What are the real keys to success?
The definition of success as defined by Mariam-Webster is the " favorable or desired outcome; also : the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence ".
In America it is easy to get caught up in the need for obtaining stereotypical success, as we see those in our popular culture have done. The money, the material possessions, and the eminence: these are all catalyst to the death of the true meaning of what success really is.
What is the true meaning of success? That answer lies within you, the one who is reading this text. Success is like an opinion, everyone can formulate their own meaning of the word. One human beings meaning of success may be getting their family out of a life threatening environment. Another persons could be becoming the worlds most famous musician. The keys to success formulate around the time, effort, and gusto the person puts in to reach their point of being successful. It is not something you can open a book and find the answers to: or better yet google search. It is a internal flame that burns within a human being, letting them know that success is the only option to get them-self, or their family out of the situation they once came from.
Success can not be taught, it can be influenced, but no one can teach you how to do you. You are the only one in control of your life, no matter if you feel like you are or not. You make that big muscle behind your rib-cage thump, you control where your two feet go. The only way to be successful in this world is to be comfortable being yourself, while putting in the time, effort, and being persistent enough to bring whatever will make you successful to the surface.
In this game of life it is not just you versus the troubles of the world around us, it is you versus you, and that is the biggest battle you will face during your entire life.
Be you, and you will be successful.
Damon Mackin. 22 years of age. Mass Communications major at Shenandoah University 18'. Freelance Journalist/Photographer