Everyone wants it. And some who have already achieved it hunger for even more.
But what does success mean? How do you ensure that your success is enduring, not just temporary?
These are hard questions, and I don’t claim to have all the answers.
But since completing my formal education and entering the “real world,” I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to find long-term success.
My mission is to empower students to become both happy and successful. So these are my four words of advice to students who want to succeed in life:
1. Focus on contribution, not achievement.
Society tends to emphasize achievement rather than contribution.
But real success isn’t determined by how much you’ve achieved. It’s determined by how much you’ve contributed.
And the size of your contribution isn’t limited by your job title. As Harry Beckwith once said, “There is no such thing as an ordinary job. There are only people who choose to perform them in ordinary ways.”
Your contributions have less to do with your career, and more to do with how committed you are and how much you care.
If you’re committed to a cause you care about deeply, you’ll go the extra mile to serve others and make a difference. No “unimpressive” job title will be able to stand in your way. [Read more…]