“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” -Albert Einstein
Wow. This quote hit me like a ton of bricks. Why? It hit me hard because one of my greatest longings in life is to be a “successful” author. I have a hard time putting aside that desire. I love writing. I’m good at it. Why shouldn’t I be a successful author? Why shouldn’t that be what I aspire to?
In this world, there is so much pressure on everyone to be “successful.” Far more emphasis is placed on being successful than on being of value. What’s the opposite of success? Failure, right? But what if that isn’t the truth? What makes the difference? How is striving to be of value different from seeking to be successful?
I believe that the difference lies in motive. I believe that the desire to be “successful” tends to stem from selfish motives, whereas the desire to be of value is driven by an unselfish desire to aid others. I firmly believe that letting go of selfish motives and seeking to be truly helpful to others will take you much futher in life.
Besides, who wouldn’t want to take advice from Einstein?