Scott Shute on errors with defining success
When we measure our success, it’s often a proxy for how other people view us. Status. Position. Relative rank to the rest of society. This constant comparison is a strategy for misery. The thief of joy. True happiness, real success, comes from developing your own inner strength and contentment.
I have thought about this a lot, particularly when running through ideas and analysing frustrations when trying to turn passion into income. The success of something you do can be very ego lead if you let it run wild. You can lose yourself worrying about stats, and clicks, and money, instead of why you started doing it in the first place.
Taking stock of what success actually looks like is an important step in not only motivation, but also managing projects effectively. You can claim you don’t have goals as much as you like, but everyone knows what they want to achieve from doing something, otherwise you wouldn’t do it.
But the goal doesn’t have to always be a result. Doing things because you enjoy the process, or achieve more from the result than an external rewards is important to understand. Success looks like different things and quite often we get caught up in measuring them wrong — or bogged down in measuring them at all.