in my own book, talk or podcast; class, seminar or sermon; pointers, tips or 10-step lists; or guide that promises the seven secrets to success? Probably nothing new, but here’s what I have:
• Success is a byproduct of a way of life, not, necessarily, a means in itself. I’ve found that while I set goals, “to be successful” is not one of them. I set goals as part of an approach toward life, an approach that includes oldies but goodies like “Do to others as would have them do to you.” Success just rises, then, like an pleasant aroma, from the work of the doing.