Success is defined, according to the Wordweb dictionary, as an event that accomplishes its purpose. According to Canada Oxford dictionary, it is defined as the accomplishment of an aim. Therefore, for success to be attained, there must be an event, and there must be a purpose/goal/aim/objective that is intended to be accomplished. Regardless, personal success is subjective in nature, and as such, may be perceived differently by different people. Owing to this, your idea of success may be different from my idea of success. However, all kinds of success share two things in common: Success is the result of ‘intelligent decisions’ and ‘courageous actions’.
Humans are sentient entities whose abilities to multitask are alas limited. We cannot perform all activities at the same time. If we direct our attention on activity A, we unavoidably give little or no attention to activity B. Put differently, we realize that we cannot put 100% concentration on more than one activity at the same time. Therefore, if you are committed to activity A, you are bound to be less committed to activity B at that point in time. And achieving success in activity A as a result of great commitment to that activity means giving less attention to (and thus sacrificing) activity B.
Achieving tremendous success and making great sacrifices are unavoidably complementary. If you want to achieve outstanding academic success for instance, this means you may have to spend more time studying your academic books and less time playing sport or watching movies. The stronger your desire for success in one activity, the greater will be your level of sacrifice for other activities. This theory holds true and is able to explain why many smart people are introverts, why many bookworms lack social skills, and why many capitalists have unruly children.
With an ambition to join the national soccer team, Roddy spends about eight hours every day playing football with and against other folks like him (who also have the same dream). He clearly prioritizes being a member of the national football team to being a banker, engineer, or doctor. Playing soccer in the field for a particular purpose meant sacrificing academic learning. As a result, Roddy may find himself turn into a better footballer, but a less-learned person. This is because he cannot give 100% attention to both activities at the same time. As he strives to grow in one area, he retards or remains the same in another area.
Although, Roddy may be fortunate enough to get enlisted as a member of the national soccer team (which therefore serves as a reward for his determination and resolve), this may also never happen. Sometimes, one’s determination, perseverance, and courage may not be favourably rewarded. We hear of success stories about some people who were determined enough to achieve their goals. But unknowing to many of us is that these successful people may just be a tiny fraction of thousands, millions, or billions of people who have also shown the same determination. It takes great determination and a readiness to make great sacrifices in favour of one’s ambition to finally actualize one’s dreams. However, it is never 100% certain that determination and perseverance exhibited will make your dream come true. This is because success also requires making intelligent decisions.