I'm not famous. I've never made $1 million. I'm not a professional athlete. I didn't graduate at the top of my class. I'm skinny. I have college debt. I don't have a big house. I don't own a fancy car. After reading that list, many people would say that I'm not successful. I'd tell those people they are wrong!
We live in a culture and time where success is judged by what you have. Society is very materialistic. If you're "rich" you're a success. The funny thing is, many of the "rich" people we admire are broke mentally, physically, spiritually and many time fiscally too. Our culture tells us to think negatively of ourselves if we don't possess the latest and the greatest. People put others down based on what they have versus who they are.
I'm sure you're asking where is Frank going with this? Here's where I'm going. I define success as achieving or living a dream. All of our dreams don't involve owning something. I may not be rich or famous, but I have had a positive influence on thousands of people. That's one of my dreams, that makes me a success. I dreamed of having a college degree. I was 30 years old when I finally got it, that makes me a success. I wanted to visit Australia. I was able to visit Australia by volunteering with Rotary International. I get to spend quality time with my wife and son.
That list is just a few of the things I wrote on paper or typed on my "grocery list" things I dreamed of doing. Every time I cross something off of that list, I'm a success.
We're living in a very judgmental world. One that judges on things that really don't matter. The next time you wonder if you're a success, remember all of the dreams you have accomplished and look forward to all of the dreams you still want to achieve.
Have a great week and thank you for reading!