SUCCESS. The meaning of this word has evolved for me. The dictionary defines ‘success’ as:
-the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
-the attainment of popularity or profit
While I do feel to a certain level that I carry the same definition with me, I now feel the word ‘happiness’ also attributes to ‘success’. Growing up, ‘success’ seemed to be defined by materialistic gain. I don’t think there was an importance placed on purpose, but rather than to pursue a good career so I that would make good money, have a nice house, luxury car, yada, yada yada. Success was defined by the outer appearance and that was ingrained in my mind. Throughout my journey, I have seen the change. Firstly, I started with an unconventional career – Broadcast Journalism. At that time, not many South Asian Americans were pursuing a career in this industry. Most of them were becoming doctors, lawyers, or pharmacists (guaranteed monetary stability). I already knew I was taking a gamble and risking not becoming a ‘success’. However, I have always been the black sheep of my family and paved my own path.
I can confidently say I have achieved success. Perhaps I don’t own that millionaire dollar home at this time, (notice key words – “at this time”), or can’t vacation as often as I would like, but I am proud of my accomplishments. I dared to step into a world that most people would not risk. I have managed to establish myself as an International Correspondent and have interviewed some of the top Hollywood celebrities and politicians that people normally don’t have access to. I am an Emmy Nominated producer. I have been invited to speak at the World Communication Forum in Davos,Switzerland.
I have helped inspire other people. I have helped make people smile. To me, at this point in my life, that is success. The happiness that comes along with my accomplishments defines me. There are, of course, many more things I would like to do and attain. However, I am at peace knowing my success is not defined by my outer appearance and what I own. I am not going to say this has not been a battle. Of course, there are times that I still have to prove my worth to family members as their definition of success differs than mine. However, I have learned to let go and accept we all come into this world to create our own paths and success. For me – Success is knowing I make a difference in someone’s life through my work. If I can even inspire one person out there, then I know I am on the right path.
“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of being” – John Wooden