“Don’t aim at success- the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued, it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success; you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run- in the long run, I say!- success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.”
VIKTOR E. Frankl.
We have to follow our conscience, no matter what. Otherwise, we will not be able to, continue for long. Because success thus not comes in a day or so. It take years, even decades of hard work and persistence. In a sense we have to forget about, achieving success. Have the dedication in our mind to go on without getting anything in return. This is like playing every weekends with friends without failing. Like worshiping everyday.
These things, like playing and praying does not pays us. They just makes us happy and give peace of mind. Likewise, the things which our conscience want to do has the ultimate happiness stored within it. We can do it without getting paid over and over again because we get satisfaction and happiness from it. And it is even better if it helps some other people in some ways to uplift their life.
Happiness is an ambiguous word. You may think happiness is buying a mansion, a luxury car, a fancy yacht. But after acquiring it you may not even find happiness. Rather you may find it a burden and an unnecessary thing. And you may find happiness in the wild with your loved ones and family members. In trivial things. It depends on person to person and their personal views.
But one thing is sure that if you always think of success then it will go away from you. You will absorbed by the thought of success and forget to work hard and concentrate on the real work. It happens. Like happiness, success is ensued, but in the long run. No one can tell the exact time when one will succeed, therefore you have to try long enough.
This will be the true success you will achieve in your life. Other small things you think as success will not live long and reap you from true happiness. Therefore, learn your true meaning of success and act accordingly.