One of the most challenging things about success is success itself. We can talk all we want about how great it is, but it’s also really challenging. When you’re successful you’re given a whole new set of responsibilities to deal with. Success changes and challenges you and exposes you to people you’ve never thought you’d meet, some who will be stepping stones to your future, and others who will try to drag you down with them. As we finish up this second month of graduations let’s talk a bit about how we can all approach success better.
First, we can’t fear success anymore. Yes, you read that right, some people fear success. Usually there’s something or someone in their past that has tainted success for them and made them associate success with only bad things. However, success is one of the things that keeps the world going and improving and solving problems. So while nothing is perfect, not attempting success because you’re scared is a waste of your many and valuable talents and abilities.
Second, we need to be more accepting of and celebratory of success, everyone’s success. We’re not all successful every day of our lives, we all have failures and we all have successes, so don’t worry that your day won’t come, instead celebrate their victory today and know your day will come soon. Be honestly happy that something good happened to someone else, we all need to be proud of what we’ve accomplished, even if it’s just getting out of bed that day, because to some that’s a big victory.
Finally, yes, you may be a little jealous about their victory because you wanted a similar one, but rather than spending time being envious, get out there and start or keep working towards your victory so we can celebrate it with you. Let your jealousy empower rather than destroy or distract you, and don’t let it diminish the success of the other person.
So, what are you celebrating today?
“Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.” Marilyn Monroe