Yesterday, I was interviewed by the nationally-syndicated podcast radio show called “The Success Design” with host, Beth Shankle-Anderson. Beth is a lawyer by day, an educator by night and a radio host by love.
She chats with all sorts of personalities about success and how we achieve success. She also chats about how we interpret the word “success.” Such a slippery idea.
Most people think of success in terms of money and how much they are making. Others, in terms of happiness. Between these two ideas, is a vast continuum that cleaves a gorge as wide and as diverse as the people who think about success.
For this author, however, success means many things. For instance, if I wake up in the morning… SUCCESS! If one of my fourteen cats doesn’t hurl up a glob of some brown pile with bits of food in it… SUCCESS!
Seriously, though, for work success means one thing and for family life and relationships it means an entirely different thing. And, for my spiritual path? Quite another.
When I chat with other people “out there” during these interviews, I usually talk about my successes as an author. There have been many through books sales, awards, and rankings. That’s what people “out there” see. That’s my persona. They don’t see how many rejection letters I’ve accumulated or the frustrations I experience as career has unfolded through this publishing industry. The public sees me as a successful author with several books written and one who sells books and is making a living at it.
All these things are true but I still have goals to reach. I still have desires about the progress of my career. Do these goals and desires weigh me down thinking about them? Hell no! My belief anchors me onto today, not tomorrow. And my husband and my family (dogs, cats, birds and children alike), keep me grounded and focused on what is really important in life.
These latter things make me a success. Everything else is fleeting.
So, what does success mean to you?
If you wish to listen to my interview with Beth Shankle-Anderson on “The Success Design,” pop on over to: http://bit.ly/168Z0NY