A LONG-TIME pal emailed me a link to an article about how to define success. It’s rather simple, conceptually. But hard to do.
MANY PEOPLE have elaborate images of what success is, of what it would take to become successful, or appear that way to others. But Jeff Haden in The Only Definition of Success That Matters dives down to the bottom line, the basic component that every ideal of success must have.
After I read the article that my friend sent to me, I thought that Mr. Haden is onto some kinda Buddhist thing.
What he writes is that you’re successful if you’re “Happy”.
Big house + Big Job + unhappy = Unsuccessful.
Renting a tenement + no job + happy = Successful.
I read the article and emailed this back to my friend:
“Yeah, it’s kinda a Buddha thing.
“If you simplify your life and are nearly equally sublime about the “good” and “bad”, then there’s much more room for happiness. I try to keep this in mind.
“Thanks for sending it.”
Now, having said this, I also say that it’s the rare bird that can have enough going on inside to push away all the stuff going on outside that’s trying mightily to get in. But that’s the lifelong struggle, isn’t it?
A good battle to win. Good luck.
Published on July 3, 2012