A few days ago I shared on Twitter, “Being successful means something different to each person…respect that.”
Too often I judge success through outside appearances. How big is their house? What kind of car do they drive? How well do they dress?
When in reality, success is much deeper. I learned that today from a door man named George.
Meet George Glasgow, the “Singing Doorman”[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JFwkrGaEko&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]
George came to America from Guyana, South America; one of the few Caribbean countries that isn’t an island. For the last 19 years he has worked in security, watching elevators, opening doors, and greeting guests in New York City.
But I’d be hard pressed to hear someone tell me George isn’t successful.
Nothing I say could convince you of the fact, but watch him for a few minutes and you’ll leave understanding the true meaning of success.
The Meaning of True Success
To me, George embodies success. Success is not so much where the journey takes you, but how happy the journey makes you.
That’s what makes George so different than other door men.
As time passes by George sings Showtunes, Michael Jackson, pretty much any song you can think of, he knows the words. The guests smile as they pass by. And sometimes, if you’re lucky, he might share his philosophy with you.
“Work your best, do not work to impress. It will fail and the truth shall reveal itself. That you are not real and honest with yourself. You know, that’s it.
Keep on breathing. Keep on working. Stop complaining. Put in your time. Pay day is coming. Life is an investment. It’s not how much you can get paid, it’s how much did you invest to be paid?”
Find What Makes You Successful
If a door man in New York City can be this happy and successful, why can’t you?
The greatest obstacle to becoming successful is comparing yourself to others. Maybe you have a rich sister. Maybe your friend is a powerful executive? None of that matters when it comes to your success.
You can teach kindergartners and be more successful than the CEO of a Billion dollar company.
Live your life in a way that leaves you feeling jazzed about yourself. Then share your joy with those around you.
It’s hard for someone to say a happy person is not a successful person.
They may not drive Lamborghinis or live in mansions, but what they don’t have in money they make up in spirit.
So What Does Success Mean to You?
Success means many things to many people. So what does it mean to you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!!!