Everyone has their own definition of what success is. I like the thought of former British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher:
What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.
When seeing a highly successful person, why are people more interested in listening about his / her success than discovering the road and processes that that person had to take to get there?
First of all, the results are clearly visible and measurable. They are often presented in figures and precise facts. On the other hand, the processes taken to get to that success might be long, challenging, and with a lot of obstacles – something that not many are interested in hearing. It would be nice if the story was short and sweet – but it is often not the case, although social media would like to present it like that.
As people, we are always in a hurry and need time to listen more and in detail, but this kind of storytelling is important and inspirational. I would like to encourage especially young people to ask people around them about their stories. I am sure there wouldn’t be many stories of overnight success. How many of you believe in it?
Personally, I am more for a step-by-step approach rather than skipping steps and achieving overnight success. This requires persistence, patience, dedication, responsibility, work with passion and strong will, but it is also a rewarding journey.