Personal success

As a child, growing up I never thought about success or whether I would become successful. I learned very early on what others’ expectations of me were.

It was expected that I would grow up, marry, and have a family. School was a mere formality, with my struggles, there was no encouragement or guidance, I still struggled to learn and get ahead. I got through it because I spent most of my time alone with my thoughts and that’s what saved me.

I was also expected to fall into line, something I did until I was in my early 30’s. Although success wasn’t something open to me, I never unconsciously gave up on myself. I didn’t feel discouraged. My life has now moved on and I have met with success, through my blog and through a completed manuscript. I am now being published.

There is no doubt for me that my personal success lies in my emotional growth, manifesting itself through what I have gone on to achieve. The key is not necessarily to recognise how far you’ve come, rather how your own personal approach and attitude towards your growth and work have made you successful.

For success to continue, it’s important we feel comfortable with ourselves and our choices, for us to also evaluate our ability to take a risk without us thinking we’ll fail. When we understand that failing is a stepping stone to success, we will discover ourselves and our personal success.


9 Sep, 2019

2 thoughts on “Personal success

  1. I remember having a few dreams as a child, but it didn’t take me very long to figure out that I wasn’t going to get encouragement from my parents.

    My mother tried to brainwash me into looking after her and my dad seemed oblivious to what was happening. I don’t know if he really didn’t care or what his deal was, but it sure seemed like it.

    You have been such a great inspiration to me with all that you have been able to accomplish in spite of your issues, and I greatly appreciate your support in my efforts.

    I have been trying to take a lot of chances to improve my life by following your lead, and I have to say that it’s been pretty amazing so far.

    1. Thanks Randy. Your response gives me heart. Heart to know that writing about my experiences in the way I do, is helping you too.

      My thoughts growing up, although I never thought about them in this way, brings meaning and structure into my life in ways I could never have imagined.

      And although I never set out to right a wrong, writing about my struggles inevitably rights a wrong. It will never change my experiences, or yours, but understanding our experiences, should bring about clarity, enabling us to make better choices.

      You know you have my support Randy. It also doesn’t matter where we have the support. What I love is that you now have the confidence in yourself and that you are able to make your own changes.

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