Podcasts have recently become my “thing”. I love listening to stories about how others have foregone the norm to seek a fulfilling, creative life. Or found success with the development of some awesome new idea, product or service. Or have altered behaviors to overcome challenges holding them back. You get the idea.
A recent podcast I listened to on The Good Life Project talked about how we measure success. For those of us, like me, who have an entrepreneurial spirit, we want it all now, now, NOW! The visions I’ve created for the life I want are so close that I can practically taste them. However, I’m not there just quite yet and that sometimes feels like the opposite of success. When you want something so badly and feel you are on the verge of it becoming your reality but, alas, you’re still hustling and trying to figure it all out and sometimes it feels like failure…
The whole point of this was that I wanted to share the message that I received from that podcast and that is this: sometimes we have to redefine what success is. Sometimes it’s not a single point that we reach after a period of hard work. (Admittedly, sometimes it is. But not always.) I’ve started to reframe my definition of success and by doing that I, I’ve realized that success can be measured by what we learn along the way.
For years and years, through job transitions and financial hardships and relocating and… the list goes on, all I’ve know is that I wanted to write and that dream is still very much alive and well inside of me. I want to offer freelance writing services to help others build their businesses. I want to open up one of my favorite magazines and see an article I wrote. I fantasize daily about seeing my book on display at a bookstore. I dream about having lunch with my literary agent to discuss my next book deal and planning the promotional tour. I look forward to receiving an invitation to be a guest on a podcast.
Am I there yet? Frankly, the answer is no. Not even close. But I’m working on it. And that, my friends, is how I’m measuring my success. After all these years, I still want it and I’m still working to make these dreams and goals a reality.
Looking back, I’ve learned so much. Looking ahead, I’m excited about what I have yet to learn. From here on out, that is how I’m going to measure success.