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.