Michael Daly

Author, Speaker, Mentor

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The story we tell about ourselves and our country becomes the story of our life and country.

The story we tell about ourselves and our country becomes the story of our life and country, because we do not so much tell stories, as stories tell us. Truly do hope that when we come through this, that your story and that of your country is one of love, gratitude and hope for a bigger, better and brighter future for you, your country and this world of ours.

From ancient theology to contemporary psychology, our words shape our story and this becomes the framework for our behaviours; and our behaviours determine the way we lead our life, and the success we have. That the story we tell about our life becomes the story of our life, because we do not so much tell stories, as stories tell us.

True success starts within each of us. It is about being inner-led rather than striving for success as defined by the dictionary, or what common culture would have us believe it is: fame, power, money, having a big car, a great job, a good-looking partner, two-point-four children, and so on. While some of these may constitute success for some people, it does not have to be true for everyone and it certainty doesn’t seem that way now as we deal with the coronavirus.
Maybe now more than ever is the time to look internally to see what is true success for you; and then go and make this success a reality externally. To let this become the driving force for your own betterment, and that of the world around you.
So, whatever you do, wherever you are and no matter at what point you are in your life, if you are searching for your true success, then maybe now is your time, frightening and scare as the world now seems. At this time, you might well be feeling:

  • lost, with no real sense of what true success is for you or how it could be achieved in your life;
  • angry and disappointed that the success you want for your life has evaded you to date;
  • that you have been pursuing the wrong type of success for you, or even what others see as success for you;
  • disheartened, believing that it is now too late in your life to achieve success; or
  • that you are at an age where you are only now setting out in life, and want to know what it would be for you to live a life of true success.

Only now, none of these can be enough to stop you. The true success you want for your life can and this world can be made real; it really can. This is your life and your life alone; it is worth investing in it at every level. I wish you true success in every area of your life, in a way that is unique to you and that engages your heart at the deepest level. I encourage you to keep striving, even when you meet with disappointments and tough times along the way.

A great way to start is like what was said at the start: that when we come through this, that your story and that of your country is one of love, gratitude and hope for a bigger, better and brighter future for you, your country and this world of ours.

 

Defining success in a new way

Do you define success for you in the same way as the dictionary defines success as the achievement of something that is planned and attempted, such as the attainment of wealth, position and honours?

Then to be successful you must achieve that which you have planned or attempted. (You are not considered a success just for trying, and making an effort!) Or you must attain wealth, high position or honours!

What do you believe is the most important thing for a person when it comes to true success?’ Having spent so much time studying success, my initial reply would be: Your health, of course. Sure, your health is your wealth, or so the saying goes.
Yet if our health is our wealth, why is there such a rising use everywhere of antidepressants, alcohol, illegal drugs and painkillers? There is also the sad reality of how many people – especially young people – take their own lives every year. Now don’t get me wrong, for there is an Arabian proverb that says: “He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.” So yes, it is often said that our health is our wealth. Yet, how true is it really?
It is often only when people get really sick and are facing death that they take up a hobby or lifelong interest they have always wanted to pursue. Why is it, do you think, that they then seem to live longer than they otherwise would have done?
We all know that when you care for your body, you also care for your mind; both are needed if you are to achieve the success you want in your life. Our body is the only instrument we have to experience life and make a contribution, but we always seem to be pushing ourselves and our bodies, even through the pain barrier, or when we are feeling unwell. After all, life can be tough, as we pursue a life of success that is true to us. So, it is important that we allow ourselves to renew physically, mentally and emotionally, rather than spending so much of our energy and resources on external things.

So, is it true for you then that your health is your wealth?

This is all discussed in my book Conversations in Singapore: Searching for True Success on the Silk Road One Question at a Time (Published by Liberties Press) and available in book shops and from here.

A book that will change your life, for you will never see achieving success in the same away again, be that for yourself or the people who matter most to you.

Unique and easy to learn from, [posing] captivating questions for anyone’

Metro Éireann

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