Michael Daly

Author, Speaker, Mentor

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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

Refocus the mind and heart and get back on track to achieve the goals.

September can often be a great month to refocus the mind and heart and get back on track to achieve the goals you may well have set for yourself at the start of the year.

So, no matter what has gone on for you since the start of the year
or at what point you are in your life, if you are searching for your true success, it can be achieved. You may 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 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 along the way.

So, what is true success?

‘Is the greatest hunger in life for food, money, power, status, security, sex, or even love? For if it is, time and again people have achieved all of these things, in the belief that this would make their life one of success. Yet having achieved this success, they have wound up still feeling dissatisfied – indeed, often more dissatisfied then when they began.’

Many people don’t even ask what it would mean for them to be truly successful in their own life, let alone what it would mean to achieve success. Yet if you do ask yourself this question, and then answer it truthfully, it can more often than not lead to the truth of what you want for your life. If you take the time and effort to think through exactly what success means to you, it will bring more meaning into your life – which will help you spend time doing the things that are right for you, both now and in the future. This will make the success you wish for become a reality.’
So, go on give yourself some time to answer what is true success for you and how best can you now go and achieve it starting afresh in September.
Delighted to have been in the Mansion House answering that very question with the Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul McAuliffe and Seán O’Keefe from Liberties Press as we discussed my new book Conversations in Singapore: Searching for True Success on the Silk Road One Question at a Time (Published by Liberties Press) and available 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.

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