Fifty-Seven (57)

Tom Leu

Winners. Losers. Posers. Pretenders

Who succeeds and who loses in life has plagued far greater thinkers than I for eons. What aligns the stars to make stars and successes of some who go on to become the envy of others? What magic needs to materialize for prosperity to become reality? Is it magic or luck at all, or is it literal and figurative manual labor? Is it an entitlement sensibility, or is it sweat equity?

One’s definition of “success” has to come into play prior to hypothesizing the answers to these questions. Does money matter? Does privilege or power matter? Does any of it really matter? It does to those who’ve chosen to matter. It does to those who’ve made things happen, made an impact, and reaped a reward. And it does to those who agonize over these answers. And I’m one in the latter category.

I have some very successful friends and colleagues who’ve accomplished amazing things with the same approximate amount of time on this planet as me. They’ve made a difference by making different decisions, to arrive at different destinations. Sometimes this is a jagged little pill to swallow. Call it envy… it wouldn’t be completely inaccurate. It can make me jaded and jilted at times if I allow it. And truthfully, I have my moments, but overall I’m over my disillusion of my current destination. I’ve done what I’ve done with the decisions I’ve made. I do what I do with what I’ve got. And finally, I’ll do what I’ll do to get to wherever I’m going.

My challenge right now, and yours too if any of this applies to you, is to continue to work on enjoying the journey more than the jury of your peers.

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One thought on “Fifty-Seven (57)

  1. I believe success starts on the inside. Just because someone may appear in the worlds eyes or what society’s view of how success is defined (wealth, power, status) doesn’t matter if it doesn’t align with our purpose in this world. I feel like many people search for this and it comes down to one simple answer and I believe that is to serve one another. The worlds view of some of these people who are the winners/successful on the outside are losers on the inside because they have forgotten what is important in life. In the end it will not be about our appearance or the things we have acquired but how many lives we’ve touched or impacted in a positive way.That is what success means to me.

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