“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.” — Oprah Winfrey
Grasping for success can be like trying to hold tightly to a handful of water, it will continually slip through the cracks. I believe we all can, and should be, successful. But success alone doesn’t leave a legacy.
Our success can impact our family, friends, associates, and our world, but it is our SIGNIFICANCE that will live on after we are gone. We should strive not only to do our best in our chosen field, our creative realm, our ideas, but we should also look to the significance of those actions and ideas.
John Maxwell describes the difference between success and significance in a wonderful way: “Success asks, ‘How can I add value to myself?’ Significance asks, ‘How can I add value to others?”
When we strive for success, we limit our impact. What we “do” will undoubtedly benefit those we come in contact with in our lives, but if we focus on one step deeper, and focus on how we can help those around us, when we think of the significance of our actions, our purpose shines through so much brighter. When we put effort into improving the lives of others (through whatever way our soul tugs us to do so), we will feel so much more fulfilled than if we focused on our successes alone.
And rest assured, we cannot out-give the universe, so if we focus on how we can better impact our world through the significance of what we do, success will come on an even greater scale, because we are truly focused on a much bigger picture.