When we think about the word ‘success’ the first thing that will come to mind is being on top. It’s about doing our A-best and always going home as the champion. Nevertheless, that’s not how it works.
The truth is, the path of success is more than just going up.
No matter how much we prepare ourselves, there’s no guarantee that we will always come home and bring a trophy of success. No matter how much effort we give, sometimes things don’t work out the way we want.
What I want to tell you is that it’s alright to come home crying. It’s okay not to know what to do. It’s okay to feel blue and upset. In fact, it’s acceptable to feel like giving up, especially when you put your 100% to achieve your dream.
What’s not fair is for you to stop and stay in that position. I need you to stop looking at failures as a sign for you to stop pursuing your dreams. I need you to stop looking at yourself as a failure who will not succeed in life.
I want you to pat yourself on your shoulder for coming this far. I want you to remember all those sleepless nights, every fridates you missed, and all the dinners you skipped. For they are a collection of evidence on how determined you always are.
Acknowledge all the remarkable things you’ve made, may it be small like losing your weight—even if it was only 1lb— or big like winning a Nobel prize. Honor all the battles you’ve won. For they are the evidence of how strong and great you always are.
With these in mind, I want you to realize the importance of failure. To never take it as a punishment and treat it as an opportunity to learn instead.
Those difficult times were preparing us for tougher obstacles we will face ahead in life. Every pain has a purpose. Though we may not understand it right now, due time, the lessons you’ve learned will come in handy along the way.
Stop beating yourself up and start picking yourself up instead. Hang in there and you’ll grow stronger this time.
The stairway to success is not always upwards. It is not just a series of ups and downs. At times, it is a series of circles, where we don’t know which way to go. Yet, taking those detours are essential and necessary for us to find the path to victory.
Success does not have time or an age limit. Everybody blooms in his/her own season. The power to change your life is within you. If you work hard for it, no matter how long it takes, eventually that dream of yours will come true.
Finally, when you achieve your desires, I want you to honor the duty to help your fellows become successful individuals too. Don’t forget to lend them your ears and offer them your helping hand when they need to. Just like what Robert Ingersoll said, “We rise by lifting others.”
Make your success as an opportunity to touch others’ lives. Make your story as an inspiration for them to go and chase their dreams.
After all, what is a success when you’re the only one celebrating at the top, right?
Aira Guia is a simple, young, conservative Filipina who is determined to inspire her readers. Although she majored in Accounting, her passion for writing and her faith in God & all good things is what fuels her to create pieces that would hopefully encourage people to love & accept themselves and empower others to become their best version.