Growing up, there were multiple instances when I heard from my parents that I needed to study to become a successful person. Some said that success needed hard work, and some said that success was a right combination of fate, effort and luck. But I always wondered what success meant? I realised most of the people around me held narrow definitions of success and based their definitions around attaining financial stability, landing a good-paying job or maintaining a smooth sailing relationship.
But to me, success is more than just achieving some goals in life. Success to me is the ability to wake up and feel enthusiastic about the rest of my day. I have always looked forward to living a life of purpose and I believe I would be truly successful when I would make my self capable enough to make tangible contributions to the betterment of the society and the people around me. And to make my self capable, I would need to learn, grow and become competent enough to be able to make a difference in the world. Both financial and academic success would be imperative to achieve a life of purpose. Thus, success to me is not a short term or a long term goal, but it is the ability to manifest good around me and contribute towards the betterment of the people around me.