Is Success a Destination?

Before you clicked on this article, you probably figured that the answer to, “Is success a destination?” was a resounding, “No.” Well, if you guessed that, then you’re absolutely correct. Success is not a singular destination. There are many paths on the way to success, and success doesn’t look the same to any two travelers along the way. Success is so much more than a destination, and frantically peeking at other people’s roadmaps to success will only land you smack-dab in the middle of misery central.

Is Success a Destination?

More Than a Destination, Success is a Journey

As with happiness (and other worthy virtues to strive for), the journey on the way to success is vastly more important than the arrival.

If you stay focused on the destination alone, you would miss all of the brightest moments on your journey to success. There will be twists, and there will be turns. There will be steep cliffs off to one side, and the longer you travel along the winding road, the more striking views you’ll encounter through your windshield.

Make sure to take snapshots of those monumental moments. You’ll be glad you have proof of the journey once you’ve reached the end of your metaphorical road.

Success is Not a Destination; It’s a State of Mind

When you get it in your head that success is not a finite destination and is, instead, a state of mind, then your whole perspective on failure will change. Defeatists will believe that failure means the end of their journey to success.

People who have a positive outlook on success and recognize that it’s a state of mind will be able to see failure for what it is. Each failure is an opportunity to learn and to grow. Failure is not the end of the road; it’s a way to reroute your metaphorical GPS.

Beyond a Destination, Success is What You Make It

No one can tell you precisely what success is. Just as one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, one man’s success is another man’s failure. That’s why it’s vitally important not to compare journeys. Trying to keep up with the Joneses is the death of success.

Success is what you make it, so make the most of what you’ve been given.

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Tips for New Philanthropists

New to the philanthropy scene? Not to worry, we have some universal tips for new philanthropists. Even if you’ve been in the business of helping others for as long as you can remember, it doesn’t hurt to take a quick refresher course on best practices.

Tips for New Philanthropists

Learn From Those Who Have Come Before You

When you’re first starting out as a new philanthropist, it’s important to recognize that you’re not the first person to pursue this particular corner of philanthropy. No matter how specific the need you’re fulfilling is, there’s a great chance that someone before you has tried to solve the same problem. If not, there’s been someone who’s tried to solve a remarkably similar issue.

Regardless, the best place to start as a new philanthropist is at the very beginning. As commonsensical as that may seem, it’s an undeniable truth. Start by learning from those who have come before you, so you never make their same mistakes, and you can build upon their experiences, rather than reinventing the wheel.

Figure Out How to Define Your Own Impact

That being said, as a new philanthropist, you have to figure out a way to define your own impact. You can build upon the work of those who have come before you, but you must always to remember to make your impact your own.

Philanthropy is one of the best, most positive ways to make your mark on the world. Make sure the message you scrawl out on the sands of time is one of hope.

Seek Only Sustainable Philanthropy

Speaking of the sands of time, consider that every philanthropic act you take will have reverberating consequences that will last long after you’re gone.

When you’re looking for opportunities to do good in the world, be sure that the work you sign up to do is sustainable philanthropy. Sustainable philanthropy is the kind that can continue without your help—or anyone else’s outside help, for that matter.

With regard to sustainable philanthropy, the work you do in other communities, or even in your own community, should be able to be taken over by the people within that community with ease.

The best legacy you can leave is one of having helped others to help themselves.

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