Every human being is born with a desire to succeed, to “be somebody”. In the hierarchy of Marslow’s needs at the very top is the need for self actualization: a desire to maximize our potential and achieve. As the line “I just wanna be…I just wanna be…Successful” resonates in my head; I contemplate the meaning of the word “Success”.
Success means different things to different people, Drake and Trey Songz’s understanding of success is having “the money, the cars, the h**s” (according to the song). Another person’s idea of success is acquiring fame and recognition for their efforts. Success could mean being able to spend your life in YOUR own way; doing what you want, when you want. In a parent’s mind it could mean raising good children, others may equate it with love and acceptance and so on.
Regardless of individual differences, universally, success is equated with Wealth, Power, Fame and Respect. 9 times out of 10, when you hear a young man, such as myself talking about success it’s usually in these terms. I have a plan I have a dream which I see clearly in my minds eye.
“In my minds eye” that phrase always fascinates me cos it’s only in the mind that we can visualize a dream and chart a path to a destination that is invisible to the naked eye. We all have dreams, without a dream, life would just be pointless meandering.
Life is hard, we came into this world with nothing, but we want to leave with everything. Success in a hustlers mind is like Heaven (or at least what they understand it to be)
”…Making it to the top, all the way to the top”…To quote a line from Drake’s song.
Its a dog eat dog world, and to many men the goal is to be the one that survives, that makes it to the top, the one that hangs on even when others let go.
But the question is, at what cost? Success never comes without hardship, without some kind of struggle. The truest ways to gain success is through education or just raw talent. Combining a good education with hard work or combining talent with hard work and a drive to succeed will ensure that you reach the top of your chosen profession. But life isn’t cut and dried, you plan but sometimes Life throws you curve balls. There’s a proverb that says ‘’If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change and If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change’’, that’s life you know? Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom.
It’s not an easy road, sometimes people give up, and some lose their way, but the one that endures to the end gains the prize. True success is not the kind that comes immediately, it’s the one that lasts and culminates in a Legacy.
To win without some level of risk is like triumphing without glory. We swim through a river of blood, sweat and tears trying to keep our heads above water, fighting the currents that threaten to drown us…trying not to be swept away, holding on to a dream, keeping our eye on the shoreline…as we struggle to get there.
They say a man’s dreams are an index to his greatness, we keep dreaming till we no longer NEED TO, and that right there is the point when you truly become… Successful.