My parents play an important role in my life, and deserve credit for many of my accomplishments.
The life lessons and rules they taught me from an early age have stuck.
Trying to single out the most valuable advice is tough, but if I had to pick the advice that has helped me the most, I would choose three specific things.
I learned from my parents, especially my mom, to treat people equally.
She taught me through example to give exactly the same treatment to everyone without distinguishing by social status, nationality, economic status, beliefs, etc.
Looking back, it amazes me how my mom has talked to and shown the same level of respect to every person she has met, addressing each with the same positivity and enthusiasm.
My parents also helped me believe I could achieve and become whatever I wanted, even when I had doubts.
They taught me that I could go beyond normal expectations, and that it only takes hard work, perseverance, faith, self-confidence and sometimes a little bit of luck to get whatever you want.
The third and most important thing I learned is that money doesn’t measure success and happiness. Yeah, right?
Our society measures success and status by material wealth, not social contribution.
Students go to college to obtain a degree, because we have been told that if we want to be successful in life with a good job and fat paycheck, we need a college degree.
I disagree with this, and I’m against people who say that you need a college degree to be successful.
This begs the question, “What is success?”
Some people say the definition of success varies and that there is no clear and unique definition of it.
But I believe there is actually a clear definition of success: achieving of something you want. It’s as simple as that.
Unfortunately, many people’s goals, objectives and wants are focused on the monetary incentives.
Money is what they want, and money is what they believe will make them happy.
Few people I’ve met have said they really don’t care about the amount of money they make during their life, as long as they are happy and as long as they achieve their objectives.
By objectives, these few and far between friends usually mean things like having a family, making a change in this world, helping the poor, being recognized for social contributions, etc.
These goals depict true success, especially when one has achieved exactly what one wants, but has done so focusing on the good of others instead of money.
That’s why I strongly believe that the true recognition of success should be based on a person’s social contribution and not wealth.
If one’s only objective in life is to be wealthy, one is free to pursue that, but I’m going to give those people advice: there’s never a limit to the amount of wealth that will define success.
Humans always want more money. The amount of money people accumulate will never fulfill the true definition of success, and true happiness will never be achieved.