Over the past few weeks, as I have been setting new goals and challenges for myself as well as nearing the end of previous goals and challenges set for myself and others, I have found myself pondering the definition of success. Throughout our lives, we look to a variety of figures and sources to help us define success and make ourselves into beings that are goal-driven. For a stay-at-home mom, she may look to her mother or grandmother to create a definition of a successful and loving mother to her children. A teenager may look at figures in popular culture, teachers, or coaches to define a successful life. A businessperson may look to figures such as Donald Trump or Steve Jobs to define a successful career. But no matter what our minds create and no matter what goals we set, it seems as if we always need to be redefining the meaning of success and achievement. Just because we do not quite achieve the goal we set for ourselves, does not mean we did not triumph over the task at hand.
If “said person” participates in a 48-hour book challenge, only reads for 20 of those hours, but gets 5 books read, is that success or failure?
If a sales team of “said sportswear company” exceeds their sales goals for the year but only has 81% customer satisfaction, is that success or failure?
If a person starts a new type of diet, doesn’t quite follow it, but still becomes very aware and educated about foods they are eating, is that success or failure?
What are your thoughts on success and failure?
Speaking of challenges and goals, I would like to formally invite any person interested in reading the top children’s books of all time, to join me in my year-long challenge of reading through the books chosen by friends and colleagues of Betsy Bird. Unfortunately, I won’t be starting a new blog specifically for the challenge, but if you would like to formally join, just leave a comment on this post with your email address and I will send out more information and encouragement as we continue on in the challenge. Good luck to all my readers in their pursuit of success and most importantly, happiness.