Real Success?

Harry and Meghan took a decision; which to most of us, may seem to be bordering on insanity. The time will tell wheter it augurs well for them or not.

For quite some time I have been trying to find a comprehensive definition of success. Success has to be defined by the person pursuing success. Success will always come with a cost. A particular cost for a kind of success may be unacceptable for one person but acceptable for another. I feel real success is to achieve an objective without compromising on one’s values or principles. If so, does it mean the person not accepting the cost and forgoing success should be seen as unsuccessful. In my view no, he is successful in guarding his value. He is successful in attending to his conscience. I came across a very good definition of success by John Wooden,

“Success is peace of mind that is the direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

This definition implies that, some one who seems to be successful might have compromised on a principle, call of conscience or value for which he may still be lacking ‘peace of mind’ and ‘self-satisfaction’. Based on this analogy, I shall term Harry and Meghan as highly successful. They took a bold decision in pursuit of peace of mind and self satisfaction. Giving up on apparent successful life needs strength of character. Breaking the norms needs courage. He has emulated his mother. He has preferred his family over artificial life. I bid the couple the best of luck and foresee that the decision will augur well for them. Like Diana became ‘princess of hearts’, he will also stand tall for displaying right priorities, courage and strength of character.