At Solidground Success we are all about success.
But that leads to the question, “What is Success?” If you look at the pictures above, it is easy to tell that success can mean something different to each of us. And I have only included a handfull of the possible answers to that question. There are literally hundreds of possible answers to that question.
In many cases, the definition can change with the weather, time of day, season of the year, size of your bank account, just about anything can change what success means to you at any given moment. I mean, if your car is broken down, success could be getting a tow truck out to take care of you in less than an hour. I actually had that happen to me not too long ago and I considered it a success when the driver arrived in about 40 minutes.
Success comes in different sizes. My story about the tow truck is a little one. Being available to pay the repair bill was a little bigger one. Having a house to park the car in front of is even bigger yet. Having a large house in the mountains with 1000 feet of lake shore or river bank would be getting up there.
Take a minute and think of what success means to you on a large scale. Now take another minute and appreciate some of the smaller successes you have achieved. I would encourage you to repeat this little exercise often. It will help you remember the very important that, EVERY SUCCESS IS IMPORTANT. Virtually every successful person I have ever talked to has told me the same thing, “Big successes are built on the backs of smaller ones.”
The truth is that we need success in all aspects of our lives to be truly happy. If you doubt that this is true, just take a look at the late Howard Hughes. He had everything: money, fame, was married to Marylin Monroe, moved in the most exclusive circles. All this and he died virtually alone, a paranoid recluse.
As we grow and expand, we are going to talk about success. Many different kinds. If you don’t find what you are looking for, please come back soon. I am sure you will find plenty to choose from in the not too distant future. Since much of society and many of our goals have a financial aspect to them, we are going to talk about that aspect of success quite a bit especially in the beginning. From time to time we will share ideas, concepts, and even an occasional product to help you start, and grow a business as well as doing the same in other areas of success. We will respect your time and only offer things that we believe will truly help you reach your desired level of success. To get the ball rolling on our journeys to success…
LET’S TALK ABOUT MONEY
It is not an accident that the pile of money is the center picture above.
Sawbucks, greenbacks, scratch, Benjamins, dough, moola, bread, what ever you call it, it’s still the same, money.
Danny Devito quipped in “The Renaissance Man,” “We all need money, that’s why they call it money.” He was correct, with few exceptions, we all need money.
There have been many stories, quotes, rumors, and ideas about money. Some were positive and some not.
There is an old story that says that King Solomon had so much silver that it was just piled in huge mounds and was virtually worthless to him. Another is about a gold mine, lost in the Arizona desert with enough gold to make a family rich for generations. Then there was the one about a vault supposedly owned by Al Capone that was supposed to hold treasure and turned out to be empty. The list could go on for a long time.
So, what’s the deal with money?
We all have often heard that, “money is the root of all evil.” This misquote actually comes from the Bible. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil,” 1Tim 6:10. NKJV The key here is, as I see it, where is your heart. Do you love the money, or is it just a tool? Do you own the money, or does the money own you? This is a very important question. Looking again at Howard Hughes, it looks as if the money owned him.
In her book, “Unspoken” Dee Henderson, on page 220-1, makes this observation about money. “Money–it can be a problem, a blessing, or just a fact.” The book may be a work of fiction, but that statement is a fact.
If we look at it honestly, many of the achievements we look at as success involve money. Having money makes is possible to acquire and experience the things we want. From paying for the car repair to buying the house, theater tickets, airline tickets, an 18 ounce T-bone, the list goes on and on. The one thing they have in common, is they all involve money.
Don’t we all know that, “Time is money.” I know, an old, OLD, cliche. But, let’s turn it around, I believe there is a lesson there. Money is Time! It won’t by back the time that is gone, but it can free up the time that you have. If you can learn to operate in a mindset that money is just a fact, it is a tool, it is something that you own and doesn’t own you, you will get to a place that I will count as a success when I arrive at the full realization the money can be a portal to Success in so many ways.