• Billy Forsyth

Success!...not right away

Updated: Jan 28, 2019

I'm not sure what the measure of success is, but I feel like our company is "successful" so far. I can support my family, provide a few people with consistent work, and live somewhere underneath a roof. That has got to be a good place to start defining success. Isn't success more of a state of mind based on your own values? I mean is the guy who drives the fancy car in the fancy house really more successful than the guy who works 9-5 and puts food on the table for his family really that different. I'm not saying you can't have both but for the sake of this comparison, bare with me. Who knows, maybe each example wants what the other has, like they both are saying "the grass is greener on the other side". I suppose that can be healthy to some extent to view things as such since I believe we should always be striving for more, but maybe that's just me?

As a very ambitious person, I want to always be improving and challenging myself and not because I feel like I have more value necessarily but because I honestly enjoy the challenge and struggle. I believe it produces character and the ability to face opposition and not just get scared and run away, but it produces the ability to fully embrace life's many challenges. It's not when you're strong that matters so much to me but when you're outnumbered, weak, tired, and just burnt out that we push ourselves to conquer whatever is in front of us.

Success to me is facing struggle and trial and overcoming it. Going even deeper- maybe success is defined as struggling with a smile on your face knowing that this is something that will grow my character and teach me valuable lessons. More often than not, I feel the odds are stacked against us to succeed and to reach goals, but that shouldn't stop us..right? It should teach us that to achieve what you want, you have to want it more than anyone wants you to fail. Believe me, there are people and systems all around us wanting us to fail. Don't get me wrong, we ALSO have people and systems that want us to succeed and genuinely help us get there with no selfish ambition.

But let's be honest, when you see that guy or gal living in whatever they deem as success, it makes you want something similar. Maybe you even get to the point of envy, I know I'm guilty of it. I have to remind myself that my success is really whatever I want it to be (to some extent). If we live to have someone else's measure of success, I don't think we will ever be happy or truly successful. We have to decide what it is that we want and ask ourselves some questions; Is this actually attainable?... Should I have this? Will this contribute to me being someone I don't necessarily like? Will this make me greedy? Why do I want this in the first place? The first person you should be honest with in your life is...yourself! Don't go after millions of dollars because you think millionaires are happy. Don't go after that six bedroom house just because you think a huge house you can get lost in will make you feel accomplished. Go after something that makes your heart beat faster and fuels your passions. Go after what encourages you to be a better person - from that point I think you will find how you measure success.Finding your passion could be a whole other blog, but I think this good for now. Thanks for reading! Comment below what is your definition of success.

"Make your gutters great!" (again not a trump quote)

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