Robert Kiyosaki simplifies the meaning of ‘success’ when he says that “𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙞𝙯𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙨𝙪𝙘𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙞𝙨 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙩𝙝 𝙤𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙧𝙚; 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙞𝙯𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙢; 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙡𝙚 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙖𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙮.” For success in life means different things for different people, what counts is not the kind of success but that you get there. Getting there however, implies a certain normative practice (or some level of madness if you like) since aspiring is not another verb for succeeding. You must have a strong reason for arriving at your destination. We live in a society that expects conformity to set norms and scheme of doing things. Thus, you might be lost which direction you should take if your WHY is not strong enough. And the strength of your WHY should not be measured by social dogmas unless they appear supportive to your imagined path.
That said, a desire to be successful must exceed challenges along the way. For there can be no successful endeavour without dignified struggle. As long as you pass through your problems, and not the other way round, you are just an hour to the finishing line. Whereas an aspiration to achieve is universal, a desire to succeed is personal. You might be living in a ghetto right now but there are no defining moments of well-planned struggle that end in failure. We rise because the level of our expectations to win over life exceed the daunting tasks of arriving bigger and better. With a strong wish to achieve, success arrives faster than is imagined since you will have built an anti-failure system. As Michelle Obama tells us in 𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠, “…𝙛𝙖𝙞𝙡𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙗𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙩’𝙨 𝙖𝙣 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙪𝙖𝙡 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙪𝙡𝙩.” Desire ensures such a feeling never materialises.
With your head up in the air, you know life can get in the way but you have the audacity to proceed despite the storm. It is this doggedness that ultimately gets you to a desired path. I have not found any other better ways so far but I am open to correction.