If you live on the planet Earth, you are going to get asked (if you haven’t been asked already), “So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” or “What’s your major?” or “What’s your career going to be when you graduate?”
No matter what the phraseology, these questions all point to one overarching question: How are you going to make yourself successful?
And that’s not a bad thing.
We do need money. Without it, we can’t really do a lot.
But, at the same time, it’s only money. You’re going to die one day and it will mean nothing.
My philosophy is that you should earn enough to be self-supportive and self-sufficient; but, at the same time, don’t make money your first priority because it’s a means to an end. The end is to be happy, right? That’s what we all want.
How to be successful:
Step #1) Define “success.”
Please don’t let other people do this for you. Let that happen and you’ll be miserable. Understand that you will let people down by choosing your own path; but if they leave you because of it, they weren’t meant to stick around. Having your own definition of success is going to help you see the people you’re meant to be with it and it’s going to help you, ultimately, be where you need to be to end up happy.
Your definition of success is going to be your end goal.
Pray for a clear path. Pray for good counsel. We’ve got a good God. He will get where you need to be (a place that will bring you more happiness than if you left it to yourself alone) if you conform your will to His.
Once you know what you consider to be success, then move on to…
Identify your end goal, then find out a way to get there.
Keep in mind that you may have to do unpleasant jobs (working at the local grocery store instead of owning a bakery) on the way; but keep your goal in mind and it won’t be so difficult. 🙂
Plan it out.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Step #3) Don’t Quit
Every failure is an opportunity to learn to do the task better in the future. You are only a failure if you decide there is nothing to learn or give up.
And if you don’t have your life figured out at 18, whatever.
Society says to x, y, and z by age w. No. You’re not a loser for not conforming to standards not meant for everyone. I feel that it’s ridiculously stupid and moronic to have one standard and hold everyone to it.
As Einstein said, “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life thinking it’s stupid.”
Be who you want whether it’s a fish, zebra, wildebeest, monkey, horse, cow, or elephant.
Be your own definition of successful.