3 ways to measure success that have nothing to do with wealth

Written by Leonescu Claudia

We automatically assume success has something to do with money. Sure, we all know the “Money makes the world go ‘round” concept, but there many wonderful people out there doing wonderful things and not at all for the sake of fortune. Typically, we measure success in means of accomplishments, jobs, titles and how much we make, but what if there’s more to it? If you step back and look at the bigger picture, you’d be amazed of how successful you really are or, you can be.

Do you respect yourself? Having a strong sense of self-respect will help you stretch to your full potential, it will also foster the development of better social relations. There is a misconception that people who have self-respect are actually narcissistic and self-involved, which has nothing to do with I am suggesting here. Often, people develop a sturdier sense of self-respect when they earn a lot of money since they feel appreciated and worthy, but this should not always be the case.

Do you let your creativity run wild? Sure, not all of us are blessed with amazing creativity powers, but undoubtedly when the brain wheels are set in motion, everybody is capable of creating something. Even if not all of us have a job that requires creative juices and inspiration, there is nothing wrong in taking matters into your own hands. Depending on your preferences you can go ahead and write, paint, sing, build, it doesn’t have to be perfect according to certain standards because it becomes perfect since you put your blood, sweat and tears into it. Such activities are recognized by your brain as achievements, and if not for that, just do it for the fun.

How frequently do you get out of your comfy bubble? Success is not just something you weight or measure, it’s more of a view, of how you see yourself and how you make others see you as well. I’m sure it’s no breaking news that life is short and we need to make it the best human journey possible. Pushing the dividing lines of your comfort zone is what helps you learn and grow. It may be scary and it may be risky, but so is living without knowing what could have been.

The success recipe is always cooked in different ways. Caring for yourself, others and the planet itself, experiencing pleasure and just feeling the awe in small things might sound like cheesy, Buddhist-inspired pieces of advice, but you will never know, unless you give them a try.

About the author

Leonescu Claudia

Initially when I turned to writing it was a decision made on some pretty shallow grounds, first off it was Carrie Bradshaw building a fire under my writing juices. Spicing that up with some reading, somewhere in my 2nd year of collage I was already fascinated. Margaret Laurence once said ”When I say work I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.” and I find that painfully true.
If it's something you're drawn to, you reach for it in any of its forms, either it's in a newspaper, on a blog, maybe a book or a novel or you just go full-freelancing, you reach for it:)

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