Victor Vincent writes from the heart of Lagos and is a Senior Staff at Godgold Integrated Company
I can not really give one specific meaning of success, but I would say success is simply:
1) reaching to a place where your dreams were pointing to
2) when you get what you really wanted
3) when you triumph over your adversaries, obstacles and barriers of life.
To all the above, success can not be a ‘when’, but it has to be something within you. Success must be born in the mind of somebody who really wants it. S/he must convince him/her self that s/he can succeed regardless of the colour, tribe, family background. What is important is to paint a picture of success in your mind.
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To me, success is measured by the attainment of real joy or happiness. This joy comes when we see that the people we love (God and family) are happy. There would be no real happiness if only us were happy. Pleasing those we love brings the greatest joy to ourselves. It involves providing adequately for the present and future needs of the persons we care for (this would therefore include financial security to the extent that it enables us to provide for our loved ones). It involves doing things that would please them. This, in my opinion would bring the greatest feeling of fulfillment.
Janett Kalale said and I quote; “True success is truly measured by what you have left when you go to the grave”
For the living, the quest to succeed is an ongoing process for nothing in human life is ever utterly perfectly complete until nothing more can be done. This is because success is achieving the best results possible to my satisfaction, having exploited my potential in whatever area to be considered utmost and therefore being able to move to a new area for nothing more can be done in the world.
So you see, the measure of it is complicated for the things in which we measure success can never be complete i.e. parenting, family, spiritual, education, etc. Physical feats are temporary and their success therefore easily measurable e.g. going to the moon, climbing a mountain, winning a race, passing an exam.
On the other hand, one can only say they have been a successfully happily married person when one or the other partner says goodbye to the union by the separation of death.
Success is right standing with God – He is the giver of the peace really sought by humanity. Success is prosperity in all things and being in good health. (John 3:2) Success is having your life under control i.e. you plan to spend time with your family – you achieve it by doing it. Mapping out a plan for your life and then you achieve it – that is success to me.
Simon said: “Success is being able to obtain what you require or want to do at a specified time” This also means the ability to meet your needs at a specified time.
Humphrey says in his own theory that “To many, success is measured in terms of monetary wealth. That is, achieving financial independence and prosperity”
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But I feel that success should encompass the following areas; *Happiness in family life and in marriage for the married people *Having a healthy relationship with God almighty and confidence of eternal life *Happiness or satisfaction in the occupation or vocation one may have. *Rich in respect from one’s friends and other relationships such as from workmates or workers as the case may be.
Therefore, I feel that financial prosperity without the aspects mentioned above does not necessarily mean one is successful. If anything it means that one is just wealthy but one’s successful life is not complete. On the other hand, it is possible to have a successful life without being wealthy. Success is a hidden power placed in the human spirit. Many people struggle today not because God wants them to be that way. The reason is, they still have less knowledge concerning God’s purpose for them. The human spirit has all the answers to all our struggles.
Do have a nice time and God bless you as you ponder on this short note (Amen)
Remain bless and rapturable.
vicvin (Vincent Victor)
To reach Victor, send an email to [email protected] or call 08132414103, 07016545492, 08186518148.