Success in More Than Money

Ideals and ethics can clash in families, so don’t be amazed there is a lack of uniformity in businesses. But to make it worthwhile, you need value and ethics.

To some it’s money, because that is the most tangible and visible evidence of success. It may be the way you keep score, however other people use success to keep score of you. Success buys concrete, material things which are visible to all. But there are things that money can’t buy.

Money is nice and important, if only because the opposite condition is usually unbearable. Not having money means not having the tools we need to live, the fruit to be planted as a seed or enjoyed now. Having money means freedom from worry about bills and the ability to provide the things you want to provide for those who depend on you. Money can buy a lot of peace and security, but we must keep it in perspective. Neither peace nor security is absolute.

Success also includes happiness. Unless you truly love what you do, you will never get where you want to go. You cannot maintain the enthusiasm or excitement necessary to motivate the people around you if you don’t show it yourself. You have to know your stuff, but you also have to believe in it, because they will be the first to pick up on it if you don’t.

It’s your smile, manner, image and conduct that sets the tone for everyone and everything around you. Success may mean working for your community. It’s important not to confuse commerce with social consciousness. Your hard work can mean a lot to volunteer groups so make sure the work matters.

Charitable contributions can also make you feel worthwhile. Success is also the ability to develop a new method, idea or way of doing business that’s never been done before.

Whatever definition of success you like, the most important thing is to be good at whatever it is you do. Be the best you can be, treat people well and emulate always the kind of person you want to be, and the qualities you admire in others.

Do these things, and unqualified success will come to you.