And I think so many are in this boat.
However, another major thing that is over-looked is:
For many…the pursuit of wealth, fame and social status is a symptom of emptiness.
Filling a void which comes from never taking the time to think about what they truly want.
What they are supremely talented at.
What skills they have or want to pursue and perfect.
So the void is replaced by the conditioned desires of wanting to get rich and famous, because that’s what success is, and that’s what will fill the emptiness.
I’m certain this also leads to the mental health crisis we currently have. My first article explores this concept in more detail, which you can read by clicking here: <Opening Up On Mental Health>
Unfortunately, without doing the deep internal work first, far too many realise they were chasing an illusion, because once they get it, they feel the void bigger than ever.
To put some final thoughts in an already lengthy article, one last point is, when I ask who would I want to be surrounded by in the afterlife, my answer right now is:
I’d be too embarrassed to be in the company of my heroes.
Embarrassed by the life I’ve lived, not matching the ideals and values I think are worthy of pursuit, but haven’t been pursued…and therefore not worthy of being in the company of those that dedicated and perfected their craft.
How about you? Would you run into the company of your heroes, not based on adoration or fandom, but because you can have a conversation about your achievements matching theirs and developing a camaraderie of mutual respect?
To wrap up, what is your definition of success?
Can you truly say this definition is yours, or is it one you’ve adopted? Or maybe you don’t know?
In which case, what steps will you take to undergo this internal reflection?
I would love to hear your thoughts, answers and critique in the comments below.