How do you define success? Is it determined by the size of your salary? Or maybe by the number of cars in the driveway? Maybe it has nothing to do with money or material possessions but rather is defined by not having to answer to other people. Regardless of how you define success there are a few things you will need to do to make it a reality. In doing so you may find that your idea of success needs tweaked a bit.
1. Have a Vision
Your vision should not include money. You shouldn't say my vision is to have a million dollars. Money is great but does not equal success. If you feel unsatisfied now ask yourself how money will solve that problem. You need a higher purpose. Maybe it's to provide for your family or save money for your children for college. Maybe your vision is to find a job you love. Confusius says, "find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life." Whatever your vision may be amp it up by 10. If you are still disillusioned and think money will buy your happiness then why stop at one million? Bump it up to 10 million.
Whatever you choose as your vision work at it with integrity and honesty. My preacher last week said, "you have to give to get". It wasn't a prosperity gospel (give to God and he will return it back to you in bunches). When you give you get something intangible back that is much more satisfying than the things of this world that will come and be gone. Albert Einstein said, "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." Good advice.
2. Learn from Failures
If anyone knew about failing it was Albert Einstein. There is a myth that he failed at math in school but that is not the case. He did however fail hundreds of times throughout his life. Einstein's quote on failure, "You never fail until you stop trying." He also said, "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."
Look at Michael Jordan. The NBA website notes, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." He tried out for his high school's varsity basketball team in his sophomore year and didn't make it! Instead of giving up he worked his butt off and tried again. His senior year Michael was selected to the prestigious McDonald's All-American Team.
3. Never Give Up Hope
Your vision may get blurry and you may fail at times but you can never give up hope for good things to come. When you give up hope then your vision dies and your direction is lost.
How do you know that you have given up hope?
You dwell on the past success. You worry about everything around you. You don't look forward.
Write down your vision. Read it every day. You may find over time it's worth refining. When you do this you will keep your eye on the target. Regardless of how you fail you will keep moving forward. Be persistent and never lose hope for the good things God has planned for you in your life.