Ahhh success, the ultimate goal! It’s the measuring stick of all measuring sticks. We seek it, want it, and constantly strive for it with a “whatever it takes” attitude. It is what motivates us, drives us, and keeps us focused, all with the hope of grabbing the proverbial brass ring.
Success can be a rather abstract term and it can mean very different things to different people. Society conditions us to define success as being the best, attaining prosperity, making piles of money, or having a fancy title. Hell in my younger days, my success was contingent upon materialistic items, sales numbers and my W2 statements. . . . but I digress.
There are many definitions for success and how each of us defines success is deeply personal. However, success and how we define it, is only as important as the tradeoffs you are willing to not just accept but embrace in the pursuit of it. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction and just as in Newton’s Laws of Motion, success and sacrifice go hand in hand.
Simply put, sacrifice means the act of giving up something in order to achieve something else. If success is what you seek, what are you willing to give up to achieve it? Family time? Your health? Your Integrity?
Is it worth it? . . . .Where do you draw the line?
In my personal quest for success (or at least my definition of it), I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. Many more than I care to mention or even think about. Along the way, I’ve sacrificed personal relationships, friendships, family time, maybe even a little bit of my sanity. But as I sit here, after all that I have done, all the time invested, and yes the sacrifices made, I have to wonder . . .
Defining success might seem simple, but it is equally as important (Newton’s Law) to know what you are willing to sacrifice in order to obtain it. In your quest for success, with all the commitment, time, and effort required, just remember, the price of success is equal to the cost of the sacrifice.
Be intentional in what you are willing to do for success but be aware of the sacrifices you are making along the way.
He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly. – James Allen