16 Jun TALKS ON SUCCESS.
“That’s the problem with your generation, I think.” She replied to my question earlier about success, the hot topic for millennials.
Count ourselves lucky that we are born in an era where we have more options to make a living. Jobs are not limited to doctors, architect, teachers, scientist, etc. Jobs are becoming more and more various, like Noun + ers are now jobs that pay, namely: Youtubers and Bloggers. Regardless of the jobs that we do, we all want to be successful. Being successful at a very young age is not impossible in this digital era. There are so many Millennials that have risen to stardom because of the label of “Success”. Though the definition of success differs from one person to another, but we have something in common.
“Like you have to get everything right now. You gotta be successful right now, that instant.” She continued as she brought brutal truth to the table. There are a lot of things that we can get instantly, but being successful is another thing, she added. With so many start up business pioneered by Millennials, I also wonder when I will start my own. Inspired to have our own business is a good thing. But ..
There was a time where I start comparing my progress with others or what I expected it to be. There was a time when my fear is nothing else but this thought, if I didn’t start as soon as possible, someone else would start before me. What if I didn’t start entering the industry now, I could never survive the competition. I generally is not an insecure person, but there was that kind of time when I had those negative thoughts.
As I reflected back on my journey until I decided to prepare my startup, I come to a realization that sometimes, we don’t choose our job. The job choses us. Sometimes we plan to go with path A because it’s the nearest way to our destination. But, along the way God brings us to path B that lead us to other destination. If that’s the case comparing ourselves with other people who go through different path become irrelevant right?
Then, why do we still use other’s standard as a benchmark?
I read a book entitled Outlier. For me, it was one of those books that left me amazed when I read it. Cause Malcom Gladwell always has different way on seeing things. One of the chapters discusses why Bill Gates can be successful. He is a genius, indeed. But there are other external factors that made him who he is right now. First, he was born in the era where the technology of computers ready. Gates, Jobs and other technology inventors were born in that era. Second, Gates was born from a wealthy family that he learned in notable school. Basically he got more access and exposure to computers and technology compared to the boys in his age.
Well, I don’t think we can choose to be born in what year and what kind of family background. In conclusion, sometimes we don’t have the privilege to pick and select the job. Our definition of success might change along the way. One thing for sure,
Success is not a race competing with others, yet it’s OUR race that we have to finish. We have our own speed.
We face different difficulties. And success is a grace from God that He has prepared for each and every one of us. It won’t go away from us. We just have to ask.
If God already secured that portion for us, why rushing, why comparing ourselves with others, why doubting ourselves? Now or later won’t matter.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7