Although each person in this crazy world we live in is unique in their own ways, is living life having to deal with their own situations and circumstances and is somewhere on a wide range of levels on the socio-economic scale, we all have at least one thing in common; our desire to find success. The best thing about success is that it is self-defined. Yes, we all look at others around us and tell ourselves that one person is more successful than another. However this very act is causing us to once again self-define.

I am fortunate enough to live in a middle-class area in a quiet suburb in the Midwest. I make a decent living and am able to pay monthly bills (there are months that are tough though). At this moment in my life, I feel like I am headed down the path of success, but I have surely not reached the destination. Recalling how I envisioned my future 10 years ago, I am much further along today than I ever thought I would be. However at the same time, there are other aspects in my life in which I feel far from successful.

For instance, where I am at in my professional career is never where I envisioned myself to be. Where I am in my journey toward debt freedom is far from where I would like. There are some days that I feel like everything is stacked up so high and the walls are starting to crumble.

As a sat here at my computer before I started typing this post, I stared at the blank word processor screen, reflected on the day and thought about how I need to find my success again. After all, if you can’t see where you are traveling, how do you know that you are staying on the right path? And better yet, if you don’t make note of the valleys you have been through, how do you prevent yourself from dipping back into them? I need to refresh my view of my goals and clear the windshield so that I can see the path I am traveling to get there. I need to remind myself of my past successes and future goals. These little reminders can help to find success. Of course it will not be easy, but some of the best things in life never are.

For me, finding my success means to help others in many aspects. One is to do the best I can to provide for and support my family. Another is to help my customers that I interact with at work. One other is to provide useful and enjoyable content to my readers.

On your journey to financial freedom and personal development, rather than just going through the motions of the day, week, month or year, start looking for you path to success. Find what works for you and keep repeating it. Find a friend or mentor that can help you along the way. The journey to success and to defeating normal is one that cannot be travelled alone.

As I continue on this journey, I will be sure to keep you updated on the successes I have. Also, I would love to hear about the successes you have found. Not just with your finances, but also with your personal development. I urge you to share your success stories. If not here, than with the people you are close with. Sometimes simply sharing your story is what others need to hear. Part of being successful is helping others on their own way up. You never know just how much your success can inspire others.

I would love to hear from you in the comments. You can also reach me directly through email at, on my Facebook page or on Twitter @defeatingnormal. Thanks for reading and keep up the work to defeat normal.

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