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Most people associate success with money, power, or material gains. I would argue that its more about the internal gratification rather than the externals, its about small or big progressions that u urself set to achieve and feel fulfilled while on the journey to acheive them.
When u are content then u get to enjoy the journey with the ups and downs, with the riches and burdens, and most importantly u get to share these moments with the ppl u meet along the way. In my opinion this sense of belonging is the real success that can never be taken away from u regardless of where u end up.
Internal success is a mirror of ur self-development and isnt always in alignment with the image u portray to the world. As an example, the lessons gained from experience, working on new skillsets, time management, getting out of a possessive relationship, setting self boundries, letting go of toxic obsessions; and the list continues. These are all huge 'internal' successes. Should they be polished and flashed upon the world like medals? or stacked inside a rare collection library to be shared with a selected few that deserve ur attention and understand ur struggle, as unique as they are?!
Then comes the external success, the one that has to do with how others percieve us. The end goal is to relay a certain image, and is always translated into power as a measure of success. Most humans are greedy when it comes to power, u noticed, and power can be broken down into one or several gains of the following.. wealth, intellect, political influence, social influence, physical strength, or gains of arms. To be portrayed as successful in the current hyper capitalistic world is to gain such power or influence; is there a way to do so without being internally corrupted in pursuit of power?
Power does not corrupt. Lust in a position of power, corrupts power. Feeding ones ego through lust for power is a shortcut to obtaining this man-defined success, also manipulating others perception is another shortcut. This conflicts with the prerequisites of internal success, cuz it relies entirely on how others percieve us. Since our reality is shaped by our subconscious if we are not as pure intended as we relay ourself to be, we wont be content, and if we are not content we cannot feel true joy, a precondition for bliss, and in that case worldy success and power will never seem to satisfy.
I like to put myself in situations where i make interesting mistakes. Artist by nature. Engineer by study. Designer by profession. Martial Artist by Interest. Mage by inheritance, and i live by two seas and a river.
Lust in a position of power, corrupts power. A fine line while in pursuit of success.
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