Whatever your definition of success, not reaching it can be frustrating. But have you considered how you are contributing to an unfulfilled life?
I have always wanted to be successful but it hasn’t been until recently that I slowed down and reflected on what success truly means to me as an individual. I think many people associate success to wealth and even fame but I also think that success is broader than that. One of the biggest reasons I started this online platform was that I was inspired by the dreams many young people are unapologetically fulfilling each day. I wanted to share their success stories and tips to you. It’s always been my passion to tell stories that motivate and challenge people to live their best lives and it’s what I have been doing for the past six years working in the media space. From my experience, I define success as ticking off every goal you have always wanted to achieve, no matter how small or big it is. I have ticked off starting this blog as it’s something I have wanted to do for the longest time. Despite the challenges I have faced along the way I am happy that I listened to my inner voice that became louder each day.
Many dreams and brilliant ideas die unfulfilled because of this hindrance that I believe steals away our purpose in life: fear. I find it sad that many of us, black people, have been trained and conditioned to get an education, which is way too expensive (fees must fall) in order to look for the same jobs that are scarce to find. South Africa has released dire statistics on youth unemployment this year and it is a sad reality. Although not all of us are born to be entrepreneurs I believe that kids must be encouraged and taught to be job creators as well. Sitting on your dreams because of fear is not fair to you. Fear is a dangerous disease that has made many people live unfulfilled lives. I have come to a point in my life where I would rather take the risk of working hard towards achieving my dreams and get fulfilled knowing that I tried, whether I fail or not. That little voice does come to you and if you listen close enough it tells you your purpose in life because we are all born to fulfil something here on earth. If you haven’t found your purpose and passion it should be your ultimate goal to find it because how then, can you define success beyond attaching materialistic things to the word? Life is a journey and not a race for you to get somewhere. Many successful people we look up to also stumbled along the way and failed at some point but it’s their perseverance that got them to where they are today. Use their stories as examples that you can also make it if you put your mind to it. If your role models (I have many of those, from Oprah to Khanyi Dhlomo and Beyoncé) can do it, then what’s stopping you?
If fear didn’t paralyse you from achieving your dreams, what would it be? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below