One of the biggest challenges we face is our misunderstanding of what success really is. Success is determined by so many factors that it's almost ludicrous to imagine that it can only be defined according to the amount of things you have accumulated or how high you rise in your career. These are the outwards measures of success, which has nothing to do with the reality of your personal life.
Too often, many people measure success by how much money they earn or their connections. Although, this is true at some extent, it isn't the full story because in the end the true measure of success comes from your ideas of what you actually want. You might find it odd to learn that some of the challenging times of life happen when you have lots of money.
Almost always, your goals are inward-focused; they are all about your accomplishments, your career, and your achievements. These clearly measure a degree of success, but they fall short of the true measure of success.The trouble happens when you don't have conscious choices; when you allow circumstances to dictate your time and your priorities. That's when success lulls you into the complacency of its momentum.
Few people realized that true success should be measured by how content and happy they are; especially in making a positive difference among other people's lives. It's normal to be overwhelmed with your encounters with famous and fascinating people.
But when you are able to build something from scratch and have a wonderful time learning, growing and becoming an expert in your craft, no amount of money can make you feel happy. It's you self-satisfaction that makes you happy especially when a deal is closed or a project is done.
Whilst there are a lot of people who have risen from adversity to the heights of success, comparing yourselves to others without knowing their personal circumstances will only lead to resentment and antipathy. Be sure that your success is something that you own rather than being owned by it.
Not that I blame you, but your upbringing can also have a huge impact not only on your ability to reach successful goals but also on your level of aspiration and ambition. If you were brought up to believe that we don't do things like that; then it can be extremely difficult to go against the expectations of others and actually succeed. This can be a real stumbling block as you run the risk of alienating yourself from those you love.
Money isn't just the key to success. Most people would assume business success, and the wealth that comes with it have brought happiness. Now, if you don't enjoy what you're doing, or aren't having a lot of fun despite making a lot of money or rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous - then it's time to move on to something that does make you happy and satisfied.
In fact, success doesn't have to be pre-defined by others' timelines and expectations. Everything in life happens for a reason at its own pace, and every little thing you do is already an achievement.