Monday, January 11, 2010
Success in life is often measured by what we call "reaching the top". On the job front, we climb "the corporate ladder", with a lot of money we live "the high life", we're often told "don't stop 'til you reach 'the top'". So where exactly is this place up there that we're all racing to get to? And how do we know things will be better up there?
This got me thinking about the fact that so many of us "with direction" in life may not be as far ahead as we'd like to think. We're all essentially climbing a nonexistent staircase to the top of a room with no ceiling. So why is it that we always tend to measure success by how quickly we've made it to the top of...well, to the top of wherever we all think we're going? These questions kept on swirling through my head until I read today's quote...
I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. -George S. Patton
Success is not only measured by who reaches the top; sometimes we must hit "the bottom" to really realize our purpose. Sometimes we don't truly know who we are and where we're headed until we go in the total opposite direction. And a lot of times, you can really see a person's true character in the way he reacts in not only times of success and triumph, but also in the trying and more difficult times. It is the way in which we can recover that sends a message about our true abilities, characteristics, and self motivation...and that's a true measure of success. So don't worry if you haven't been ascending to the "top" as quickly as expected....I don't know anyone that has had a straight shot up there. And remember that sometimes we need to face some setbacks in order to give us that extra strength to find our place on this ladder everyone keeps talking about.