Depending on who you talk to, what I’m about to confess may be embarrassing: last week (or the week before), I went to the NKOTBSB concert. For those of you who do not know what that is, it is the New Kids on the Block concert with the Back Street Boys. Yes, I just admitted that.
The reason I’m bringing up the above is because of what was witnessed at the show – Absolute success!
The performers were so excited and visibly happy about being back on stage and performing, that you could tell that they utterly loved what they were doing. The crowed fed and thrived off their energy (happiness was in the air – I think it may be contagious) and because of this the show was a huge success.
When we were little we all dreamt of becoming something wonderful. Something successful. Something we could daydream about. Some dreamt about becoming doctors, some lawyers, some superstars, some mommies and some train conductors. No matter what it was, we were proud of what we wanted to be.
Then at some point in our lives the fluffy-dreamer attitude we had about our future was stifled by money and responsibility. What’s that all about? We got it into our heads, that the only way to be a success is to make and reach certain goals. Only then will we be happy.
But what is success?
For some it’s being the CEO of a firm, and for others it’s raising a family. Success really is only dependant on what you’re measuring it against – success is completely variable. Some days I consider getting out of bed a success (joking…kind of). There is so much pressure on finding this obscure path to success and reaching that ‘five year goal’ that people forget about what’s really important: being happy with where you are at – at the exact time you’re in it!
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Albert Schweitzer
To further this point, I recently read a blog post, written by the VP of Planning at a large Ad Agency where she put into poem the challenges of finding your true path, and happiness. Below is a phrase from her note:
So if happiness equals success, but success does not equal happiness, I think we all have some contemplating to do. Write down what you love. Write down what fills your life with joy. See if those things align with how you are leading your life. From there you can determine if you’re on the right path and discover ways to make what you love the measure of your success.