We are raised believing that success needs to be visible. From a very young age, we are taught that a big house, nice car, fancy clothing indicate success. It's rare to hear a child saying "I want to live a humble life in a small home" when asked what they want to do when they are older (yes, this child knows the word humble). Children want to be lawyers, doctors, vets because they have been taught that these are the surefire jobs to monetary wealth... and wealth equals success.
From an early age, this is how I have been thinking. There is nothing wrong with that, in fact I can remember many great moments where I was daydreaming of having all these beautiful items and driving around in cool cars. Now as I get older, I notice that things no longer excite me. Money no longer drives me. This is when I finally realized that money really isn't everything (as cliché as that sounds).
I no longer have the drive to make an abundance of money, I no longer care about having a massive house. What drives me is something many people seem to care less for, and thats a deeply rooted happiness.
Are you happy when you wake up everyday?
Does the thought of waking up for your day tomorrow excite you?
If those two answers were forced, then perhaps there is something missing in your life. When looking back at your life, what memories bring a smile to your face? This is how I realized that my bank account balance isn't something I care for. Thinking back to my amazing trip in New York a few months back is something that will be locked in my memory bank for life.
As our lives pass, we are left with memories. In my opinion, true success is where you can share your stories and make others smile.
I would like to leave you with this question: What's your most interesting story from last month?