In a recent article, I wrote about how to define success in terms of your own online home business. That’s OK from a business viewpoint, but what about your personal feelings on success?
Success – Feelings or Facts?
Many people find it very hard to measure their success in life. For some it’s good feelings and pleasure that makes them feel successful. For others it’s the quantity or quality of personal relationships. For many its a materialistic concept, how many things they possess.
There are feelings of success and there’s “evidence” of success. The guy with the big house and fast car may appear successful as he flashes money around and can have almost anything at a price. But what are his feelings? Pleasure? Security? Great continual happiness? Fear of loss? Isolation? Health issues? Deep inner Loneliness? Or what??
Wealth can hide a variety of problems. Wealth can overcome many problems. But there’s so much in life that wealth is powerless to solve or overcome.
It’s All About People
The human race thrives on social interaction. Anyone who say’s they’re a ‘loner’ is denying one of the main driving forces of life itself - mixing and reacting with other similarly minded people.
John Donne’s well known poem begins:- “No man is an island, Entire of itself.” We are interdependent, one on another.
So how does this relate to personal or home business success? Again I say - it’s all about people!
Ordinary people are your customers. Give them a poor deal or bad experience and they’re gone. But give them a great deal, over-delivered, pressed down and running over; give them a wonderful positive experience and they’ll be back, time and time again. Oh yes! That’s obvious! But few businesses seem to have grasped this key fact of human behavior.
Real lasting success depends on making other peoples’ lives better in some tangible degree. You can be the one who changes lives for the better. Yes I mean that seriously!
I recently watched a film in which a husband and wife volunteered to go out to a war-torn African country as missionaries. When they arrived in the midst of a bitter civil war, all they found in the capital was 13 people who already believed. The film showed the poor conditions and the serious difficulties surrounding this couple. Most of us would have turned back to the airport and got the first flight out of there. Not them. They had gone for a purpose and were determined to fulfill their calling and purpose.
Over a decade, they worked hard, building up schools, churches, hostels, and clinics. Street children were loved and helped, some becoming university graduates and taking important positions in Africa and the USA. Child soldiers responded to the care and love, becoming model citizens. So the list could go on.
But the main thing that most impressed me was the final scenes of this film. From a straggly poor group of just 13 people the farewell parade marched 4 wide and stretched along the highway to the horizon!
That couple changed the lives of a few people initially, but this spread until their work had positively affected the lives of tens of thousands. That is how true success can be measured. The couple were not materially richer for all their efforts, but they were millionaires in terms of the positive influence they had brought to bear on so many thousands of personal lives.
How Successful Can You Be?
How many people have you, or will you affect in a positive way to enhance their lives? Bring some positive benefits through your home business activities, laced with a good measure of care and love. This way you will change lives, touch hearts, and become a real success in the social world of humanity, of which we are all an intricate part.
Real lasting success is measured by the positive input you have to others, making their lives more pleasant, more safe, more happy, or improving their lot in life.
Make one person happy and they will tell another – its catching – it can be viral. You can be the starting point in all this.
A simple ebook has the power to change someone’s life if it contains good workable information that the reader can put into practice to improve their own life.
Real success? It’s all about people.