Stop! The life you save may be your own.Posted: May 28, 2009
What kind of race are you running? More importantly who are you running for? If the answer is your relatives, colleagues, classmates, or friends STOP. If you are directly or indirectly engaged in a success (expletive) contest what are you really accomplishing with your life?
Everyone has a definition of what success or “making it” means. For some it’s making “real money.” Now I like money, but just how much I have to earn to feel like it’s “real” is unknown to me. The law school answer would be it depends. I can say I feel content presently, but then again I only have myself to worry about.
Aside from keeping it real with the dollar, there is a bigger issue. That is, one should not let anothers view of success chart the course of their professonial life. Accept advice and seek guidance of course, but at the end of the day you define what it means to be successful.
It is human nature to compare, but our lives are too unique to be reduced a kind of supermarket view of success. It cannot be that easy. Also it is a dangerous path to follow becuase unless you are an oil-shiek you will never have enough. There is always someone with more. You’ll reach that X amount and still feel unsatsified (Penelope Trunk has a great post on this).
As it says in the Bible (thank you Google), “And He said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.'”-LUKE 12:15. Or, as the song says, “Just live your life.” -T.I. ft. Rhianna.