Part of what I think it takes to be successful is an attitude of perpetual learning. I know high school and then college seem to prep us for the idea of reaching a certain point and then having obtained it become content with our accumulation of knowledge and then begin living “real” life! Its easy to get caught up in the idea that if only I can finish my degree in nursing then I will finally be able to focus on the things that are really important to me. I see this with people in relationships too. It seems more common in the south and in christian circles where marriage is held of higher esteem (which is a good thing). However, I think the idea of settling down and getting married often becomes idolized so that we truly begin to believe that life is not really all it can be until we get that perfect guy or girl to spend it with.
So accomplishment is good. Marriage can be great. But settling can also keep you from becoming all you can be. I’m sure you’ve heard the cliche but true statement that the most significant hindrance in someone becoming great is being good. And how many times have you idolized something or someone only to see them disappoint you and let you down? Its a scary thing watching young people jump full throttle into life and marriage without ever really experiencing one single challenge to overcome or difficulty to endure.
But back to perpetual learning. With this attitude you are forced to come to a place of utmost humility. Not lack of confidence, or meekness, or shyness, or lack of resolve. But rather the confidence and humility to admit that you do not have and will never have all things figured out. Instead you will continue to apply yourself to the moment you die to learning. This is what makes people great. They never stop or think that they’ve somehow finally reached that spot where they can coast and relax. Greatness and genius is more often made through those who persevere and never give up than from those who by sheer brain power can naturally solve the world’s problems.