Success and fortune are two words which have almost merged into meaning the same thing. However the word success is actually defined as ‘the accomplishment of an aim or purpose’.
At Lifetime we feel that the true meaning of success should be divorced from its association with wealth and riches and should be re aligned with the attainment of happiness and contentment.
Winston Churchill once said ‘Try not to be a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value’.
This may be a very old quote but there are two reasons why this quote still resonates true today. First, there’s no point to being rich if you’re not enjoying yourself. Second, you’re more likely to get rich if you’re happy doing whatever you’re doing which usually coincides with adding value in some way.
You cannot always put a value on success.
Being unhappy, of course, can definitely spur people into becoming a success, look at the many rags to riches stories. However, in many of these situations their actions have been driven by trying to become happier/better–not necessarily trying to become richer. And in many cases the individuals have stayed grounded and given back.
Of course, all things considered, we’d all prefer to be rich and happy rather than poor and happy. However, I believe that it’s easier to get rich if you start from a place of being happy–with what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.
When we look back at our achievements in life we are more likely to consider our happiness as the ultimate accomplishment of our life aim, rather than how much money is in the bank.