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Before I did the unthinkable I was a “success story”. A young lawyer, in his early 30s, with over 10 years worth of experience, considered a “successful” young person by most everyone.

Everyone but myself, as it turned out. I didn’t want this bullshit kind of success. This kind of obvious success, when everybody knows that you’re successful without knowing anything at all about you. But they know that you’re successful in life.

What an utmost nonsense!

So I did the unthinkable. At the age of 35 I said "I’ve had it". I said goodbye to years of my education and experience, to my position, to the prestige. To all this horsecrap.

So I’m not a “success” in the conventional sense any more, but I would never consider myself a loser (or a “failure”). I turned 40 today. Most of my accomplishments wiped out. What do I do?

Each day I say to myself Today I’m going to be successful.

What does it mean?

It means that each day:

  • I choose to be the best version of myself,
  • I strive to be a little bit better than I was the day before,
  • I assume 100% responsibility for my life (I’ll blame nobody - everything is on me),
  • I do the work (to the best of my ability),
  • I do something to realize my potential to its fullest, to contribute only the best to the lives of others,
  • I trust myself 100% (my decisions and choices),
  • I believe in what I do,
  • I don’t care what others do and what success they achieve (I only care about what I do),
  • I don’t care what others say about me and my work,
  • I don’t want my life to be easy,
  • I tell myself that fear is never a good reason not to do things,
  • I tell myself that I have one life and either I live it the way I want, or I’ll end up as a disgruntled old prick who has nothing but regrets at the end of his miserable life.

If I’ll do it consistently throughout my life I will look back at my life and I’ll be able to tell myself “I was pretty damn successful”.