How Do You Define Success?

How hard is it to actually be happy? I am simplistic so a bottle or 2 of wine and some poutine do the trick for me immediately. Everyone is different, everyone is beautiful. I have lived my life trying to find the good in things and people and the best thing I have ever done is realizing that sometimes, that just won’t happen. Period.

If you aren’t happy with your job or life in general, only you have the power to change it; so stop making excuses and just go for it! What do you have to lose? What are you scared of? Rejection? What is brilliant is, when you expect rejection and get acceptance, it’s like finding a $20 bill in the pocket of your jeans, totally unexpected but appreciated.

Success is relative; and every person has a different definition of success. Some find success monetarily, others in “rank” or working your way up. All of the above are great definitions of success…but what does success mean to you? My unsolicited definition of success is happiness within you. Broke, rich, good looking, etc, as long as your heart is content, that is your success.

Don’t let others control your emotions. Don’t judge others for their life decisions even though you might not agree. That’s the beauty of being an individual. Don’t let anyone ever tell you you aren’t good enough because passion and drive can take you places the guy in the tailored suit would never be able to take you. Most importantly, believe in yourself. Dreams never die. No matter what your true passion in your heart of hearts is, it will be with you always. Don’t let it go to waste. You don’t want to wake up old and decrepit one day asking yourself why you never tried to sing in front of people; you probably can’t even remember what a song is at this point.

So the moral of this story is just to believe and take chances. Life is short and sadly we have been raised in a society where we work to live not live to work and work isn’t work if you love what you are doing. Even if for a split second you get to live out a dream; make it happen. Don’t be afraid. Job wise, relationship wise, buying the weird vest you saw at Banana Republic. Regret is arguably the worst emotion anyone could possibly feel.

You are you for a reason. Rock that slosh toque, sing at the top of your lungs in the middle of the street…The key to happiness is you. That’s it.

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