Success can be defined in many ways. Here are two definitions to get us started. A favourable or prosperous outcome of a vision or goal. The attainment of wealth, position or fame. There is a growing section of society that will link success to money, possessions and fame. And sadly, we see an ever-increasing number of these individuals checking out early having achieved their perceived idea of success at the cost of their life.

There are a lot of successful people in the grave right now, that would happily give anything to be above ground one more day, just so that they could tell their family and friends that they loved them, one more time. Because that is what’s important. It was Jack Cornfield that said “In the end, there are only three things that matter. 1. How well we lived. 2. How well we loved. 3. And how well we learned to let go.”

Zig Ziglar argued that success could not be defined in one sentence, instead, it comprises of many things. One could argue that the definition depends on the individual and one size does not fit all. Taking that argument into consideration I would say that true success is based on what works for you and the fulfilment of your dreams and aspirations.

I’m not saying don’t be financially successful, there’s nothing wrong with financial success. Truth be known I’m an entrepreneur myself and I will confess to liking money. I don’t think you can get too much money, but if money gets you. That’s too much. Think about it this way, if in your pursuit of making money you lose those you care most about would it have been worth it.

Is having the big house, car, yacht, plane and no one to enjoy it with worth the sacrifice? My advice is to slow down. Slow down, slow down so that you can stop and smell the flowers. Better still, give those flowers to the ones you love while they can still enjoy them. In your pursuit of success, stay true to your values so that your values can stay true to you.

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