What is Success? The Attempt to Define the Undefined


What is success? This question is beyond answers. However, people with intellect have attempted different versions of answers. Without explaining all the ‘what is success quotes’ in detail, I would like to present some of them which look relevant to me. It does not, in any case, imply that I downplay other people’s words about success with which I do not agree. Henry Ford comes naturally to my mind whenever I think about success. I do not agree completely with him, however. He has given an amazing thought on success. To Henry Ford, “coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Agreed. However, should not I ask Henry Ford the names of people who succeeded working with him? You talk about Ford and you think of Henry Ford; that’s all! Will you ever inquire or care about the mechanic who was there to install tyres in the first Ford car? Where is his success, Mr. Ford? He must have worked ‘together,’ but you flew away with the ‘success’! Then, what is the success for that engineer? It was – being a part of the success itself!

There might be other definitions of success, but to me, it remains beyond definitions. Why? I will try to bat my side of the argument with the logics I have developed over time. Success – your mobile phone must display this message once you have sent a mail to a not so important person. This idea can be stretched to changing the phone profile, windows theme, Smartphone ringtone, sending SMS and many others. Do you agree? After that particular event, do you stop using all those services? The answer must be a negative. Same is the case with our life events. Achievements keep coming by your efforts, and you continue adding more to your life. The same ‘success’ message is displayed and you march ahead towards the next feat. Am I right?

The Journey Beyond Destination

Therefore, success, at least to me, seems a journey beyond destination. Why am I saying this? With a small lifestyle example, I have tried to co-relate my logic of success. If so, then success becomes a flux – something that keeps flowing from you. Understanding this viewpoint in a simple way will be like:

You – Target – You achieve – New target – You achieve again – the new target…

Amidst all these, if someone asks what success is, you make a quick observation of the achievements and cook them up for an ‘instant food’ definition. At the bottom, you must feel your definition of success is shallow and lacks life. The reason is its state of being undefined or beyond definitions. You can say success is a child who is yet unborn and ready to die at the same time!