This is a great reminder about success.
About the words of success we tell ourselves.
We work, we strive, and we sacrifice.
Do you really know what the end goal is?
I mean, what is it you are laying everything down for?
Because, what if after all you give up, success is not what you thought it would be.
What if, at the end of the line, there is no meaning in accomplishment?
The point is this:
Focus your life and dwindling days on that which is important – and don’t even let success stand in your way.
One of the most common refrains we hear from those who have reached the pinnacle of success is that of the emptiness that still stalks their lives, all their successes notwithstanding. That sort of confession is at least one reason the question of meaning is so central in life’s pursuit. Although none like to admit it, what brings purpose in life for many, particularly in countries rich in enterprising opportunities, is a higher standard of living, even if it means being willing to die for it. Yet, judging by the remarks of some who have attained those higher standards, there is frequently an admission of disappointment. After his second Wimbledon victory, Boris Becker surprised the world by admitting his great struggle with suicide.’ Jack Higgins, the renowned author of The Eagle Has Landed, has said that the one thing he knows now at this high point of his career that he wished he had known as a small boy is this: “When you get to the top, there’s nothing there.” This, I dare suggest, is one of the more difficult of life’s realities to accept. Those who have not yet experienced the success they covet find it impossible to believe that those who have attained it find it wanting in terms of giving meaning to life.
-Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God (Amazon)