How Do You Define Success?

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Self-improvement books have truly reshaped the way people define success. They helped to provide clearer perspective of what success entails and how they can be achieved. Some people work very hard to prove themselves of their value. Others may agree that success is an achievement of personal goals. However, success is really a result of the ability to work hard and the setting of goals.

It is believed that if someone works as hard as possible, it will prove the “worthiness” of a person. This mindset was formed by a group of English Protestants called the Puritans in the 16th and 17th centuries. They found out that the necessity for hard work is needed for success. On the other hand, people who are lazy will never succeed, as there are no shortcuts to success in life. I used to be stuck in this “laziness” mindset, and I know it is hard to get past the feeling of thinking there must be an easier way. In actual fact, there is not any. As mentioned by Dr. Randy Pauch’s ‘Last Lecture’ - “The brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people!” The “other people” he is referring to, are those who do not work hard enough to achieve what they want. Indeed, the only disadvantage of working hard is that a person will have lesser free time but having proper time management can overcome this. Till today, I have yet to see a lazy person become successful in life.

Setting a goal means penning down something that you really want to achieve. Goals tell you where you are going and how you are going to get there. Ideally, goals have to be realistic, measurable and within a person’s skills and abilities. For example, if a Person A wants to lose twenty kilograms in one month of exercising as compared to Person B in five months of exercising, the outcome of losing weight will be much more successful if Person B managed to lose at least four kilograms in the first month as compared to Person A which sets an...
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