Success is a lot like happiness.
Most of us are under the illusion that success is some big thing that will just happen to us. Success isn’t something that we do. it’s something that happens.
One day, we wake up and we are successful.
That’s the illusion anyway.
But I don’t think that’s the way success works.
Success isn’t a passive thing that happens to us.
Success is something we happen to.
(Stay with me here because I realize that sounds grammatically awkward.)
You have to pursue life actively to have success. You have to work at it. And it won’t just land in your lap in one giant heap. Success happens bit by bit and piece by piece.
Sometimes it’s one good thing, followed by 5 bad things, then 2 good things, and one sort-of-okay thing and so and so forth.
Success is a collection of your actions. The more you do, the more you will succeed.
I think many creative people… many mentally hungry people, never truly feel successful. There’s always something more that we want. I think that hunger is good, but it can also do a number on our self-esteem.
I think it’s important, for me at least, to remember that success, much like happiness, comes in small moments. Success is a palace (or cabin, or boat or castle or high-rise or whatever the hell you want it to be) that you build brick by brick and action by action. It’s not something you wait for. It’s something you make happen. Something you go after and achieve every time you put your creativity out there for the world to see.