Why Being Successful Is So Difficult

I was recently having a conversation with a good friend of mine when he said to me…

“Being successful is so difficult.”

I was about to respond with, “I know right?”

Instead, I decided to ask him what his definition of being successful was.

I wanted to understand what he was after that he felt was so difficult to achieve.

Grow market share with his business.

Qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Have the freedom to travel more.

Now I understood why he felt being successful was so difficult.

The fact he runs his own business I feel is already a massive success.

The fact he runs as regularly as he does (6 days a week), another incredible success.

The freedom he has to explore new running trails and hikes as he does every weekend.

To me he’s one of the most successful people I know.

I let him know this too.

He smiled, called me a bad name as good friends do, and said “thanks.. I never really thought of it that way.”

I use to do the exact same thing.

Where I viewed success as this grandiose plan or idea to achieve.

And only by achieving it would I consider myself successful.

No wonder I too use to view success as something so difficult to achieve.

Now, the fact I’m able to do work that I love and am passionate about full-time, that to me is success.

Exercising consistently 5 days per week, that to me is success.

Having family and friends that I love and that I know love me, that to me is success.

Success is only difficult if I define it as being difficult.

When I define it as the small and simple things I do daily, things that bring me the majority of my health, happiness, and fulfillment…

Success then becomes easy and readily available to any one of us.

Question is, how do we define success?

More in this episode of my Mornings With Mike podcast.

Thanks for being here.

You’re awesome…


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