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WHAT THEN IS SUCCESS?

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Lady-Confused-.jpgToday’s post was born out of an argument in my room last night. Our system and media have painted the picture that if you don’t have minimum of 7 digits in your account, a fresh ride, a luxurious house on the island (for those in Lagos, Nigeria), a pretty girl you call your own or guy in whatever category you find yourself, a good paying job or business, a first class or 4 point result… you are not a success.

If you lack some or all of these, you might never get a girl to say “YES” to your marriage proposal, because no lady wants to join a man in a struggle to make it, “all things must be ready”. Or you won’t have a voice amidst your peers. One of the guys in the argument even said and I quote “I will not come for any alumni reunion if I don’t have a ride”.man_question_mark

What is the place of those that have pledged their life and resources to see mankind improve either through philanthropy or by being a missionary or volunteer doctor in a remote neighbourhood in a very poor corner in Asia? Will you say that I am not successful if my passion is painting, and I am actively involved in the only thing in the whole wide world that makes sense to me, regardless of whether I make money or not, as long as I am happy?
Some say, “as long as I am convenient, I have my three square meal, have my basic needs and able to fend for my family”, I am successful.

How will YOU define success then?

Your opinion will probably make all the difference. Don’t roll over without leaving a comment. As for mine, it will be coming later 😉

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Yours,

Oludapo Tolulope. A

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  1. Thought provoking

  2. Thought provoking

  3. I define success as having more wealth and riches in heaven than on earth at the end of one’s life!

    1. Great thought sir, but does that mean success has no earthly definition. How do I know I’m successful right here on earth, definitely not ignoring the one that awaits in Heaven

  4. I define success as having more wealth and riches in heaven than on earth at the end of one’s life!

    1. Great thought sir, but does that mean success has no earthly definition. How do I know I’m successful right here on earth, definitely not ignoring the one that awaits in Heaven

  5. Success is simply achieving what you set out for, which in most cases, it’s a continuous process.

    1. Great, so will you call achieving what I set my mind on based on what I adopted from my environment or what will simply make my parents happy or something of temporary benefit success. I believe success can’t just be based on individuals perspective, it should have a universal premise. Kindly explain further

  6. Success is simply achieving what you set out for, which in most cases, it’s a continuous process.

    1. Great, so will you call achieving what I set my mind on based on what I adopted from my environment or what will simply make my parents happy or something of temporary benefit success. I believe success can’t just be based on individuals perspective, it should have a universal premise. Kindly explain further

  7. Exciting Topic!! Well, I have recently come to understand that success is not a function of what you have or who you know but who you are. The bible tells us that Joseph was sold into slavery without even clothes or political connections or any form of possession. But the bible records that “Joseph was a successful man because God was with him”. God’s presence made him excel in the prison and in his masters house. My view, therefore, is that success is excelling and prospering in whatever you do.

    1. I really like the perspective from which you viewed it. But let me ask, if I prosper at being a fraudster am I successful?

  8. Exciting Topic!! Well, I have recently come to understand that success is not a function of what you have or who you know but who you are. The bible tells us that Joseph was sold into slavery without even clothes or political connections or any form of possession. But the bible records that “Joseph was a successful man because God was with him”. God’s presence made him excel in the prison and in his masters house. My view, therefore, is that success is excelling and prospering in whatever you do.

    1. I really like the perspective from which you viewed it. But let me ask, if I prosper at being a fraudster am I successful?

  9. Being successful is more of a personal thing. It your dreams coming to reality. If money and wealth is all you ever want that success to you. If helping, loving, and your passion is all you ever want that success. Why broaden you dream so you being successful change life positively

    1. Hmm… Great thought, I appreciate that

  10. Being successful is more of a personal thing. It your dreams coming to reality. If money and wealth is all you ever want that success to you. If helping, loving, and your passion is all you ever want that success. Why broaden you dream so you being successful change life positively

    1. Hmm… Great thought, I appreciate that

  11. Success is having God and making him real to others

    1. seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these children bread will be given unto you…Make God real to someone by giving and sharing the children’s bread. he who gives to the poor Lends to God. Success is not all about you but also about the people around you. by your making God real to someone you might be a channel to answering their numerous prayer points. The fact is that you’ll be miserable unsuccessful if you’ve not been a blessing to someone either with your words, actions or wealth.

  12. Success is having God and making him real to others

    1. seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these children bread will be given unto you…Make God real to someone by giving and sharing the children’s bread. he who gives to the poor Lends to God. Success is not all about you but also about the people around you. by your making God real to someone you might be a channel to answering their numerous prayer points. The fact is that you’ll be miserable unsuccessful if you’ve not been a blessing to someone either with your words, actions or wealth.

