Hey guys! Long time no blog. I blame this on hectic schedules and a tired soul, but really, it’s just the lazy bug come to bite me. So much for excuses huh? Anyway, yesterday my mum got me a new keyboard (wasn’t really for me but I asked for it) and I just love the feel of it as I type that’s why I decided to write again. Hoorah!
Now today, I wanna give an opinionated blab about success.
What is success?
A subjective question that will forever haunt our minds.
What if I told you there could be an objective answer to this? No, I can’t fully back my claims with compelling facts and sciences about my theory coz this is just a random realization from things I’ve learned in and out of school, but I strongly believe that this would be the most objective answer for it.
Hear me out.
The cliché response is happiness, and I agree – though not completely.
We value different things. You may prioritize love and family more than career and wealth. Others may be opposite. So if we go about answering it concretely we can never fully gauge success unbiased. In the end, the goal is the feeling of euphoria.
But why don’t I agree completely? Happiness can be temporary. You may be happy for reasons tangible and intangible that may be taken away.
We may still often (if not always) expect that a new discontent and restlessness will soon develop, unless the individual is doing what he is fitted for.
I view success as permanent; so happiness alone is not enough to be considered success.
I say success is self-actualisation.
In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, we see self-actualisation at the top most part of the pyramid. This is because when you are self-actualised, you no longer find the need to acquire satisfaction. You are already contented, self-assured, fulfilled, and happy. Nothing can take that away.
Self-actualisation means you have reached the pinnacle of your potential. When there is no longer a need to acquire, you have become successful.
I’ve only ever known 2 people who have reached success, and that is Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi – there could be more.