I've been thinking a lot about success and happiness lately. I think we all find ourselves all-to-often in our lives at a point where we think that we should be at some place, be at some level, and have had accomplished a certain amount of set things in our life. And if we don't reach those things in the "normal" or expected time limit, we tell ourselves that we have failed.
But I'm not so sure that I believe in the idea of failure anymore.
We are taught that success is defined by labels, positions and pay-raises. We are taught that if we don't accomplish these things then that means that we have failed.
And this misconception prevents us from doing what will actually make us successful--realizing our inner happiness. Failure is only ever just another stepping stone to succeeding, so how could this possible be a bad thing?
Everything that we need to be successful is already in us. We don't need to obtain or gather titles or monetary things. Those only last for how long you allow them to define yourself. What determines success is not this. It's not how we define ourselves, but how we perceive the world around us.
We tend to limit ourselves with our fear of failure and our yearning for success. We look around us and wait for success to find us. And when it doesn't, we blame something that usually isn't ourselves.
We need to take a step back, look within ourselves and erase the fear that's stopping us from doing what we truly want to do. Once we erase that fear of failure, we will accomplish what will truly make us successful--happiness.