"What is the key to success?" This is a question most have contemplated at one time or another. Bookstore shelves are lined with inspirational writings by various authors, who gladly impart their wisdom, experience and suggestions to a willing, paying public; yet the answer remains subjective and elusive.
Many “how to” guides imply that success and financial reward are synonymous. Although the word success, is often used to describe a person’s monetary gain, I believe success encompasses so much more and can best be defined as achievement or accomplishment.
A person can have monetary gain, yet lack happiness and fulfillment, two key components that identify success. Monetary wealth can evoke the perception that financial gain is the true epitome of success. Unfortunately, while this assessment is readily accepted by many, it is nothing more than an optical illusion, masquerading as authenticity.
So again, the question emerges; "What is the key to Success?" Success is passion driven and subject to personal interpretation. Passion is an intense inward devotion that drives one to pursue that which others may see as a glitch in common sense or logic. Such examples may include: Starting your own business, pursuing a career in the arts, world exploration and so-forth.
So....does one throw reality to the wind and become a vagabond pursuing a dream? Obviously, the answer is a resounding NO! Not every dream is a passion and vice-versa. Your passion may be the desire to assist others, teach children, climb a mountain or write a cookbook. The list is as complex as your own goals.
Gifts and talents are as unique as the individuals to which they are bestowed. Disappointment surfaces when one fails to explore the potential of their abilities and in the process, miss the truest sense of success!
Sometimes, we become so emerged in the day to day operations of business, that we lose sight of everything else. When the quest for "perceived" success inadvertently overshadows the "passion", consider taking a step back and you may just find that you are able to move forward.