  13. Defining success, to me, can be really burdensome.Why??? people would always come up with all sorts of personal definitions they feel is common to all.So i believe there is no central definition that we can give success but,let me drop mine anyways
    Olutola says ” You’re a success when you exemplify the vision that drives your existence”

  14. Defining success, to me, can be really burdensome.Why??? people would always come up with all sorts of personal definitions they feel is common to all.So i believe there is no central definition that we can give success but,let me drop mine anyways
    Olutola says ” You’re a success when you exemplify the vision that drives your existence”

  15. I will like to say success is relative, hence success is basically a set goal achieved.

  16. I will like to say success is relative, hence success is basically a set goal achieved.

  17. I really like d response of people on dis topic and it has helped me 2 understand success more in evry aspect of life. Well 2 me I will say dat Success is when all ur goals, dreams and aspirations in life including marriage and spiritual life through the help of God are been achieved. God first dnen oda tinz will follow

  18. I really like d response of people on dis topic and it has helped me 2 understand success more in evry aspect of life. Well 2 me I will say dat Success is when all ur goals, dreams and aspirations in life including marriage and spiritual life through the help of God are been achieved. God first dnen oda tinz will follow

  19. I really like d response of people on dis topic and it has helped me 2 understand success more in evry aspect of life. Well 2 me I will say dat Success is when all ur goals, dreams and aspirations in life including marriage and spiritual life through the help of God are been achieved. God first then oda tinz will follow

  20. I really like d response of people on dis topic and it has helped me 2 understand success more in evry aspect of life. Well 2 me I will say dat Success is when all ur goals, dreams and aspirations in life including marriage and spiritual life through the help of God are been achieved. God first then oda tinz will follow

  21. Well then, Success on earth can be defined as accomplishing all that is needed per time to fulfill your God given vision, calling and purpose… We can also define success on our personal terms as per personal aspirations, but I believe that achieving what our manufacturer (God) originally purposed for us is true success.

  22. Well then, Success on earth can be defined as accomplishing all that is needed per time to fulfill your God given vision, calling and purpose… We can also define success on our personal terms as per personal aspirations, but I believe that achieving what our manufacturer (God) originally purposed for us is true success.

  23. I really appreciate everybody’s contribution to this argument. Believe me, the world needs to hear what you guys defined success as, I definitely do not have a better definition than all you have contributed.
    Success to me is getting result, not just any kind of result but the kind that adds value. Prosperity that does not transcends into posterity is like working for a juice-less orange; what’s the essence?
    Let us aim at what lasts and adds value to our immediate environment, our neighbors, our world at large and we would have been a celebrated success by then.
    Feel free to keep commenting

  24. I really appreciate everybody’s contribution to this argument. Believe me, the world needs to hear what you guys defined success as, I definitely do not have a better definition than all you have contributed.
    Success to me is getting result, not just any kind of result but the kind that adds value. Prosperity that does not transcends into posterity is like working for a juice-less orange; what’s the essence?
    Let us aim at what lasts and adds value to our immediate environment, our neighbors, our world at large and we would have been a celebrated success by then.
    Feel free to keep commenting

  25. Reblogged this on OLUDAPO TOLULOPE | lifegiva2 and commented:

    Success to me is getting result, not just any kind of result but the kind that adds value. Prosperity that does not transcends into posterity is like working for a juice-less orange; what’s the essence?
    Let us aim at what lasts and adds value to our immediate environment, our neighbors, our world at large and we would have been a celebrated success by then.

  26. Reblogged this on OLUDAPO TOLULOPE | lifegiva2 and commented:

    Success to me is getting result, not just any kind of result but the kind that adds value. Prosperity that does not transcends into posterity is like working for a juice-less orange; what’s the essence?
    Let us aim at what lasts and adds value to our immediate environment, our neighbors, our world at large and we would have been a celebrated success by then.

  27. Success is fulfillment…of destiny, God’s plan and purpose or one’s dreams, ambitions and whatever….depends on the person….

    1. Beautifully put. That is it

  28. success is a continuous process that changes as the seasons and times in our lives change. the success perspective of a student or permit me to say, the level of achievement that celebrates a student differs greatly from that of a civil servant or a president. it could be best defined when focusing on a particular class of people with like mindset. it all boils down to personal satisfaction and the feeling of fulfillment, thank you.

  29. success is a continuous process that changes as the seasons and times in our lives change. the success perspective of a student or permit me to say, the level of achievement that celebrates a student differs greatly from that of a civil servant or a president. it could be best defined when focusing on a particular class of people with like mindset. it all boils down to personal satisfaction and the feeling of fulfillment, thank you.

  30. Beautifully put. That is it

  31. Our discussion has boiled down to two major things. Success is relative, depending on your field of professionalism, class, and many more factor. The second is the underlining factor; Success is FULFILLMENT. Thank you all for responding.

  32. Our discussion has boiled down to two major things. Success is relative, depending on your field of professionalism, class, and many more factor. The second is the underlining factor; Success is FULFILLMENT. Thank you all for responding.

  33. I define success as achieving your set goals. If I plan to do something and I get it done, I’m successful. What then is being fulfilled?

  34. I define success as achieving your set goals. If I plan to do something and I get it done, I’m successful. What then is being fulfilled?

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