WHAT IS SUCCESS?
The great irony of life is that the older we get, the more help we seem to need. We think of our growing children as needing the most help, but adults have their own challenges. There are literally hundreds of thousands of self-help books and advice all aimed at adults on building confidence, overcoming fears, finding your passion, and achieving greater success. Yet little exists for children in these areas.
While children need a lot of help with homework, meals, and almost every basic necessity of life, we often see kids as resilient beings that can bounce back from anything. They don’t need self-help as they are young, can learn and adapt quickly, and will outgrow any challenges they may have in their youth.
In reality, most adults are just bigger versions of their smaller selves. The outside may look different, but the inside runs on a program coded a long time ago. Humans have very long memories – the fears, insecurities, personality traits and behaviors that manifest themselves in adulthood have been shaped during those childhood years. Somewhere in the transformation from preschooler to young adulthood, the mental and emotional health of every person can go down a wide range of paths. Some people are born with certain traits that work well for being successful in school, business, sports, or with money. Others who may try to fit into one of the “standard” definitions of success may battle with depression, self-worth, and other negative behaviors.
YOU MUST DEFINE IT
In May of 2013, if you were to do a search on Amazon.com just in their books section for the word success, you would get over 70,000 results returned for paperbacks. In 2017, the number is well over 250,000. Everyone is impacted by success; it’s unavoidable. Even if you don’t’ stress about your own success you may worry about your child or a close friend.
For better and worse, no one owns the rights to defining what you consider a success. Success is Me is a reminder for kids that success can be anything they want it to be. Equally important is that success, in any form, still requires effort. I hope my efforts can play just a small part in bridging the gap between adolescence and adulthood, by placing small reminders in those long-term memories – reminders that certain positive habits will always benefit you, no matter how you view success.
Brian Wright, Author / Founder – SuccessIs.Me