A lot has changed for me lately. In a way it has forced me to take a step back and relook my life. Being successful, being brilliant at what I do, it is a big part of my life – I want to one day look back and be proud of what I accomplished, the differences I was able to make in the lives of others… To some this might sound silly, small-minded and perhaps even self-centred. To me, it means that my time spent on earth meant something and I was able to leave behind my own legacy.
Why am I telling you this? Well, it is what inspired me to write a new post today.
I suppose in a way there are a lot of you that might share my outlook on being successful. But can I tell you something? Becoming successful and even maintaining success is not a 9 to 5 job Monday to Friday. Success requires a lot of sacrifice – working longer hours, giving up your weekends and public holidays, even cutting down on family time… It doesn’t really sound like much fun… Yet again it actually depends on your situation. Are you working yourself up the ladder, proving your worth to the company and building a strong reputable reputation for yourself? Then good for you – that could really pay off in the future! However, along the way you might feel challenged, you might even become demotivated, feeling stressed, and even depressed. When you start feeling down like this all the time, you have to ask yourself the question “Why?”.
“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.”
My point… working hard and proving yourself is good and all, but your why must be 100% clearly defined. To become successful you must truly love what you do – it has to make you feel good; you go home happy and proud because today you gave 110% doing what you love. Going home feeling tired, drained, stressed out and depressed…you are clearly not following your dreams.
No matter how hard it is, you should never ever settle for a job or a career because it pays the bills or it makes you look good when you around your friends. No, you have to keep your dreams alive – to go after what makes you feel happy and proud. How else are you going to achieve your goals? Practice a healthy work-life balance. You can work towards becoming successful and still have a life along the way. And if you are currently not enjoying your job and its dragging you down, well then quit. Don’t ever be afraid to start over and create the life that you have always wanted. Remember that it is never too late to improve the quality and standard of your life. Life is just too short…
“Whatever it is that stirs your soul,listen to that. Everything else is just noise.” – Nicole Lyons