Morning Coffee

Success vs. Value

Some mornings you just need a cup of coffee and a little inspiration. This morning as I’m sipping my coffee, I’m thinking about success. If you’re like me, it’s one of those things you’ve striven for your whole life. I was even voted “Most Likely to Succeed” back in high school. While I’ve done almost everything I’ve set out to do, it doesn’t feel the way I expected. There’s still this nagging feeling that actual “success” is just beyond my reach. Maybe you’ve felt that way too?

As with most things in life, a fresh perspective usually helps. I came across this quote and it got me thinking.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

-Winston Churchill

I don’t know about you, but all my efforts to be “successful” have felt empty. Don’t get me wrong, there’s an initial rush of, “I did it!” It feels amazing at the time, but that fades pretty quickly. That’s probably because success is not final. You have to keep going. Life moves beyond that point. On the heels of each success, it’s time to set new goals and dream new dreams… Keeping in mind that failure isn’t fatal. Stagnation is.

Furthermore, Albert Einstein said,

Try not to become a [person] of success, but rather try to become a [person] of value.

Regardless of where we are in our journeys, we can always grow, change, and become the best version of ourselves we can be rather than resting on our laurels. Being a person of excellence, and treating every client, co-worker, or employee with value sounds pretty successful to me. Laying a framework for continual growth in every area- work, relationships, giving back, etc.- should help through the ebbs and flows of success.

Final Thoughts

How many stories have we all heard about people who were on top of the world? They had everything they’d worked for- success, fame, fortune- only to lose it all in a haze of self-destruction. Why? Because it wasn’t what they expected. They got to the top only to think, “Now what?”

Is it time for you to set new goals? What can you be doing to “become a person of value”? Beyond that, what can you be doing to add value to your  relationships, job, and community?

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