So to find success, do we look to the journey or the destination? Is it getting to where we're going that defines us? Or is it the fact that we've decided to get ourselves moving in the first place?
Actually, it's both.
1. You're The Judge
Maybe you want to be a tech CEO. An algebra teacher. A rock star on a world tour. The best father. A dog groomer. A police officer.
All are equally worthy and equally important. Don't live a life trying to be something that you weren't meant to be. Go after what you want, trust your gut, and believe in yourself. Use your own metrics to measure success - number of people you made smile, number of children taught, number of users who used your mobile app.
It's imperative you understand that the world has expectations of you. Mom and Dad, teachers, husbands, wives, children, bosses - they all expect of you. But when you look back on your life - hopefully many years from now - I hope you'll have lived a life you're proud of. That you'll think of yourself as a success.
We find ourselves on this journey that's both wholly personal and inundated with togetherness. Your road - travels, ambitions, longings - takes you one place and mine takes me another, but through it all it seems we're still together. We rely both on each other and on ourselves, and its critical you understand that no man or woman can go it alone.
Journey & destination. Together & alone. There's no easy way to achieve success. Whatever you seek most often becomes clearer in time. Bear-hugging different perspectives is so important. But since we're talking about duality here, keen focus is also critical. See the irony? Ultimately, success is what you make of it.
3. You're Already on the Road
Chances are you're already on the path to success. There are small victories and there are stumbles, and right now you might have no clue the direction you're heading. But you're on the road, and each interaction, each failure, each win - they're making you.
In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho tells us "No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it."
So forge forward. Success is yours to make, yours to share, and yours to keep.
Here's to the journey... (and the finish line, alike).