Success is something we feel on the inside when we think about our contributions to society. Success does not come from other people, titles, or a reputation. We can have all of these things and still feel like something is missing. In short, sometimes we feel unhappy regardless of what we have accomplished.
I think that this is what Jesus meant when he said in the Gospel of Thomas, “The Kingdom is inside of you… And when you come to know yourself, then you will become known… But, if you will not come to know yourself, you dwell in poverty, and it is you who are that poverty.” Regardless of how big of a house, or how many cars we own, we may still be living in a poverty state of mind and in need of something else. If we don’t find a way to learn that success comes from the inside then we will surely project our own poverty state of mind upon others.
The beautiful thing about inside-out success is that we can all do it. Although we all have different starting and finishing points, we can all create success and happiness in our lives. So, regardless of where we are and what we are doing, we can all break that poverty mindset that robs us of our happiness and success despite our accomplishments by simply acknowledging that success comes from the inside.
Let’s figure out where we are right now and where we want to go next without ever losing hold of that good inner feeling of our contribution and successes, regardless of how tiny they may be. Let’s do this and I know that we will genuinely happy and successful. Furthermore, we will no longer have to live with that poverty mindset of lacking something or being in need of something outside of ourselves.
Now teens, go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us. Always remember that success comes from the inside. And once again, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…