Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Contagious

It's that time of year again when things are going around. This week at my house, it's the stomach flu. I know. So exciting. Really, you may have an idea of just how much excitement that has been, especially if you were fortunate enough to have your child sitting behind my six-year-old during the Primary program last Sunday.

But that's not the kind of contagious I wanted to talk about.

It's so easy to catch a cold. Or the flu.
But how easy is it to catch success? Hmmm. Why isn't success contagious?

How many people do you know that have made it to where you want to be? How many people have you seen get there while you struggle to take those same steps?

Success might not be contagious like the flu, but if we want to get some of it, I think it's possible. Maybe we won't have the same exact path to our success, but by using some methods of the successful, we are going to get a lot closer to our goal than if we try to go it alone without any role models to look up to.

And, you are going to look a whole lot different when you get to your top than that other person did. We're all so different. Our idea of success varies a lot too. Is success money-based? Is it friend-based? Family? Love? Education?

Most the time it's a combination of all of those things with some rating a higher percentage than others.
And how do you know if you get there?

Well, you never "get there". Every time you reach the top of the hill you were climbing, you look out and see an even bigger mountain ahead. Another goal. Another struggle to get to the next top.
Which is why we can't "catch" success. We can only keep heading towards it.
So here's to the mountain you're climbing. Bring a water bottle and keep taking those steps.

1 comment:

L.T. Elliot said...

I wish success were more catching...except that maybe I don't. Would it mean as much if it were more common? If we didn't have to fight so bloody hard for it, would it feel as good as it does (theoretically here) when you reach the peak?

But I agree that the definition of success changes for each person. For one person, a published article can be their peak and for others, NYT Bestseller status isn't high enough.

To me, you're a great success. You've had some tough odds stacked against you. EX: The sequel to Alvor. But now it has a home and your readers will get exactly what they want--more you! That's a big success to me.