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Dare to compete with thyself | How to define and measure SuccessBY: Karthik | Category: Self Improvement | Post Date: 2009-07-26
Summary: There is no one less-debatable definition for the term 'Success.' It is very subjective, and is perceived by different people from different planes. When so kaleidoscopic is the definition and perception of 'success' is, we can imagine how diversified would the calibrations of Success be. To me, Success is measured in terms of one's own outperformance-every self-surpassing moment has an element of success attached to it. Read on, agree to disagree with me or try to adjust your scales accordingly.
So much has been talked about success that there seems to be no one definition to delineate what this term means. However, different people take it in different perspectives and they assume to have achieved success when their proposed activity yields happiness and satisfaction (not to speak of pleasure, which is just like a bubble in the vast ocean- momentary and carries no weight)
On the other hand, success, to me, is outperforming and with this definition my whole argument boils down to the idea of outperforming your own potential. Simply put, I perceive success as challenging your capabilities and achieving more than what you are capable of doing in a competitive situation.
Haven't we heard of many athletes, who, despite having struck the gold in the finals of the Olympics regret saying, ‘I could have done it better!' or aren't we aware of the stories of many successful persons, who by no means lose their spirit of competition and desire for perfection and excellence, even though they are admired, idolized and whose lives have become the case studies for many aspiring humans to experiment and explore..?
That precisely is what I mean by success. Successful persons never feel complacent in any thing they do. They always need challenges and they enjoy having to undergo agonies in their lives and in many cases, court risks just to feed their fiery minds. Therefore, success lies not just in competing and winning, but it also has a wider connotation than that. You might win, but you could still feel that your success had been shallow, incomplete and insipid. In that case, it is a clear case on hand that you had not put in the best of what you can do- the want of that extra bit of effort which would have given you 1% margin than what you had achieved earlier could easily be felt. Hence, always try to compete with yourselves, you alone can be your potential competitor and never put off that fire in you.
At last, success and failure are just two impostors and are Janus-headed. Failure can just be success shrouded with thoughtlessness and inaction. You can fail either because you act thoughtlessly or because you never act upon your thoughts. Therefore, blow this shroud away and success will be yours.
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