Saturday, 2 January 2016

What does it mean to be successful?

Hi, everyone!

How are you and how is your 2016 looking so far?

I have been reading a lot of posts pop up on my social media recently, about goals and plans and how to achieve them and how to be successful in 2016. And it got me thinking, about how subjective "success" really is; about how goals can shape people's minds (in both a good and a bad way- I won't go into detail right now).

And then I thought some more. I have always had "goals" and have been hungry to reach them my whole life. To finish high school, college and university- to graduate in my chosen degree, to pass my driver's license, to find a stable job, to make my parents proud. But what is our end goal? To buy a house/ a car, to start our own company/ to work for an already known company, to have financial stability? This leads me onto a YouTube video I recently watched. It questions why our generation revolves around money so much and how it connects money to success.

Coming from an Asian background, my parents have always put my education first. As long as I did well in School, that's all that mattered. As long as my grades were above average and I was attending every lesson, every seminar, every lecture. When I put on my graduation hat and was walking up on that stage to collect my degree, I knew that my parents would be proud and that everything I was working hard for was for that split second.

But what happens after that split second, after education? After graduating?
The majority of people (note I said majority and not all) would start looking for full time jobs (correct me if I'm wrong), or start looking at graduate programmes or carry on with their education. 

Our whole life, we spend it studying, working and saving. Is that what being "successful" means? Probably to some, but not to me.

Success to me is as simple as being happy with everything that you have.
Success is being able to wake up in the morning knowing that you have a roof over your head, knowing that you can afford to keep that roof over your head and bring food to the table.

Success is having a job and being independent enough to not rely on anyone else but yourself for money.
Success is having an ear to listen to, a friend to lean on, people who you love and trust.
Success is being free and enjoying what you do and doing them with a healthy body.

So take a minute to ask yourself, what do you want? And I mean, what do you REALLY want from 2016? This year, all I want to do is worry less, be healthy, be happy and enjoy my time with the people that I love and care about; that is all.

If I could give you just one piece of advice, it would be to: stress less, don't over-complicate or over-think and just remember that everything will fall into place.

I wish you all a very happy and successful year ahead.
Thank you for taking the time out to read my posts.

Keep smiling, keep inspiring.
Love L x.