Success. We all want it, we day dream about it and we harbour resentment O too often of those who ‘achieve’ a certain level wether by career or family, possessions or fame. Comparison is the thief of joy as they say. But who among you have thought of it as the blog title suggests? – Be chief over your success like a captain of a ship or leader of a crew. The underpinning of this post is unfortunately or fortunately to do with reflecting on the cliche’s about the journey of success as more important than the destination, though I advocate enjoying each destination for what they present themselves as.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”
– Teddy Roosevelt
More on this character in a future post but Teddy is right. I know this because each blog post including this, as much as I enjoy writing has adversity from myself most the time. What gets me out of the funk is doing what I can with the time I’m graciously given.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph also has a good point. He focuses on what we can and cannot control which requires some honesty. Success, whatever that means is a mirage at best. The past is useful for reflective correction but too much and you become stale with disappointment. Future gazing can leave you paralyzed or starry eyed but the result is usually the same: Inaction.
There is a time and place to seek a new perspective, to google furiously at they keys and read all the books you can get your hands and ears on but I believe that on a regular basis it is better to simply reflect of what material we have in front of us from history.
Consider James Cook, Naval Commander of HMS Endevour, Discoverer of the known land from down under. Before Cook could get his fill of Pacific Ocean breeze in his lungs and adventures to boot it began with much planning and relying on his surrounding on his best and trusty men beside him. His smaller experiences and skills would also come into play to recruit the best team, follow up on correct amounts of food and various resources – Too much would slow the ship and too little risks starvation and suffering of the crew.
To follow on there surely was much planning, designing, measuring, cutting, building, forging, burning, weaving, threading, refining and finishing to make HMS Endevour into as well balanced as possible to face the unknown. Overlooking one of these factors could cost him dearly.
“The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd” – James Cook
This man LITERALLY turned his back on the crowd as the ship left the dock in 1768. He fostered true COURAGE (click link) and did not bow to WEAKNESS (click link) – yet not over-night, but by correct application of training and calculated risk as a seasoned and wise creation.
In conclusion it is less important to strive for success as an end goal, instead I pose that focusing on being chief and commander over what success you have and is to come to be of most importance, take it from Cook…
“Ambition leads me not only farther than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it possible for man to go.” – James Cook