Success is a set of criteria that must be defined by an individual and is based on their Values and Philosophy. Success can be thought of simply as living in line with such Values and Philosophy. It must be defined with unmoving criteria if one wants to truly be successful. It cannot be defined on a moving scale. The criteria must be unchanging and the individual must rise to the level of achievement they seek. To move the scale of success is to cheapen the actual success one may achieve.
Success requires a great deal of discipline and strength to achieve. As one gets increasingly ambitious with their goals, their character must rise to match the challenges they face. There will be obstacles to overcome and many chances to quit along the path. The Initiated see these obstacles and run right at them with the intention of overcoming them. The drive to achieve based on Philosophy comes from deep within the Initiated. To the Initiated, to fail a pursuit is to betray their character – it is a significant occurrence.
When an individual decides to define success for themselves they reject the ideals of the masses and give themselves the opportunity to succeed and stand out from the herd. There are some things that the Initiated must look out for, though. These are the tactics exploited by the masses in their effort to make achievement accessible to many and effectively diminish such achievement. These must be known to the Initiated when they decide they no longer want to subscribe to the ideas spread by society to stay true to their path.
As mentioned, along the journey there will be opportunity to take an exit off of the path to a place of diminished success. These exits are named things like “good enough”, “close enough”, or “sufficient”. All of these terms mean that you have not reached the intended end but instead have just moved the end of the journey up to where one may currently be. This is the application of the sliding scale discussed above. These are the verbal equivalents of participation trophies – one did not win, but should feel some cheapened form of accomplishment for what they have been able to do.
Another instance of early exits are found in revisiting the original intent of the journey. Said differently, going back to make sure one “understood” what the original goal of the pursuit was. Understood is in quotations here because the goal of such a practice is often not to gain better understanding but rather to redefine what the criteria for success was; in a situation where the goal proves to be more difficult to achieve than anticipated, the goal is redefined to something more attainable from where one currently sits.
Society uses these tactics to diminish the meaning of achievement or to make success more accessible to the masses. When the standards prove to be too rigorous and when too many people complain of challenge, society responds with lessened requirements. Those that disagree with the new rules are attacked until the new, lower standards achieve mass adoption.
This practice is a disservice to everyone who participates. The ability to change the rules of the game after the game starts only serves to make winning the game easier and brings the performance of the whole population down along with the game’s integrity. No longer are people challenged to rise to the occasion. Instead, the world makes it possible for the criteria to come lower to meet those people unfit to elevate themselves to such heights.
Recognizing and Accepting Failures
The easy interpretation of pitting success against failure is to say that without one, one cannot appreciate the other. Without knowledge and understanding of failure, one cannot appreciate success. This is too surface-level to be significant. One’s ability to recognize and accept their failures is paramount in maintaining the integrity of their successes.
Those with a fragile ego will be unable to admit to their failures. When one is unable to recognize and own failures, they will need to spin their failures into success, or worse, defend themselves by pinning failures on circumstances or factors “out of their control”. Neither practice supports meaningful success. Instead, these practices breed weakness and diminish the success that may have happened by not allowing the true successes to stand on their own having to share the spotlight with the failures that are spun into successes. This is done in an effort to protect the ego of the individuals involved.
Society has created an attitude where everyone’s a winner. Society’s inability to address and define “losers” has cheapened the accomplishment of succeeding within the system. Those participants of the masses that are unable to look within for an answer to why they are unsuccessful are seen launching outward attacks citing things such as inequality of opportunity, favoritism, or any other excuse that deflects responsibility from themselves to the system as a whole.
The acceptance in response to such attacks – the willingness to provide credibility to such assertions gives these people just the validation they need to continue thinking this way. The validation provides the justification needed to reinforce the narrative that the game is rigged against them and they will never succeed regardless of their efforts. This is a cancer that is taking hold of everyone with this mindset rotting the population from the inside out.
The truth is that this mindset and perspective is just the thing that is diminishing these people’s chances at succeeding. Rather than shine a light on this fact, the masses continue to allow such a victimized perspective to continue and further go to foster these ideas with campaigns to “close the gap”.
Success is achieved when one looks within for the answers to the question “how do I succeed”. By looking within one is going to find the methods and strategies needed to elevate themselves to a level of success rather than attempting to find all of the ways in which they can lower the requirements of success to come closer to them. This should be the goal of anyone setting out on the path to be successful and to get more than they currently have. They must find the ways that they must grow in order to get to where they want to go.
Society’s willingness and ability to continually lower expectations of people is hurting the population. Call it tough-love if preferred, but it is our obligation to keep the entry to success high and challenge others to reach that elevated level. This is how the Initiated grow and how everyone else should be challenged to do the same.
The Initiated must live in this world amongst these people that choose to look externally for the answers, but they do not need to engage with this outlook. Amongst all of the noise, the Initiated work to develop themselves in line with their own Values and Philosophy. The Initiated live to their own set of standards and will outperform the masses worrying about how badly they are being screwed by the world.
Define success then put a plan together to achieve. Do not stop until you reach the promised land.
Yours in strength,
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