Okay So You’re Successful, But Are You Significant?

Everyone is always talking about success and how to achieve it. You set a goal, you accomplish that goal, and that’s a success, right? Sure it is… but at what point can you say you did something significant?

I don’t think there is any one person that doesn’t aim to be successful. However, it is often misconstrued as a huge feat, that people shed their blood, sweat, and tears to attain. Shoot, I consider it a success if I wake up on time each morning or make it through the day without tripping or running into something (those dang invisible walls).

Let’s face it, each person has countless chances to be successful in life, but it takes a special person to be significant. What are you going to do to make that happen? Just as there is with success, there are many different ways to define significance. What it all comes down to, however, is making a difference in your life or the lives of others.  Make a lasting impression on those around you; it’s not as hard as one might think. But how?! Well, of course, you can follow these steps:

  • Continue to set goals in your life, but make sure at least one of them is for something BIG. A lot of people I have talked to are opposed to setting “unattainable” goals, as they call them. Well I’m here to tell you to take the “un” out of “unattainable.” If you live your life thinking you can’t, then you’re not really living at all.
  • Go above and beyond what’s expected of you. Make yourself irreplaceable in whatever it is you are doing.
  • Strive for excellence. If you believe there are greater things out there for you, then there are. Don’t ever settle, but also realize that success won’t fall in your lap. You’ve got to work for it.
  • Don’t be a big sissy la-la (refer to my last blog for an explanation)

If your goal is to be successful in life, have fun hanging out in that boat (population: the whole world). Instead, make it your goal to be different, be significant, and your legacy will live on.

“Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value” – Albert Einstein

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