I wanted to take a few moments and define what TRUE SUCCESS means to me, and it is my hope that some of the points I make will hit home and if not at least get you to understand yourself a little better. The definition of Success varies from each persons point of view and there are different levels of Success, in My eyes “True Success” is an Inward-Outward approach, please let me explain:
My definition of TRUE SUCCESS is living a life of purpose while navigating with a moral compass and beliefs based on principals. Living a life of purpose can mean many things such as doing what your passionate about, inspiring people, or dedicating your life to something bigger then you. A “moral” compass is having a set of values (dedication, integrity, honesty, discipline, etc) that steer you in life and help you make daily decisions. “Principles” in my book are boundry lines of life, whether you choose to follow them or not is on you because life will continue to hand you experiences based off your choices towards those principles.
Let me give you and example: “What goes around comes around” was a saying that I have heard since I was a kid, it took many years for me to actually believe/respect that saying. If you spend your days lying, cheating, and stealing that is what the world/universe is going to give you in return. If you spend your days with honesty, compassion and excitement then that is what the world will give you in return, LIFE doesn’t care either way its up to you to decide what outcome you want.
In my profession I have paid a high price to get where I’m at in the UFC, 13 years of training and competing to be exact. There is nothing wrong with being “Successful” in your chosen field, its the way you do it that counts. I figured out long ago that if I wanted to be a UFC champion one day that it would take countless hours of pain, sweat, sacrifice and blood to get there. The feeling of stepping into the cage and competing is the best experience in the world because its MY passion, the training that I’ve done aligns with my moral compass (Great work ethic, discipline, honestly, dedication, etc.) and I know I’ve respected lifes principles (ex. not cutting corners, no lying to myself, putting the right kind of work in and expecting the results that naturally follow).
Now a days too many people rely on “Society” to tell them if they are successful or not. Example=What kind of Car they drive, how many friends they have, how much money in their bank account, how good looking they are, how they look, how they talk, etc. That to me is an Outward-Inward approach.
Now don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with having money, lots of friends, a nice car, etc BUT its the reason why you choose to have those things in YOUR life. If you earn nice things like that in your life from a place of purpose, morals, and principals then there is nothing to be ashamed of, on the opposite side: if you have those things in your life because you are trying to please society then you will never feel true “Success” in my eyes.
Life is short and we are all truly on our own paths with our own purpose, every now and then don’t forget to stop and look inside of yourself and understand why your doing whatever it is that you do. - Myles “Fury” Jury
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