Does success in “the world” mean success in your life?
We have a tendency to measure our success by society’s standards.
Do we have a big house? A car? A spouse? Kids? And most importantly, a good paying job or a successful business?
Yet we can have all these things and still feel empty inside. We can have all these external trappings of a successful life and still feel unfulfilled, disconnected, and that we are not contributing to the world.
At the same time, we can have none of those symbols of society’s expectations, and still achieve inner peace, profound relationships, and create community among like-minded people and feel fulfilled and whole.
The real question is, what are our own standards by wish we measure success in our lives?
Is it knowing ourselves on a deep level? Is it having a life free of responsibility and being able to travel the world? Is it living close to the land and learning how to grow your own food and be self-sufficient?
Deciding what we want for ourselves, and not allowing the external world to dictate our dreams and our standards, is perhaps the most important form of success we can achieve.