Success can be a rather abstract term and it can mean very different things to different people. Trying to define success is not easy.
To most people, success means achieving a goal. In order to achieve a goal, a person usually has to work hard and believe in themselves. Being successful at what you do can also be very motivating. People, who are successful in one project, tend to be more successful in other projects. This is because they get the feeling that their hard work pays off and that a goal is worth their time and effort.
Success usually goes hand in hand with appreciation. If someone we know succeeds at what he or she does, we will most certainly congratulate them! This will make them feel good and motivate them even further.
To some people, success means being the best at what they do. This means, that the requirements are even higher in order to succeed: just taking part and achieving good results is not enough. This attitude is especially true to sportsmanship. People who always want to be the best are usually more disappointed if they do not achieve their goals.
Another truth about success is that it can create envy. If you are good at what you do, others will want to be good at the same thing and if they are not as good as you, they will envy you. This means that success can create a bitter taste in your mouth because instead of being happy about your achievements, some people will be negative towards you.
In this case, it is important not to forget that you have done well and that there are many other people who appreciate what you have done. Just think about it this way: if people envy you, you have done something good. And if you are lucky, the envious people will see your success as a means of motivation for achieving their own goals.
Success means more to some people than to others. Some want to be successful by all means while others are satisfied by simply trying and giving their best regardless of the end result.
By Shabnam Khan, Personal Development Worker, Semiahmoo House Society firstname.lastname@example.org
Semiahmoo House Society, a non-profit organization located in Surrey/White Rock, exists to provide quality services and supports to people with disabilities and their families in the community.
The Semiahmoo Foundation, located in Surrey/White Rock, exists to fund, support and enhance the programs and services delivered by Semiahmoo House Society.