POST GRADUATION: SUCCESS IS OVERRATED
Success boils down to follow-through, and you can be successful at the wrong thing. It took me 23 years to figure that out.
After graduating from college last year I felt like I had been living a life defined for me all up to that point. My identity was heavily influenced by comparing myself to what other people had done. I was competitive, I was even successful to some, but I felt like I lacked sense of purpose. Clarity needed, I started with asking my friends and family a simple question, “How do you define success?”
The typical response I got was something along the lines of, “It really depends on the person.” I was alright with that idea, but to me it became not so much an answer as a diversion from the actual question at hand. It was taking a step back and looking at the question from a bigger angle. I knew that there was something here to discover.
I had the idea that it would be worthwhile to write what I found successful in my life.
But, dadgummit. How’s this any better than the response, “Success depends on the person?” All I did was reinforce that idea.
The worst part was looking at my list and realizing that a lot of it did not make me happy. I felt like an impostor to my own identity. Finally, there it was. The clarity I had been looking for the entire time.
By now I realized the truth behind the common response, “It really depends on the person.” The truth is that our own success forms from what we actually do, which should be influenced by our inner voice. Not the voice that inhibits action, but the voice that says, “I want to do that.” The voice of curiosity. It’s your responsibility to find what you are good at, what you have a passion for, and how you can combine those two things to create value. The only way is to listen to your inner voice and act.