Some people refer to success as having full checking and savings accounts and a great retirement plan. Some people believe success is judged by how fast and fancy one’s boat or pickup is, or how big their house is. Some people think that success is having the latest and greatest computer and accessories. Some people hope to find success by earning a college degree or some other prestigious award, or by getting a promotion at work. Some people see success as having power and the ability to do whatever they want to do. Some people feel that success is picking yourself up when you have been knocked down or being able to prove to others that you are somebody. Of course the list could go on and on, but the truth is, a lot of people are just plain confused about what success really is and how you achieve it.
While we have tried to find success in these things, we ultimately discover that success cannot be measured by things at all. Success, my friends, can only be measured in our relationships with others. What kind of relationship do you have with your parents? How about the relationship you have with your children? Can you tell me are you building healthy and positive relationships with others on a daily basis in your life with your neighbors and co-workers?
When you are about to take your final breath on this earth, I cannot imagine you will want to be surrounded by all your toys. I know I don’t! We will want to be surrounded by all those that love us as we have loved them. This is true success. Striving to find success in anything else is as false and temporary as a mirage. I want my life measured, not by my checking account or the accumulation of things, but by a different kind of wealth. Precious friends and family are more valuable to me than all the gold and jewels in the world When a person finally understands this, then and only then, have they found the true meaning of success!