Without a Purpose, Success Will not be Fulfilling

Without a Purpose, Success Will not be Fulfilling

Your success is how you imagine it would be.

November 23, 2020

The illusion of overnight success is the reason why a lot of people aren’t as successful as they want to be. Social media gives an impression that you could enjoy life just by having a lot of followers. People overlooked the fact that before the fame, there was the hard work.

If you think success is about being rich and famous, that is fine. But you need to understand that it won’t happen unless you put it the work. If you think success is about being happy, that is cool. But stop the daydreaming and start working for it.

You will fail, you will suck at first, and you’ll want to quit. But that’s where you make a difference. Buckle up and keep going.

To be successful, you have to define what is success

We often hear people talk about success, but everyone has a different interpretation of success. Some people associate success with money and fame, while some prefer to correlate success with the impact they’ve made. Or maybe to just be “happy”. There is no right or wrong, you decide your own.

I recently stumbled upon Daniel Vassallo on Twitter who shared his point of view of success. Here’s what he said:

His ideal version of the life.

It’s not money, fame, or an impact. But to live a life where he could do fewer things that he would rather not be doing. It's a simple dream that is not easy to achieve. That is his purpose.

Your definition of success

So now that you get the idea it is time to define what is success to you? What is your view on the ideal life? Imagine the perfect scenario, think about it, take your time, and jot it down on a piece of paper. You can have more than one version of the ideal life.

This is how you make “success” more valuable to you. It’s not just a vague cloudy idea. It’s not a long, dark tunnel with a hope to see light at the end. It is not a lingering emotion which makes you feel like you could have accomplished more. It is a written definition of what you want to achieve.

It gives you purpose.

Find out how to actualize your definition of success

Once you have found the ideal life that you want, narrow it down to steps that you can take. Make a mind map. Make a plan for the next few years. Make it a reality. I’ve written a separate article that would help you plan and achieve your goals:

How Design Thinking can help you make better life decisions

There is a process behind every success story

Once you realized the value of purpose and consistency, you’ll be at ease when embracing challenges. You no longer see a hurdle as a step back. Instead, you will see it as a mean to level up your game. Obstacles are now privileges. Your purpose will be your strength.

This article is based on the conversations I had with friends and colleagues who’s longing for a purpose in life.

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