The page included a collection of people discussing aspects of finding what you love.
Alain De Botton has an interesting statement from a TED talk he gave.
One of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means. A lot of the time our ideas about what it would mean to live successfully are not our own. They're sucked in from other people. And we also suck in messages from everything from the television to advertising to marketing, etcetera. These are hugely powerful forces that define what we want and how we view ourselves. What I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but that we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas and make sure that we own them, that we're truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it's bad enough not getting what you want, but it's even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of the journey that it isn't, in fact, what you wanted all along."
So, after reading this, it got me wondering about people's ideas of success. What is success to you?
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
and here's another by Thoreau:
If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal -- that is your success. All nature is your congratulation . . .
Not exactly talkin' about money or power.
Writer/literary agent Donald Maas says,
"What will make you successful is your stories, nothing else. Make them strong and you can do anything." [full quote]
Then, there's Emerson-- here are a few:
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." Emerson
"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail." Emerson
"It is not the length of life, but the depth." Emerson
But they're kind of saying how to get there.
I'll take a stab at what success is. I hope you'll add your comments too.
Success is waking up in the morning, excited about what you're going to be doing.
Success is working each day until you you drop, and loving every minute of it.
Success is being surrounded by people who love and care about you-- and you feeling the same about them.
You can be anything you want to be. That's a good starting place. Anything else and you sell yourself short and compromise your dreams. Your dreams have wings but no feet, no ground, until you put yourself in them and give them life.
You will never achieve anything you don't decide you want to try to reach. That's a reality.
You must decide to become who you want to be. Then you can make plans to become that person-- to learn the skills, meet the challenges, overcome the obstacles and focus the energy necessary to achieve your success. Rob Kall
With his experience as architect and founder of a technorati top 100 blog, he is also a new media / social media consultant and trainer for corporations, non-profits, entrepreneurs and authors.
Rob is a frequent Speaker on the bottom-up revolution, politics, The art, science and power of story, heroes and the hero's journey and Positive Psychology. He is a campaign consultant specializing in tapping the power of stories for issue positioning, stump speeches and debates, and optimizing tapping the power of new media. Watch me speaking on Bottom up economics at the Occupy G8 Economic Summit, here.
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