I don’t remember how I learned to measure success. According to Socrates, you can only learn by being taught, or discovering for yourself.
I guess that sort of means you judge yourself as you go. From where I’m standing, looking back on everything I’ve done and been a part of in my life, I would say I am a success story. I’m a good person with lots of good friends. I do good work in school, at home, and in organizations I care about.
But at the same time, I don’t think I discovered my own success.
Twitter was trending the hastag #10peopleimgladimet or something today. It had me thinking about all the people who have truly inspired and motivated me to be where I am. Sunday school leaders, teachers, youth group leaders, friends in Scouting, my band directors in high school… and then suddenly I get to the college years.
After high school, my idea of success didn’t really change. I never really took the time to measure it in my own terms – to reexamine my own opinions. That’s one of the bravest things a person can do – question their own beliefs.
I drifted through high school learning by being taught. Almost as soon as I started working camp for the first time after graduation, my learning because discovery. I had always thought that success was GPA, involvement, service hours, and my friend count on facebook. Now, I’m really not sure how to measure success, but I can recognize that I’m on the right track.
One fundamental thing that I have discovered about success, though, is that I truly can’t take any special recognition for my own success. Yes, I do my own work, and I’m often self motivated, but the years in high school were an integral part of getting to a good solid, successful foundation to find my own version of success in college.
I think it works that way with everything. Phi Mu Alpha, for example, is having an intensely successful semester already this year. As president, I get a lot of praise for that success. But when I step back at the end of the day, there are more people to thank than I could list. In fact, I feel like I’ve personally done very little for my brothers this year.
There is so much positive energy around my life that it’s hard not to be successful.
This was kind of rambly. I’m tired and I’ve been studying too much.