To whom does Success belong to?
I recently read a quote on a webpage I like a lot and that has a lot of followers, which said that Success belongs to those who are willing to work harder than anyone else.
As much as I like this webpage and what it stands for then I have to disagree a bit with this….
First of all I think that Success can belong to everybody and I also think Success is more about working smart than working hard.
Success is not something limited or only available to some but not others, we can all have Success, we just have to define what it means for us, in all areas of our lives, and then go for it.
Do things have to be tough?
To have the Success you want for yourself you have to be courageous and use your right to choose. Be smart and choose what you feel is right for you – and that does not have to be hard.
If you work strategically on your Success, as you define it for yourself, in all aspects of your life, you should be smart and realizing that improving one component in your life can improve another one and your life in whole.
Here are some examples:
Improvements in Career => Improved opportunities in Community
If you work on developing yourself, your skills and competencies and overall improving yourself as a professional you will improve your chances of advancement in your career. Advancements in your career, learning and development, larger network and more can again lead to some opportunities for you in your community.
Improving your Community => Improved Environment
If you take more part in or give more to your community and work on improving it that will lead to improvements in your close environment.
Also if you take on some responsibilities in your community you will grow and develop some skills that can help you grow and develop in your career.
Improved Environment => Improvements in Finances
If you put more focus on reducing, reusing and recycling you can improve your close environment and that again can lead to some improvements in your finances.
Making environmentally friendly choices will in the long run improve our environment and finances.
Improved Finances => Better health
By being responsible in the way you handle your finances and strategically working on improving your financial status you can open up various opportunities for yourself that have to do with your health, physical and mental.
First off, being responsible with your finances reduces your stress, and that is not good for your health.
But with better financial status you do all kinds of things that can help you with your physical and mental health, you can buy organic food, pay someone to clean your house (does wonders for my mental health!) buy the services of personal trainers, coaches, go to retreats etc.
Better Health => Better Relationships
With better health, both physical and mental, you have more to give into your relationships. You need to be fit to handle various relationships, all kinds of stress factors that can come with them and being fit helps you to take part in all kind of activities that come with maintaining strong relationships.
With better health, mental and physical shape, you will be better at handling stress, all kinds of communications and more and that way you may even become better manager. Being known as a great leader, that takes full responsibility for oneself and practices good self-leadership, may also raise your status in your community.
Better Relationships => Better Career
The more you work on your communications skills and building and maintaining good relationships with all kinds of people, within or outside of your regular community or circle of friends, you may increment your options and opportunities you get in your career.
Also if you are a parent and take full responsibility as such by taking more active part in everything that comes with your parental role (in the children´s school, sports-clubs, hobbies etc.) you get to know more people, expand your network, work on your communications skills, become more known in your community and all of this can boost your career and opportunities related to that.
As you improve your parental skills, emotional intelligence, mediation, negotiation, understanding others point of views and more you may be developing skills that will make you a better manager.