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How do you define Success?

How do you define Success?

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General Assembly Ponce City Market - Atlanta GA

 

What’s up family? I hope everyone is doing well during this second week of May, 2017. I can't believe how fast this year is going. It was just New Years Day!! Since its the beginning of a new month, lets delve into something new. Maybe a new opportunity like a new workout routine, a new business idea. Whatever it happens to be, I challenge you this month, to try something new.

In this blog post, I want to concentrate on defining "Success".  How does society define Success. What does success look like to you and your peers. This blog is used strictly to motivate and will hopefully inspire people to follow their dream.

 

How do YOU define Success? Is there a right or wrong answer to this question? Is there a formula that you gets you to success? If you go through a step by step path are you guaranteed success at the end of the road? Whatever your method is in reaching success, how does it feel once you reach that finish line? Is it like winning a trophy? Are you just as excited about the next goal?

In a previous blog, I touched on the subject of success and how it is defined by society. Often times society defines success by  social class or material values." I want the money, money and the cars, the cars and clothes, I just want to be successful", a hit written by Drake and Trey Songz. Tell me, is this what success look like to you?

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Is success a Class? – Often we put our peers in different brackets or a certain social class. What we don't realize is that we are actually judging ourselves on how much money we earn or what kind of job we have.  Sometimes as human beings, and not even on purpose, we meet people and the first thing we often ask is what do you do? A lot of times, we don't really care about what they actually do but we want to judge, label, and put them in certain class. Usually what we are doing is seeing how we measure up to them.  As people, we often make judgement in our head. We say "oh they're a lawyer they probably drive a nice luxury car or live in a nice house. We look at them as being successful. 

Is success Money? –  Money is the way to purchase, to trade, it's a form of resource, but is it success? Are you chasing the money or are you chasing a dream? Going through life, I think we get that mixed up sometimes. Today there are so many get rich schemes and microwave success stories (hot for the moment like a fad) that we can get caught up in “chasing the bag”.  I'm sure you've heard the saying,  more money more problems.

What does Success looks like to me? – I feel like success is whatever you make it. Ben Caschona, author of "My Start Up" put it in a simple sentence “Success is happiness”. Author Brett Farmiloe defined it by stating “Success is being able to say, “I love what I do.”

In my opinion, there is no right or wrong answer as to how you define your success. Happiness, is definitely a characteristic of success. You may look at someone's situation and they might not have the best paying job but they go home to a loving family that makes them happy. Some cases there are CEO’s that have a ton of money in the bank, they drive nice cars but are miserable inside. They can’t even look at themselves in the mirror at night, is that success?

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However YOU define success just make sure you’re going after it. Success is the journey not the destination, so make sure that you embrace every step. And continue to Stay Solid.

 

#StaySolid

- Church

3 Things that Motivate People

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3 Things that Motivate People

 

 

Welcome back family, Hope everyone had a productive and positive week! If you haven’t had the chance to read last week’s blog Titled “Did I work this hard to stay the same” go check it out!  This is the third installment of my #FruitfulFridays blog, to be honest I’ve been enjoying every minute of it. I have been getting great feedback and encouragement to keep it going. I appreciate everyone support and time you could be anywhere in the world but in this 15 minutes you here with me lol! This week I want to speak on motivation and how it affects us in everyday life. I also want you the reader to answer that question, what motivates you? I hope this blog will motivate and inspire each reader. Feel free to share your motivation and story.

It’s like what makes you do what you do? What makes you motivated? This is a line from the Bed-stuy  Brooklyn MC, Fabolous. But that’s a legit question, could you answer it? To perform at the highest peak of your ability something usually pushes you to that moment. When a ball player wakes up at 5 am to put up 500 shots before practice or when a teacher stays hours after school to tutor their students in math before EOG testing, what’s the motivation behind that?

Does your Circumstances Motivate you –  In your lifespan at some point you wanted life to be better. . No food on the dinner table so you get a job to provide for your family at 15. No father figure so now you got to be the man of the house protecting your family at the age of 12. “We cannot control the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand” – Randy Paush.  Are you going to be motivated for a better life or are you going to sit back and blame everything else on why situation is the way it is?

 

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Do Material Things Motivate You – We often compare our situations and our possessions to everyone else. Speaking with a good friend of mine yesterday he said “as people in America we have a identity issue”. Often we are judged by our peers by the material things we have instead of the morals and values in us we look on the outside.

I want the money, money and the cars, cars and the clothes I suppose I just want to be successful. Lyrics from the Canadian mega star Drake but does this really mean success?  He’s driving a Civic (great car lol) I’m not going on a date with him. So are you motivated by the material things for being accepted by your peers? Are we too focused on what is not real and not even payinging attention on what’s really going on in real life? Are you portraying a life on social media to be accepted by your peers with material things that don’t have any value?   Not saying you shouldn’t want nice things but keep it in perspective, if it comes to buying those new pair of Yeezy’s or paying rent on time which one will be the smarter move?

 

Does Your Past Motivate You -  Growing up you promised yourself that you weren't going to be that father or mother that’s not going to be there for their kids. You are motivated by the past life to not continue the cycle. Or maybe you seen your brother start college and didn’t finish and you see the hurt in your mother’s eyes. You promised her you will finish school because you are motivated by different outcomes than in your past life.  Is the past going to haunt you so much you feel pressured to do the right thing or are you going to use the pain as fire to motivate you for success?

At the end of the day we all need a little motivation. Without motivation, you won’t see any growth. So, if you don’t know what motivates you, ask yourself am I really living? Stay Solid.

 

#StaySolid

-Church

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