The quest for success

We may not all have the same definition of success, but who doesn’t want to be successful? And rightly so. The desire for comfort and security and the yearning for meaning and fulfillment in life are inborn and universal. Why then do so many people seem to settle for less? Why don’t they pursue their goals more actively? There are several reasons, but I think this excerpt from an article I came across exposes one of the most common:

“Both success and failure involve future consequences, namely inevitable rewards or unavoidable regrets. If this is true‚ why don’t more people take time to ponder the future? The answer is simple: They are so caught up in the current moment that it doesn’t seem to matter. The problems and the rewards of today are so absorbing to some human beings that they never pause long enough to think about tomorrow.” 1

If that sounds like you, this issue could help get you started on a new future-focused and more successful path. Here are a few highlights:

Never Ever Quit(pp. 4–6) offers advice on getting through the “kill years” of any project or endeavor; and The Path of Most Persistence(p. 7) puts some skin on that.

Worth Forty Thousand(pp. 8–9) explores the value of motivators, while Working Well with Others(p. 10) breaks down the secrets to taking on new responsibilities and avoiding misunderstandings in the workplace.

Finally, The Snowball Effect(p. 15) invites you to not be discouraged when the results aren’t what you hoped for. There are different kinds of success.

  1. Jim Rohn, The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle(Southlake, TX: Jim Rohn International, 1991)

Ronan Keane

Ronan Keane is the executive editor of the Activated magazine.