Are you a successful person?

I was having an interesting conversation this morning with a friend about “what do you want to be known as?” She said that she was struggling to answer this question. To me, she is a person who knows exactly what she wants in her life.

I started to think about what does “being successful” mean to me?
There’s no doubt that ‘success’ is unique to every individual. For me, this is a question that will be answered only at the end of my life. It doesn’t mean now is too early to evaluate your current success. I think my success is determined by the successor, the next generation. Whether I was able to leave something for them that impact their life.

If that’s the case, I think I can only be myself, living to my fullest as who I am. Enjoy everyday, try out everything I can.

The person who lives life fully, glowing with life’s energy, is the person who lives a successful life.

Daisaku Ikeda

So when my friend asked me what does success in life meant to me, I didn’t know how to explain my response. I want to be known as a person who lived my life to the fullest. I didn’t need to be a superhero or famous in life. I want to blossom as who I am at where I am. I want to be a light and a hope for those around me. I want to leave this life as a person who is happily leaving this life to the next without any concern or regret for this life.

The moment you resolve to be victorious, every nerve and fiber in your being will immediately orient itself toward your success.

Daisaku Ikeda

There were times when I questioned my response. It is based on my own feelings rather than other external values. I want to stay true to myself, standing tall, and be very proud of myself, how far I have come. I want to show my appreciation to those who supported me, encouraged me, and carried me through challenging times.

The real struggle in life is with ourselves.

The true secret of success is refusal to give up, the refusal to fail;

it lies in the struggle to win the battle against one’s own weaknesses.

Daisaku Ikeda

He as achieved success,

Who has lived well, laughed often and loved much;

Who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children;

Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;

Who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;

Who never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it;

Who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had;

whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction

Bessie A. Stanley; Ralph Waldo Emerson

What does success mean to you?
Where do you want to be known as?
How do you determine your success?

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