The Definition of Success

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The Definition of Success | By Nomadweekends

I read and write a lot about the definition of success and the ability to harness the tools required to be successful. What I fail time and time again to discuss is why failure can deter the best of us and result from us turning our heads away from our goals.

More often than not we tend to associate the act of failing at something with being unsuccessful at that thing. More often than not, we give up. What we need to drill into our heads is that failure only becomes failure if we give up!!!

The Fact is, failure is a lesson; failure is preparing us to confront the same situation with better experience.

Imagine, if you will, an 8ft tall wall standing between you and your desired life while behind you is a rapidly approaching fire. The first time you scaled the wall you only reached up to 3ft but then you fell. You scaled again and reached 6ft then fell down again, but you doubled your reach because you recognized the missteps that made you only scale up to 3ft the previous time. Life in this analogy is the representation of success and the fire is the life you want to leave behind. The lesson? Keep scaling, keep going.

Your success is highly contingent upon your ability to make yourself go. Reading a self-help book, watching YouTube videos on success, reading this blog post and listening to me, will only get you so far. The formula to success is as such: 10% inspiration 10% self-reliance 80% execution. You will never make it if you do not go out there and do it, it does not matter how much you fail, it does not matter how many times the walls get mounted in your way, keep going.

There’s a story out there about the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates and the secret to success. Though many argue that the story is out of character for the philosopher, the message is powerful enough to even inspire Eric Thomas the famous motivational speaker whose video on YouTube retelling this story over a young man’s training montage went viral. The story goes as such:

A young man approached Socrates and asked about the secret of Success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. One day later they met.

Socrates asked the young man to walk with him toward the river.

When the water got up to their necks, Socrates took the young man’s by the head and ducked him into the water. The man struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him under water.

The young man struggled hard and finally managed to get up. The first thing he did was to gasp and take a deep breath. But was also livid at what Socrates did to him.

He asked, “Why did you do this?”

Socrates asked, “What did you want the most when you were under the water?”

The man replied “Air”.

Socrates said: “When you want success as badly as you want air, you will get it. There is no other secret”.

This story, of course, has been paraphrased by many, including myself, the message remains powerful nonetheless. You have to want it, to get it.

Here’s what I have to say about the power of “GO”:



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6 thoughts on “The Definition of Success

  1. I absolutely love that story about Socrates and have never heard it before reading this blog post. I 100% agree with you; “failure” is usually associated with a negative connotation but I see it as simply part of reiterating the process. How can you succeed if you don’t learn and grow from what didn’t go well the first time?

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