What does it mean to be Successful?


Some say its your background – where you come from, the year you were born, your culture, your race or whether you rich or poor.

I always thought successful people were rich people. And if you were not rich, you were very smart and talented at something.

I just finished reading a book called, The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Its about the story of successful people – what makes people successful – the why, the what, and the who of these people labeled as ‘successful’. But I’m not going to go into the details of that book. Read it yourself.

What inspired me about this book is this… Those who are labeled as successful and those who are not, depends on 3 things:

1) what you imagine ‘success’ to be

2) opportunity

3) meaningful work

You can be as successful as you want to be through determination and hard work or just plain opportunity and luck! However you see ‘successful’ – whether its through meaningful work that pays little but makes a difference, or whether its through politics and the belief in a better country – its yours for the taking! No-one else.

It doesn’t matter if you rich or poor. It DOES matter where you come from – never forget that. But remember, you can be whoever you want to be. It’s up to you – not the world. So go on… fight for that right!


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