What is path to success and what does it cost?

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I am sure I am not the first one to express thoughts on this. What I want to share is that whatever we read about being successful is absolutely correct.

What is ‘success’ and the path towards it?

There is no clear definition of success as such, it’s actually very subjective to the person. For some it is a regular life, for some it’s money, and for few, it’s building something extraordinary and so on. A friend once said that I am highly ambitious. To be honest, I don’t have a set goal, I just know my next milestone and achieving that is the success for me. With every milestone, I get a clearer picture of my goal. I think my goal is far far away yet.

A lot of people ask me what should I do to be like you? Honestly, I don’t know. I haven’t followed any set of guidelines which would bring me here. It’s just that I have followed the opportunity whenever it was in front of me, and here I am, doing well.

What does it cost?

From my experience, I can tell you that whatever is available on the web is true. It costs a lot to be on this path. Sometimes it does make me think, is it really worth so much? But when I look at what I am doing, I have an affirmative answer.

For me being here, has cost my time with family/friends the most. Every day is a challenge, every day there is a new and a different problem which I had never heard off, never thought of. It’s challenging but interesting at the same time because I am learning every day from it, learning something new. Sometimes I fail in a challenge and sometimes it goes fine. But that doesn’t stop me from taking up my next challenge. I think one of the most important aspects to do good is that, you should be ready to accept your failure. You can always find 100’s of excuses for failure, but rather than spending time on finding excuse on it, accept it and move on with objective to not repeat it. The challenge is going to stress you, tear you, give you pain but that’s how you build yourself stronger. Don’t you do the same at the gym? You lift weights, you tear your muscles, so that when they repair, they make themselves bit stronger than before.

To summarize, being on a path to success will cost you following:

  • Time for family/friends
  • New challenges every day
  • A lot of stress/pain
  • A lot of uncomfortable situation

But trust me, all of this is going to be worth the results. And only a few can afford, and only few have the courage to pay it. Also recently I had the chance on working closely with a lot of good leaders and their thoughts did resonate with mine, so I am confident that I am on the right path.