The price of success is huge. It requires enormous sacrifices: long hours, financial investment, lost family time, lost friend time, mental frustration, emotional turmoil, difficult decisions, forced habit change, deferring many of life’s pleasures, lost relationships, loss of a consistent paycheck, loss of downtime, lost holidays and vacations and many other things.
You must give up so much in the pursuit of success.
So, why would anyone pursue success?
Because success is worth the sacrifices. Why success is awesome:
- Redemption – Success is a big exclamation point that you were right.
- Wealth – Success can make you rich beyond your wildest dreams.
- Freedom – Success buys you freedom. Freedom from wage slavery and freedom to do the things others only dream of.
- Increased Opportunities – Success is a magnet for new opportunities; opportunities you are able to take advantage of.
- Foes Become Fans, Adversaries Become Allies – Detractors are proven wrong and change their thinking about you.
- People Treat You Better – Self interest drives human behavior. People will want to participate in your success and will treat you like a king in order for them to become the beneficiaries of your success.
- Your Confidence Skyrockets – Success boosts your confidence; it fills your confidence bucket up all at once.
- Your Optimism Soars – Success is like steroids for a positive mental outlook. It changes the lens through which you see the world. Everything seems possible when you succeed.
- Less Fear of Fear – Success increases your courage to take on new opportunities. You no longer fear failure, obstacles and potential pitfalls because you experienced all of those things and still came out on top.
- Growth – Success changes who you are. Your pursuit of success forces you to grow in many ways. You become more knowledgable and more skilled at what you do. You develop new powerful relationships along the way. You become relevant.
- You Can Make a Difference – The fruits of success allows you to help improve the lives of your family, friends and those in your community.
- Revenge – Success is the sweetest revenge. Living a good life is the best revenge.
I love it!!! great article Tom….we shared it with all the kids.
Great article indeed!
Tom, I really appreciate your content. I enjoy reading your posts and learn a lot from them. But I have one question and it is if the reasons why success is awesome are what bring truly and long-term fulfillment. Every time I learn from personal experiences and from wise people, I discover that physical and mental health, supportive relations with family and friends, work life balance and being true to your identity is what seems to bring truly fulfillment. Very different from the stress, health damaging and toxic relations that bring environments where success is generally explicit.
I’m CEO of a small service tech company and being 33 years old, I think I’ve achieved a little bit of professional, financial, and personal success. I know how hard you have to work to be in a lucky position. But when I see the problems CEOs of large companies, millionaires and famous people have to bear, sometimes it looks it’s not as charming as TV, newspapers and social media make it look. And generally, to get all of that success as you said, you have to sacrifice what at the end of life seems to be what is really important. What’s you’re take on that?
I think true fulfillment can only be realized if you are doing something for a living that you like or love. Merely being wealthy doesn’t bring you fulfillment. However, once wealthy, you can use that wealth to add value to the lives of others, which will give you a sense of fulfillment.
Agree! There are many stories of wealth generation with very positive impacts for society. It’s just that maybe too much focus on success measured by wealth, fame or power can be detrimental to being true to your values, quality time with friends and family, thus losing sense of fulfillment. Thanks for replying!