According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, success is defined as a favorable or desired outcome. Most often society tries to set the standard for success for us, giving us timelines and deadlines. George Herbert, a British poet who lived in the 17th century said ‘He who is not….

Handsome at twenty,

Strong at thirty,

Rich at forty,

Wise at Fifty,

Will never be handsome, strong, rich or wise. I do not agree with his timelines because in life, each of us operates on different time lines. Ray Kroc was 52 when he began working for Mcdonalds and eventually bought out the owners in 1961 at age 59. His estimated wealth was USD$600 million at the time of his death. Others gain wealth earlier in life and by the later part of their lives may be worth nothing. We can give example after example on this.

Really, in this article I do not wish to say much. Success should be what you define for yourself at whichever stage in life you find yourself in regardless of what society says or thinks. For some people, in this moment in their lives, success is receiving a promotion at work; work hard and go for it. For some other person, success is being able to complete a higher education. For another success could be her ability to be able to get her baby into a routine and being a good mother. To another success could be being able to make it through the day battling the constraints of an illness or a circumstance which seems to be choking life out of them.

Whatever age you are, or whichever stage of life you find yourself in, define success for yourself and work hard to attain it regardless of what society says. I really want to hear from you today. What is success to you at the stage you find yourself in? And if you will permit me, I will share your comments for us to know that indeed success means different things to different people so we should allow people to define success for themselves.

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