When you stop to think of a successful person, what is it that you think of? What are the images that come to mind when you think of a person that just has it together? Is it the nice house, what seems to be the perfect family, the fleet of nice cars, the closet of expensive designer suits, the gorgeous time piece on his wrist?
For many years, that was exactly the image that I had of the incredibly successful man. That is until I realized that many times, that successful man may appear that he has it all together on the outside, but on the inside he is lost. I realized that success is not necessarily based on net worth alone. Sure, a high net worth may boost your self esteem and possibly your social status, but why could there not be a successful person in this world that has no money, rather, is living the life that is meant to be; A life with purpose; A life that changes the world in one way or another, without living in a gorgeous house, or driving a fancy car. While one man is successful at making money, he may be destroyed inside; while the next man may be successful at just living, completely happy and content with what he has. These people are doing what I call successful living.
Now take this concept one step further. What if you were able to take the success of the man living in the gorgeous house, and combine it with the contentment of the man who is just successfully living? This is what I call Living Life To The Fullest. As the folks at Fine Living say, “Live Life Like You Mean It.” If you are this type of person, you can find what it is in life that makes you a great living, at the same time, discover what it is that makes you content with life. The opportunities that can come your way when you open these doors are amazing. Every time you open a self help book, you find ways to develop yourself and become happy. Every time you open a get rich guide, you find some way that may or may not make you more money. With this new concept, the idea is to develop yourself and be happy with yourself while discovering what it is that can make you a wonderful living. You must live life to the fullest, and be open to possibilities that you may never have been open to before, because opportunities come in many shapes and sizes. You may not even look at something as an opportunity, only to find that it was the biggest opportunity that you missed in your entire life. Wow, what a feeling of regret, not to grab on and take that opportunity for the ride.
Living life to the fullest means that you leave no rock unturned, no door unopened, and no window without sun shining through it. You must take every opportunity, whether it looks good or bad, and get all positives from the experience. You must learn from your mistakes and gather as much information as you can from as many tests as you can handle. It is only by living life to your absolute fullest that you can find the two things in life that are most important; what it is that makes you happy, and what it is that can make you successful in business. It is the combination of these two things that will make you a complete success.
Chad A. Armel is the author of the book “Stepping Stones,” a collection of motivational and inspirational poems. Chad is also the founder/editor of myrev.org, a website dedicated to motivating visitors to make a change in their lives.