It’s Not All About Success Or Being The Best

I just read an article on the Scientific American blog that spoke deeply to me and gave me a better perspective on something I struggle with.

It’s something I’ve spoken about on here before.

Here’s the thing. I’m constantly working on my businesses, trying to make them successful. Sometimes I get so frustrated because it seems no matter what I do, it’s just not working out. I’m limited by finances, so can’t spend much, if any money on paid advertising. As most people know, organic content, marketing and advertising often doesn’t work well enough. It can be a dead zone. The saying “you have to spend money to make money” is pretty accurate. But still, I continue to try new things. Learning new ways to market and reach people.

Life rarely gives us what we want, and sometimes what we want isn’t actually what will make the most impact or difference to our lives. I’m proud of myself for continuing to work hard. I’m always learning. And even if I never reach the particular goals I have right now, I feel I’m not wasting my time by working on these things. Someday, somewhere down the line, it might just come in handy.

On another note, like most of you, and as the title of my blog says, I’m on a journey of healing from trauma and mental illness. This is extremely hard work, and most of the time it seems as though I’m not moving forward fast enough, or even at all. When we’re really struggling it’s difficult to see the progress and the little ways we have moved forward. During these times it seems as though everyone else has it all together and we’re left behind. But the fact that I’m still breathing and writing this right now is an achievement. It’s a result of not only fighting to survive, but to thrive as well. Life is hard, it’s messy, and sometimes even downright shit. But if we put in the personal work, if we strive to be our best selves (not who others want or expect us to be), we can better deal with whatever comes our way, and experience all the blessings that life has to offer as well.

Success isn’t everything. Striving to be the best can be exhausting, and most of the time, not even possible. There will always be someone out there who’s better. At the end of the day, I believe it’s the journey that counts. The end point is just an illusion.

You can read the article I mentioned here:
Working Hard Even If You Might Lose

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12 thoughts on “It’s Not All About Success Or Being The Best

  1. I just read a really good book called The Reality Slap and he claims and I believe it is true so many of us labour under the illusions of Not Good Enough. Its really sad and what is success really? If you labour under PTSD or trauma or mental illness just getting up each day is a success. Its so important to value the pure joy or achievement of simple things. I see you as a success anyway because despite all the blocks you keep trying and growing. ❤

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  2. This is such an inspiring post. I smile for you when I read your recognition of your own perseverance and strength. One day you will look back and realize you are miles ahead of where you started; like you said, it can be so hard to notice those changes in the moment. Especially because life, and struggle, waxes and wanes. I think that you have a good picture of the person you are working towards and the goals you have, and that’s a wonderful thing, because not everyone even has that. Keep at it! My heart is happy for you and your continuing growth.

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