c/o chuen seng teoh
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “success”? Is it a person? Is it an achievement? Or is it a number?
As a child, I was told that going to school is important as it is the path to success. And by success it meant getting a good well-paying job, buy a car, own a property, get married, have kids and live happily ever after. I would later find out that it wasn’t so simple and I am thankful for that realization.
The best thing I have heard about the word success was by Derek Sivers, where he says we can never truly say someone is successful unless we know what they set out to achieve in the beginning. Take Sir Richard Branson for example. If his goal was to lead a simple life but like a serial gambler he couldn’t help it but keep creating profitable companies, is that success? Calling someone successful without fully knowing their background and story has no meaning at all.
Today, I am very aware of the word success, how it is a nebulous term that gets thrown around too casually by a lot of people that I almost avoid using the word. When I do use it, I am careful to define the criteria for measuring said success.
My goal now is to leave this world a little bit better than when I found it and have some fun along the way. That is how I measure if I am being successful in life.
So, what do you think of when you hear the word “Success”?