Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
– Maya Angelou
Meaning of this quote:
It isn’t just about creating wealth; it’s also about creating value. The value you can create for yourself is what matters most. If you don’t value yourself, everything else will become insignificant.
The key to real success is not to lose our own values in exchange for anything. Success is also about admiring and believing in ourselves and appreciating what we do and how we do it.
Losing your core values will likely not result in true success. There’s more to it than just the money or cash flow – what if you make enough money, you’re successful in everyone’s eyes, but deep down, you’re not happy and no longer consider it a success?
Doesn’t success differ from person to person? For example, what you may consider ultimate success may be nothing to someone else. I believe money shouldn’t be the one and only parameter to measure success; surely, money is the tool, nothing works without it and lack of it is the way to great troubles, but measuring everything by the wealth alone might not be the most accurate way.
Wealth is the byproduct of success, and success is the byproduct of your journey and execution. In the end, It’s hard work and the ability to bring true values into everyone’s lives that brings great results.
Don’t chase success; chase excellence
It is certainly not that simple; it takes a realistic approach; nothing great has been created with quick fixes and easy tricks; it takes pure hard work and dedication to stand out. If it was that easy, almost everyone could have done that.
Isn’t it very easy to say, “Chase excellence and success will follow you”? Almost everything is easy to say, but things get complicated when we try to put it into practice.
There is nothing fun about putting into efforts with almost no interest and enthusiasm. It might be possible to achieve decent enough, but do you believe this will ever lead to excellence?
Try to be passionate about what you do, try to do it with great interest and curiosity, and see if it works. You don’t have to sacrifice something in exchange for something exciting that you’ve always wanted.
Either do what you love or love what you do, just don’t regret because that solves nothing; self-reflect yourself, take the action that can bring positive results, and choose the option that fits and works best for you.
Don’t dilute your values by comparing yourself with others
True success comes from valuing oneself. It is determined more by liking how one works, nothing makes us feel better than knowing that we are bringing great value, which can potentially create positive effects in the world around us.
Be true to your values, and don’t dilute them by comparing yourself with others; everyone is unique and great in their own way, and so are you. Do what makes you unique and distinguish, keep up doing it, gain a great level of expertise, and let your name be synonymous with what you’re doing.
Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
– Joyce Brothers
Success and failure aren’t the destinations; they’re just a part of our journey. Each has its own significance, and each is equally valuable.
Nothing can teach us better than our own mistakes and failures; both merely act as an indicator. The simple purpose of failure would be to self-reflect, learn from it, and try again to keep continuing the journey. Success represents a validation of our efforts, but it also signifies that we are ready to move on to the next step.
Ultimately, it’s all about perspective; how one thinks defines everything, including the final outcome. And how one perceives and evaluates oneself matters most.
Never let your own negative thoughts hold you back; overthinking is never a good solution. Control your automated thoughts and never let them hold you back.
Believe in yourself, and keep believing in what you do because In order to gain trust from others, you’ve to trust yourself first. The key to success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking the way you do your job.
You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right here.
– Venus Williams