Success. We all want to have it. To experience it. To live a fulfilled life because of it. Some want it on a grand scale and they’re not afraid to admit that. Then there are others who would just settle for small hints of it throughout their life. I’m no different to everyone else. I’ve always marveled at the idea of being called successful although I never personally associated it with anything specific. Whether I score well on a test, publish a book, or achieve a goal I thought to be impossible, I will be content in knowing that I was successful even if only for a brief moment.
After all of this contemplation you would expect me to be able to create a clear definition of what I think it really means. However, I was unable to do this. I do understand the word but by thinking in-depth about it I could only create a vague definition.
I think that asking a person what success means to them is like asking what their favourite colour in a rainbow is. Not everyone will choose the same favourite colour and not everyone will have the same successes. All of your choices will have equal importance no matter what you decide for both categories. Therefore generalisation is impossible just like a fully succinct definition. Does that make sense to anyone but myself?
Eventually, in order to continue with this blog post, I made the decision to just find the definition elsewhere instead of thinking of one myself.
So, in my moment of need I did what most people do these days and …
…typed it into Google.
This is what the internet told me.
Success ~ The accomplishment of an aim or purpose
That seems accurate enough and something vague, which is what I expected but…it wasn’t the only definition. Written below was an archaic definition. In this case, the meaning of the word success that was once used regularly has been altered by time. This is what the archaic definition of success meant.
Success (Archaic version) ~ The good or bad outcome of an undertaking
I found it surprising that a word, which is now referred to positively, could have once been the result of something negative. So, what was going to be a brief post about the true meaning of success has now turned into something even more complicated.
You’re probably wondering what inspired this blog post so this is the reason why. Recently, I completed a mock exam at school. I really tried hard to revise properly for it and decided that I would make it a priority. This priority meant that I didn’t write any new blog posts or read any books I had been wanting to read. I sat in my room, listened to music and spent hours writing revision cards. The morning of the exam came and I was nervous but hoped my revision would result in a good grade at the end. When I finally found out my grade it wasn’t what I had wanted to get and I was disappointed that I had been unsuccessful. It was annoying to think that I had tried so hard and still failed to achieve. Nevertheless, it was also this failure that made me really think about what success means to me.
I could continuously write about this topic because it really is vast. After all everyone measures success differently so it can never fully be described. Therefore I’m going to end this post with a quote I believe really exemplifies the true meaning of success.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts ~ Winston Churchill
What does success mean to you? Let me know in the comments and…
…Until next time keep dreaming x