I have seen successful persons that are not fulfilled, but I haven’t seen any fulfilled person that is not successful. Take the cases of people that are successful and they remain desperate to remain such. You cannot be fulfilled before you are successful and you won’t be guided by the tenets of fulfillment. This is because these tenets will keep ringing bell in your ears that you attained that success based on principles and those principles should not be traded for un-complementary means.
But in our parlance, success has been over calibrated. It has been robbed of values, purpose, excellence and impacts. I like the way it was described by Olusegun Adeniyi. The ace journalist commented that: “We are gradually building a society where it is okay to achieve “success” by any means.”
Success may earn you accidental accolades,but being fulfilled before attaining success earns you replicative success. Anything you do to be successful mount you on the ladder of success. Nduka Obaigbena avers that “success is in the eyes of the beholder; it is like happiness. But to be successful in whatever means you have designed, that means you have accomplished your mission.”
Fulfillment is the state, where you enjoy the picture of yourself, what you are doing and where you are heading. In your path to achieving it, you may encounter challenges, but you keep striving for that value, purpose or excellence. William Mattson says, “if there is any single factor that makes for success in living, it is the ability to draw dividend from defeats.”
That ability to draw dividend from defeats will make me celebrate two people in this write-up; and I want to do that for two reasons: One, they are chasing fulfillment, and two, their quests make me celebrate them (earning success from their quests).
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My friend I interacted with that awakened this traction or troll I am expressing to you is an epitome of the title of this write-up. The is because she realised that her pursuits for fulfillment would earn her something people would celebrate her for (success).
The other person is also a friend, whom you might not know, but I have to celebrate him because he feels fulfilled when doing what he could do best!
Abiodun Yusuf (pseudonym) is a proficient reciter of the Holy Qur’an, and apart from that, he does that with vigour, enthusiasm and he is always fascinated to be reciting the Qur’an. He is pursuing fulfillment (or being fulfilled already) because he reads Qura’n voraciously and with purpose. And that is making me to be respecting, recognising and celebrating him here today.
Despite all the encomiums I had showered on him, would that makes him stop doing what I am acknowledging him for? No. This is because he is the one striving for excellence and that can only be determined based on the standards he had set for himself and how he feels to raise the bar.
Those that are fulfilled before being successful don’t see purpose as a means to an end; they see a purpose as an end meet. This makes them set themselves on another mission, raising the bar, breaking barriers, overcoming stumbling blocks, thriving and flourishing!
The quality of a person’s life,” says Vince Lombardi, “is in direct proportion of their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field.” That success that accompanies fulfillment in your chosen field makes you a successive winner, not a susceptible one.
Till next week, where I will be seeing you fulfilled in your adventure and be respected for your marks!